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  1. So in reading this entire thread I am still confused. Is it that Skyride pulled out of Waverly with all Skyride's equipment, computers and plane or did AST separate itself from Skyride and take all their equipment? Basically, who owned the equipment Skyride or AST? There appears to be a "new dropzone" opening up in Waverly called Music City Skydiving and they are building up their inventory of equipment etc. I think (again I dont know for sure) that some of the up jumpers there have taken upon themselves to keep an active dropzone open at that location and are working hard to get equipment in order to open their doors. So I tend to lean against the conspiracy theory of "skyride" just changed names. It appears that one DZO left and new and hopefully more reputable reputation is gained at this "new DZ". Well that's what I hope anyways because I just recently jumped there and really thought the people were super and appeared to me to be in it for the joy of the sport. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  2. guppykf

    Grell Fab GoPro Mount

    Yes and I love mine! It is stationary, so no angle adjustments. I haven't experienced it "shaking". Its been solid video, but I am a belly flyer, so I have not taking it on high speed jumps. You kinda look like a dork, cause it isn't the "cool" place to place a camera, but the safety factor of the cutaway and less of a snag hazard in my opinion is totally worth it. With the mount being on the chin I think the likelihood of having to cutaway is greatly reduced versus the top of the head; however, if a cutaway is necessary I like the peace of mind that I can get rid of that $400 camera with mount versus sacrificing my life. Now note that you cannot use the housing with the mount, so you don't want to use it in potential misty or wet conditions and I highly recommend you get the additional GO PRO protective lens in case you skid in a landing. they are $20 for two of them and better to scratch that than your actual lens. I have been told if I was in serious 4 way that it would get kicked, but I'm not and if someone is that close to my face we have bigger issues to tend to. Yes when you are mounting it for the first time you will have choice words, it is a pain! I have a G2 and the short stow bands that they provided and say they've tested the G2 with I couldn't physically get it on. I even placed my foot in the helmet and pulled with all my might and I could not get the short stow bands on. I think because the spacing between the vents is larger on the G2 than the G3, so I used the standard stow bands instead and it is still pretty tight. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  3. guppykf

    Pilot 188 zpx versus Pilot 168 non zpx

    thank you! THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  4. guppykf

    Pilot 188 zpx versus Pilot 168 non zpx

    that's what I did and it didnt appear to be right. If there isnt a chart anywhere of the packing volume for the ZPX; how does one know if it will be too loose in their container? THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  5. guppykf

    Pilot 188 zpx versus Pilot 168 non zpx

    I guess that's why I'm confused. normal pilot 188 = 440 x.17 to change to zpx (74.8) = 365.2 cu. in normal pilot 168 (non zpx) = 416 cu. in. So does that mean that the 188 zpx actually packs smaller than the 168 zp? If that logic applies than the 168 zpx would pack smaller than a pilot 117..that just doesn't sound correct. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  6. guppykf

    Pilot 188 zpx versus Pilot 168 non zpx

    I have two questions: 1. What is the pack volume differential between the Pilot 188 zpx versus the Pilot 168 -non zpx. Yes, I've checked aerodyne's website and they dont have the zpx pack volumes on their site. 2. When you purchase a used main does it typically include the risers or simply the canopy with slider? I am under the impression the pilot chute isn't included as well..right? THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  7. Jen and i met via after our knees decided they needed some tuning up. Although I never met her in person we became friends via FB and She was always so encouraging and a bright light. She had a beautiful spirit and was always building something interesting and new. Her choice in brews was impeccable! So its only fitting to have a toast in her honor! Blue Skies my friend!! THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  8. guppykf

    Gear Manufacturer Unresponsiveness

    I was trying to generalize in the attemp to try to keep a more nice format. I understand places get busy, but that doesn't make it acceptable to be unresponsive. I dont think its asking much for a simple response. You dont have to be special to get a blanket response do you? To the car analogy I do understand what you are saying. However, the attributes this press release provides would fix the issues I have with my current G2 helmet. I've been looking for a helmet that has venting in order to reduce the fogging issue and the locations where these vents are fit the bill and the other factor is for the go pro. They state they have a lower profile mount that is smooth similar to the one chutingstar has (less snag points) and this will have a cutaway system which everyone agrees is the safest option if you wear any camera small or big. As far as I know there isnt any other currently in the market that addresses those issues. I could be wrong though, so if I am I'm sure someone will make sure I know it on this forum. I may be in agreement with you I get the impression is they are the type company that doesn't respond until there's something to respond to. I dont think I was being pushy, by only sending emails every couple weeks. A simple "hey received your email. We are still working on some of the pricing matrix or tweaking the design, we hope to have it resolved in x amount of time." Doesnt have to be too indepth just something to let you know they care. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  9. guppykf

