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  1. Yet another explanation is that the survey was only a half step above click bait. Those percentages include demographics that you don't have to fill out when taking the survey. Probably an indicator.... There are 30 reasons why click bait is garbage, number 17 will shock you.
  2. There's no way a police officer would make a false statement...
  3. Our rigging facility is using the old T-10 as cargos now for bundles under 300 lbs. Yes Ebay is definitely the place to get them. Thanks, JD
  4. I'm looking for 2 x T-10 Cargo Parachutes. Can anyone help me out with this?
  5. A License in a week. Ben Nelson. Mentor Program Spaceland has an incredible format that builds and grows jumpers and a community. They are competitively priced with everyone else out there and have several other programs and intangibles that other dropzones just can't compete with. The sport costs a lot of money. If you can't accept that its not for you.
  6. Lonestar generally starts later in the day and runs a bunch of loads back to back. San Marcos generally has a 10 oclock, 12 oclock, and 3 oclock. Lonestar posts their start times on Facebook, San Marcos you have to go on the website and go through the tandem scheduling process to see where the loads are going to fly.
  7. It seems to be that you're overwhelmed by the whole process. I'd recommend breaking it down into chunks. There's the drive out there, manifesting, gear check, riding the plane up, exit, freefall, canopy flight, and packing. I assume that you are apprehensive about the exit as that it the point of no return but you're not making it through the drive out there. I would say go through all the steps up to exit. If you decide not to exit, and that's totally up to you, then I'd say perhaps you're fear level is too high to enjoy the sport.
  8. I have no idea what Rush Cube is. But you can easily get ahold of Lonestar or San Marcos with an easy google search. Skydive Lonestar and Skydive San Marcos are both good dropzones. Skydive Lonestar has a Experienced Jumper facebook page where you can get in touch with Molly and TJ (owners) or Joe (manager) https://www.facebook.com/groups/284285811728944/
  9. Your logic is not sound. 10% more pack volume does not mean capable of overstuffing an extra size. If you really want to buy a Vc4 and put a 190 in it, do yourself a favor and get a low bulk canopy like the pulse or a zpx or at least start with a 7 cell since its less material over the same size. Another option is to order a semi stowless bag that is slightly larger than the OEM bag so however difficult closing the container is at least isn't also as difficult to fit it in the Dbag before you overstuff it in the container. Conventional wisdom is to buy a container without compromise for downsizing for your first container since you have the least amount of awareness early in the sport, the least amount of packing skill you'll have in the sport, and the least amount of gear knowledge you'll have in the sport. Every jump can kill you so planning 100-200 ahead can't really overshadow the fact that you have to survive the first 100-200. Perhaps you should get a solid used container and plan on buying your new container that you'll have forever as your first and only container downsize. Or realize that this is an expensive sport and you'll spend a lot of money pretty much no matter what you do. On the note of which container, I would look at whether you intend to freefly or not. Curv's design gives you better aerodynamics for sitflying and backflying where you expose the container directly to the windstream but provides no significant advantage for belly flying. If you're not planning on freeflying I would lean towards the vector. If you know you're gonna freefly, then Curv makes a lot of sense.
  10. I was originally going to join a demo team that my friends were on. Started freeflying, lost 30 lbs found 10 of them, started hitting the tunnel, started doing more dynamic flying in the sky. Enjoy the sport with my wife, would like to be able to travel to bigger events but the kids will have to grow up a little more before we can venture out. Never ended up doing a practice jump with the demo team or a demo. My perception of risk hasn't really changed so much as improved at spotting and assessing it 1) I can spot it a lot easier before I board the plane 2) Generally behaviors that are unsafe take away from what makes the sport fun 3) You incrementally build awareness during freefall and canopy flight and it makes spotting risks a lot easier as they are developing. I think most people have obligations outside the sport and reduce their risk exposure because of that. The people that don't fall into the first risk category above. I would recommend you never go cheap on your gear, start in small groups which are generally safer and better learning environments, work on building lasting friendships in your jump partners and jump with those friends as often as you can.
  11. its definitely doable. My wife is 125 lbs 5'3 I'm 200 lbs 5'10. It took a few jumps but we matched fall rates on belly. Then we switched to freeflying and it took about 50 jumps to match fall rates. A lot of it will be on you the lighter jumper so he can do something other than just hug a beach ball. One of the first and greatest challenges post license is matching fall rates and maintaining levels. It gets easier but will always be the foundation of making group jumps work. Enjoy the challenge, after all there's no destination the whole sport is a journey!
  12. There are 3 local DZs. Temple, San Marcos, and Lonestar. Temple is a 182 DZ from what I understand with a small DZ vibe and free shiner on tap. Big landing area and has a really strong CRW community. San Marcos has a Grand Caravan with an engine upgrade. They have a pretty vibrant group of belly flyers and a couple of really cool mentors that organize for newer jumpers. Lonestar flies an Otter until sometime in April then flies a King Air for the summer season. They have a good base of freefliers and some belly fliers and the staff is really fun. All the landing areas in Central Texas are a heavy clay soil with grass. No issues with sand or rocks. Weather can be really unpredictable in Jan-May in Texas with clouds and wind.
  13. There would probably be restrictions on gopros so its look like freefliers are out!
  14. A shocking number of people polled identified 8 years and a drug habit. hmm.
  15. Curious to what results you are coming up with. I would assume 70% fall into 2-4. Of the remaining 30% I would assume its mostly do not work and of those it would mostly be minors and stay at home moms.