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  2. linestretch

    Shelf life on containers?

    really Rob? So a harness that was made from neon pink that shows fading within 6 months has lost half it's strength while the black harness still looks great after 10 years hasn't lost anything?
  3. Does anyone have any pointers (this is great don't buy this) on electronic wind speed indicators? I searched and there is a wide variety. A friend suggested I focus on those used by boat owners. Thoughts?
  4. TheChosenOne

    DB Cooper

    It’s very humbling holding a piece of history. I’ve had the scanned version a while but seeing Klansnic in 1960’s technology form is almost a supernatural feeling.
  5. 4lcy0ne

    DB Cooper

    If you have a legitimate theory, then you should be able to explain why he used the name Dan Cooper. We know it is based on a comic book. Most researchers don't get deep enough into the Zodiac killer case to find the comic book connections. Zodiac's Halloween Card was a reference to the comic Tim Holt #30. The symbol at the end of the card is featured in Red Ryder. Doctor Zodiac is a comic book villain who actually hijacked an aircraft ransoming the passengers and escaped by parachute with the money.
  6. mrshutter45

    DB Cooper

    It doesn't show the ground level inside the forest. I would like to see what the area looks like where the card supposedly spent 7 years without moving...
  7. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    You can go right to the interactive, 3-D Google map and turn, twist, up or down, take stills, whatever you wish. It's been up at WordPress for a year. Just scroll down when you reach the article and follow the easy directions on how to use the map. If you see a shot you like, an angle you want, just hit Print Screen and paste it over into an image program like Paint Shop or something. It is partially MY fault the placard trip was cancelled, and partially Cooperland's fault. My part was agreeing to an OREGON trip with the Infamous Nissan crowd, (friends of mine there who live in Oregon) and then trying to move the whole thing up to Washington state and make it into a ground search. The Oregon folks said, "Wait a minute...you said you wanted to come to Oregon and do a Cooper Campout HERE..." So some of them started bailing because of the distance involved. Cooperland's fault: A lack of interest, except for a couple of people. (Darren the Podcast Guy and Nicky B). It is doubtful I could have convinced anyone else to attend, *maybe* one guy from Infamous Nissan. MAYBE. Four people? No other interest or promotion on the search, even though AB of Seattle was ready to put up nearly three bills just for the Weyerhauser key to the gates, and a permit? (Let alone the other costs for supplies, the metal detectors, etc) We needed more than four people for such a search. And some of them needed to be at least moderately informed on the Cooper case. Need at least three teams of three people each. Each team with a metal detector. More teams would be better. I did not return the detectors I got from Amazon, though. I still have them, so at some point a search will be scheduled. But it's not just the detectors. It's a big fee for the permit from Weyerhauser, too. Why waste that on a search using so few people that we could hardly cover a thing? If there is some SINCERE interest later, I will reconsider. But if you need pictures of the area, just go to the article Iinked above. It's all there, and Google Maps accepted my edit on the exact location the placard was found. If the Google Map reference somehow disappears, the exact GPS coordinates of the placard find are recorded in the WordPress article anyway. EDIT: It's too bad the placard wasn't found in a National Forest area, instead of on Weyerhauser land. That would be public, and a hell of a lot easier to organize. Weyerhauser is a little skittish lately on permissions, and has put more restrictions on entry. I think part of the reason is the proliferation of the wildfire problem. If you didn't have the gate key, you could conceivably get trapped out there during a big fire. I dunno...but they've been sort of funny lately about access.
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  9. mrshutter45

