dhbiker517

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Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    113
  • Main Canopy Other
    Sabre 135
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    143
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    PD160R
  • AAD
    MarS Parachute AAD

Jump Profile

  • License
    D
  • License Number
    34351
  • Number of Jumps
    960
  • Tunnel Hours
    6
  • Years in Sport
    6

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    Instructor
  • USPA Coach
    Yes
  1. dhbiker517

    Best thing you've ever seen a student do....

    That WAS pretty exciting wasn't it John? Thought he was going to fight that until AAD fire...
  2. dhbiker517

    Squirrel C-Race

    *Your C Race will maybe look something like this, but not exactly, probably, or like whatever
  3. dhbiker517

    Wingsuit specific canopy choices

    I prefer $300 sabre's for wingsuiting. My 135 @1.5 has a pocket slider on it and it opens perfectly every time.
  4. dhbiker517

    Phoenix Fly Phantom Edge?

    When will pricing be updated?
  5. dhbiker517

    Squirrel Funk

    Squirrel customer service never ceases to amaze me. Just got an email back from Matt offering to overnight my suit back to them on Monday, with it fixed and returned to me by Friday. Hopefully other manufacturers will take note.
  6. dhbiker517

    Squirrel Funk

    Yeah, I saw your picture, and I totally agree that it looks possible to get your handles swallowed with such a big hole. My suggestion was to shorten the rubber cord. But we seem to have a different opinion of the benefits of doing this. I do not think the opening of the hole get any bigger than its maximum, not matter how oval or sideways or whatever you make it. Since I am at work, I had to use whatever office supplies I had at hand to visualize. (see attachment). No matter what angle I flip the reservehandle or change the shape of the hole, I can not make the hole swallow it. Simply because its too small and dont expand more than its maximum size. I think the same principle applies to your wingsuit. As long as the max size of the hole is smaller than the reserve handle, its not going to be swallowed no matter how you twist it. I'll rig the suit up tonight and get a picture of what I'm talking about.
  7. dhbiker517

    Squirrel Funk

    The problem isn't necessarily the bungee length. Picture what happens if the bungee doesn't stretch, the zippers stay the same distance apart, but the hole gets way bigger in an oval shape. Just because the bungees don't move doesn't mean the hole size can't grow and suck in a handle.
  8. dhbiker517

    Squirrel Funk

    I should have stated...that picture was best case scenario. When I move around the hole grows and the handle goes right in.
  9. dhbiker517

    Squirrel Funk

    Here is what mine looks like while trying to swallow the handles...if you aren't super careful, as soon as you sit down in the plane the handle slides right in. Before exit I stand up, pull the suit and zippers down, and it seems to be fine, but it's a bit nerve racking. http://imgur.com/71Cj60F
  10. dhbiker517

    Squirrel Funk

    My review of the suit is verbatim what you just wrote. Same issues with agility, same issues with eating handles. I only have 5-10 jumps on the suit, all with people in mid-sized suits. I have had no issues flying with them, but when I went to go on a jump with a friend in his phantom this weekend, I had a really tough time staying down with him.
  11. dhbiker517

    Off landing, Slid In, What Happened?

    On final? Never had an instructor tell me to do that. Also given that you have no info on your profile and this is your first post in 4 years of having this account.....whose sockpuppet profile is this really? I guess I should have been more precise and called it a "two-staged" flare. Yes they did teach this to bleed off some of the vertical speed prior to landing. I can see how bleeding off the speed can negate some of the vertical lift from flaring. A two-stage flare is not sitting in half-brakes on your final leg of your landing pattern. Its making a decisive movement generally done at system height off the ground to nearly arrest vertical descent so that you are now traveling horizontally across the ground, and then finishing the flare. And as you correctly guessed, yes thats why you didnt get any real flare on landing. You need to talk to your instructors about reviewing exactly what a two-stage flare is and how its performed. Wow, you've got some issues buddy. No sock puppetry here. Does a profile have to be fully filled out in order for you to admit you're wrong? Do some research before throwing stones and telling people what they are doing is wrong.
  12. dhbiker517

    Off landing, Slid In, What Happened?

    If landing out, yes, his instructor probably taught him this. When landing out in an unfamiliar area, with unknown obstacles and grass height, it's widely known and accepted to fly a braked approach.