Ronaldo

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  1. If you want to buy something new, buy the reserve then get a used main and container. You will be able to stick with the same reserve for a long time even if you downsize main (and in some cases the container). You may consider the PD Optimum due to its low volume. Assuming a 190 is the correct size now, you may get an Opt193 and later put it into a rig made for a 170 reserve, for example. The best thing about getting a new reserve is that you can be sure about its history (number of repacks, deployments, water landings, etc) Have fun searching!
  2. The lines will never disconnect provided that soft links were correctly installed. This hand tacking was not on the older edition of the manual so they must have included for a good reason. As long as it is in the manual and no alternative procedure is given you must be in compliance with. Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  3. AWESOME! Perfect edition, congrats! Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  4. When you do buy the gear (hopefully not now as other already mentioned) look first for a reserve to match your experience level and weight. Then check if it comes with a container to fit your body size and intended main canopy (which obviously should match again your experience/ weight). DO NOT LOOK FOR THE MAIN OR CONTAINER FIRST or you may end up jumping in an unsafe condition for a while (smaller reserve than you can handle). Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  5. Thanks Jarno, I made my registration but may not be able to show up during the weekend. I was planning to return to Brazil on 24th or 23rd but tickets are insanely high on these dates due to a local holiday thus I will most probably come back on Thursday 22nd. The problem is that I scheduled a long training session in Deland right after ZFlock and now may have to use this weekend to complete the number of jumps I was planning to do. Since I will miss most of the weekend fun I want to at least try all the demos I can Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  6. Speaking of different suits...Does anybody know if there will be demos available during the week (12-16th of April)? From which manufacturers? Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  7. Hope he has included the AAD in the "not sewn to the rig items" Fixed above Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  8. Disassemble and remove everything that is not sewn to the container (main, reserve, AAD, packing card, risers, toggles, cutaway and reserve handles, main and reserve PCs, bags, etc). Mate any hook Velcro with a piece of loop Velcro, this will avoid damage to other parts while the rig is being cleaned. I use a big tub full of water (enough to cover the rig) and 3 or 4 caps of woolite when the rig is really dirty. I leave it soaked for 24h and eventually agitate to help dirty detach from fabric. A white container will require a lot more effort and probably scrubbing with a soft brush. The small parts can be washed all together in a small bucket. I do not recommend washing reserve PC or any other PC made of non-ZP fabric since this can increase porosity. Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  9. 1,86m/83kg. We also use SI (metric system) but when I post here I try to use imperial system (or both) since the majority of DZ.com users are in US. By yours and DSE description the Ghost is not for me since I'm mostly into flocking. I'll demo one anyway if there is one available at my size Thanks! Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  10. Do you think it is too much surface area for a 6’2”/ 183lbs guy? Can I demo one at Flock&Dock7? Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  11. Optimum 143 @ 1.43. I gained 22lbs working out and I wish it was a OPT160 now Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  12. Don’t get me wrong, you’re lightweight and the reserve should be OK in the long run as Wendy already mentioned but you’re assuming you’re not going to have a cutaway in the next couple hundred jumps (which is likely but not impossible). Is the rig already with you? I assume you are planning to take it to a rigger. Please ask him to fully inspect the gear and be there to watch and ask as much as you can. See if you can fit a reserve at least the same size as the main you’re currently flying. An Optimum 176 (if it fits) or 160 would be awesome (but expensive though). I know this will sound cruel since you already bought the rig but borrowing gear until you can fly comfortably a 150 canopy would probably the best option. Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  13. Check the dates on the reserve packing card. The rig might have had a 140 previously then a 155 packed inside now. Either way both reserves are too small for your number of jumps/ wingload IMO. BTW, did you buy the package without even opening to see what is inside? Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  14. I have already set a training session with Ari. Besides the jumps we'll fly an hour on the tunnel too as he believes this will speed up the progression. Thanks everybody for the recommendaions! Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  15. Hello Sam, Thanks for the tips. I also believe the R-bird would be probably the best option. I don't really need those extremely large suits since I'm not planning to do performance flights. I believe I'll have a chance to fly a Phantom2 in one or 2 weeks so this will be a good opportunity. I was contacted by Simon from "wickedwingsuits". He was extremely helpful and offered to even build an R-bird to my measurements in case I wanted to demo. Unfortunately, the total cost of a 2 month rental (minimum) would be too high. Safe skies Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  16. Does that mean never buy one (if you can’t demo and no one around you has one?)
  17. Probably at the end of May, do I have to wait that long? Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  18. For those who have flown both which one would you recommend for flocking and why? I'm 1,86m/ 83kg (6'2"/ 182lbs). According to TS website the R-bird is targeted to flocking while S-bird is more of a performance suit so I guess the R would be the one for me but I'd love to hear from people who have tried both. BTW, sure I would love to fly before buying If I could only find someone to send a demo suit to Brazil (I'm still trying). Thanks Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  19. I just saw a video of Ari on the tunnel. Well, by the way he flies I’m pretty sure I can learn a LOT with him. Thanks for the recommendation Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  20. Hi folks, Since I live in the most expensive place on earth to skydive I’m planning to travel to US (probably in May) for a long freefly training session. The idea is to make around 50 coached jumps focusing on learning HD. Since I have no reference I’m looking for recommendations of freefly coaches and DZs. The coach doesn’t need to be world class champion but someone who know how to teach. I can travel pretty much everywhere but Florida would be closer which means a shorter flight. California is a viable option too. Feel free to PM if you don’t want to mention names (let’s say you jump in one DZ and wants to recommend another one) Thanks a lot Ronaldo Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  21. It is usually in the fabric. Making a symmetrical lineset is really easy when comparing to the parachute itself. Checking the lineset for correct construction and symmetry is also much easier. Canopy construction has 2 main issues: - Zp fabric distorts in the bias when tension is applied (it holds well when tension is applied aligned with the ripstop fibers). This requires that all panels are aligned perfectly during construction. If one panel is sewn slightly out of alignment it will inflate distorted in relation to its mirror on the other side thus inducing a turn. Try this with your PC, pull the fabric in the direction of the ripstop fibers then in the bias. - Sewing involves applying tension in thread, fabric and reinforcement tape. If the tension varies too much you may create cells that inflate asymmetrically thus inducing the turn. The far from the center a cell is the bigger will be the effect of any asymmetry. The usual fix for built in turns is to create asymmetry in the lines for compensation (cutting them on the opposite side) This is an engineer analysis, riggers can certainly add more info Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  22. Thanks for the tips, getting a used one for a good price would be great. I can install and remove the slider myself so sending it for repair would be easy. It is from a Triathlon 160 (18x29 inches), let me know if you have one of the same size. Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  23. Is it worth repair or should I get a new slider? The other 3 grommets are ok Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  24. I had the same concern and did not want to take the risk of losing the camera so I drilled 2 holes and bolted it in place. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3911413#3911413 Please understand that it is recommended to have some kind of release mechanism for the helmet (chin cup cutaway). I’m working on it right now. Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted
  25. Try Sony Vegas, worked very well for me. There are a bunch of tutorials on youtube so it is really easy to start editing. Engineering Law #5: The most vital dimension on any plan drawing stands the most chance of being omitted