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#1 Falcon Jun

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 01:58 PM

Anyone here who's skydiving?
Haven't been able to jump since the first week of April. Our pilot at Clark is in the US. So this grounded skydiver is realllllly bored. Rappelling down a wall is such a poor replacement for it.

#2 Za Rodinu

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:44 PM

Let go of the rope. It will suddenly become much more interesting. :D

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:58 PM

I'll pass Falcon, on jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 03:15 PM

Let go of the rope. It will suddenly become much more interesting. :D


LOL! Now you made my day! Thanks!

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 03:38 PM

I would have a hard time trusting the person who packed the chute, and since I don't know how to do it, I'll pass!!
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:00 PM

I'll pass Falcon, on jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.


Ditto
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#7 Falcon Jun

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:14 PM

I would have a hard time trusting the person who packed the chute, and since I don't know how to do it, I'll pass!!

I understand. During my first jump, I didn't know any better. Now I pack my own chute, except the reserve.
Maybe I still don't know any better coz I still do go out a perfectly good airplane. (OF COURSE WITH A PARACHUTE)
Za, I really left myself open for that one. I still have to find a way to fool proof my posts against your wit.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:25 PM

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Za, I really left myself open for that one. I still have to find a way to fool proof my posts against your wit.


You won't win. He has a team of writers there in Scranton to help him.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 05:43 PM

I did two static line jumps years ago but never a freefall, though i've always fancied doing one.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:44 AM

I did two static line jumps years ago but never a freefall, though i've always fancied doing one.

Good. At our drop zone in Clark, at least five static line jumps are required before the first free fall. The first two is to familiarize the student on exiting the aircraft. The last three is used for dummy pulls to find out if the student knows how to deploy his own canopy properly and that he can remain stable for the few seconds needed to do so.
What really frustrates me right now is that that Coke is doing a promo for their new product Coke Zero. Since I've done demo jumps for the public before, I was among the few asked to do one to promote the product. However, I declined. The jumpers will have huge banners of Coke Zero attached to their legs and I haven't jumped with a banner before. Coke was willing to supply us with our own customized gear and jump suits, too. A part of me still says "go ahead" but in skydiving, things have to be done as close to perfect as humanly possible, especially in a demo jump and I know my limit. Still, it's a tempting thought but it will remain just that, a thought. Next step, ask for instruction on canopy handling and landing when flying with a banner.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 05:54 PM

Actually I would love to do it, but with iffy knees, I'd have to find a way to not send my kneecaps thru my spleen!
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 06:33 PM

Now I pack my own chute, except the reserve.


Are you sure you don't drink before you pack? Does the person who packs your reserve? Drugs? Meds?

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:21 PM

Good. At our drop zone in Clark, at least five static line jumps are required before the first free fall.


If I remember right, at the centre where I did my jumps, it was three static liners before you could do a freefall. You were then also expected to learn to pack a chute.

Actually I would love to do it, but with iffy knees, I'd have to find a way to not send my kneecaps thru my spleen!


I know how you feel, Scott, I now have one dodgy knee, which I don't think would withstand the landing...and believe me, the landing can be hard!
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:15 PM

I followed my Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) at Eloy, Arizona last december/january. Made 18 jumps at this terrific location! It was so nice that I will return next december to get the A level.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:53 PM

SCUBA is the biggest thrill seeking that I do. It is pretty much safe if you mind your Ps and Qs.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:32 AM

If I remember right, at the centre where I did my jumps, it was three static liners before you could do a freefall. You were then also expected to learn to pack a chute.



I know how you feel, Scott, I now have one dodgy knee, which I don't think would withstand the landing...and believe me, the landing can be hard!


Well, there are variations in the methods. It could be as short as three static line jumps as you say. It really depends on the student's skill. The key to a good opening of the canopy is learning how to be stable in the air. When one learns stability during free fall, then "flying" your body follows.

As to the landings, it depends on the kind of canopy used. The modern ram air canopy, as opposed to the old spherical chutes we see in war movies, can technically be described as a wing. The ram air or rectangular shaped canopies are very agile in flight and allows a skydiver to glide, speed up, slow down, bank.
Landing is very similar to how a fixed wing aircraft does it. We fly a landing pattern, do a base leg turn, etc. Roughly 15 to 12 feet from the ground (it's really a matter of timing, experience and depth perception), we flare. We pull both toggles down in one swift motion to break our forward momentum. Done properly, you "step off" from flight. Think of it as an escalator. You're approaching the ground, then step off.

As to scuba diving, uh... I always have a ready plausible excuse to decline an offer to do so. I can go out of a plane but am hesitant to go underwater. Go figure.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:49 AM

Lol! Go figure indeed!

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:56 AM

I think this shows that there's a chicken in all of us. Squawk, bok bok bok bok bok Squawk!!

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 07:32 AM

Ah! After several weeks of being grounded, we're off to the skies again this Saturday!
Our pilot's back from his US vacation and we'll be making our jump runs from Clark from 0900h this Saturday.
I have to admit that I missed jumping out of airplanes so much that I can't wait for tomorrow. I intend to make at least two jumps tomorrow, weather permitting. The only downer is the rainy season, which began last June.

Also, I was able to watch an actual base jump last weekend. I think it's the first time it's been allowed in the Philippines. Those guys are really far out. They're all senior US skydivers from Utah and the youngest among them already have a B license. Their most senior guy is a skydiving instructor who has more than 3,000 jumps.
They popped their canopies from a height of roughly 500 feet off the ground. I was surprised when I actually heard the sound of their canopies snapping open. From the sound alone, I knew that the opening shock they went through was really hard on their bodies. Their canopies have to open in less than 50 feet while for us guys at higher altitudes, we have gentler opening shocks for we have the luxury of time to permit slower openings of the canopy.

What I saw was really extreme. For me, I'm already thinking of pulling my pilot chute when my altimeter reads 3,000 feet. I often say that skydiving is a sport where one has to do things as close to perfection as possible.
In the base jumps I saw, I have to say that these guys have to do things perfectly. A simple line twist, which is a minor inconvenience for a skydiver, is deadly for a base jumper. I'm really impressed with how good these guys were in controlling their bodies and their adeptness in handling their canopies. One even made a back flip just before opening his canopy.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 02:24 PM

Have fun! Can you take some pics?? That would be cool!
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Posted 04 July 2008 - 02:54 PM

Hopefully I get a jump in soon, when the army save up enough to pay me for it!
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:48 AM

Pics coming up soon.

#23 Falcon Jun

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 10:19 AM

Here are pics of the base jumping stunt at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The jumpers were from the Ozone aerial sports team based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ahh, my pics can't seem to be uploaded. Why is that?

Edited by Falcon Jun, 09 July 2008 - 10:24 AM.
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:54 AM

Come on over to The AMERICA Falcon... Lots of jumpin going around at FT benning and fort bragg... We would love to have ya... And those ROUND /-1b and /-1c Parachutes are top notch LOL oh and our RIGGERS are second to NONE... NOTE TO SELF NEVER PISS OF A RIGGER.... ill be poting some of My military jump pics sooon for ya to check out
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

"Never piss off a rigger." That's one rule I never break. I do it on my own but the licensed riggers have to repack and reseal the reserve. That's why I believe in that rule, hehehe.
Nice to know that someone else in this forum knows what it's like to feel the tug of an opening canopy and what the world looks like when one's hanging in the air.




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