30th Aug 2004, 16:55
Yesterday I spent around five hours with a fellow PPRuNer, sitting somewhere rather cold, windy and uncomfortable in the name of 'fun'. By the end of the day we were both shattered and today I've discovered a multitude of muscles I had forgotten about, plus some new and interesting bruises.
I intend to do it all again soon...
Does anyone else do something which, on the face of it, is blydi stupid, but in reality is completely addictive? :confused:
30th Aug 2004, 17:08
Yes. Two. Forgive my cynicism.
30th Aug 2004, 17:36
what were you doing plane spotting?
30th Aug 2004, 17:46
Yes, amongst other things... And at some times more effectively than others. :ugh:
30th Aug 2004, 18:17
and today I've discovered a multitude of muscles I had forgotten about, plus some new and interesting bruises.
A sure sign of a good time had by all in my experience. :E
I'm naturally inclined to do lots of things which are bl**dy stupid, them being fun or addictive seems to be optional! :}
30th Aug 2004, 20:27
quote: Yes, amongst other things... ???? HMMMMMMM My mind is working overtime....wat are the other things? lol
31st Aug 2004, 06:23
Now, now Aerbabe. You're being deliberately provocative and winding some of the more testestorone-fuelled JBers up.
Keep it up (oo-er Missus)!!!
I used to rate it as fun hurling myself out of an itty-bitty Cessna at 2,500 feet and relying on a parachute to get me to the ground safely.
Sadly a windy day (they should never have let us jump, gusts up to 24 knots) and a wheat field led to an injury that curtailed my jumping career on jump seven.
The pain I went through convinced me that jumping was actually not fun! :(
Can you explain why the opening shock of a parachute become severe at high altitude.?
And do you notice any difference occuring at a range of medium altitudes.?
31st Aug 2004, 07:26
Milt - Afraid I never jumped at high altitude. Every jump was from 2,500 feet. I'd got as far as the dummy rip (ie was still static lining) when my jumping career came to the premature halt.
31st Aug 2004, 08:52
It's been a while, but I can't say I ever noticed much difference once you reached terminal velocity.
Hard openings seemed to come from not
flaring enough after a track or, in my case, lousy packing.
A hard opening is much, much better than no opening at all.
31st Aug 2004, 19:19
Presumably at high altitude your terminal velocity is higher 'cos the air is thinner. So when you pull the thingy you are slowing from a higher speed.
But if the air is thinner then when the 'chute opens it shouldn't stop you with quite such a jerk as lower down........mumble mumble
I go with Taildragger...bad packing.
I never have, and do not intend, to jump out of a flying machine unless forced by extreme circumstances.