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  • Main Canopy Size
    119
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    167
  • AAD
    Cypres 2

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  • License Number
    32564
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    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    750
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    1
  • Years in Sport
    4
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving

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  1. DBlank

    Choices, Choices: Pilot-Chute-In-Tow Malfunctions and You

    Worth mentioning that a pcit does not necessarily require the use of any extra handles... A swift elbow to the container can dislodge a stubborn main. There is of course the option to reach back and manually extract as well. Neither of these will work in case of a misrouted bridal, only if the pin isn't being pulled with sufficient force. However remember altitude is your priority, don't waste it trying to play skygod, to avoid this make sure you practice whatever your plan is including altitude checks. It's something I see so often skipped when people are doing EPs, time gets funny with a spinner over you're head and people have sketchy low cutaways.
  2. It would be hard to argue there is a practical difference, but I was under the impression that it technically counted? "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Unusual facts about skydiving

    WHAT? This changes EVERYTHING, I knew that kid wasn't mine. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    PISA Pilot?

    The slider thing sounds right, I had a Hornet 190 with a near tandem sized slider, it opened slow as balls, actually packed it for faster openings by folding the front edge of the slider in. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Suunto Ambit for skydiving

    I would tend to agree, I use a Suunto Vector, works fine, I've had it next to analog ones before, just as good. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Sabre2 150 or Pilot 150

    I describe the Sabre 2 openings like this: "SNATCH! snivel snivel snivel snivel snivel snivel snivel, inflaaaaatteeeee." I think the end cell closure is dependent on packing and WL in my experience, never had end cell or major heading issues at 1.1-1.2. You didn't say your WL by the way. I have a handful of jumps on a Pilot, about 100 on Sabre 2's, and 200ish on a Hornet which is very similar to the Pilot. I would say I like the openings on the Pilot better, soft but not sniveler, leave the nose wise open. But flight and landing characteristics the Sabre 2 is much more fun I think, its snappier and has a longer recovery arc. As others have said, the flare in the Sabre 2 is more in the bottom and the Pilot in the top. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    what's my military gear worth?

    I have a friend who jumps a Para-commander on a regular basis, there was a picture of him doing head down with it and a short story about him in Blue Skies a few months ago. http://i.imgur.com/MmKwL.jpg That's a scan of the article in question. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Space foam for rig ,y/n ?

    Your already spending over 2 grand on it, it really adds to comfort and you're going to be wearing it a lot. The way I see it is its a major purchase and you'd rather be totally happy with it than say ehhh I wish I'd gotten X option a few years down the road. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Alternate Altimiters

    I know that the Sunnto watches are popular and suitable for skydiving, but I was wondering if anyone had any experiance with some of the other ones. I was looking on eBay for a cheap replacement to the Sunnto I packed into my canopy. There are a lot of Casio Pathfinder line altimeter watches out there. Just wondering if anyone had experience with them? Or anything else, these seem to be used in hand gliding my main concern with getting something else is its update rate in free fall. Yes I'm cheap and I maybe shouldn't be, I am aware of all the arguments in the digital vs analog discussion, that's not the issue. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
  10. In my (and most peoples) opinion it is the best tasting carbonated high caffeine drink out there, vastly superior to Monster/Full throttle/ NOS ect. Its just coffee but more like soda. I don't even know how you can something like that... I think Diet Coke tastes like asswater but I don't assume everyone that likes it drinks it only because of marketing. "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Nice 4-Way iPhone App

    I'll never understand why so many apps come out for iPhone first (or at all) when android has a much larger market share and is easier to develop for (assuming you aren't using a lot of hardware functions). "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    Wow, we had a really safe year

    I think this will show up in one of the next few issues of Parachutist, the safety day issue maybe? If i recall that's when they normally have the report? "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
  13. Hey I noticed are jump at Fort, I encourage invite you to come on over to East Troy for the winter, we jump all winter and don't bite. Also it would be nice if I maybe wasn't easily the youngest person around once and a while . "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"
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    helmet theory

    No helmet: closed casket; Standard Skydiving helmet: open casket; pro-tec: possibly no casket; "Do you really want to take advice from the guy we call Tarmac?"