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  2. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    All three of those materials have something in common. They can all be included somehow in the manufacturing of aluminum. They have many other separate uses, sure. But all three have been used in the aluminum industry, depending on the use for that aluminum. One *possible* way all three of those materials could end up on a tie is if the owner worked in a place that cut, or did grinding on aluminum parts of different types. Yes, this could be Boeing of course. It could also be someone who worked in one of the many subcontractors associated with Boeing. I once did some restoration work for a now-defunct place in Kent, WA named Valley Tool Company. That place had a Boeing contract, and took all kinds of metal work that included tons of grinding. They worked with titanium, aluminum, high-speed steel, you name it. Constant grinding and cutting and drilling all over the shop with buckets of the chips sitting near all the machines. The stuff got on your clothes just walking through the place. When the buckets got full, they would haul them to recyclers for sometimes big money, depending on the type of chip or leftover material in the bucket. High-speed steel paid especially well, but so did titanium chip. The owner sometimes sent me to the recyclers to get the money, even though my main job was to try and level an old building next door. Brother...if you have never picked up a five gallon bucket full of high speed steel chip, you should try it sometime. LOL...really, really heavy. I could barely lift it and you didn't use the handle or it would tear free.
  3. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    It wasn't just lycopodium clavatum.. "was in fact a powder residue made up of titanium dioxide, silicates and alumina." but it is true that finding a match isn't conclusive, it is part of a comprehensive profile..
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  5. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Small note on the Compoz pills: The usual dose of scopolamine, when prescribed by a doctor, is 1.5 mg, about ten times more than what is found in a Compoz pill. So many pills have...and have HAD coatings on them of so many different types it is hard to narrow down that the substance found on the tie was 100% from a pill coating. As far as the specific ingredient in the pill coating being discussed, ( Lycopodium Clavatum) that stuff is all over the place. Homeopathic remedies, pill coatings...sure, but even an ingredient in fireworks...or it used to be. The homeopathic assignments are almost off the scale for Lycopodium Clavatum. It's been prescribed for damn near everything except polio or pancreatic cancer. The plant it comes from is common in North America and it is the pollen which is the main source for LC. This substance on the tie could have come from a number of sources. Blowing off fireworks, a homeopathic remedy, or...yes...a pill coating. But it is/was so commonly used that it is almost like saying Cooper's tie had water on it. In order to narrow down a substance on Cooper's tie, you need to find a substance that is used for one thing...and one thing only...and linking that substance with a particular job or activity perhaps. An example: If you found a substance on the tie that was used only in the professional growing of white roses, you could say with some certainty that Cooper was a fan of white roses and probably had a few bushes around his house.
  6. C1i55

    Velo 79

    Time Left: 29 days and 19 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Crispy velo 79, under 500 jumps Lines have under 100 jumps DOM Oct 2009

    $500.00

    Toronto, Ontario - CA

  7. Time Left: 29 days and 19 hours

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    Evo Firebird xs DOM:01 2013, 300 jumps PD 106 reserve DOM: Oct 2012, 0 rides Vigil 2 AAD DOM: Jan 2013, no fires PD Velo 84 DOM: Oct 2009 600 jumps Container sized for someone 5'10ish 155lbs. Room to go up and down.Excellent condition. Can swap out the 84 velo for a 79. Containter can fit an 84 crossbraced or up to 110 non crossbraced well, others will fit as well. Email me for more details.

