Finally!! My new parachute rig arrived!!
So far I’ve only flown it a handful of times, but nothing compares to having a custom fit rig on your back.
The material is still all very stiff and obviously fresh off the assembly line (which I visited back in February in DeLand, Florida).
I cannot wait to break it in.
Even more, I am glad it arrived in time for my August trip to the Mountain Gravity Boogie in Switzerland!
The air-worthiness inspection is done and the Tokyo Skydiving Club is open again for business. I packed my bags and got everything sorted on Friday night… Only to wake up late on Saturday morning. (more…)
About the time I down-sized my canopy from a 150 to 135, I changed out the connection between my risers and lines from a rapid-link to a soft-link.
The last time I was here, I had under 90 jumps and crash-landed on the tarmac. A year and something like over 160 jumps added to my belt between that mildly traumatic memory and now, I was ready to retake DeLand.
Tokyo→ Minneapolis→ Atlanta→ Chatanooga Tennessee.
The layovers and the drive between Tokyo and here has been brutal.
No I’m not here for the Chattanooga Choo Choo, but I AM waiting for that perfect ACME Instagram moment. I am here with some of the staff of the Tokyo Skydiving Club for the Parachute Industry Association and the Standardization seminars regarding examiners.
So far we’ve visited a few booths and gathered a few giveaways including a year supply of pull-up-chords. Chuting-star gave away some shoe laces, which I am eager to start using. There is a few days left, so maybe this time I’ll fight the jet lag and take some pictures.
Ideally, you want people to judge the winds for themselves and land into the wind while looking out for traffic. The Tokyo Skydiving Club has such a very narrow landing area, that we have some local rules to keep everyone safe.
After about 2 months of waiting, finally my friend swapped her main canopy for a newer model and I was able to snatch her older one.