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Everything posted by IJskonijn

  1. One thing I haven't seen in this thread yet: IF you decide to pull (likely) higher when your altimeter kicks it, immediately steer your canopy away perpendicular to the jump-run, since that steers you away from everyone else coming after you. Of course, this requires looking out the door on jump-run, and noticing the course relative to a non-moving object (the sun, or a big mountain/town/river nearby). But checking the spot is something you should do anyway.
  2. Yeah but ya might have a name for the PLANE! We call the planes at my home DZ the Jump and the Swoop, but that's easy since their designations are PH-JMP and PH-SWP. And since the new supervan-900 engine, the Jump has the additional nickname of "are-we-at-altitude-already!?" Common nickname for the pilot seems to be tricycle-driver...
  3. As others have said, shouldn't be a problem. Personally, I would rather have a larger reserve since getting a reserve ride is never going to be your most relaxing jump, and I prefer something more docile when I'm already stressed due to chopping my main. To me, incompatibility in a two-out situation is the lesser issue. I'm jumping a Raven II (218 sqft) with a Silhouette 190 or Lightning 176 main.
  4. I only have very limited experience jumping in New Zealand (3 jumps at a single DZ), but those were at Skydive Abel Tasman (on the northern end of the South Island). I was there in May, and I believe they were open year-round, with a boogie planned somewhere in August. I've heard that most DZ's there are tandem mills, and while Skydive Abel Tasman did do tandems (and only flew with either a full sports load or at least a single tandem), they were very friendly to me as an A-licensed sports jumper. As for temperature, I regularly jump CRW in the European winter where the temperature at altitude is -10 deg C to -15 deg C. My advice would be to dress in layers, and use some sort of underglove (I've got silk ones that go under my normal gloves, they work like a charm). With two pair of socks, jeans under my jumpsuit and five t-shirts and a sweater, I don't need expensive thermal gear to keep warm.
  5. Not sure if seriously want to go for CRW or just joking.... I'll assume the first, with a little dash of the second. In that case: Always good to see someone wanting to try out CRW. However, I strongly doubt it can be done by yourself. If you want to learn it together with a buddy (neither of you experienced), my advice would be to start slowly, make sure you have similar canopies/wingloads and fly proximity to each other. However, since a lot can go wrong when doing CRW docks, I'd rather suggest to get some coaching. It'll cost more, but you learn MUCH more than spending the same money on jumps without a coach. Mind you, I'm a CRW-puppy (at around 20 CRW jumps, most with a coach), so people like (for example) CaTo are much better qualified to give advice =)
  6. And always better than being carried for 2 yards. Also, the low turns. I've had quite a few times where I needed a 90 degree low turn (~200ft) to avoid a ditch or tree or stuff. It was my fault for getting into that situation in the first place, but the skill to get out is indispensable! I'm glad I learned that during my first canopy control class (and re-iterating the value of coaching).