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    I can also remember a very talented skydiver predicting that one day AAD's would cause more incidents than they helped.

    I think we're approaching that day.


    This could be the stupidest thing I have ever read.


    Rig manufactures have made the decision to ban the Argus because of a crappy cutter than can cause huge problems in the right situation. Are you really that upset?

    Let me ask you a question that I sincerely hope you will answer honestly. Suppose you choose to jump an AAD. You have a brand new Argus and a brand new CYPRES sitting on the table and you can choose 1, what would it be given all the factual data? I think its pretty obvious.

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    I've scared my AAD and dealt with a two out. Even at the current firing parameters had time to deal with it and find a place to land. No need to push it higher for these scenarios IMO.

    So you don't like the idea of altitude to deal with a problem, like a 2 out? I sure would.

    The following is not directed at you in particular just a statement:

    Like stated, simply raising the firing altitude is not going to deal with the MAIN cause of under inflated/non inflated reserves by AAD fire; low cutaways or some other scenario not reaching speed in time. AAD fires at terminal or close to it at 750 should be plenty in theory.

    Popsjumper is right on IMO about that, but I would like to pose another question.

    What about changing the perameters of the AAD? After a terminal desecnt the AAD can detect when we slow to a certain speed (pull main). Say 20 MPH, AAD switches itself to "canopy mode", during that mode if the jumper reaches a speed greater than say 30 MPH, instead of the ~78MPH, the AAD activates?

    The only drawback to this I can see is CRW perhaps or somehow the AAD malifunctions and on your next jump it activates 2 seconds after you leave the plane (this would be bad). If some kind of programming couldn't solve this then maybe reseting after each jump could be an option, like cocking your pilot chute, this would HAVE to become part of the packing process.

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    I'm the student. Persnally, I think I should be the one to decide if I can jump or not. If the results aren't good, then I am the one to live with the consequence, right?

    Are you really that selfish? Do you really know more than an instructor?

    Seriously, if youre that dead set on it, fake a log book, go to a different DZ, rent a rig and teach yourself. [scarcasm please dont]

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    Did you offer to deploy your reserve so there was no risk of the AAD initiating the deployment sequence. A repack would be less hassle than a new flight or a cancelled trip?

    What are the rules for removing your own AAD after deploying the reserve. I would have probably done that if it just meant a repack on the other side.

    I must say that is a really S^&ty situation to be in. Did you manage to make other plans or did you have to cancel the trip.

    this also depends on where you're going. Some boogeys will not have a rigger on site. But I do agree with you, although usually in a situation like this they will reschedule your flight at no cost.

    I always just check my rig, much much less hastle, less questions, less attention, I just want to be left alone like everybody else.

    Its really unclear though who was giving you trouble and where. Usually TSA has the last say, and they are suposed to be familiar with parachute sytems and how to handle them. What airport was this?

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    so, if you buy a toyota and your gas-pedal got stuck and you crash the car; will you also ask for a charge back!? :S

    yeah because that is a fair comparison, way to contribute weenie.

    you're calling me a WEENIE!? :D:D:D

    i hope you got three rigs, all argus equipped..

    go back under the bridge you crawled from!

    Don't send dickheadish PM's then not allow a response.
    Seriously, everything you post is a wise ass remark that has NO VALUE. For example, look above.

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    They have had a problem with cutters since at least 2006. That seems to be more than enough time to fix the “problem”. Anyone who is still willing to champion them is not paying attention to the facts.
    Here are some links to read through.


    WOW! Those are some scary reads! Thanks for that.

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    I've seen at least dozen AAD fires, most of of which were low time (sub 100, less than a year in sport) jumpers. The unfortunate reaction from several of them that it was no big deal, the just made a small mistake and the reality of how close to death they were just doesn't seem to be there. How would you handle that?

    if my AAD ever fires with me not incapacitated in some way then I will quit! Bottom line.

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    I'm thinking that with all the turbine/AFF schools, we should require a dozen 2500-3000 ft hop and pops just so students can get at the end of instruction what they missed by not doing static line. Comfort and confidence near the hard deck.

    there is a difference between exiting near the hard deck and reaching it at terminal. Obviously a lot less time with the later.

    Im sure you know this, not insulting you in any way.

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    In all reality, its your job to land the canopy. The radio is back up, if you feel you know when to flare then you should do that.

    Maybe a better suited question for your instructors would be how to handle a high flare. Just incase.


    problem chief? are you disagreeing with this line of thinking? If the radio was to break or fall off during his skydive do you reccomend him just landing with no flare, or just sit under canopy and let fate decide where and how he lands?

    How much effort did it take to push that :S button?

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    The jumper could have pulled silver by 12k feet, yet decided to wait until 4500 for his friend to pull his main. Which if he opened in spinning line twists would now have to cut away with his left hand.

    Just sayin', I'd rather pull silver up high than wait till someone can chase me down to pull my main. If theres something wrong with that I'm all ears.

    What happens if his reserve opens in "spinning line twists?" Is that really a better alternative? Ill take the ~1 in 1000 chance that ill have to do a 1 handed cutaway.