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    Valkyrie - what a lady

    AHA!! your one of those!!! grats on your new love
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    My name is Sasan

    a skydiver is no longer a tourist on his 10th anniversary but welcome, sounds like ya got the bug
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    Need opinions

    personally I think its a great idea - you will know immediately if your sliding or moving around or if your the slightest bit unstable in a very controlled setting. your anxiety will be lower and you will be able to focus on what you want to do without the adrenaline rush of freefall. imo it will help put you "in shape" for your step back into the sport. but being out for that long prior to being licensed you should definitely find out from the dzo/s&ta what will they require you to do - I would expect it to include sitting through the jump course again and a jump with an instructor prior to being recertified good to go solo. Roy
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    Raven reserve sizing

    raven I - 181 sq ft raven II 218' raven III 249' raven IV 282' this was my downsize path till I hit zero porosity
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    iFly Seattle

    Friendly instructors who are incredibly talented and take the time to explain what you need to be doing and how to do it. My 11yr old son made his 1st flight june 25th and spend the next two days talking about the next trip. Our instructor Brandon obviously loves his job :-)
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    Loving My Spectre!!!

    spectres are great canopys, enjoy those soft openings
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    right bicep bruise WTF

    you would have to be tumbling for the riser to get ya on the bicep. the culprit is probably the harness. Roy
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    freefly friendly rig with Spectre 150

    wow - that is an awesome offer, I am sure there is someone to take you up on it. years ago when I had just started working for the dz I had old gutter gear, many many jumps on it, it was the start of a boogie that we had - one load of students on friday night then a weekend of partying, jumping and debauchery - my main blew the center cell out on that jump - no replacement, I was so upset I cant even put it into words, a jumper from idaho came up to me and handed me his brand new rig - everything new in it saying he had just recieved a call from work and he wouldnt be able to stay for the boogie... I was speechless - even back then a complete rig wasnt cheap and I had never met this jumper before that day, I really wish I could remember his name but its been a few years. his only request was to leave it with the dzo and not tear it up and if something was damaged to have it fixed or replaced - and no I couldnt pay him for the use of the rig - but I got sneaky since he wouldnt let me pay him *(I put 30$ wrapped around the reserve repack card) - it was the least I could do I ended up with three rigs at one time a few years later and often loaned them out to jumpers who needed them, paying it foreward was the right thing to do. you rock! Roy
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    Large oil cooler on C-182

    found this with google.com hope its helpfull http://www.niagaraairparts.com/ Roy
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    Great service from Larsen & Brusgaard

    Ya know, they might be the only mfg that I havent ever heard anything bad about their customer service. They are awesome and consistently go way above and beyond what a normal business would do. Roy
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    Double mal

    not so sure a 4' drag chute would help in any way as the main would probably spin just the same - your body would have less spin speed I am sure, but the canopy might still be pointed at the ground and would it slow the decent? I am not sure it would make an appreciable difference. several points on the video - unless the TI's where that jump was made deploy at a lower altitude than here then the tandem pulled at 5000' - 5500' the cameraman waited 4-5 seconds (not the 10 he stated on the interview) before deploying his main so he was around 3500ish at the lowest when it became obvious that the main was screwed. He pulled his reserve on his back, not sure if there was an rsl involved but you can clearly see the reserve bridal and pilot chute in the video... not once did I see him check an altimeter. unless I missed something he had plenty of time to get stable and pull the reserve which would likely have resulted in a non-incident ... In my mind the only time an unstable reserve pull is acceptable is when humming through 1k or thereabouts. being as stable as time allows in my mind is a better option than a drag chute *however that said, it is an interesting idea and I am not sure if it would help or hinder Roy
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    Amazing parachute fix

    Mighty MenditQuote pffff, glue, nahhhh, duct tape FTW !!!
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    What to do with an old PC

    I gave one of mine to my son with strict instructions to NOT jump off the roof with it like you, I couldnt think of any real use for it. Roy
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    What it's all about

    I agree wholeheartedly
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    to buy or not to buy

    ummm, take it for a test spin, or get a demo from the manufacturer. just cause someone else loves a canopy doesnt mean you wont hate it.... buying without testing could end up with you owning something you dont like... Roy
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    yes I loved it all! Quote c'mon....stop holding back.... tell us how you really feel congrats on your new canopy
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    There is no "muscle memory"

    when you get your instructional ratings you can call it whatever you wish Roy
  18. LOL, yep.... hook - line - and sinker...... you been caught... welcome, enjoy, and never quit learning Roy
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    Is skydiving too safe

    Have we sanatised our sport to the extent where it should no longer be considered as "extreme"? thats pretty much what everyone that hasnt tried it... Now that I am involved I see that it is all about safety I find that it is "so safe" that on occasion on a jump I have found it to be booring. yes and no - the gear we use is more reliable and in general better condition than some of the old surplus gutter gear from years past, but now we have relatively new issues that are killing and injuring too many I read a lot about jumpers on high wing loadings getting hurt or worse and I think, are they not the true skydivers who still take "the risk" Quote Its all about risk management, what is extreme to another may be normal to others. We try to minimize the risks, to do othewise would be stupid. Roy
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    Hornet 190 openings

    Is there something that I can do to slow it down?Quote boy, I hear this a lot from hornet owners.... for some reason its the ones who own the larger canopys... (nothing wrong with that) but yes you can do something about it.....everyone will start telling you about packing tips, the exotic packing (rolling the nose, stuffing the nose...) etc... but you can eliminate the problem by having your rigger make you an oversized slider-and the problem will go away, I jump an icarus fx-85 that was very painfull to deploy, my rigger made me a slider that was 2" wider and 1 5/8 inch larger front to back with dual drawstrings, .... you cannot tell it wasnt the stock slider by looking at it (excellent work) these dimensions worked for my canopy, call the factory and tell them the problem - they will probably recommend a larger slider and will be able to either provide it, or give you the dimensions needed to fabricate one. my openings are almost scary soft.....no opening shock what so ever...my stiletto never opened this soft. hope this helps. Roy
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    Skydive Hollister

    I had way too much fun when I went, I had people go out of their way to come up and introduce themselves to me and invite me on loads. the people are extremely friendly and welcome newcomers with open arms. the bunkhouses are first come first serve and are kept clean, (the shower does have hot water, you just have to know how to turn it on) the hotels and stores are just down the street not too far away. If you dont like big DZ's but would like to jump a turbine, this is definately the place to go.
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    how much lead?

    I havent ever seen a gage on how much lead produces what speed, but ten pounds should speed you up and make freefall with the fat bastards a bit easyer.... I was recovering from fracturing two vertebre in my back a few years ago, ten pounds made it easyer to fly with a 40 way, 20lbs made it a cake walk, .... except for the walking part... and damnit you really look like you need to do a few situps on video.... I was always told if you need more than ten, you need a slicker jumpsuit, or arch harder, just experiment a bit, borrow a friends vest and try it, I have known several jumpers that only had five pounds in thier vest and they swore by it.. Roy