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  1. You should be talking to instructors/riggers about these things and not us just an FYI. The chest strap is to hold the shoulder straps together during deployment so that you don't fall out of your harness forward on deployment. However if yours is coming up that high, whats to say on a hard opening your chest strap doesn't come up super fast and hit you up under your chin causing you to bite through your tongue? or even worse... The point is for the gear to be as safe as possible it needs to fit properly, I know you are using student gear, but you should really seek properly fitting gear. Have you talked to the DZ about this?
  2. Can you explain your body type to us? Height and weight, athletic or round etc.? a chest strap coming up to your chin is not safe in my opinion...
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    SENA 20S bluetooth comunication device

    there is an even more slim version, I would highly recommend it, at least for motorcycle riding. http://www.sena.com/product/smh10r/
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    Any members at New Hampshire tunnel??

    I don't have a membership, but have a 10 minute card I am looking to use up. IDK if that is any help lol, maybe someone to put in some time with?
  5. Show us in the manual for a Xaos 88 that it should not be jumped by a student. I'll save you the trouble, IT DOESN"T SAY IT BECAUSE ONLY AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT WOULD DO IT! Does it say in your car manual not do drive it into a brick wall? No because common sense (if the person has any) would tell you not to do it. Kinda like blind toggle whipping a tandem student when there are CLEARLY other canopies in the air. For Christ's sake man how you defend this is just plain asinine and ignorant.
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    Skyhook Video

    Did anyone else gringe from him reaching ABOVE the twists?
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    WS vs PC

    did he exit? What happened?
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    Home made tandem rig??

    def a movie set, why else would they be shadowing them? Also, what appears to be 4 people (2 on each side) of the canopy holding it still...why?
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    Cutting the loop or pulling the pin?

    Exactly, I am all about changing things to better solutions. When you can reduce the number of things in an equasion (rip cord, rip cord housing, ball stop, gasket, etc.) down to as little as possible, that is better IMO. The "bent pin is rare" is about the stupidest argument I can think of. What if someone takes a mid air hit to their reserve tray? Bends the pin and they are knocked out.....say goodnight.
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    Cutting the loop or pulling the pin?

    I dont understand, by your logic the cutter is interfering with the reserve system, how is this solution not? You are sliding the ripcord through a housing, the same way a rigger is sliding the closing loop through a cutter. Mind you, what if your device severs the rip cord? What if the pin is bent, weak, brittle and your device now renders the ripcord useless? I would take my odds that a cutter will lock my container over something impeading my ONE AND ONLY ripcord. I might be more warm to the idea if it pulled the pin directly, IE not using the ripcord.
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    Letting the student distract you

    Not saying this to disagree or be a dick, but do you think "grandma" should not have gotten out? As in, the incident should have been brushed under the rug and TI (if you call him that) gets a talking to but carries on? Ideally the guy is pulled aside and reamed a new asshole, possibly fired, but really how realistic is that?
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    Major reserve hesitation

    exactly my thought, he says it was to chop lower so his main wouldn't drift far away. Could have cost him his life.
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    Major reserve hesitation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyjpgURZVuA skip to 0:50 for the good stuff. Scary.
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    Mr. Bill?

    Discuss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly-2T2YyzMY
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    Who is first to exit the plane?

    you shouldnt really bitch and just tell everyone to answer when your poll options suck and don't include everything. Why not just start a thread with whatever agenda you are trying to get accross?