Blue Skies Mag Movie Club

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We like skydiving videos, and you like skydiving videos – what a happy coincidence!

Which is pretty much the whole reason for roping Missy the Sexy Librarian in as movie curator and connoisseur of fine videos. As it turns out, quite a few people share the movie watching/making/sharing interest, so we have created a group on Facebook to make it easy to share and sample.

Please feel free to join up, share your favorite movies or just check out what others are posting up.

The group can be found here:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/blueskiesmagmovieclub

German freefly at 2013 DM

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If you are hungry for about 5 minutes of sweet German freeflying along with great music , go ahead and hit play!

Another excellent video edited and put together by Max Heidenfelder, showcasing freefly footage from the 2013 DM at Skydive Saulgau. This compilation is a mix of all categories and competitors.

Sumo in the sky

We told you about the new Sumo suit by Squirrel last week – a new tracking suit for both BASE jumpers and skydivers.

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The Sumo suit is now in general production, with the first orders expected to ship out in the next two weeks. Squirrel has just released a new video showing the Sumo in flight. The video features a delightful mix of professionals demonstrating the intricacies of the Sumo, aerial footage and a little bit of eye candy. For everyone. Even if you don’t have the slightest interest in tracking suits or BASE jumping, this video is for you.

Knot in a brake line – hello reserve

On a fine Arizona day following a nice skydive, Trunk from Hypoxic turned and tracked, waved off and pulled.

TrunkAfter an uneventful opening, was time to pop the toggles. Some of the excess brake line stowed on the back of his risers had moved around during or before deployment resulting in the toggle being pulled through a loop of sorts.   Reaching up to release the brakes, the excess was knotted up (shown at the end of the video).  Being an experienced skydiver that knows his canopy well, Trunk quickly decided that he would not be able to clear the tangle below his hard deck – if at all – so he went for the reserve and landed uneventfully.
The canopy was a Velocity 103 and it was a balmy, no-wind day in Eloy, AZ

Back in the days of Velcro, the excess brake line was tucked up nice and tight. But Velcro and lines tend to not get along, so by popular demand, manufacturers have moved away from the Velcro to different methods – and some don’t even bother. What works for you? Ever had this happen?

Trunk plans on revisiting his procedures for stowing the excess to minimize the odds of it happening again.

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