Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ready to fly

Been 3 weeks since I flew...beginning to wonder if it was just a dream.  Looks like the winds may calm down this weekend.  This wait is worse than the wait I had for training.  70,84,58,0,B


.... said...

take a drive. go for a walk, and shot some snakes.....

WhyR said...

Looking at the video during training where you landed on your feet once out of four landings- those where you didn't had to hurt. It looks like you're coming down on a very hard, unforgiving surface (well, duh).
The airport where I made my one and only parachute jump had a circular target area made of pea gravel about 3" thick (missed the target, cracked my ankle, missed 2 weeks of work). I wonder if your airport would benefit from a similar, maybe 50-75 foot dia. landing target of pea gravel- not thick enough to trip you, but enough to absorb some of the shock. That and/or kit yourself out with some skateboarder gear- palm, knee and elbow pads. It just seems to me you've got to do something to protect yourself when you land rough with all that weight on your back.

WhyR said...

Just one more thing: I wonder if you're flareing early enough and hard enough, so that you're touching down more vertically than horizontally. If you get that forward motion more or less neutralized, it seems like you've got a better shot at staying on your feet.
Your call, obviously.

WhyR said...

Also, is it possible to attach those pull rings a little bit higher, so that when you pull down during the flare you have more range of motion and can torque the canopy more?

O.K. Shutting up now.

David Hooper said...

Discretion and patience are key components of safety. You're doing a great job on both. A good day will come and you will be ready! Have fun!

Dani said...

Perhaps this is a lesson in patience...?

justastick said...

Patience and tolerance is the key to a happy life.

shawn said...

Move to Lubbock, the wind hardly ever blows here. (Do a quick google search for "lubbock haboob".

Marlin Andrus said...

Friday looks good....wunderground show 5mph there Friday.

tffnguy said...

High Flight
John Gillespie Magee, Jr

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air...

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark or even eagle flew --

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.