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  1. There is a major thread developing on http://www.skycentre.net/index.php?showtopic=22276&st=100 about PD reserves bought second-hand, that on closer inspection show a fake label and signs of tampering/repair/rebuild. So far 3 cases have come up in Russia, and the canopies may have originated from Poland. Please be aware of this scam if you buy a cheap second-hand reserve canopy, and be especially conscious about any bulk buyers of expired reserves online. bsbd! Yuri.
  2. The easiest way for USA to help stop Syria civil war: do nothing. Simply stop helping the rebels, and Assad will eventually win. The quickest way to save hundreds of thousands lives and stop the war: actually help Assad. Better yet, press Saudi and Qatar to stop supplying hardcore sunni jihadists with weapons and cash, and the war will be over with in a heartbit. One can always argue that the same idea applies in reverse, i.e. if Russia and Iran stopped helping Assad, the rebels would eventually win. This is probably true (even though Assad seems to have the upper hand now). However, the result would be the opposite: if Assad wins the war ends. If rebels win, the infighting between them and the fully sectarian war will go on indefinitely. This is rather obvious if your priority, as often claimed in mass media, were to save innocent lives. Unfortunately, none of the cynical and evil players of this chess game (USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran etc) care about that. My perspective and emotional involvement in this matter comes, among other things, from driving all over Syria a few years before the war. I have particularly enjoyed little bits like visiting dozens of amazing old churches in Aleppo, or buying a bottle of wine in a corner shop and getting a free corkscrew as a present... you know, all the bits that come with Saudi style Sharia. I am also a citizen of both USA and Russia, and thus have a rather unique opportunity to look at things from a distance - or else i'd go schizophrenic.
  3. Anybody familiar with math and basic statistics please feel free to comment. Vertical axis is the number of electoral districts. Horizontal is % of votes for a party. Data is from the government election committee site. In short, a bell curve is expected for all non-fraudulent results, with its peak around the real % for that party. Total for Russia: http://pics.livejournal.com/oude_rus/pic/000tzr59/s640x480 (original at http://oude-rus.livejournal.com/542295.html) Total for Moscow: http://pics.livejournal.com/dr_ulm/pic/0002aww2 (original at http://lex-kravetski.livejournal.com/394082.html) If you can guess which color is United Russia party, you get a prize. If you can figure out real results, you get an A+ Anybody with a proper math background care to comment?
  4. Enjoy Have fun Go hard! Mass wingsuiting's barely turned 10 years old, but much of common sense appears to be irrevocably lost already.
  5. outrager

    Apache X

    Looks like another old fart just made it official, LOL
  6. outrager

    Apache X

    Different cliffs ;-) As far as i can see, the fastest time in official competition yesterday was Frode's 18.53 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150235424685868&set=pu.43724640867&type=1&theater&pid=7690009&id=43724640867
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O83HyQPX8-E&feature=player_embedded
  8. Nice toy! Still, a fundamental GPS flaw of ground speed instead of airspeed, but if you look for change of L/D relative to change of body position etc, instead of absolute numbers - it should be quite useful, eh?
  9. That's where you can stop all this BS Your ticket is a freebie inheritance, and should really carry no weight in a theater that doesn't recognize other inherited titles. Meanwhile those without tickets get to clean the theater of (and for) the scraps of popcorn you drop on the floor, while watching the show from the walkways. Some will earn their seats eventually, to the bitching and moaning of the free-pass crowd, and that's as fair as it gets in "all people are equal unless they are mexicans" land.
  10. Come in a big ship with a lot of cannons, kill a bunch of locals and generlly take over? As opposed to sneaking in tiny boats, using smaller guns and only occasional killings?
  11. http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2009/12/30/afghan-panel-u-s-attack-killed-civilians/ http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2009/12/31/around-the-web-cia-suffers-loss-of-7-employees/ Only in numbers, though... not sure how many agents a child is worth.
  12. I'm pretty sure 2:50 is from the top exit, 2500m vertical.
  13. Nice flights, quite impressive! I liked this one: http://www.vimeo.com/7103784, nice use of ridge lift, but a bit turbulent indeed! Are you guys making it over the football fields on the other side of the main road? That was our main LZ back in '06. Almost got my ass kicked for spoiling a game with a low overpass once Seems like things have changed a lot while i was away... everybody is into proxy, speed&race nowadays. I can see why (distance is boring compared to proxy), but a shame in a way, as new suits took away endurance problems and added a bit more glide. bsbd! Yuri.
  14. Somebody has to! You should be able to pull at 300m over the village at L/D of 2.9. If you do fly at 3.5 you will be pulling at 600m. These numbers assume 200m of altitude wasted for a lazy start, obviously that can be done better. It does not. True airspeed (i.e. both vertical and horizontal, proportionally) does increase with altitude, so starting a suit higher up will take slightly longer. Sustained L/D will be the same at any altitude, assuming that you are indeed flying. Google, like http://www.stolaf.edu/people/hansonr/soaring/spd2fly/densalt.htm if you want to know why in detail.
  15. Ostankino '04: http://base416.com/ostankino04/Pond_Flight.mov This year's Burj Dubai WS flight is roughly twice as high, though.
  16. You've mixed it up: your life's in danger in strong wind Let's not hijack a thread quite yet
  17. The graph is suicidal: the red point at 5k mark is impact You need to allow for deployment, say at 100m AGL. Also, suits start to fly waaaay sooner. It may be hard to scientifically plot the first few seconds, however multiple experiments show S3/V1 style suits at about 300m horizontal mark 300m below the exit point (as measured by deployment and landing/water impacts from 370m range objects
  18. Nope, and probably not this season. I took a year-long break from flying, and now got stuck in Scotland for a while. Maybe back in the fall, but won't be current and high-alt season will end by then. Otherwise i'd quietly go and rape it instead of posting here
  19. Not really sure. I made it to the last hill back in 2003 (4300m mark, 2050m altitude) on S3 prototype, and again to the same exact point on V2 a couple of years ago. Endurance seems to be the key to make it over the last hill when you are low and tired. I recon if you make it over this point you make it all the way. It's hard to judge exact altitude at such a shallow angle, and you must beware of a weak pull - i almost got burned on the first attempt by using up all of the arms energy and barely extracting PC out of the pouch
  20. Yo ! All this talk about downwind 3.5 glide flights reminded me about a very nice real-life L/D challenge that's still to be conquered: Try flying from the Mushroom (Eiger) all the way down to Grindenwald. It's a scenic and intense flight over the rolling hills. You will need to cover about 5000m distance to use all 2200m of available altitude, requiring a measly 2.6-2.7 L/D average depending on how much altitude you allow for a start and deployment. Exit altitude is 3200m, which puts it rather close to a skydive. Wind will not be a significant factor: you have to pick a quiet day to survive. Access is easy, start is safe, and LZs are bigger than most DZs Plenty of attempts have been done from this exit over the years, and AFAIK the challenge remains. It should be so easy now with the new suits, eh? C'mon, do it, even at 2.9 you'll be a rock star!
  21. Yo! There's quite a crew of skydivers/base jumpers doing rope access/NDT inspections on offshore oil rigs in UK and Europe in general. Now, is anybody working in this area on USA side of the pond? Drop me a line if you have any info on American specifics, will appreciate it! bsbd! Yuri, BASE416
  22. Taken from FBA forum: "From GPS Track to subtitle": http://larve.free.fr/gpx2srt/Site/gpx2srt.html Looks like an awesome toy for wingsuit base. Check out the video on that page to get a quick idea.
  23. Any kid who played a real-time strategy game knows that you must control as much of the world's scarce resources as you can. It might be spice, or it might be oil...