DZDale

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Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    190
  • Main Canopy Other
    Hornet
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    210
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    Tempo
  • AAD
    Cypres

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Netheravon JSPC / Hinton Skydiving Center
  • License
    B
  • License Number
    102591
  • Licensing Organization
    FAI
  • Number of Jumps
    192
  • Years in Sport
    11
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving

Ratings and Rigging

  • Pro Rating
    Yes
  1. Nethers has always been referred to as an unfriendly DZ, and many people have said that it has a stiff military attitude, WRONG! In fact, I can truthfully say that Nethers is the only DZ in the UK where I have felt really welcome and comfortable. They have a great staff that are always willing to help and are always consistent and professional. Manifest is very good and last but not least they are also the cheapest DZ in the UK, not to mention that they also give you the best altitude in the UK. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  2. There is a Black version of the 300d, check the link http://www.dpreview.com/news/0404/04040801eos300dblack.asp Blue Skies D. "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  3. B ! "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  4. Brilliant Work Ian, come a long way since the Grahamstown Days. Let me know when you have a DVD Copy, Id love to get my hands on a copy ! Blue Skies Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  5. Wish I could make it Dude, maybe next year ! "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  6. Quit Numerous times 3mnths, 6mnths etc. and started again, Its been 6 weeks now and Ive managed to go out drinking with all my freinds who are smokers, so hopefully I'll quit fot good. "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  7. I agree - Chute Shop After Sales is NON EXISTENT ! Pisa on the other hand are Great, 3 weeks to get my canopy, Chute shop promised me 10 weeks, Well I ended up waiting 5 months ! Cheers DZD "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  8. Hey Will Yep, Mine was pretty bad took it to my Rigger, who raised the subject at the Annual riggers meeting. Cheers Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  9. Hi Everyone For those of you who have Vortex II Containers or planning to Vortex II Containers, just something I suggest you be aware of and have checked out by a rigger. After 5 months of having my Vortex, I noticed that the loop on the Riser, was starting to fray. I took it to a rigger (who is very well respected in the U.K. ) for inspection. The eye of the steel housings was so badly manufactured that it had sharp edges which caused the riser loop to fray. We also found that the eyes were not correctly sized for the housing and were threatening to come loose. The first thing I did was check out a rig which came from the same batch. It had the exact same problem, apparently there have been quite a few complaints about this. The manufacturers have changed their housings, as they are aware of the problem. I suggest that if you do have a Vortex II container to check this out, as it is not very easily noticible without inspection. Please send replys and let me know if you have had the same problem. Blue Skies Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  10. Very Nice, Professional looking site, could be a little faster on loading ! Good Luck Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  11. Jump with an experienced Jumper or a coach ! Cheers Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  12. Ducky How about buying some South African Gear, prices are great and you would probably end up paying the same for second hand gear as you would for brand new South African Gear. Check out the gear section for the Hornet Main, and Tempo Reserve. A very Good South African Container is the Vortex II made by a company called chute shop, I own one and the quality is great and the rig also looks great. Check out http://www.icarus.co.za for prices. Note that prices are quoted in South African Rands. Blue Skies Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  13. Well whoever told you that talks nonsense. I bought my Hornet about 3 months ago and since have put about 55 jumps on it. Great Canopy flys great, lands even better. Performance is also good. I jump a 190 at a loading of 1.33 and find it to perform better than a 170 Square canopy. Blue Skies Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ
  14. Just over a week ago I was taking part in the British Army Championships when on my first jump of the day, my canopy opened and began turning to the left, as this was happening the canopy also decided to throw me into a series of line twists, which caused the canopy to start spinning and when I say spinning I mean outa control. I was not very wise in my decision as I did not chop when I should have, intead I really battled to get out of the twists and then yanked on the back risers to try and stabilse the canopy, by this time my arms were knackered from trying to prevent things from going badly wrong, and I barely had enough strength to get my toggles and begin flying. Lesson learned here was 1) I should have cut away and next time this happens will not hesitate, reason being that once I manged complete control of the canopy I found that I was at a nice height of about 600 ft (Very Bad) 2) Be very thorough when packing, I know sometimes we tend to be hurried along and take some things for granted, but please be thorough and if youre not sure ask a rigger or someone in the know. The cause of my cnopy misbehaving was that I did not Stow the brake toggles correcly, but I have learned from this mistake and will make sure that it never happens again. Luckily for me this mistake did not turn out to injure me, but could quite easily have done so very badly. The Moral of the Story - Always know what to do in any situation and try to antivpate the various different malfunctions and what you would do in the given situation. I think too many people dont think carefully enough about safety ! Blue Skies Dale "The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival." - safe swoops - MY DZ