    Gear Manufacturer Unresponsiveness

    Looking for advice of my options. Situation is there is a gear manufacturer that had a display during Safety Day of an upcoming product. I spoke to the rep and stated that I was highly interested in this product. He said it would be available for purchase during PIA and the first several hundred would get a significant discount. I show up to PIA, product wasnt ready for release, no worries just let me know when it is available, but he told me he would send me photos of the options etc in the meantime; I never received. In early April I see a FB posting of its release, again reiterating first several hundred will receive a significant discount, so I email the company and get an automated reply stating they will respond as quickly as possible; this was on April 2nd. Then another FB message came out saying they were available for purchase; however, nothing addressed the costs for the options, so I sent an email telling them the sizing I needed and the options I wanted and requested pricing accordingly. I have thus sent an email regarding this every two weeks since and still have not heard back anything back. Is that typical for a skydiving equip manufacturer not to respond in over 5 weeks? I just want to know costs so I can order their item! This is a small industry, so I dont want to piss in anyone's Wheaties and I know I'm not a world renowned skydiver or anything, but believe its super unprofessional for a company not to respond in 5 weeks, but I dont know what other option I have then sit here and wait. . I really think the product is what I've been looking for in regards to quality and safety, much better than my current equipment. Any ideas how I can get a response without pissing someone off without waiting a year for a response? I know everyone can't be like L&B, but come on there's got to be something that can be done. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  10. guppykf

    bev suit questions

    I have a Bev suit with 200 jumps on it and just recently started working on Mantis myself. I know the suit was a little tight on my forearm etc when I was flying boxman, but didnt know how tight until I switch to Mantis. I just busted out one of my booties and ripped the heck out of a seam under my arms. I know I'm strong but I felt like the Hulk In the mantis position it felt like my neck was going to rip off due the seam across the neck. I will be in the market for a new suit during PIA. BTW I actually have lost weight since the suit purchase. The point of this post is when you get measured pay particular attention that you have enough room to fly in a deep arched position. Also I have the majik cordura bootie and I havent noticed them being different than a typical bootie. I also have competition grips and the grips inside the leg are super large, which would be great for competition but for the every day jumper it sucks to walk around the DZ with these big grips between your legs. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  11. guppykf

    Louisiana DZs?

    I second that emotion...Gold Coast is an awesome DZ! THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  12. guppykf


    In case anyone pulls this thread. FYI I highly do NOT recommend Cheryl Albers room rental. The home is close to the DZ..walking distance, but it is not clean at all. Below even Super 8 standards if you know what I mean. In my opinion, I wouldn't trust leaving my stuff there during the day when I wasn't there either. Rent this place at your own risk. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  13. Thanks everyone! Looks like the Tunnel is still down; they hope to have it back up tomorrow night..fingers crossed. In regards to a ride, the Shuttle (Deland Express) was $85 for 1 way and a little cheaper if you roundtrip it, but as Morrison stated I looked at renting a car and found a midsize car with taxes included was only $18 a day, so I am going that route. Thanks again! THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  14. Not sure if this is the right category, but here's my question. I'm arriving in Orlando tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and my ride to Deland just fell through. So looking for a ride up to Deland from ORL. Option 1: Anyone heading from ORL going to Deland want to split a ride? Option 2: Any tunnel instructors want to schedule me for about 30 minutes of tunnel time and possibly shoot me up to Deland afterwards for an extra fee? THRIVING IN MY DASH!!
  15. Yes I keep a copy of this in my gear bag. I dont even attempt #5 due to I cant do fronts at altitude so no way I'm going to attempt it close to the hard earth. #7 is hard as well, but I have been practicing flying with rears from long spots, but haven't attempted landing with them; its a little intimidating. Appreciate the feedback. THRIVING IN MY DASH!!