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  1. DJL

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    I don't think the text has enough contrast with the background.
  2. I know I'm getting into heresy here but I've always pulled my cutaway then went to my reserve. I've never done the one hand on each handle thing and I've never understood any advantage to it but plenty of disadvantages. But then I've never looked at a handle. I took Pat Works' advice and practiced until I knew where they were. On my fourth malfunction I'm convinced I'd have bounced if I hadn't broken two rules. One, never cut away a total. But I did and when the reserve launched the main released. It wrapped around the reserve but the risers were disconnected to they just sort of wound that way too and were tossed aside. It left some pretty good burns on the reserve but I was ok. The second was looking at the handles. I was going through a grand and head down terminal. If I'd had to tear my eyes off the ground to find my handles I'd have gone in. No two ways about it. As it was while my mind was being overloaded at the sight of treetops flying away from each other my hands pulled my R2s then the reserve. Always cut away a total. Always cut away a pilot-chute in tow. Reserve opening shock is highly likely to dump the main d-bag out and if it's not cut away it will unstow all the lines as it falls away and then tangle with tension and cause a problem. If it's cut away it will fall away with risers and lines together and not reach any line stretch. Even if it entangles it won't have any force and won't affect the inflated reserve. A friend of mine has only just got back in the air after having this exact scenario which had him in a wheelchair for almost a year. He pitched his reserve with a PCIT without chopping and the reserve opening shock dumped his main which inflated and tangled around his foot. The asymmetry of the pull on his body sent his reserve into twists from which there was no recovery possible. It's simple. Execute your EPs exactly as you've learned and practiced and don't try to rethink the decades of accumulated experience and knowledge when you have a mal. Any advice to the contrary is bad advice. Why did your friend have a PC in tow? Also, are you an instructor or involved in student training in a professional manner? I asked because the answer can be relevant to why you would or wouldn't do this. Is the PC deflated, is the bridle misrouted? If it's not a deflated PC that it's most likely that the bridle is wrapped around a flap and in that case it's not going to come out. Beyond allegories we're past the days where a properly deployed PC wouldn't extract a properly packed main. Regardless of what you decide that decision should be made when you're on the ground. I do not cut away because I understand that if a PC can't pull the main off of my back then there is something much more severe going on. Next, in both situations you have the risk of the main deploying or extracting from the tray and entangling with the reserve BUT if it's cut away you can't do anything about that. If you have not cut it away you can still attempt to clear the entanglement until you've decided that the only way to change the configuration is to cut away the main on the logic that something else is better that something that's going to kill you anyway.
  3. DJL

