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  1. According to the Optima II Manual, it retains any altitude offset for 14 hours after it is set or after the last jump. Last column of the first page, bottom half of the column. edit: typo fix
  2. Take a rubber stow (the type you use to stow your lines) and mount it inside the ear of the pro-tec (on one of the horizontal bars) the same way you'd mount it on your d-bag (i.e. loop it around, and pull one end through the other tightly). The resulting rubber loop is of the right size to securely hold your Optima II, without making it extremely difficult to put in or pull out afterwards. Just be sure to mount it with the speaker facing inwards (display facing towards the outside of the helmet) and have the small hole for the speaker unobscured by the rubber. If you can't see that hole, move the Optima II down or up inside the rubber stow until it is free. I made that 'mistake' once and wondered if I hadn't forgotten it at all (couldn't hear it nearly as loud as normally). I've used this to mount my audible when I was still jumping with a fairwind helmet. It works equally well on Solo audibles, since they are the same size.
  3. The only thing I don't do inside the plane is close my visor, but chin-strap etc are all tight. If I need to exit FAST, I can always slam down my visor FAST (and it's not like it's completely impossible in the first few seconds of freefall anyway).
  4. As far as I know, only certain models of the Optima II have a port for a visual indicator. I have an Optima II, and the only thing on it is the white port, which is an air filter if I'm correct. Still, I like mine. The canopy alarms are (and have been) a great aid in learning to judge the altitudes of my landing pattern accurately. Given it's not-very-significantly increased price compared to the Solo II (€220 vs €185), the extra features are well worth it. The only disadvantage: L&B's manuals aren't very good, so it takes a bit of work before you understand it.
  5. It does. I'm halfway through the second book (The Neutronium Alchemist) with the third one still to go. It's awesome, and huge (each book is ~1000-1200 pages). For something more pure sci-fi, the Commonwealth Saga (also by Peter Hamilton) is to be recommended. The first book is Pandora's Star, the second book is Judas Unchained.
  6. We have one of those at my home DZ. I don't even bother taking off my helmet above 1000ft anymore.
  7. We'd have open-minded, non-bigoted kids who care about other persons, rather than about whatever sexual preference other persons may have. I'd say it's a win.
  8. I long ago gave up on trying to understand why our politicians are idiots. Problem is also that the entire situation is so complicated that very few people actually understand it. I don't, and I'm definitely not the dullest knife in the block... One thing I do think: We should take Iceland's example, and actually prosecute those who are responsible. Put the fear of court back in them.
  9. On the point of trying to judge how much turbulence there is, the surroundings are important too. High trees cause a lot of turbulence, even if the wind is otherwise nice and clean. I had that problem a few weekends ago, where I had already drifted downwind of the DZ in strong winds (my own fault, and that on a canopy control course) and had to choose between landing on a good field left or a good field right. I picked right, and hit quite a bit of turbulence in the last 100ft. Only after landing did I realize the source, a bunch of high trees 50m upwind of my landing spot...
  10. Physics and high-speed camera's are always a cool combination.
  11. That works both ways. If you find a security exploit, and gain personal information through that, you also should be required to handle it with care. Simply throwing it out in the open with a "look-how-flawed-their-security-is" is (in my opinion) not ethical. So yeah, the programmers that made that security system are definitely at fault. But so may the hacker be, depending on how the data is handled after finding the fault.
  12. I got my nickname from my AFF jumpmaster, since I was really stressed and flailing around during my first four AFF jumps. I guess there are worse ways to earn one...
  13. Absolutely! The speeds we reach may well be a sizable fraction of the speed of light! *cough* (Sorry, the physicist in me got out)
  14. Agreed! Although it won't help you overcome your claustrophobia, CRW is the most fun I've had with multiple layers of clothing on (been jumping pretty hard this winter...) As for overcoming fear, I don't really have much useful advice. I'm currently trying to overcome a fear of spiders, and want don't want want to get a tarantula (Brachypelma Smithi to be precise). Other than exposure theory, I wouldn't really know how to overcome your claustrophobia.
  15. Sadly, it doesn't often work like this. Some of my best openings on a Lightning (quick and on-heading) have been packed in under 10 minutes. Some of the worst were when I spend 30+ minutes to iron out all the creases before gently sliding it in. Bloody thing... if you spend 30+ minutes packing...you SHOULD get smacked! sorta newbie here ^_^. I used to take 45+ minutes to pack when I first started learning it (could have something to do with the fact that it was a brand-spanking new rental spectre 210, more slippery than an eel). Nowadays, I usually take 15-20 minutes depending on the canopy (I'm actually better at free-packing a tailpocket lightning than pro-packing my Silhouette) and the weather. If there's a hole in the clouds approaching, I manage to pack it
  16. As already said, there are plastic goggles designed to fit over your normal glasses. Ask the place where you're doing your AFF, they should have them. This is a necessity in free-fall, since the airspeed is too high to comfortably keep your eyes open without such protection. My current solution is to use close-fitting sports glasses (I own a Sinner Fushion II) combined with an open helmet when doing CRW (where you never reach high speeds). These close off good enough for the airspeed under canopy, and they come with lenses that can be fit to your prescription right behind the coloured ones. Coloured lenses are also interchangeable (gray, amber and clear are the choices). I use a full-face helmet with my normal glasses on terminal jumps, but you should only start considering this when you have a fair number of jumps. Full-face helmets have some drawbacks, one of which is reduced vision of your emergency handles. In all cases, ask your AFF instructors for advice. They get paid to teach you, and will be happy to answer your questions.
  17. Sadly, it doesn't often work like this. Some of my best openings on a Lightning (quick and on-heading) have been packed in under 10 minutes. Some of the worst were when I spend 30+ minutes to iron out all the creases before gently sliding it in. Bloody thing...
  18. Skydive Abel Tasman also had rigs available (student rigs, I believe it held an Omega 230). But best call ahead to ask exactly what they have now. It's been a while since I was there.
  19. Thanks! I was starting to get disappointed because the first link didn't work anymore. I love it, and it's a nice change from the usual parodied scene.
  20. 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.
  21. 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...
  22. 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.