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    DB Cooper

    These suggest Cooper was right handed.. he did drink and smoke while seated so he likely switched hands at times. Maybe that is why Tina lit his smokes for him... one free hand usually the left one. "when he was moving toward the aft lavatory. He was carrying the attache case on its side in his left hand with his right hand in the case." "right hand inside the briefcase at all times"
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    DB Cooper

    Cool story Dudeman, but very sad to hear that one of your ski slope skydive buddies went in. Camcorders and Dytters? When I started it was heavy WW2 surplus gun movie cameras that shot 16 mm film, not tape. Most of the gun cams required 24 volts DC to run, necessitating really heavy battery packs. There were a few 12 volt ones but they were very scarce and pricey. Developing 16 mm film was expensive, Every frame had to count. You didn't just leave it on and edit later. Steve Snyder made the first commercially successful audible altitude alert called the PARALERT. It had inadequate volume, I rarely heard mine amidst the freight train roar of freefall. Good to see fellow skydivers posting. We seem to bitch a little less than regular folks. 377
  4. Ok I'll bite, you do present an interesting case! If the DZ has some good rental gear for downsizing, maybe you can at least convince them to allow a rapid downsizing. Back in the old days, early in the zero-p canopy era, if you were good you might do a couple jumps on a particular size canopy, then downsize a size, and repeat. If going to a sportier canopy, have a few jumps on a more docile canopy of the same size. Anyway, that was my experience in the early 1990s as someone who also thought they were a special case -- a pilot in my case. Try to borrow rigs as well, if needed to help with the downsizing. At least then you might have an idea what works for you before you spend money on gear yourself. If you're already on a 180 at 2 jumps that's just one 1 to 2 more downsizes to a 150 anyway. I'm not a great source of advice as I don't speedfly (only paraglide). I'm not sure of the glide ratios current speedflying or riding canopies are built for, but I'd warn you to be careful of the more ground hungry skydiving canopies until you worked your way into them. At the same wing loading, there can be canopies of widely varying flight characteristics. I guess they aren't really common at say 150 size, but at 135 and under they start to be more common. They have a steep descent (say, glide ratio of under 2.5) and dive sharply in turns. So be careful of the model of canopy and not just size. Whether you end up buying a 150 or whatever, it is just very difficult to know what to look for (in a rig, reserve, and main) when you've only barely started skydiving. You could probably fly and land smaller than a 150 easily enough, but you would also be learning to deal with packing, body position on opening, and dealing with other skydivers on opening and in the landing pattern. So who knows, maybe a 150 at 1.25 loading or thereabouts might be reasonable to stay at for a little while.
  5. Today

    Pilot 150ZPX $1,650 <100 jumps

    Time Left: 29 days and 22 hours

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    Pilot 150zpx <100 jumps. DOM 12/18/13. Serial# 150-13255 mostly Blue, black. Will only ship to lower 48


    Westport, Massachusetts - US


    DB Cooper

    Boomshki,,, Cooper's tie was "Dacron Polyester".. many of the found tie particles match those used in the manufacturing process for Dacron.. in other words, many of those rare particles were already on the tie when new. The rare tie particle chase is a bit of a red herring. Tom Kaye needs to test another Pennys 1965 era "Dacron Polyester" clipon tie.. to determine which particles may have come from the manufacturing process. FBI file 26 p 8570 Black Snap-On Tie and Tie Tack An examination of the tie by the writers revealed noticeable amounts of dust in the inner knot area. In addition to the markings "3 Penneys”, two other labels were found as follows: "Snapper Pat. 2972750. It's a snap to snap on"; and "100% Dacron Polyester Washable RN 16484". From writers' experience in Theft From Interstate Shipment cases Penneys merchandise, it is known that the RN number is a manufacturer's code. Penneys headquarters will be able to determine where the was manufactured, when imported and which stores this tie. ---- Zirconia and hafnia sols or finely divided powders can be used as binding agents in a wide variety of applications. These can range from refractories in which the zirconia or hafnia serve to bind components together to plastic material in which they serve a similar function. Likewise, they can be used to bind organic acids or other organic compounds such as dyes. It is especialy effective with synthetic polyacrylonitrile fibers such as "Orlon,” 'Dacron’ polyester, and nylon polyamide types. "Generally zirconia or hafnia particles will be used with refractory metal oxides and sulfides, refractory interstitial type compounds of carbon and nitrogen intermetallics of rare earths and refractory metals. Refractory compositions including refractory metal oxides can be made with such oxides as aluminum oxide, barium oxide, beryllium oxide, calcium oxide, cerium oxide, chromic oxide, cobaltus oxide, gallium oxide, lanthanum oxide, magnesium oxide, maganese oxide MnO, maganous oxide, neodymium oxide, nickel oxide, silica niobium oxide, strontium oxide, tantalum oxide, thorium oxide, titanium dioxide and titanium suboxides such as TiO, stannic oxide, tungstic oxide, uranium dioxide, vanadium oxides, VO, VO2, VO2VO3, yttrium oxide, zinc oxide, and cadmium oxide. Of the above, zirconia and hafnia will ordinarily be used most desirably with alumina. silica, ceria, titania, magnesia, thoria and calcia."
  8. tobagley

