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  1. Trunk has a write up on the gethypoxic website explaining everything you need to know about GP3 Black issues and updates. Just follow that and you will fix all the issues the current update addresses, and he even gives some tips to address issues that the update does not.
  2. First, talk to your instructors, get in person coaching, there is no substitute. Second, how much time total would you say you've spent tracking? 1 minute? 2 minutes? You wouldn't expect to be really good at anything else with so little time, tracking, and in fact skydiving, is no different. You just need to jump more. Really awesome your trying to get better, and especially awesome that you are taking the time to learn tracking, as it will inevitably save your life some day, but it will all come with practice and coaching. Go out and spend time at the DZ and make some jumps.
  3. Yep, v2.39 is the latest according to the GoPro website. I too got the email this morning though, maybe they thought some people didn't know about the update so they sent out a reminder since people are still sending in complaints.
  4. There have been many cases of ruptured vertebral arteries when chiropractors get near people's necks. These arteries are one of the main sets of arteries running through your spine to your brain. Chiropractors unfortunately do not practice evidence based medicine. There has been a lot of debate whether chiropractors manipulations do anything other than work via mechanisms similar to placebo. I personally say if it works for you fine, I'm not going to tell you it doesn't, but please do not let chiropractors adjust anything related to your neck. It's just asking for vertebral artery rupture. See someone with an MD or DO, preferably an orthopedist or neurosurgeon, as has been suggested above.
  5. Unfortunately snags aren't the most dangerous part of using a camera. The real danger comes from the distraction they provide, made obvious by the small format camera incident list which provides many examples of people who were too busy "trying to get the shot" and forgot to do other things that, had they had more experience, might have been second nature. Designing a snag free camera mount is a nice idea, but it won't be a cure all for inexperienced camera fliers strapping go pros to their helmets. It would fix a real problem, so if you have the free time and desire, go ahead and explore it, but realize thats not the root of the problem.
  6. Check the spot yourself before you exit. Ask for a go around if you are too far downwind to make it back.
  7. Since this has been brought up, I was wondering, are there any ASL signs that would be really useful for jumpers to learn in case we need to communicate with deaf jumpers? Maybe BillyVance can shed some light on this, but it seems like I meet deaf jumpers all the time, and it would be nice to be able to communicate with them in times of emergency etc.
  8. I have yet to pay for a coach jump, just because of the simple fact that there are tons of fantastic skydivers around who really enjoy teaching even in the absence of financial compensation. Obviously its nice to give these guys a little something, even a beer at the end of the day, but most expect nothing in return other than a big smile and a thank you. As with anything in life, finding great mentors can make all the difference in the world.
  9. Just ask, the worst that can happen is they say no. Most experienced jumpers have been in the same position as you at least once. Just make sure you pay it forward when you have experience by jumping with the low timers, especially the ones that are struggling. Sometimes all a new skydiver needs is a friend to motivate them to make it past that initial stage of inexperience and lack of self confidence.
  10. The Vision has the additional coverage by the shell of the helmet on the forehead. It also comes in both freefly and belly angles, so you can choose which suits your needs. I have started using a Vision this season, and have absolutely no complaints so far, couldn't be happier with it. For what its worth, I've tested both visions and images and they both fit like a glove, I just opted for the additional shell coverage.
  11. You should really talk to a physician, would you trust your daughters life to the advice of some random guy on the internet?
  12. Not a AFFI, just a 200 jump wonder, so take my viewpoint for what its worth.... Where I completely agree that there are risks with AFFI's wearing cameras on AFF jumps, I think there have to be exceptions for those doing AFF from 182's. Where I jump, on a hot summer day, there isn't a popsicles chance in hell a 182 could take 2 AFFI's a hefty student and an outside camera man to 12K in a reasonable amount of time. This would leave the student with no video at all, which, I think we all can agree, is a very important part of the dive debrief. I propose that AFFI's using inside video need to be even more careful with snag hazards on video setups than normal, but think that not allowing AFFI's to use inside video would result in a lot of repeated mistakes from students who, like usual, don't believe they did something wrong until they see it themselves.
  13. Correct me if I'm wrong, but last time I checked, having your torso vertical with respect to the ground is headdown and commonly referred to as freeflying. Horizontal movement in this configuration is extremely limited compared to either of the other two.
  14. Jus wondering if someone who has a liquid flatlock can give me the measurements of the holes relative to say other? I am going to machine my own quick release mount and want the holes to be in the same places as a standard commercially available mount in case I sell the helmet. Thanks