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  1. Hi, the issue is that they are asking for things that i didnt have such as an invoice or the invoice i paid for the gear. my companies website or URL or anyhting like that. I was not about to ship the rig and still have paypal lock the funds because they throught i was operating as a business without telling them or something. The effect for me is that i would still be out a rig and the money. Luckily the issue is now solved and what did it was calling the US support line. I have been talking to the support line that they provided for me here in the EU, it was somewhere in Ireland. The customer service there was horrible. Impossible to get past the first line support people and generally getting the you now need to wait 48 hrs for a response. They also flat out refused to issue a refund to the guy saying that they didnt have the ability to do that. I called the US support line 3 nights ago because the EU one was closed and told them that I had alot of trouble with their support in EU and all i wanted to do anymore was get the guy his money back and that they could leave my account bloicked or whatever but im done with this whole thing. 30 min with the US support and the issue was resolved, the guy got his money back and my paypal account was unblocked. So now everything is as it should be, I am truely amazed at the service level differences between the EU and US support centers. In case anyone else has this issue the paypal number i got through on was +1 888 221 1161
  2. thanks so far. Maybe some more info is needed. I and the buyer have been talking over gmail for quite a few emails getting things straight before the sale. *he advised that he had made the payment. I logged into my paypal from the browser, no email links so im sure the money is on my account. *I called paypal right away and they have asked me to submit proof of ID again (account is already verified) aswell as utility bill, the email records ect. I spent a good 45 min on the phone with them to no resolution other then submit these documents and wait 48 hrs. From the feel of it its like paypal thinks im the scammer as they are trying to get me to submit everything including a tracking code. I asked them if this was the case and they gave a politically neutral answer. Buyer and i have still been talking and he has offered to call paypal or write them a letter which ive taken him up on. hope this helps. I would think this would also help with any future disputes if there was any. Anyway i will make sure i have the money on my bank account before i start shipping. will keep you posted
  3. Hey all. today i received a paypal payment for a rig that my friend is selling, his english is not the best so he asked me to do all the details for him.. Anyway the buyer and i reached an agreement and he sent the money via paypal. I tried to withdraw it to transfer to my friend and it turns out my paypal account is now under some kind of limitations and they are asking me to provide invoice for the sale (which i dont have cause im not a company) and tracking number information for the rig. this is what raised a flag for me Seeing as i just got the payment ive not had time to send the rig. so what worries me is that now i need to ship it to get the restriction off my account and have access to the money but is it possible that the buyer receives the rig and then complaints that he did not get it or it was not the rig and paypal refunds him the money too? Not sure if this is a thing ,so figured i would check with you all. Thanks!
  4. Being a newb... what is an SOS system?
  5. Been there, done that. I packed a "flip thru" once. I was halfway thru my pack job when some friends wanted to see the video I had shot. When I came back my stuff had been kicked around but it looked okay(ish), so I finished it up. Next jump. . . cutaway from step thru. Hey, a couple of tips on cutaways. 1- Put your feet on your butt and ARCH as you're reaching for the handles. Much better to fall away stable, belly to earth, as your reserve deploys than to fall back to earth with your feet out in front. 2- Wearing a camera? Consider tipping your head way forward as you cutaway to give as much room as possible between your deploying reserve and that snaggy little GoPro. 3- For many years we used ripcords on our main parachutes to deploy them, and we held onto the handles every jump. I've never heard a GOOD reason to automatically throw away either handle when you cutaway. Why not hang onto them?
