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arlo  (D License)

Feb 14, 2003, 7:26 AM
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I just got this bulletin from Birdman! Just thought you guys would like to know what's new out there. I've seen the swatches and the new colors are awesome (the aluminized silver rocks!). PM me if you have any questions....

arloSly

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New Fabric / New Colors
We no longer offer Balloon ZP or Atmotex. We now only offer one type of fabric for every model of BirdMan suit - BM Nylon. Basically, it a very durable type of zero porosity Nylon that has a UV inhibitor impregnated in to the fabric. It is very similar to Balloon ZP but it's a tiny bit thicker. It is not nearly as thick as Atmotex, though. We are making both the body and the wings from this one fabric.

In changing fabric type, we can now offer a wider variety of colors. (Yahoo!) The wings and/or body of all BirdMan suits can now be in the following colors: Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Teal, Red, Gold, Hunter Green, Yellow, Purple, White, Neon Green, Turquoise, Black, Orange, Raspberry, Aluminized Silver.


kimgriffin  (D 15354)

Feb 14, 2003, 9:44 AM
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Thanks for posting that AAA. Here is the entire letter I emailed yesterday to a bunch of flyers and our BM dealers. ~Kim~

Feb 13, 2003
Hi everyone. We've had some changes and addition to our product line at BirdMan.

New Fabric / New Colors
We no longer offer Balloon ZP or Atmotex. We now only offer one type of fabric for every model of BirdMan suit - BM Nylon. Basically, it a very durable type of zero porosity Nylon that has a UV inhibitor impregnated in to the fabric. It is very similar to Balloon ZP but it's a tiny bit thicker. It is not nearly as thick as Atmotex, though. We are making both the body and the wings from this one fabric.

In changing fabric type, we can now offer a wider variety of colors. (Yahoo!) The wings and/or body of all BirdMan suits can now be in the following colors: Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Teal, Red, Gold, Hunter Green, Yellow, Purple, White, Neon Green, Turquoise, Black, Orange, Raspberry, Aluminized Silver.

The body of the suit can be one color and each wing can be a different color (but the front and back of the wings must match). Something new: You can now make the triangular piece of material between the zippers (on the belly of the suit) any color you chose (it does not have to match the body color).

New Bells and Whistles
It is standard now that all suits come with hip snaps (so you can snap your booties up on your hips while walking) and a small zippered pocket on the outside thigh area for jump tickets, money, ear plugs, etc.

For people who BASE fly we now offer as a $50 option the BASE pilot chute pouch. The pouch is sewn to the outer, right side of the suit. It allows you to stow you PC and bridle to an easy to reach position. Currently, this option is available only on the Skyflyer and Skyflyer.3.

The New Toy - Skyflyer.3
The Skyflyer.3 was released at the PIA Symposium earlier this month. So, it is ready for you if you are ready for it! Like the Skyflyer, the Skyflyer.3 is a suit for experienced flyers. The arm wings are longer than the Skyflyer and can flap over your hacky - NOT ideal for novices. (For those ready to change from the GTi or Skyflyer, it will just take a couple of jumps to refamiliarize yourself with the pull - it's no biggie.) The leg wing is not only a little longer but is noticeably wider. This provides more surface area on the leg and a more comfortable leg stance. The profile on the arm and the leg wings is thinner (smaller ribs inside) creating less drag. The mesh on the arms has been lengthened to allow for quicker inflation. The air coming in through the arm zippers is being utilized to aid inflation. A small, very lightweight stiffener is built in to the tip of the arm wing for those who like to hold the end of the wing in flight.

All of us test flying the suit last year have fallen in love with it. While the Skyflyer.3 is not radically different than the Skyflyer, it IS more aerodynamic so the forward speed and the lift are increased, plus the wide leg stance feels very comfortable. Like the Skyflyer, the .3 is fun to fly but does not perform at its best unless you are in the proper body position. She's a picky craft but flies like a banshee when you learn what what she wants.

The base price of the Skyflyer.3 is $100 higher than the Skyflyer, but three different options (that you have to pay for on the Skyflyer) come standard on the .3. Those are: front air deflectors, padded knees and hook knife pocket.

ClassicII and GTi
The popular ClassicII and GTi models have not changed structurally (just the new fabric and bells and whistles).

Pantz
The BirdMan Freefly Pantz and BASE Pantz have been selling like hotcakes. They are available for custom order or you can call to see what sizes and colors we have in stock at our DeLand, Florida, headquarters. The color selection for the racing stripe has been increased. The main color must still be either black or red but there are 15 different colors choices for the stripe. (See colors above.)