    DB Cooper

    Since your not going to the location until later in the year I will get someone else to get some photo's of the landscape. no biggie...
  10. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Watching EU's latest video up there, I couldn't help but wonder if he was making a pitch for Christiansen as the skyjacker. I'm listening and thinking: "I've made most of those same points previously in WordPress articles, when talking about Kenny..." It was weird to hear it coming from Eric, though. Not bad, just weird to hear them from another source. No criminal record, didn't talk about the hijacking afterward, a one-off event, Raleigh cigarettes, a guy who knew aircraft ops but not how to open the door on a 727, polite, calls Minnesota 'nice country,' knows the Puget Sound area both from the ground (McChord in Pierce County/driving distance to SeaTac Airport) and from the air, ("Looks like Tacoma down there") probably intended jumping much earlier and 'We're going to Mexico' was simply a ruse... You're describing Kenny Christiansen to a T. As far as whether the hijacker smoked Raleighs, that's a yes. Picture below from KC's family shows the type of cigarettes he would bring along on his family visits back to Minnesota. We also know his friend Helen Jones testified to the Decoded film crew that Kenny smoked Raleighs, although at first she said she thought they were Camels. Later, she realized Camels were the brand SHE smoked before she quit. When she realized her mistake, she thought it was important enough to get in her car and drive to Bonney Lake to contact me during the Decoded shoot. She spoke to Pete Berg (assistant director) instead. I had been sent off to Twisp, WA to do a final interview with *alleged* suspect Bernie Geestman's wife, Margaret. After six previous interviews, frankly I was tired of Margie admitting Geestman was involved in the hijacking and (at the same time) continuing to lie to me about the identity of Cooper. She was the one who had sent me off to see Helen Jones, after all. And Jones filled in a LOT of blanks, believe me. While Jones is up there in Bonney Lake speaking to Berg, at the same time Margie Geestman is sitting at her dining room table and (finally) telling me that yes...it WAS Kenny who went missing with her husband the week of the hijacking...and NOT those other people she tried naming in the other interviews. I was nice to her though. She loved Kenny like a brother and although her conscience bothered her regarding the hijacking, she knew there was no way out after Jones spoke up. Some months after the Decoded show first aired, Margie sold the ranch she loved for nearly a half million bucks, told her lawyer (S. Renee Ewalt) and the bank officer who handled the sale, (Dave Thomsen of Winthrop, WA) to not reveal where she was going. She successfully hid her new location until she died. Even Skipp Porteous, the PI from New York, could not find her. To Eric: Maybe we should re-shoot the famous Kenny video together. You make a pretty good case there. Picture below from KC's family showing the brand of cigarettes he would carry when flying back to Minnesota for occasional family visits. Some of the items they kept as souvenirs of his visits. Jones said she finally remembered Kenny smoked Raleighs because, as she said, "He saved the coupons..." None of this stuff PROVES Kenny and Bernie pulled off the hijacking, but because these things only scratch the surface and there is much more involved here...you have to wonder if it's ALL just coincidence.
  11. skybytch

    Accuracy landing for students

    The best way to get your questions answered is to talk to your instructors. Most of this is best explained in person. Once you are off student status, take a canopy control course as soon as possible. Don't do anything I suggest before talking to your instructors/S&TA. I found this easier to learn by practicing up high. While flying straight at full flight, pick a point in front of you. If it's fixed, you will likely land there if you change nothing about how you are flying - ie no turns and no brake or front riser input. If it is moving down, you will land long. If it is moving up, you will land short. Now change something. Go to 1/2 brakes. What does the spot do? Go back to full flight, then pull down both front risers. What does the spot do? Go back to full flight, then pull on both rear risers. What does the spot do? Once you've "seen" it and practiced it a bit, you'll find it easier to apply when it comes to entering the pattern, knowing when to turn base and when to turn final. Once you are on final, consider yourself committed to wherever you are going to land (unless of course you would be landing in the swamp or power lines or trees...). Too much other stuff to think about and do. DO NOT DO S TURNS ON FINAL - or anywhere in the pattern for that matter. It can not only confuse other jumpers, it can be a cause of a canopy collision. In many cases it's better to overshoot. Flying in deep brakes on final will slow you down and confuse other jumpers. Practice flaring from brakes up high. Go to 1/2 brakes and then flare the rest of the way. Try it again from 3/4 brakes. Even though you really don't want to do it on final, someday you might have to - like when you really overshoot and are going to land in the swamp/trees/powerlines. It is an option, just not on final. Again, unless you are going to hit an obstacle. Don't. The jumpers behind you can't predict what you are doing. Unpredictable is the last thing you want to be in the pattern.
  12. Christopherg

    Hey everyone!

