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  1. As I travel a lot with my rig (for safe keeping, not for a bailout scenario) I must admit the idea has humored me on several occasions. If the aircraft were to have a catastrophic failure at cruising altitude (33.000 - 40.000 feet) the time of useful consciousness for a non-trained person performing physical work can be down to a few seconds in a depressurized cabin. Even a trained person and with a low (25.000) cruising altitude will likely not have more than 30 seconds of TUC. And no, comparing it to holding your breath at sea level won't work ;) If you are able to get your oxygen mask on it will help, but you may still end up unconscious especially if performing work, as the mask are merely designed to keep you alive until the pilots can get the aircraft down to lower altitudes. You are also likely to face heavy fogging in the interior of the aircraft for a time as the cabin air cools and the relative humidity rapidly changes. If you are able to handle all this and miraculously get your rig on, you need to get out of the aircraft. Since you mention catastrophic failure, I'm going to assume that there is a big enough hole in the fuselage to get out. This will most likely also mean that the aircraft is not behaving as usual, which means moving around in the cabin and getting to the outside will be eventful. Depending on where the fuselage rupture is will determine how easy it will be getting out and not getting caught in an engine or struck by the tail as you exit. Great. You made it. You are miraculously outside the aircraft with your rig on and if you had a calibrated altimeter, it would now show 28.000 feet. Now what? Even if you have not up to this point, you are very likely to faint within the next few seconds. If you deploy your main right of the bat, you will be spending too much time in a low pressure environment and will likely die. If you don't, well, you'll faint and it's unlikely that you will come to before it's time to deploy. But how about turning on the AAD before you exit the aircraft? That won't work either, as any modern AAD will self test and calibrate as you turn it on, and it will not be amused by the fact that you are in a (very) low pressure environment, quickly descending. Unless you have one of those mechanical AADs, in which case, congratulations, you come prepared. So what can you do? Perhaps pulling your PC holding it in your hand until you faint is an option. You will be unconscious anyway by the time you're slammed by the hard opening caused by low air pressure and high opening speed. And maybe you will survive and even come to before landing, so that you may hook your 270 into the local college campus and impress the girls. Or maybe not. Either way I wish you luck!
  2. TommyBotten

    Dekunu One vs AON2 X2+

    Awesome that you guys are active on the forums! If you don't mind me asking, what is the GPS update frequency on the X2? I've had good results with the old flysight revision at 5hz using Dan's gswoop software.
  3. TommyBotten

    CURV vs Vector 3

    They've been saying that for at least four years now. My two cents are also on the Vector, albeit I'm a bit biased since my last three rigs have all been vectors. In addition to them being one of the more freefly friendly rigs, they also have some of the best customer service I've experienced for any skydiving related company.
  4. TommyBotten

    Aerodyne Zulu vs Crossfire 3

    Better or worse is hard to answer. They are different canopies with different characteristics. In my experience (on a zulu 122/xf3-119 at about 1.7) the zulu has a lighter and more responsive toggle stroke and almost feels a bit twitchy whereas the XF3 has a longer recovery arc and much more input responsiveness and power on the rear risers.
  5. TommyBotten

    Chest strap and safety

    Add to your list that the cutaway and reserve handle will likely move from the position you know and have trained for and further back. I recommend watching Brians take on this as well:
  6. TommyBotten

    Any videos on HK Terminal

    I got to do 6 jumps on a 67 terminal HK. I had video of one of the jumps, but I can't seem to find it :-( The HK is a 9 cell with a stiffer material than ZP, although not the same as the Petra or PI. I believe FW called it FF-30, but don't quote me on that. As for flight characteristics, it's more similar to a Petra than a Hybrid VK/Leia. The rears are very impressive, even compared to a petra, and it's a bit more rigid as well. I experienced the shutdown as somewhat weaker though. It dives nicer and more eagerly/consistently than a Hybrid VK/Leia. Openings where nice, but harder to handle than VK/leia/airfwolfs. I hope they kept the multiple brake settings option as well, which seems awesome in a competition setting.
  7. TommyBotten

    Good ankle supports for swooping

    I have the . They are a bit of hassle to get on and off, but offer good support.
  8. TommyBotten

    Crossfire3 reviews?

    I got a few jumps in on a 119 loaded 1.6 in December. I really enjoyed the canopy and I think its a nice step up/evolution from the Crossfire 2. Openings are nice, similar to the CF2. A bit snively but on heading and well staged. Harness input is much more responsive and it is easier to get diving than its predecessor. The recovery arc is short and similar to that of a CF2. The rear risers are where the canopy impresses me the most - They are responsive and fun to fly up top and leveling off with them is easy to tune in and predictable, while the transition to toggles feels just perfect with loads of power in the bottom end of the flare. Toggle inputs are also very responsive and the canopy's slow flight characteristics are nice. It does feel a bit more wiggly close to the toggle stall point than a CF2. All in all a very nice canopy, but I don't see it covering the gap to higher performance canopies as well as I had expected and perhaps hoped for.
  9. TommyBotten

    cookie G3 mouth pad

    Me and my teammates all jump without it. It's a matter of taste mostly, but do note that it may protect your jaw/teeth from minor bumps.
  10. Depends on what you're looking for. Chest mounted looking up will give you details in the various inputs, a bit on body positioning and you can watch how your canopy responds to inputs and how it recovers. POV camera will give you more information on the sight picture in the rollout and perhaps it's easier to see the timing for the turn and/or surge. Better yet, two cameras synced in time will give you both bits of information. Even better, a flysight (and gswoop) will provide you with detailed timing and speed information. But best by far ... have a friend film you with an outside camera. If there's two of you, it's better (imho) to do every other jump and get half as many jumps, but also get the outside video, compared to only having the swoopers POV. A friend of mine leaves his camera turned on in the landing area before boarding, and then picks it up after landing. Ymmv.
  11. TommyBotten

    European DZs 2016

    I'd cast my vote for Skydive Algarve, Skytime in Castellon or Dropzone Denmark in Herning Denmark. Skydive Spain is also quite nice, but the facilities are somewhat lacking.
  12. TommyBotten

    Dropzone Denmark

    A good vibe DZ with efficient load organizing, making this a contender for a trip to Spain/Portugal imho. Rates are good and their equipment is in top notch condition.
  13. TommyBotten

    Vector container pics?

    Here is my current Vector 3 with lightning split. I'm very happy with the rig and UPT as a vendor. No canopy in it in the picture, so it looks a bit wrinkly.
  14. TommyBotten

    Market for older Velocity canopies?

    After trying to sell my 2003 Vel 103 with ~2000 jumps on it for almost a year, I had to settle for $150 just to get rid of it. Might be the new line of HP canopies, might be the high jump number on the canopy.
  15. TommyBotten

    Connected front- and rearrisers

    It doesn't look like it's sewn together. It looks more like it's another set of loops. Still not sure what it's for though. See attached screenshot.