    Infinity Container and 180 Decelerator Reserve

    What size individual was this container built for?
  9. Interstellar_court

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    When i was an AFF student, It was required for me to wear a jumpsuit. Along with the safety issues that the loose clothing can pose, when it comes to free fall, wearing a jumpsuit eliminates the clothing variable, making flying a little easier. I would for sure recommend seeing if your DZ has some to try out, and then buy one based on your fall rate.
  10. jennyx

    Dakine Rags Free Fly Pants

    Time Left: 29 days and 22 hours

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    Only used a few times. Will fit smaller folks. 30 waist 36 inseam. I am 5’5 and they fit me fine but will also fit taller!


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    DB Cooper

    Daily DB Cooper Bite. I discuss analyzing suspects.
  12. Maybe beating a dead horse here, but this is what I'm looking at. I have 2 static lines on a 220 and then 180 main, 10 min tunnel time, and have been speed flying for 8 years, current speed wing loading is about 2 on my 9m rapi-dos (95sqft) with a projected aspect ratio of 3. I don't intend to be doing any swoops or notable low turns right off the bat, and I am generally reserved under canopy which will hopefully demonstrate diligence to my instructor. All this being said, if I am getting stable freefall and clean openings on whatever student rigs they put me on... wouldn't it seem completely reasonable for me to be eyeballing something like a 150 main as soon as I am ready to pick up a rig? Starting my A license course next week and plan to work with instructors so I don't have any issues with the DZ when I buy my first rig, but I want to pick something up early on.

    DB Cooper

    One thing to note.. the FBI notes for the description of the two Hayden back chutes is accurate but labelled wrong. They clearly wrote it down off the packing card but the card info labels are below the line, they assumed above. In evidence custody.. Both of Hayden chutes as noted by FBI. 1. Pioneer 26 ft white ripstop conical, type 226, SN 9/57 (1957) packed by Cossey 5/21/71 (Hayden got this one back) 2. Pioneer 24 ft white ripstop conical, type 260-9707, SN 7/60 (1960) packed by Cossey 5/21/71 (This back chute was left on the plane, ID'd by National Guard) Corrected.. the info labels used should be below the line. In evidence custody.. Both of Hayden chutes. 1. MAKE: Pioneer TYPE: 26 ft white ripstop conical, SERIAL NO: 226, DATE OF MFR 9/57 (1957) --- packed by Cossey 5/21/71 (Hayden got this one back) 2. MAKE: Pioneer TYPE: 24 ft white ripstop conical, SERIAL NO: 260-9707, DATE OF MFR: 7/60 (1960) --- packed by Cossey 5/21/71 (This back chute was left on the plane, ID'd by National Guard in Reno) #1 (1957) Went back to Hayden (tan one) #2 (1960) Was left on the plane and in evidence 11/26/71 There is no way Cooper took one of the two of Hayden's back chutes. Back chute returned to Hayden (1957)..
  14. Meso

    Phantom Edge 2

    The phantom has long been the best all round wingsuit available on the market for both skydiving and base and is designed with formation flying and progressing pilots in mind. The suit has an incredible performance range, easy to fly at any speed in a formation, solo or while doing agile acrobatics. Optimized for safety with the progressing wingsuit pilot in mind. The suit wing surfaces are designed to put the pilot in right angle of attack for maximum performance, meaning minimal effort for maximum results. The suit features dual inflation, meaning it’s also a great choice for backflying and acrobatics. From the day it was released, the Phantom has been creative ‘go to’ suit in everyone’s gearbag. For the new Phantom Edge 2 we refined the armwing with more finetuned aerodynamic wing shape, providing more lift, and giving the suit a distinct edge in performance and agility.We have further changed the zipper length for easier access. The suit has an incredible performance range; and is docile and predictable whilst flying with the formations, making close proximity flying easier. At break off the suit can be trimmed out and offers excellent forward speed with a very flat glide, helping to guarantee you have clear airspace to deploy your canopy, or get maximum distance from the cliff you exit from. The suit comes standard with performance foam, chest pocket and backfly inlets. Optional are 5/10 Base Soles, camera mounting hole, and various stash options for base such as side, bootie and tail pockets. The Phantom Edge 2 is an intermediate wingsuit, suitable for pilots looking to progres onward from their first wingsuit flight. The suit works as an ideal learner and step up to bigger suits, but even moreso, as a platform for formation flying, flocking and entry level wingsuit basejumping. Easy acces pull. High quality construction. The Phantom Edge 2 offers expert performance at entry level ease of flying.
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    DB Cooper

