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    stowed slider ?'s

    Easy fix and we old school swoop nunya's have been doing it since looooong before the reserve flap magnet was invented. Sew a square patch of fuzzy velcro onto the back of your jumpsuit collar and sew a mating hook velcro patch on one the end of a 2-inch strip of trim tape and then sew it to the base of the first patch. Once you pull the slider below the steering toggles, simply twist it up, wrap the velcro strap around it and anchor it back to the mating velcro. Your slider will sit collapsed right behind your head and well away from the reserve flaps. In the event of a cutaway, the velcro tears free with only a few pounds of tension. It works better than the magnet, is easier to reach and manipulate, and costs almost nothing to make and install. You can also skip collapsing your slider with the kill lines if you like. A tight twist will do the same thing and the strap (no more than 2 inches long) will keep it from unrolling. That will be one less thing to do while packing. thanks! "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    stowed slider ?'s

    has anyone ever heard of a stowed slider causing problems with ep's. i was thinking if you had a self induced malfuncton after stowing your slider with a stow on your reserve flap, bad shit could happen right? "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Hard Deck - where is yours and why ?

    below 1800- no canopy out i go reserve @/by 1800- choppy chop on the main if malfunctioning below 1800- aircraft emergency, go reserve avereage main canopy opening for me is about 5-800ft. if i only have 1 shot below 1800 i want the best shot i can get, so i will go silver. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    new to skydiving and looking for help!

    what area are you in? uspa.org "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    What is the best Cessna jump plane

    grand caravan "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    South Jersey Newbie With Some Questions

    the escrow process is basically usinga 3rd party to buy gear. say you want to buy a rig from me. you send it to chutingstar and they perform an inspection of the rig. if it is good to go, you send them the money and they send you the rig. basically just keeps everyone honest. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    St. Patties day weekend Fitzgerald?

    the sweet ironies of life "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Saber 2 question

    actually it has been the roughest one i've experienced. imagine this: snivel snivel snivel snivel BAMMMMMMMM!! it felt like a gorilla tried to tear my leg off! "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Saber 2 question

    my 210 at 1.2 is pretty regular at 6 to 800. had a stuck slider once and it was 2000. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
  10. http://www.uspa.org/AboutSkydiving/SkydivingSafety/tabid/526/Default.aspx "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Wingsuit flying

    just track, angle flying is way more fun than wingsuiting "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    St. Patties day weekend Fitzgerald?

    the first year i went to fitz i had about 35 jumps. i'm a farm jumper, and we will be closed and at the fitz boogie. Hans, the farm dzo is running tandem ops at the boogie. all of the farms rental gear will be there. i will personally give you a briefof the dz and possibly, time permitting (i'm editing tandem videos) be able to make a jump with you. check you message box, ill pm you my phone number. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Written warnings...

    a bit of an overreaction, dont you think? if you want someone up your ass 24/7 with a little sticky note making notes on every safety violation, you should get the government involved. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
  14. www.skydivethefarm.com skydive the farm in georgia total a-license package, $1999 (aff,4 coachjumps,gear rental,pack jobs, flight 1 canopy course). pretty much all you have to do is show up and jump. during the summer they fly 7 days a week. awesome/safe staff. 55 acres to camp on or a bunk room if that's more your style. 2 bathrooms and showers on site and plenty of friendly people to hang with. call hans, the dzo, and see what he has to say. 404 295 5000 edited to add: camping and/or bunk house is free "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Transporting rig by bike

    [replyAnyone here transport their rig on their bike? Any suggestions on the best way to do this? every weekend it's warm enough to ride. the rig is in the back t-bag. you just need to find one with a pop top. the rig fits and you dont kill your shoulders/back. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Progression

    Mitch...this may not be good in this case. The OP has already said that locals have said the 135 was going to be OK...all based simply on landing abilities. Note no mention of canopy controls, wind conditions, stalls prevention, emergency maneuvers, etc....in other words, no real canopy flight training prior to downsizing. Unfortunately, one one of the major, major shortcomings of way too many 'instructors'..."Ahhhhh, Go for it. You'll be OK." What about the same issues to get to the 150? good points Andy. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Progression

    it's the interweb dude, not some magical place. i have as much right to say something as anyone else with a key board and wifi. telling someone to get advice from people that know him/her personally and his/her skill level is not bad advice (and is just about all the canopy advice i am qualified to give). unless you go and personally watch her canopy control and landings, you don't really know if you are giving her anything applicable. it is common on this site for people to bash any wingloadings they think might be pushing the limit of experience for the poster, whom they know nothing about. regardless she has already bought the canopy so her decision is made. sorry i ruffled your feathers with the "it's to small" comment. it wasn't my intention, and i meant it as an off-hand remark. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Progression

    this is a horrible place to ask about canopy size advice. you will just get, "it's too small. " ask your real life instructors at your dz that know you and your abilities. honestly those are the only people who need to give you that type of feedback. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Help! I'm new I don't know what to do!

    show up at the dz and stay all weekend. i started editing videos because it's a dz job and you dont have to have jump numbers to do it. it doesnt pay completely for my skyjumping addiction, but it offsets the cost somewhat. if you become a common face around the dz, when you do have the jump numbers to fly video or get ratings, people will be a lot more open to training you. if it means enough to you, you will find a way to get it done. it might mean not going to concerts, out drinking with friends, buying that nicer car. it is a give and take. give up somethings to make skydiving easier. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
  20. stable exits are an excellent thing to work on. if you can leave stable at 14,000 you can leave stable at 1,400 if there is an emergency with the plane. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    100th?

    this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp5tijDS_eo "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Your AAD is broken...

    Once you've done that evaluation, continue to jump only on those kinds of loads. that way you're not relying on the AAD, but using it only as insurance. Engaging in riskier behavior because of the "insurance" is relying on it. Wendy P. I understand the point you are making (and it's useful to consider it that way), but I don't think the risk-reduction element of an AAD should be entirely ignored when deciding what types of jumps you might or might not make. After all, one could say the same about a reserve parachute. Not all types of jumps pose the same risk, and since both items reduce risk, their use or non-use might reasonably be a factor in a decision whether or not a particular type of jump is above or below one's risk threshold. Yeah, statistically a reserve alone is more likely to be needed than a reserve plus an AAD (so for most people, a reserve is a requirement to make any jump at all), but I see nothing wrong with someone deciding that, for example, a group jump that poses a higher risk of a mid-air collision is only worth the risk if they also have an AAD. thank you, you stated it much better than i did. i do a lot of tracking, and with no AAD i dont plan on making them big ways. i was not saying i rely on my AAd, but some things are more risky without one. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Tracking concerns?

    i gotcha. he wasnt meaning that is a max track, just helps until you master your max track. if you're not tracking you basically just falling down:) "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Your AAD is broken...

    Once you've done that evaluation, continue to jump only on those kinds of loads. that way you're not relying on the AAD, but using it only as insurance. Engaging in riskier behavior because of the "insurance" is relying on it. Wendy P. that is a very good point. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."
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    Your AAD is broken...

    i have always used an AAD. mine is due for its 4 year inspection in march. while it is being serviced i plan on jumping without it. i will be a little more choosey on the types of skydives and the people i am in the air with, but i do not see having no AAD as a reason to not jump. "Never grow a wishbone, where your backbone ought to be."