    $2,900.00

    Toronto , Ontario - CA

  8. The Cooper Vortex

    DB Cooper

    Our latest episode is out now! DB Cooper was a Railroader featuring the Army analyst that uncovered William J Smith. Check it out!
  9. Perhaps watching a video like this will make you see the issue. Ive also had rigs that I've had brought to me that exhibited lack of maintenance and similar behaviour. So in low drag situations this can occur and a set in the risers has occurred. Not wishing to start a flame war but lack of maintenance is common.
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  11. firefb2800

    SQRL C3

    Time Left: 29 days and 16 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    SQRL C3 sized for 5’10” 165lbs Used, in great condition Black Mylar 5.10 base soles Massive leg wing pocket No damage/ repairs Slight dirt stain on top surface of leg wing. Shoot me any questions and if you want more detailed pictures

    $1,100.00

  12. gowlerk

    Fliteline Reflex Res. Closing loop

    Yes, this is where I always use the +/- .25 inch on the plus side. I've found that 1.5 inch is not quite enough to hold, but an extra 1/4 goes a long way. Even so, in the student size Reflex we were using the cap would still need to be tightened at least once a season. I'm not sure that you can do it on a smaller one though.
  13. swoopfly

    California DZ looking for TI's

    Let me travel the country and live there for part time pay
  14. mark

    Fliteline Reflex Res. Closing loop

    The only critical measurements are the ones marked 2.5" and 1.5". The 2.5" measurement is the distance from the grommet on the edge of the cap to the grommet in the center. This distance must be long enough that the fingertrap section is entirely below the center grommet. The 1.5" fingertrap section used for loop length adjustment can be a little longer if pack thickness allows, but cannot be any shorter without risking loosening during the pack cycle. Instead of the usual Cypres knot, you can make a small (0.5" I.D.) loop at the end of the closing loop, and secure using the no-sew method. The length of the fingertrap for this small loop should knot exceed about 2", so it won't interfere with the fingertrap section used for adjusting loop length. Larks-head the small loop to the Cypres washer to get a more solid anchor than the usual double-overhand + single-overhand.
  15. Not trying to call you out, but maybe it will relieve some anxiety about riser maintenance. https://www.dropzone.com/forums/topic/10643-looking-after-your-3-rings/?do=findComment&comment=941792
  16. mcyr

    PD Valkyrie 90

    Time Left: 29 days and 14 hours

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    VK90Under 1000 jumps on it50 jumps on current HMA500 linesetComes with brand new Orange Vetran500 linesetRegular slider with snaps A few small pinholes on top skin near label from RDS lineburn DOM: Mar/2016 SN: VK-090000865 $2050 USD Buyer pays shipping

    $2,050.00

    VICTORIA, British Columbia - CA

  17. gowlerk

    Fliteline Reflex Res. Closing loop

    The dimensions are not in the manual. But there is a note in it that they must be made pretty exactly. Better instructions are in the attached HTML file. Reflexclosingloop.htm
  18. The Cooper Vortex

    DB Cooper

    She's a really cool gal. I agree, I'd love to have beers with her. Thanks for listening to the show.
  19. gowlerk

    Fliteline Reflex Res. Closing loop

    Here is the drawing with the dimensions.
  20. RiggerLee

    Fliteline Reflex Res. Closing loop

    Well, since it's adjustable... Sorry, couldn't resist. As I recall the finger trap starts just past the grommet. and is short only about .75 inch. Then it runs out the other way 180 off from the loaded part of the loop. So it's tied at the washer. Washer on the inside of the pilot chute. comes up through the side grommet. Across the top of the hard cap. Turns and goes down through the center grommet. Just past the grommet is where the finger trap will be. It goes down and forms the loop. Comes back up and enters the finger trap, 0.75 inches? exits the finger trap. comes up through the grommet. Turns 90 deg. away from the side grommet. Exits from the soft cap through the little hole. Pull on that lose end to tighten. Tuck under the soft cap. Don't you have the manule? All of this must be in there. This is just memory from way to long ago. Lee
  21. RiggerLee

    My little project

    I hope you got that fabric for free. It totally saturated my screen and caused strange artifacts around the edges. Hideous. Lee
  22. RiggerLee