    Tandom baglock

    There's a spotting Ap in which you can input the winds aloft and get it to spit out the probable landing location. That said, knowing where it was chopped more important, you'll need to walk the entire wind line but if there were cross winds it's not likely you will never see the tandem again. Spot Assist is the Ap.
  4. I have the Sigma Manual on my desk, the only scenarios where you first detach the RSL are: Open container (out of sequence) only if you cannot deploy the drogue Drogue Entanglement with videographer or 3rd person Detached Drogue with container open with bag still in container Collapsed Drogue in tow after unsuccessful drogue release The collapsed drogue is adequate for deploying the main normally on either system. The USPA IRM also does not defer to manufacturer's data in a collapsed drogue situation so I assume it's the same for the "other" systems that are used at lease in the US. As far as this situation goes I can't tell if the risers are released, much less the RSL, can't tell if the student drogue release has been activated but I don't see it. It appears as though the instructor drogue release is in place but it's possible that it was stuck in place (hard pull) which wouldn't be out of reason since some sort of serious packing fuckup and failure of a gear check put him in this situation to begin with. If he had attempted to cut away before deploying the reserve then a properly installed and routed instructor drogue release would've gone with the cutaway handle but if it was jammed then he could've chopped with it staying in place. Basically, what I'm getting at is that it's likely he didn't follow procedures for an open container because the only thing that would not allow the drogue to release would be something routed through the drogue release three ring that held it in place. Perhaps that's why the instructor handle was still in place.
  5. Out of curiosity, what section did you pull that from? On a Strong Dual Hawk the procedure would be no different on that rig regardless of whether it was configured with the current closing system. The curved pin was more prone to an open container without the drogue being released. You'd really have to fuck up the pack job in the current configuration for that to happen but it's been done. I think what's being asked about the procedure you posted is at what point in the skydive you're applying it to. Again Strong Dual Hawk and TNT: First the TI has an open main tray with the D-Bag out. The procedure is to activate the main deployment as usual. There will likely be a malfunction that the TI needs to deal with but there's no automatic path to disconnecting the RSL or cutting away the main. For UPT Sigma "Container Open": Deploy drogue immediately If Drogue cannot be deployed Release RSL shackle Pull cutaway handle Ensure Full release of main risers Deploy Reserve
  6. It's a Strong Rig that hadn't been updated in about 20 years. Initially, before the TI went out of sequence on his EPs, the path would have been to deploy main via drogue release and prepare for the likely resulting malfunction. I take the phrase "clearing the drogue" to reference a situation where the drogue or bridle is caught around something and needs to be cleared.
  7. By "Attempt to clear drogue" you meant "activate drogue release" right?
  8. The tandem procedures are very specific to tandem gear and activation altitudes and yes, there are scenarios in which the EP path is to visually verify that the risers are clear. This is not very relevant to the gear you use.
  9. I don't know if it's of consequence other than to indicate how old/out of date the gear is but this rig still had the curved pin and had not been updated.
  10. That's a weird one. I definitely only do minor turns with heavy students. Even with the most careful fitting most of the pressure goes to the crotch.
  11. Extra $$$ and a tip, I'd be cool with that. Esp. considering the dude was in great shape, I bet. I'm just tired of lugging couch potatoes out the door, way over our posted weight, for not a dime more. My back is tired. Yeah, I wouldn't either. I get all the beefcakes since I'm the lightest TI and I have no shame in taking every cent of the fat tax since my Monday morning breakfast comes with a side of Ibuprofen. Just curious, but have any of you been given grief for being anti-fat, or whatever they're calling it this week? Not really, we explain that the pay goes directly to the TI for the additional pain and suffering we endure. Most of the big jumpers are heavy because they're built, not because they're fat so it's rarely embarrassing to them. If we get the feeling that we're going to embarrass someone by putting them on a scale in front of all their friends and charge them extra because they're fat we'll take them with no extra fee.
  12. Who the hell is making $25 per tandem? Good God, have some damn standards.
  13. DJL

    Heavy DSLRs on your helmet?

    Please watch this video and share it with your DZ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sn2BCmnDUUM
  14. DJL

    Heavy DSLRs on your helmet?

    There's video somewhere of someone trying to pull one off of his head in freefall and I think he finally gets it but his effort was to explain how your own neck is the leverage for breaking it off and a Go-Pro sitting a foot above your neck makes for a very poor leverage relationship. You can dig your chin into your chest to help but in the realistic scenario you're also fighting against whatever the camera is entangled with. Ironically, the mounts that have the worst snag hazards are the easiest to remove and the ones with smooth sides are entirely impossible to remove. So, this isn't to say that when it comes down to it you can't break it off but seriously, people, don't let that be your argument for a fuck-all attitude about putting a camera on your head. Edit: Yeah, 7 seconds at deployment altitude goes fast.
  15. DJL

    Heavy DSLRs on your helmet?

    You're 100% wrong about this. If it were so easy you'd lose one every other jump you went on. They take way bigger hits in the course of a skydive and normal handling. They are not wrong. The gopro is pretty easy to intentionally brake off a helmet. Even more so when you have longer attachments. That's absolutely not something you want to depend on when you're in the middle of an entanglement at 2000ft. Do we really need to press this point sitting in front of our laptops?