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  1. I can think of ALTERnative courses. Flight-1 being the only provider is nEGOtiable.
  2. I've attached my eventual solution using a cage and one of those trunk-style mounts. I've since added a little bungee to limit any vibration and I'll be replacing the thumb screw with a normal machine screw before it gets jumped. It sits tons flusher than the J mount did. I appreciate what you're saying. However, I've got a gopping great stills camera screwed on top. Maybe I should attach that with a dab of adhesive (or, more seriously, replace it with a mirrorless!)
  3. Looking for the same thing myself at the moment. I lost a GoPros after a riser strike across the front of a flat top. It was fixed with the standard plastic J-mount which broke at the plastic arm. I've picked up one of those little snug metal cages which look good but it has a thumb screw on the bottom and no easy way to rear mount it. I could do with a low profile L-bracket of some kind but I'm not keen on anything that might be sharp and take off a finger if a riser slaps my hand into my head or something ;). Been meaning to take a dremel to a standard bracket or something but I haven't got round to it.
  4. Awesome for anyone getting into CP... KAs and VEs will be even cheaper!
  5. Had good results with the SJCAM series. Not dirt cheap but still significantly cheaper than a GoPro. I only use mine for backup and personal debriefing so sinking 400 quid on a GoPro would have been stupid. Edit: The camera Alex posted looks like a knock-off of the sjcam sj5000x. It's like knock-off inception.
  6. Have you let anyone else jump it to see whether they experience the same problem? The openings look OK to me. Try and stop looking at it. Focus on the horizon, relax and try and just stay level in your harness. When the canopy is sniveling and thrashing you about, it's really hard _not_ to try and correct it with your harness. If you do, the odds are you'll over correct and send it off heading. Just stay neutral. Be a shame if you bought a new canopy and it still happened
  7. I persevered with the velo when I should have stuck with the katana and, after about 100 jumps on it, I damaged the bottom of my bicep / the tendon at the elbow from the front riser pressure. No idea what was actually wrong with it but it was pretty much "swoopers elbow". It would get better after a few weeks but, after one jump, it was fucked again. Took the best part of the season to heal. Don't be that guy (me).
  8. General consensus is sabre 2's are great but there's not much point in changing at the moment. Start learning on whatever wing you're currently jumping as you'll be the most current on it. You'll be focusing on your pattern, hitting set-up points, planning, consistently timing a turn etc. Changing wing won't help you with any of that. At some point, you'll want to move away from the super short recovery of the ST but cross that bridge when you come to it.
  9. KAs are awesome if swooping is your focus. I personally enjoyed the KA much more than the VE at that loading (KA107 vs VE103). The VE riser pressure was insane and it was hard work making it do what I wanted. Enjoy!
  10. The first I've heard of this. Is it supposed to be a competition-only type wing? Great to see these guys pumping out new stuff...!
  11. Wing flies exactly the same but covers more ground downwind and less into wind. Nothing to do with the wing being pushed more.
  12. Nearly? Two recent fatalities (that I know of) and some near misses.
  13. Interesting. It's fair to say that the wind speed drops off during your turn, to some extent, on most landings. Let's park the stable wind conditions part then because that's theoretical and not very practical (especially not where I jump). I'm interested in any conversation on how wind sheers between 1200ft to 0ft would affect a turn. pchapman touched on it...