    My little project

    You know there are a lot of facets to the sport. I've found my self drifting from one to the next over the years. skysurfing, freestyle, CRW, base jumping, rigging, manufacturing, now I'm working on rockets and it looks like we are going to get the money to expand it into an orbital system. I don't think I could have done any one of those things for thirty years. Life is really more about growth. Some time that means turning in a new direction but in the end you may find that all of these things are interconnected. What you do is informed by all that you have done before. Every thing you have learned will carry over into what ever you do next. Maybe you'll build a container next. Maybe a pilot rig. One with low pack volume fabric. A better smaller canopy for them. Don't want to deal with a TSO? Maybe build a base rig. Want to do some thing new? Maybe build a modern version of a Sorcerer for the wing suiters. They jump slider up all the time. Maybe it's time they started carring a reserve? Or if you want to stick with canopies, how about doing some thing commercial. High percesion cargo is a thing. Militaries are investing large amounts of money in it in all sizes. There is a contract for a powered one to extend cross range. How about a high altitude eye in the sky, an air deployed aero stat. High altitude balloon. You can shoot down a drone even a big one at 30,000 ft but it's a lot harder to hit some thing at 80,000 feet. Who know were life will take you. Right now I'm actually taking an on line course. Fundamentals of space vehicle guidance, control, and astrodynamics. It's been a while since I stretched my brain cells this hard. Loving it. Getting into math I'd never dived into before. The only real secret in life is to not allow your self to become stagnant. And I still say the solution to all of your problems is to take out an ad in Parachutest or what ever you have over there selling canopies. You are now "Manufacturer" and blow a big fat raspberry at them. They don't want to run your ad, fine put it in parachutist and sell them here. Let me know and I'll renew just to have a copy of your ad to frame. Lee
  23. JerryBaumchen

    My little project

    Hi Quag, IMO you are not doing that. You're just commenting on how you feel & your current situation. Eventually, everyone makes their last jump. The reasons why vary across the board. I have really loved reading about your DIY canopy building; having done one myself. Wherever, the world takes you, the best of luck to you. Jerry Baumchen
  24. atmosphair

    Great beginner's rig

    Time Left: 29 days and 11 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    Complete system Container Javelin J-2, C-16, DOM 08/92, unknown jump numbers, still in good shape. New BOC and main bridle cover. Comes with RSL and B-12 leg strap adapter Main Spectre 170, DOM 09/2000, unknown jump numbers, no damages still crisp, lines in very good conditions. Opens great flies straight Reserve Swift 175 1 ride. DOM 7/94 AAD cypress DOM 2008, next mainentance 06/20. 2400$ For additional info call Bo at 941 744 7766

    $2,400.00

    - US

  25. I have a reflex that has come in for a repack and I'm looking for dimensions to make a reserve closing loop.any help would be appreciated.
  26. Take your wallet. The big one.
  27. atmosphair

    Tandem main 365 precision

    Time Left: 29 days and 11 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    700 jumps lines good for another 200 jumps Steering lines need to be replace (new steering lines included) Structurally sound canopy, crossports normal wear for number of jumps Jumped in midwest packed indoor 700$ For additional info call Bo at 941 744 7766

    $700.00

    - US

  28. Quagmirian

    My little project

    I've spoken to all the chief instructors of the DZs that I frequent, and at this point, with my rigger rating and years of experience I actually have a pretty good image in the sport. However, a lot of the CIs are still in the mindset of "I'd rather you did that somewhere else", or "ooh, I'd like to get someone else to sign you off to do that". Shoutout to Rich at Langar for just being really chill and mellow and letting me get on with things. I think the real problem is that there has never really been a BPA system in place for odd cases like me, and I thought becoming a rigger would fix it. As for the sport, I was never that interested in it that much. I think my mistake was to fall in love with the idea of jumping rather than jumping itself. I think I've seen and done enough to get a fair view of it. Never say never though, I can always come back. I haven't even sold my rig yet. However, I have to realistic about the number of jumps I can do and the level of skill I can ever attain on my budget. I promised myself I wouldn't bitch about skydiving here. I don't work at the moment. I was looking at getting into rigging full time but who knows now. Maybe a sailmaker or a kayaking/paragliding instructor.
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