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  1. What benefit does the 7-cell platform offer over the 9-cell Petra in terms of performance? I know that most folks revert to JVX/Velo for accuracy runs in a comp. Is this one idea you have in mind for the petra-lite?
  2. It doesn't matter what camera or what lens angle - center of frame is center of frame. As long as I sight the dot correctly, it works like any other sight.
  3. I use a .55 lens on my video camera and the cannot kit lens and I can frame my shots perfectly without the need for a ring sight. Instead, I use a small dot of tape on the inside of my sunglasses which is low-profile, costs nothing, and works just as well as a ring sight.
  5. 4 gear rentals/month = $100 I realized this when I was a student and took out a personal loan from the bank for $2,500. My monthly payment was around $75.
  6. Rocky Rivero @ Mile Hi in Longmont. You'll probably pay a bit extra because you're going through the DZ, but Rocky is a damn good rigger. He's very meticulous and takes pride in his rigging. He's also recently been to PIA and UPT's factory to keep up on the latest info in the rigging world.
  7. Most folks that I know that jump Velos swear by pitching in a track to open them.
  8. From the video, yea. But I'm guessing that it's the pilot, not the canopy. He's snapping his whole turn pretty fast and letting off the controls equally as fast. And you can't tell if there's any harness input either.
  9. Density altitude affects parachute openings. Try jumping a canopy at sea level vs a higher altitude on a hot day (ie colorado). Here is what the SIM (sect 5-5) says about it: I thought I had also read something by Brian Germain on the topic somewhere, but couldn't find it. However, I don't think that a thunderstorm could change your density altitude enough to alter openings that severely. Oh, and there's no reason not to charge them for a simple hard opening.
  10. ShayneH


    I'm assuming that you're talking about Mile Hi. If that's the case, then yes, the coach gets paid for the jump, and the DZ is not making any profit on said jump. Tipping is not expected, however, a case of beer usually goes over pretty well.
  11. You guys make me chuckle.... According to the CDC, tobacco use is responsible for more than 430,000 deaths each year, or 1 in 5 deaths. Yet, I don't hear you guys saying a damn thing about how cigarettes should be illegal or how the $73 billion in medical expenditures and another $50 billion in indirect costs burden us. FYI.... CAUSES OF DEATH /// TOTAL /// % COMPARED TO SMOKING Alcohol-induced deaths 19,086 04.4% Assault (homicide) 16,831 03.9% Drug-induced deaths 18,443 04.3% Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease 14,681 03.4% Injury by firearms 28,839 06.7% Motor Vehicle Accidents 46,378 10.8% TOTAL OF ALL ABOVE 144,258 33.5% Before you moan about how other drugs will be a financial burden, yada yada, try doing some research to compare them to what is already legal. Your blind arguments are starting to sound like Bill O'Reilly argue about religion....
  12. You call it dreaming, I call it scientific fact. Many drugs fall under the category of nootropics (google it), or drugs that are purported to enhance cognitive function. This has been scientifically proven. They stimulate areas of the brain that are otherwise not [as] active. Here's the main thing that bugs me though... I don't use drugs as I get drug tested at my work. Yet, have no issue with folks using. In fact, I believe it should be a constitutional right to be able to put what you want in your body. Yea, sure, there's a small percentage of drug users that can't handle drugs and cause problems. But that's the case with everything, from guns to cars to alcohol to fireworks to you name it. For fuck's sake, the President elect admitted he smoked pot, did cocaine. And he smoked cigarettes until he was in office. If you think drugs should be illegal becuase a small percentage of users cause problems, then we should just start illegalizing pretty much everything in our daily lives.
  13. "Dopers" are weak minded, eh? Hate to burst your bubble, but some of the greatest minds/inventors were inspired by drugs. For example, Kary Mullis lends credit to the mind expanding drug LSD for helping inspire him to pioneer polymerase chain reaction, a technique used for the amplification of DNA (allowing for crime scene DNA comparison, myriads of disease cures and treatments, etc....) Richard Feynman, an overall intellect, habitually smoked pot. During his career, he revolutionized modern day physics, helped design the atomic bomb, exposed flaws of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and wrote his theory of quantum electrodynamics, which went on to win a Nobel Prize. Sigmund Freud, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century and father of psychoanalysis, was a cocaine user. The list goes on... and that's just in the realm of scientific advancements. The amount of "dopers" who contributed to some of the World's greatest works of art, literate, and entertainment would boggle your tiny mind. As much as you want to deny it, drugs have inspired some of the greatest minds of our time, which in turn have produced works of art, literature, and pushed the envelope of scientific advancement, making your life a much better place.
  14. Vigil has pretty goddamn good customer service as well.
  15. IMO, the time frame in which you completed said number of jumps is just as big of a variable as jump numbers themselves when deciding which bracket of canopy pilot experience you fall into. Someone with 500 jumps over 10 years probably wont be as great of a canopy pilot as someone with 300 jumps in one year.