    If your doing a tandem then make sure to pay extra for a video..I did a tandem back in early 90s when I was 14yrs old.(illegal hehe) but my dad was cool and his friend had more jumps then I could count. Im on jump 9 and went thru the static line course. AFF course puts you right into the skydiving experience. I wouldn't even question it an just do it. The cost is no different then if you bought a car you didn't need. The money is well worth the experience an what you get out of the sport money cannot buy. Best of luck to you an come to Weeping Water Ne (Lincoln Sport Parachute Club) if you ever drive thru Nebraska. Blue skies my friend. Don't think about it. Just do it
  13. SethInMI

    nil winds

    I don't know where you would find an incident database with surface wind speed as a searchable value. I think most of what you will get in this thread are anecdotes and educated guesses. My educated guess is that fatalities don't correlate well with light to nil surface wind conditions.
  14. 20kN

    nil winds

    There is ‘way’ too much emphasis on landing into the wind. Landing into the wind is not a landing priority. The number one priority is avoiding canopy collisions and having to do a crosswind landing so that no one crosses paths is by far the preferable option. So your consideration should not be which way sets me up to land into the wind. It should be which way sets me up to not run into someone and die.
  15. 20kN

    Preventing Hard Openings

    You can get a wingsuit slower than a hop and pop. Just because you’re not moving down does not mean you’re not moving at all. Even if you literally threw the PC out the door, you’re still moving at the speed of the aircraft which is typically ~100 MPH on jump run. You’re just not moving down at that speed. I suspect the slowest speed is actually a few seconds after you exit. Then your forward speed has decreased but your vertical speed is still somewhat slow. I have no testing to back this though. You’d have to check with a flysight.
  16. skyextreme84

    Off market ringsight

    Time Left: 29 days and 20 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    As shown, off market ring sight with swivel clamp. Shipping extra. PayPal only. Buyer covers PayPal fees.

    $55.00

    cork, Cork - IE

  17. Time Left: 29 days and 20 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    Used OXYGN Full Face Helmet with case included. I spray painted it a few years back because the helmet was light blue. Only thing that is needed is a new lining inside because the old one is coming off. Overall, still in good shape.

    $49.99

    Vista, California - US

  18. johnhking1

    DC - 3 Rebuild

    Sugar Alpha DC-3 is also being restored for the D-Day anniversary. It is currently located at the Fremont Airport, 14G in Fremont Ohio. You can see the structure that covers it on Google Earth. https://www.savinglulubelle.org/
  19. jumpwally

    DC - 3 Rebuild

    I've been watching the Mister Douglas build. i have many jumps from him from the 80's. I think its the sexiest plane ever. I just wished they had more pics and such. That being said anyone that likes the 3 you will enjoy another dc-3 build on you tube. Its called Plane Savers from the son of the ICE PILOTS show. They are trying to rebuid a 3 for the anniversary of D-Day. Skip to episode 102 to see actual work. enjoy....thx to all
  20. johnhking1

    Two 1958 Cessna jump planes

    Time Left: 29 days and 20 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Package deal, two 1958 Cessna jump planes. One flyable, 7200 TTAF, 1500 SMOH, jump door, step, seat belts, padded carpet, 760 comm, AT-150 transponder, Apollo GPS moving map, Plane Power alternator, Sky-tec light weight starter, dry vacuum pump, Knisley exhaust system, all STC's, 337's, logs, paperwork. Plane is 95% stripped. Annual good through June 2019. Second plane, undamaged project. Less than 3000 TTAF , 2 engines, one 1500 SMOH removed for time, has been sitting for a few years, second engine 2500+ SMOH, found metal in oil screen. Includes, starter, alternator, exhaust, mags, carb, baffling, over size oil cooler, McCauley prop model 203 with spinner, all instruments, extra windshield, etc. Jump door and step completed and included, the plane has been stripped out, cleaned and painted inside. I also have extra engine and airframe parts. Contact John King 607-869-5601 or e-mail.