  6. Your mistake was not packing your own gear. Thank you Caused by me being in a rush to get on the first load ;)
  7. Hi, to me the mistake was the insistence of being on the first load. Generally I like to avoid short calls but thought I had got around that rule by having a friend pack while I ate instead of eating, missing the first load, and then just packing myself. As mentioned a step through should be damned easy to spot during a line check and I think I would have caught it. on the chance that I did not then it would not be another person who packed my mal but myself. TLDR; my mistake was being in a rush
  8. Hello, This Saturday I experienced a very nasty step through that cost me a reserve ride. This happened at the Estonian event Parasummer. The rig in question had been daisy chained and put in the trunk of my car the evening before after a hard days jumping and then in the morning packed by a friend of mine who had arrived earlier as I ate breakfast so we could make the first load. This turned out to be a big mistake. I am usually particular about who packs my ring and this guy has packed for me 10s of times and I for him. He remarked after the jump that he did notice that something seemed funny about how the pilot chute was during the pack job but just pulled it straight and went on. We suspect this is where it came from. Comments on the first Video: 0:22: Already could feel that something was wrong. At first I thought it was line twists and while the camera sees that its not I was focused on the red canopy that is in the left side of the screen and getting ready to kick my way out fast. 0.27: By now I thought I had kicked the twists out and when they didn't come out I checked closed to find that I was in for an extra canopy ride, this is also the time it started to dive 0:30: Reached both handles and took a good grip 0:31: Pulled the cutaway and right after the reserve handle. You can see from the video that the RSL was almost instant, while I've always known that this was the point I was still surprised at how much it beat my pull by. 0:33: Can start to feel the reserve snatch force 0.37: Reserve is flying and the world is again a very beautiful place. 18 sec later is the first time I checked my altimeter and it read 585 meters. According to my protrack I ''deployed at'' 650m, This has to be the reserve open by altitude. After a control check and a well tempered reserve ride I landed without further incident. Pics: http://imgur.com/a/9IG7N Videos: Cinematic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq-Dhsz6HCk Slow Motion : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-Rfbv5EU4 Please feel free to use videos or pics for training or whatever really. I hope someone learns from this without having to go through it. GEAR: Harness: Infinity SN-22 Reserve: OP-143 Main: Zulu 112 (awesome canopy by the way) AAD: Vigil 2 (which luckily I've never needed to see in action)
  9. A late friend of mine used to yell '' have a good skydive ladies and gentlemen, check you handles please!'' just before the door was to be opened every time he was on a load. There should be one of him on every load.
  10. As others have hinted to the smaller size canopy you got to the less of an effect the canopies material has on the pack volume. I asked Aerodyne this same question a while back and got that answer. Always best to ask those that make it
  11. Hey thanks for the reply. Ive attached 2 screen shots of what Adobe is cropping out by default for me, I can play with the smoothness scale and it gets a little better but still chops quite alot. what am i doing wrong? i only stabilized the first 20 sec of this jump in the pictures to save time as it takes my PC quite a while. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCUfjiqj-kQ Also here are a few shots of the camera and wifes on my G3 after i moved it back a little. will be trying this configuration this weekend.http://imgur.com/a/8E4dF Thanks!
  12. Yep, hear ya there. nothing but trouble since Hero 2. Before you go Sony check this thread. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4727263;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread I choose to keep mine but still some things to consider.
  13. Hi, just got the cam last week and only have 4 jumps on it but wrote down my initial thoughts about it. I didnt put plus and minus as to each his own, these are just one mans observations. * Works, no black videos or freezing, does not melt itself * Has a hold Switch, no more bumping the camera off when getting out of the door * Video quality is awesome * Battery lasts the whole day and does not discharge itself when the camera is off. * Stabilization works great, but the video is a bit ‘’robotic’’ with its movement, you can only really tell if you are looking for it, otherwise it’s awesome, will be filming in this mode primarily * If you plan to film in 4k and then stabilize afterwards keep in mind that without a FIXED point for the stabilization to use it crops 90% of the video out and is unusable. This could just be my knowledge of adobe programs lacking but it cant seem to get it to stabilize and not crop everything. If you know something i do not please fill me in. * Sony advertise the X1000V as being able to record altitude (GPS), I also submitted a support ticket to confirm this. Sony confirmed, but after buying the camera I find that there are no overlays in Sony’s programs to show this data. * If you top mount it’s like having a hand on the top of your helmet. Spotting