In response requests from many tandem instructors, we now offer a "reinforced backside" on either model of Pantz. (Pantz only, this is not available on wingsuits.) This is an extra layer of black Cordura sewn to the butt area for those intentional or not-so-intentional butt slides.

BirdMan Website
Our website www.bird-man.com is currently a little behind the times, as we do not handle it in-house. As of today, you will not find current ordering information there. Please contact BirdMan or a BirdMan dealer for the current order forms. Our site should be updated in the very near future - we're working on it! Thank you for your patience!

Please contact us with any questions. I hope this email finds you all having a great start to the new year!

Best wishes and long flights to all,

Jari, Kim, Robert and Sarah
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BirdMan, Inc.
1665 N Lexington Ave Suite 103
DeLand, FL 32724, USA

+386.785.0800 Office phone
+386.785.0080 Fax

President: jari@bird-man.com
Business Manager: kim@bird-man.com
Design Manager: robert@bird-man.com (also the BirdMan BASE specialist)
Sales Dept: sarah@bird-man.com


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Feb 14, 2003, 1:26 PM
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(the aluminized silver rocks!).

So I can get a whole suit made out of the silver eh? Imagine all the people you could blind in that thing, not to mention looking like Elvis or the silver surfer LOL


kimgriffin  (D 15354)

Feb 14, 2003, 2:41 PM
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Ha - I'm wondering when the first UFO looking suit will be ordered! That and a mirrored helmet will be pretty wild. Now we just have to work on workable strobelights. Laugh

I hope no on thinks my last posting is promotional. I forgot to consider that fact. Eeekkksss ShockedMy intention was to get the current information out to you guys. I hope I didn't step over any boundaries! If so, please kick my ass softly.

Have a fantastic weekend! I'll be out at SD DeLand Saturday if anyone wants to play.

Blue puffy long ones, Kim


kevin922  (D 26500)

Feb 14, 2003, 3:20 PM
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Ha - I'm wondering when the first UFO looking suit will be ordered! That and a mirrored helmet will be pretty wild. Now we just have to work on workable strobelights. Laugh

I hope no on thinks my last posting is promotional. I forgot to consider that fact. Eeekkksss ShockedMy intention was to get the current information out to you guys. I hope I didn't step over any boundaries! If so, please kick my ass softly.

Have a fantastic weekend! I'll be out at SD DeLand Saturday if anyone wants to play.

Blue puffy long ones, Kim

Kim -

I'm already working on alternating strobe lights that can be put in the wings for night jumping :)


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Feb 14, 2003, 3:33 PM
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I'm wondering when the first UFO looking suit will be ordered! That and a mirrored helmet will be pretty wild. Now we just have to work on workable strobelights.

For the sake of promoting Birdman, I hear by volunteer to be the first UFO birdman and will proudly sport the suit to all the popular DZs around the country.

KIM: Can ya sponsor me on this? LOLLaugh


leroydb  (D 25743)

Feb 15, 2003, 4:04 AM
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Kim.... can you put examples of the new fabrics online.... show us pics please....


fergs  (F 383)

Feb 15, 2003, 4:29 AM
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[Here is the entire letter I emailed yesterday to a bunch of flyers and our BM dealers. ~Kim~

Hey Kim

.... so I haven't made it to your bunch-of-flyers email list. My heart is broken.

fergs


kimgriffin  (D 15354)

Feb 16, 2003, 9:05 AM
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I'm going to contact our fabric mfg and see if they have their fabric colors digitized so I can get it on our web and out to this forum. If they don't, then Kevin O recommended that I get the colors scanned. So, hopefully in the near future this will be available.

~Kim


kimgriffin  (D 15354)

Feb 16, 2003, 9:11 AM
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Hey Fergs! You might notice that my name is not on The Flock list either - and I've been flying for over 3 years.

We have never had our website in house as Jari and I are always too busy to handle it ourselves. (We wish we could!) And we have never had a full time webmaster. So... our site is lacking many things. We know and are hoping to change this very soon.

Sorry that you are not on there but you are not alone.

How's the view flying over the desert? Get to swoop the camels?Tongue

Hasta la vista, Kim


fergs  (F 383)

Feb 16, 2003, 9:56 AM
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Hey Kim,

yep, have been swooping those camels ... so far over 30 jumps on the new suit. Totally enjoying it. Thanks again!! Will be back to Dubai end of the month for some more flying fun there.

And yes, I'm spreading the love...

But am returning home to Australia before long - so will be able to retire my gas mask and nerve gas antidote (maybe I'll auction them).Cool

Stay well!

fergs


leroydb  (D 25743)

Feb 16, 2003, 10:18 AM
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Hey kim... are you needing a new webmaster?
hint hint


(This post was edited by leroydb on Feb 16, 2003, 3:53 PM)



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