castrodavidd

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  • Main Canopy Size
    119
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    149

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  • License
    C
  • License Number
    33299
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    501
  • Tunnel Hours
    3
  • Years in Sport
    5
  • First Choice Discipline
    Swooping
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    499
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Swooping
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    499
  1. This should be an article about how AADs have saved lives, not about jump numbers. All I'm hearing is sit down why the sky gods go play. I have 425 jumps over 4 active years. I have been on those large track and angle dives, and have never had a problem staying with the formation. Thruth is your DZ preaches safety to the industry while having a horrible safety record. Kind of remindes me when a pilot told me "I've ran an airplane out of fuel 4 times so I think I know how to manage fuel." Rather than shutting people out for not meeting your specifications, why don't you try taking them in. I've been to your DZ and 31 others across the country. I have never been treated as poorly as I was in AZ. Ps. Try putting your least experienced jumpers upfront by the leader. That way the leader can set the pace of the slowest tracker. You may not get the best track but you will all stay together.
  2. castrodavidd

    Using my rear risers

    ^^^+1 Trust your rears!
  3. castrodavidd

    Canopy climbs after 270

    Follow up to my original post. After checking all of my line trims, I lengthened my brake lines by 2.5 cm. The climb has drastically reduced, maybee down to 3 or 4 feet. Which I can live with, I think.
  4. castrodavidd

    Crossfire 139 to katana 120

    I hope the 155 on your viso was in meters and not feet. Even then you should be able to get a lot more than 500 feet out of a 270.
  5. castrodavidd

    Canopy climbs after 270

    Because I have yet to find anyone who will sell me a Petra 169
  6. castrodavidd

    Canopy climbs after 270

    After checking the line trims, the brakes were set 2cm short of the factory setting. I lengthen them by that, will see how it does.
  7. castrodavidd

    Canopy climbs after 270

    I have about 125 jumps on a crossfire 2 169, loaded 1.55/1. 100 of those are riser approaches. The last 50 have been 270's. I have been working on increasing my turn and dive times to increase my speed. Over the last ten jumps the canopy has been climbing half way through the swoop, about ten feet. I have attributed this in the past to twisted steering lines, but last jump I made sure they were untwisted before packing. I have tried keeping my hands on the dive loops, and even tried adding a little pressure when it starts to climb. My biggest concern is that when it gets to the top of the climb it's almost stalled, and starts descending almost vertically with little pressure left for the flare. Anny suggestions?
  8. castrodavidd

    So I want to swoop...

    Where's the like button?
  9. castrodavidd

    Curiosity landing on Mars: will NASA pull it off?

    Yes but I already swooped the landing area and there is not much to see there.
  10. castrodavidd

    Two out from a static line.

    This post wasn't ment to talk about gear, but to question how much should be taught about two out situations. Remember you can teach just about every thing about just about anything but when a first jump student leaves the airplane they are not going to remember it all. I think it's better to give them the minimum amount of information to survive the jump and build on that.
  11. castrodavidd

    Two out from a static line.

    Probally averages 10 per week, yes we think the gear should be updated but his prices are pretty low. $140 for the FJC $45 for a student or coach jump. Includes gear rental.
  12. castrodavidd

    Two out from a static line.

    I love how people on dz.com can turn a training question into a witch hunt. Yes it is old school, yes the equipment should be replaced, but in 30 years of being a dzo the guy has never even seen a fatality, so he must be doing something right. How many of you can say that about your dz?
  13. castrodavidd

    Two out from a static line.

    To lower the risk of a two out, caused by a aad firing with a main deployed. The student is going to get a canopy. If the main is bad, cutting away will activate the reserve through the RSL. The worst case would be a Staic line in tow. We teach our students rleft hand on your reserve handle right hand on your head. Only when the SLI sees this will he cut the static line. If the student is unable or unwilling the SLI will climb down the SL hold on to the student rig with on hand and cut the SL with the other. Activating the students reserve once clear.
  14. castrodavidd

    Two out from a static line.

    You're saying that the S/L students DON'T have active AADs for their first jump??? Yes
  15. castrodavidd

    Two out from a static line.

    The debate was over every instructor having their own opinion. Not being one of them I watched while forming my own. In the case of a first jump student on a static line, AADs are off or not installed, I thought as a whole it would be better to do nothing, ie leave the brakes set and go along for the ride. Teaching them "at first" to only chop if it down planes. The keep it simple stupid method. To complicate the standardization in this procedure this DZ still has some rigs with round reserves. Hence my go for a ride idea. PS. I'm doing just fine on my X-Fire