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  1. Nice. We're jumping there tomorrow.
  2. Giving you a bump to say I went to his course this past January...get ready to pack pack pack and have a blast!
  3. I don't know if that is an option you'll ultimately want to pursue, but you mileage may vary... My situation is not the same as yours, my landings are essentially with one leg and under demo canopies (designed to sink and land accurately), if find the landings to be harder, both in impact, and movement. Having said that, most of these canopies are designed to fly in their intended manner at light wing-loading,
  4. Clicky Beer...
  5. Gawain

    Aluminum Seal option?

    I've not used those. I'm curious as to if the aluminum seal could end up harming the die in the press (?) I have tried the plastic seals, with an aluminum bracket within it. They tend to cut the seal thread, and I ended up ordering more lead seals.
  6. Gawain

    Very Bad Spot!

    It was definitely a unit out of Fort Carson. I don't know of any airborne units there. 10th SFG is there, but I wouldn't think that they'd be static line jumping (would they?). Other than that, maybe 4th ID has some Pathfinder units as tenants there?
  7. Gawain

    Landing in strong wind

    You land the same way you're trained to. The difference is that when you're not making any forward movement, the landing can be quite a bit softer. When the wind is blowing so hard that you're creeping backwards, it's called a "reverse approach". You still land the same way you're trained to. In both cases, it helps to pivot on one foot after landing and yanking on one of your brake lines to collapse the parachute before it pulls you over. More importantly, learn the area around your DZ so you can find the safe "outs" (landing areas outside the main DZ). Either way, your parachute flies the way it's designed to, but if you're a young jumper, flying a large canopy, you're not going to make a lot of headway in strong winds. If you're still on student status, pay very close attention to the winds. The BSRs state a 14kt wind limit for students for a reason, your experience being one of the them.
  8. Gawain

    Skydive Alabama

    Skydive Alabama is a great dropzone! It feels smaller than it is -- they have a fast King Air, a C-182, plenty of facilities, the Airport and surrounding community likes the's a "smalltown" feeling. Not that Cullman is a metropolis mind you. It's just that it is fairly easy to get comfortable and acquainted with everything but they have some of the same things that "larger" DZs have. The landing areas are large -- plenty of space for high-performance and regular landings. Boy do they like to fly their King Air...and fly it high they do!! My last trip there, I had to re-check my altimeter because it felt like we'd been flying for a while in freefall...well lifts to 13.5+ aren't out of the norm at all. You'll notice it! ;-) Now, I don't drink, but when I owe beer, I pay beer. If you expect to owe beer for anything while traveling there, you should consider bringing it from home, several of the counties surrounding this area are dry. Everything else is just plain neat. At the end of the day of jumping, the vibe is nice, there's no attitude. Head on down there and enjoy!
  9. Gawain

    Tracking Video

    I could only watch the first few minutes of it, but that was some nice video...good stuff.
  10. Gawain

    How to load an Otter

    Yep, sounds about right sometimes.
  11. Blue skies Conway, with sympathies to his friends and family.
  12. Gawain

    Safire 2

    I got to fly a Safire 2 at Eloy and was very impressed. I've been wanting to expand my experience with some canopies beyond what I fly now (Triathlon) so I could have a better idea of what I want to move into. Basic background information: Currently, I fly a Tri-160, loaded at about 1.3. I flew a Safire 149, loaded at about 1.4. Aside from the many obvious differences in my experience (7-cell to 9-cell, square to slightly elliptical, etc.) the first thing I noticed was the amazing opening. Solid, slow, smooth and didn't waver one degree off heading. I would have to rate it equal to better compared to my Triathlon, a canopy known for very high-quality openings in its own right. Toggle inputs and turns were predictable. Recovery from turns felt natural, slightly longer arc compared to my current main. Front riser input was also responsive. I did not swoop or do any ultra-high-performance flying with the canopy. Despite my very limited experience with the Safire 2, and not having a wide experience with a lot of different types of canopies, it is clear that this is a very solid wing. This is certainly worth consideration as an intermediate canopy, or even worth careful consideration as a first canopy.
  13. Gawain


    First off, I bought this on reputation of the product and reputation of legendary customer support. I didn't even look at another product and I wasn't surprised how fast I got accustomed to my Pro-Track. I've had mine now for over 6 months and depend on it as an essential tool for my jumping (in addition to my wrist altimeter). To date, it has worked every time I've used it. The Pro-Track is easy to use, but make sure you read the manual! The main display is self-explanatory. I wear a full-face Z1, which a quiet helmet to begin with and on my first jump with the Pro-Track, high-alarm volume was way too loud for me. The next jump I tried the low-volume setting and it was still too loud. I started wearing ear-plugs and using my Pro-Track on low-volume: Perfect. I recommend anyone to carefully try out the various volume settings and use common sense to protect their hearing. The depth of functionality of the Pro-Track seems to me that it would cover every type of data that a jumper could want: True Airspeed, Skydiver Airspeed, different types of jumping formations, adjustable alarms, battery saving "ECO", date and time...and so-on and so-on! Bottom line, this is a great device. It is well made, easy to use, and in my experience, very reliable.
  14. Gawain

    Skydive Elsinore

    I am very happy to call Skydive Elsinore my home now. After moving to Southern California, I was blessed by having three dropzones within reasonable driving distance of my house. Elsinore was the first place I went and I haven't really looked back. I got nicely connected here (important because I'm still young in the sport) pretty quickly. The teams and LOs are great. Often, if a team is not training they organize and share a great deal of experience all with the motivation of keeping you flying, and smiling. I'm pretty much 100% RW, but love a good hybrid jump. The freeflyers are always grinning ear to ear. I've yet to encounter any "skygods" beating their chests; everyone is there to fly, have fun, be safe and share experience. The events they schedule are worth every investment required. My weekends there are so much fun, it makes my Mondays in "reality" all that more difficult to bear. If you're looking for a place to call home, regardless of experience, Skydive Elsinore is it. Blue Skies!
  15. Gawain


    I bought a J-2 (DOM 1992) from a fellow jumper for my first rig. He and I are the same height, build, etc. Naturally, it fits me like a glove and is very, very comfortable. As I continue to jump with it, I am consistently in awe at how well made this rig is. It's 10 years old and doesn't look it, not one bit. The first owner (whom I bought it from) is a master rigger, so he obviously took great care of it. Plus he added a codura BOC, so I've essentially got a bullet-proof pack here! On several accounts, I recall the former owner expressing his regret to me that he sold it to me, because he simply loved it. He has a J4 and he loves it too...but I guess we all get attached to things we keep for a long time. As for me, I'll be able to keep this for a long time, through at least two main down-sizings...which I figure will take me at least 500 jumps, or 3-5 years, and still, I see no reason why I'll need to replace it. As for the "use" of the rig, it is very straight forward, no hidden tucks, flaps, no velcro (huge plus!) and simply "looks" like a very well made, high quality container. If I had to replace it, I'd go straight to Sun Path.