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sfzombie13

replacing a reserve pilot chute in northern lites container

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does anyone know of a replacement authorization for the old jelly fish pilot chute in a northern lites container?  dom is 3-'86.  i looked up some old threads here and couldn't find anything but did get a number for velocity and talked to blake out there who said he was going to look into it.  i figured if anyone would know, they may be on here.  the damned thing looks brand new and i can't wait to jump it.  even if i can't jump it, it would be great for our parasailing we're gonna do this summer at the dz.  can't go wrong for $100. 

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I'm not familiar with what originally came with Northern Lites.

I have an old 2 pin Northern Lite I use for accuracy and other jumps. Back in the early 2000's when assembling it, some parts were missing. So I put in a 357 Magnum reserve PC, as that was a commonly available generic reserve PC (before the single-loop-through-the-PC era), and have stayed with that.
I tried packing it using a nice strong Vector PC but the spring was so strong it kind of distorted the whole pack job, given its old 2 pin design, so I didn't proceed with that. 
(Note though that I'm in Canada using our rules, so I'm flexible with mixing and matching, not worrying about TSO's or any company's approval.)

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blake from velocity got back to me and said it took the national 357 magnum pilot chute and could get me a free bag when i get him the measurements.  i called paraphernalia and they have the pilot chute in stock.  the only reason i started looking was that my rigger looked up an old manual and told me about the jellyfish pilot chute and that it was unreliable.  turns out that i can get this back in the air for about $350.  thanx for the info.

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What is a jelly fish pc? In 42 years I've never heard that reference. My guess is its an MA1. They're actually not a bad PC IF the spring isn't wore out AND you don't care about it getting snagged. The replacement in mains was the hot dog with a 36" spring. The idea that all it had to do was stand up. When in a stable burble the MA 1 was wimpy. When in the air stream lots of drag.  

No I wouldn't pack one now. But we used to have (still have) some pretty good Israeli made one in the early 80s. In fact my first rig, a Crossbow piggy back still packed in the basement and  as airworthy as when I was jumping it, very likely has an Israeli version in the reserve.

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if i knew i would tell you.  i can't even find a picture of it but my rigger said it has strings hanging down that were supposed to aid in clean deployments and looks like a jellyfish when you hold it up.  they were not very reliable, so probably what you have.  after talking to velocity, they said the 357 magnum was original to the container, so it's not changing out equipment any longer, just replacing missing items.  the freebag and pilot chute costs $350 and i paid $100 for the container, so not that bad a deal still.  looks like brand new, as the picture above show.  the problem now is the size of the reserve it holds.  just a touch small for me, so i may not be using it to jump, at least not right away.

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