or having your head sideways to the wind it puts quite a bit of pressure on your neck. Yes my neck was a bit sore from sleeping funny the night before but it was still a strong pressure. Hoping I get used to it. * It cannot tilt without a quite large accessory, you need to get the mount placed right the first time. * i feel the snag hazard is less then a GoPro, but it is still there. * Must be mounted very far back on most helmets to not be looking too far down * The mounts can be popped off with a reasonably low amount of force, i was able to pop the mount off by hand as it was looking too low (see above comment about getting it right the first time) where as GoPro mounts could be used to mend bridges * Menu is about as difficult as a hero 3 to operate except that it returns you to the beginning when you change an option. * NFC pairing works flawlessly for my Android phone and wife's Windows phone. wifi connection is fast and there is almost no lag from camera to phone. Overall a very solid camera with bullet proof software (so far). I will be keeping it because I'm the guy who got the worst GoPro from the batch every time since the Hero 3 came out and got tired of apologizing to Tandem passengers that my camera just filmed black or froze halfway. However, The pull from the wind on the helmet is quite an inconvenience and combined with the low grip of the mount makes me scared that the camera will one day go flying off during a transition in FF for example. If i could buy again i would go with the AZ1 as its far far smaller and has the same capabilities and it seems has the same quality besides the 4k and 120 FPS 1080p. This is just not something i personally need. So far this is it, If i notice something else that warrants posting i will amend feel free to ask any questions. Fly Safe Out There! Jim
  14. I got a Sabre just for WS. I can say that mine does indeed open very well when WS and quite a bit harder when doing a ''normal''' jump. That said once i got someone to show me how to roll the nose into itself the terminal openings are totally fine. Then again i might have just got lucky. My wife got kicked around constantly by a sabre 150 no matter what we did with it (all terminal, no WS jumps recorded) as a side note..... i dont like using the term terminal here, should rather say what.... faster vertical speed jumps? cause in the end once you are out of that plane for 10 sec or so you are at whatever your position/suit/ect terminal is.
  15. Hi,. The questions i ask are: When do canopy line lengths get dangerously short? and Is a 120sqft canopy considered reasonable? I currently am jumping a PF Shadow using a Sabre1 120 as a main. Im considering a pilot 124 as a main after the Sabre however on checking the line trims the pilot has 8cm shorter line length. This is a change from 278cm to 270cm. According to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwX33oCHP9sthe canopy that was pulled into the WS burble was a spectre 97 which has a line length of 243 so a 27cm difference to the pilot. Alot is said in the forum post http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3845529;search_string=sucked;#3845529about that jump and the deployment position ect, but to leave out as many variables as possible i ask the questions above. Thanks for the info!
  16. Having just this weekend ''tested'' this issue i'll chime in. I have a very tight fitting suit (Uno 618) and its material is quite slick aswell, especially where the leg straps sit. I had switched my rig from wingsuit mode to standard jumping mode but could not find my FF bungee in time for the load. The plan was a sit fly jump 4 way. I gave the straps a test before getting in the plane and they did indeed slide down my leg ever so slightly, maybe 2 cm. so i pulled my knee up as high as it would go and the leg strap freely came up to my knee with the other still in its place. Being aware of this i did go on the jump anyway and made damn sure to keep my knees at well more then a 45 degree angle. that said i could still feel them wanting to more around alot more then i would have liked. As im typing this everything went fine but i've since vowed to not jump without a bungee again. as mentioned its a super cheap way to prevent bad things happening. My rig was built for me last year, my dimensions have not changed since i got it. Even with leg straps very tight when standing it only takes bringing my leg up and they will slip up to my knees, could easily sit out of the rig.
  17. Hi, I got my Pulse at around the same jump number as you and i also had trouble with not so soft openings. I would not say they were slammers but they defiantly had me laying down a few times. That said in my case it did come down to packing. I had several people watch and everyone also said it was fine. What ended up resolving it for me was that i checked each stage of packing until i found the answer. In my case it was that the slider, although held down by the tail, was coming off the stops by about half an inch when i put it into the bag. I showed this to someone and they agreed it might be the cause of the problem... To fix this i put my left hand around the lines, while using the other hand to keep tension on then slide my hand down and push the slider grommets down against the stops and then pack onward as normal. I did have someone warn me to make sure the slider fabric itself was not too far out of place when doing this aswell. maybe someone with more experience can comment.. but yea. this fixed it for me.