    $45,000.00

    Ovid Airport, New York - US

  21. paracommander

    Aerodyne Triathlon 160 7-Cell Canopy

    Time Left: 29 days and 20 hours

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    Aerodyne Triathlon 160 Canopy. Great Condition. Good for CRW and Accuracy. Wonderfully Soft openings. I have switched to a Crossfire canopy and I don't need this one anymore.

    $400.00

    Cedartown, GA

  22. CoolBeans

    Preventing Hard Openings

    There is lots of very useful information in this thread. I'm myself very interested in different ways to prevent hard openings. Nobody mentioned that very easy trick so far, so I'm pointing it out. One of the very good ways to prevent hard openings is to look at your free fall speed. The slowest possible free fall speed is at the very beginning hence do hop & pops!
  23. betzilla

    Javelin TJNK.5 Reserve???

    nope. Just the optimum (and that won't be any fun).
  24. paracommander

    BASE Rig with Dagger 244

    Time Left: 29 days and 20 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    BASE Rig with Dagger 244. Missing Pilot Chute and Toggles.

    $500.00

    Cedartown, GA

  25. Hi there, I'm trying to grasp the accuracy landing topic. I'm currently a student on a big canopy (260sqft I think it's Navigator). I normally start the pattern at 1000ft, turn left at 600ft then turn left again to final at 300ft. Only after turning to final I start to get an idea how far I'm going to fly before landing. Would you please share how you are approaching the accuracy landing? Regular landing pattern: Tools and tricks that I'm interested in: 1. Looking at the horizon and target - is target "going up", "going down" or fixed? if fixed that's the point I will most likely land at 2. S turns on final - if I know I'm overshooting I could bleed some altitude by doing small left/right turns; I've been told that's a bad idea as it makes me unpredictable and other jumpers can be confused; however it is very efficient 3. Flying in deep brakes on final - never tried that myself, I've seen/heard/read that this could be a way to bleed altitude faster in case I was overshooting; but then how do I flare? 4. Using front/rear risers to either land sooner or later - no idea about that, is that even an option? 5. Modifying last turn to final at 300ft - instead of regular 90 degrees turn I could cut it short or circle around by turning little bit to the right first and then doing long left turn; the challenge with that one is that I don't know how far I'm going to fly before I actually turn to final 6. The way I flare - quick half-way down should give me a bit more glide, slow full flare should stop the canopy sooner - is that true? 7. Pay attention how long/quick my downwind leg is and based on that figure out when/how to do final turn. I have no idea how to use that one in practice 8. Get the insights about how strong the wind is by looking at the wind sock - that's the theory for me, I have no clue how to actually apply that in practice other than seeing wind direction and knowing that I want to land upwind I'm aware that before executing any new maneuver I should talk to S&TA at the dropzone. Another important thing that I already experienced - before anything I have to observe traffic. I had one situation where I was fixed on the target (is it going up? down?) and didn't see tandem landing close to me - as a result they had to do some corrections. I'm just curious to hear your opinions.
  26. KBUDA

    nil winds

    This doesn't answer your question, but I can't figure out for the life of me why some dropzones don't have a plan for no wind landings. I've always been fed bs about "the winds could change once we're at altitude" or whatever, but at the follow-the-flag or land-with-the-arrow dropzones, more than half the time you get cross traffic. It always feels like I spend 80% of my canopy flight setting up for the current wind direction, and it changes right as I enter my landing pattern, and no matter how many times I go through it I ask the question (while flying the now incorrect pattern), should I commit to this, or make an adjustment? I would rather take a thousand 3mph downwinders than ever have to ask myself that question again. Rant over.
  27. lift_ticket

    complete rig (no AAD)

    Hey Donnie, I'm 6' 200lbs. What size is the yoke?
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