  18. Unfortunately, many who insist on the rules being followed (the "beerhounds") also don't understand the purpose behind them either. They just want to drink beer that someone else paid for. I don't drink, but I've bought my share of beer. And enjoyed the fruits of "paying my dues." Because those who I shared it with understood the real purpose of the "Beer Rules" too. I tend to agree, those that chase people down for beer are missing the point, aswell as those that dont buy ''beer'' The whole point at least as ive understood it is so you can show you have accomplished something and give others the sign to come ask you what you got done. Its a community thing
  19. EOCS

    Phoenix Fly

    Phoenix fly have contacted me and we have cleared up the mis communication.
  20. I agree with the above, while im not a pro free flier i do know that i did alot of FF with my girl this last summer and as she was just learning it was very hard for me to keep as slow as she, in the end the balance we found was that she would fly at a faster rate and i would be pretty much normal, this gave us both a pretty good range. you will just find your default fall rate getting faster the more you FF with other faster people. The only way you are not going to be able to keep up is if much bigger people are intentionally trying to get below you. Find someone known to have good FF skills where you jump and ask them about controlling fall rates.
  21. EOCS

    Phoenix Fly

    While i do believe your post is a troll. I too am a bit disappointed with their customer service so far. ive sent all measurements and such in at the beginning of last week and haven't heard anything other then, thanks we will get back to you. asked mid way through the week and got a reply of ''will check and let you know'', nothing after that. While this is far from being a major problem it is frustrating knowing that i will be waiting an additional week or two depending on how fast they allow me to give them my money. As of Friday ive sent my order through a dealer, maybe he can get faster confirmation.
  22. Thanks for the answers. yes my initial post got a bit off topic as i was writing it. also :D that video! sounds about right. I do not mean for deployment, this is for just grabbing the grippers in flight. the best way i can describe the motion is as follows: 1: stand with your arms down to your sides. 2: face the palm of your hand behind you. 3: raise arms to about where the wings allow you to keeping the same hand position. 4: extend fingers and grab for where the grippers should be in flight. i was also told that i didnt need to use them in FFC but i could if i wanted to. For some reason this movement hurts in what feel like a tendon for either the pointer finger or the F*** you finger along my forearm... previous injury? possibly, i have broken this wrist but have noticed no other movement problems/pains.. I think i will go with gripperless as i know i will be into acro/grips and things like that once i get the hang of it. Thanks!
  23. heya everyone, im looking to order my first wingsuit very shortly. I have gone through PF FFC and now that summer is coming back we should be jumping soon. I am looking at something that will be good for teaching the basics and something i can grow with. i was thinking starting with a Venom or possibly a V5. hehe nah, actually something along the lines of a shadow2 or P3, swift, ect. I can see myself mainly getting into the acrobatic side of WS flying and so my question is this, are hand grips something i will really miss? i used them on my FFC on and off and i seemed to prefer flying without them, but then again what do anyone of us know on the first try of anything. (have read the flylikebrick guide) but looking for other insight As a sort of side question, this happened: During the FFC i was asked to reach back and grab the hand holds on the arm wing, to do this i needed to twist my wrist so my hand was facing backwards and then reach for it. when i did this there was an extreme pain in my lower forearm, trid it again and the 2nd time the pain was not there, during the jump everything went fine as did a few jumps after that on the same day, however when i showed my girl what movement i did to get the pain it happened again.... is this aknown thing that can happen or am i broken? Thanks! eocs
  24. I came over to CA from EU to go jumping and ended up going to a few places before going to skydance. I highly recommend this place. you can read my full review herehttp://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/dropzone/review.cgi?ID=176, should give a good idea about the place. I have also head Elsinore is a good place but didnt get the chance to go check it out. Avoid hollister! Avoid Lodi!