    It is not a front chute, it matches the one inspected by the National Guard in Reno.. a back one left on the plane, it was packed on May 21/71 matching Hayden's. The front reserve was packed 9/16/71. There is another FBI doc in which an FBI agent describes two back pack chutes "ordinary military olive green drab".. then later the two Hayden chutes are described, one tan and one olive drab green. Cossey's claim was both his back chutes were green. That suggests there were two sets of back packs sent. Two green and Hayden's tan and green. This explains everything.. Cossey may have made errors but he wasn't lying. Cooper must have jumped with one of his chutes.
  17. Meso

    Shadow Edge

    The shadow edge wingsuit is extensively used by athletes at the artistic flying wingsuit competitions and it is the premium acrobatic-machine available on the market. The phoenix-fly acro wingsuit was the very first true acrobatic wingsuit available on the market, featuring rear inlets for back flying and rw style leg grips for docking. Our 2015 update from the tried and tested Shadow 2 features refined aerodynamic wing shape and improved inlet design, giving the suit an edge in performance and agility. Today our acrobatic wingsuit offering is the Shadow Edge and it builds on the incredible versatile Phantom 3 platform and lessons learned with the Acro design. Packing all the power of the Phantom 3, the Shadow Edge provides the pilot with optimal agility and manoeuvrability due to straight line wing lines and hands-free flying position. The Shadow Edge allows for very intuitive flying, performing sharp turns, solid carves, rolls, dives and swoops. While directly targeting the acrobatic flying discipline, Shadow 2 also offers limitless opportunities for pilots interested in flocking, freestyle flying and B.A.S.E. The suit is easy to control during exit and flight, and the gripperless armwing design make for an easy pull. The Phoenix-Fly Shadow Edge is rated for all experience levels and suitable for use in first flight courses.
  18. Meso

    Vampire Alpine 3

    The Alpine 3 takes the best from the SU-T and SU3 platforms, be it with the classic front leg zippers for easier unzipping or added performance increase with the PF unique deflector hole and Fins, but specifically tailored for high alpine jumps. It has our unique Ultra/Ultra Light material, creating the lightest big surface suit ever. It has 10 custom storage pockets all over the suit, allowing the transport of large amounts of ropes, clothing and additional climbing gear. The suit has airlocks for max pressurization, and extra large inlets to allow fast pressurization at higher altitudes. The Alpine 3 comes with a custom strap inside the bootie to allow for the use of big climbing shoes, while retaining tight fit and control also when wearing normal footwear. Always providing the user with a tight fitting bootie on exit and during flight without any risk of slip or unwanted movement. The suit also features a thicker rib design, creating more volume, and resulting in less arm fatigue while maintaining its easy pull characteristics. For those wishing less pressure inside the armwing, there are pressure adjustment zippers. The suit features a wider sleeve design, with a thinner leading edge to accommodate for mountaineering clothing, yet retaining the accessible BOC.
  19. Time Left: 29 days and 19 hours

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    FOR SALE Performance Designs VALKYRIE 79 (2015) 350 jumps + o - Plus New Line Set HMA 500 Perfect conditions Feel free to ask WhatsApp +56961576892 Canopy based on Chile, but it can goes WW (will be easy to send to USA…) Thanks ! LR3


    - CL

  20. Meso


    The EPICENE is specifically designed to deliver consistent and reliable openings while wingsuit skydiving. For us, this parachute has been a game-changer, and is now overwhelmingly the parachute of choice for the world's best wingsuit pilots. The EPICENE is based on the same design tenets that make BASE jumping canopies reliable. Released in 2014, it now has a proven track record and has gained a reputation for the best openings in wingsuit skydiving, period. A common sensation during the opening process of many parachutes is the stage when the parachute seems to be "searching" for the final heading that it will settle on. The EPICENE opens with minimal yaw-axis search, and delivers the most consistent heading performance of any parachute we have tested. We believe the EPICENE concept is the future of wingsuit skydive parachute design, and some of the world's best skydivers agree: Andy Farrington, Noah Bahnson, Mike Swanson, TJ Landgren, Luke Aikins, Jeffro Provenzano, Katie Hansen, Petter Jönsson, and the Squirrel Team all jump the EPICENE by choice.
  21. Meso

    JFX 2

    Maximise the good times and minimize the risk with a super playful crossbraced wing that cranks the fun up to 11. The JFX 2 is the go-to canopy to start your swooping journey or do-it-all wing with power for days. The original JFX is already so good at what she does; opens beautifully, is fun to hoon around in the sky, and gives you the choice of a gentle straight in landing with lots of flare power or a full blown hissing swoop. Version 2.0 hasn't been a radical redesign. The JFX 2 stays true to all the things you love, but now has all the kickass features you know and want: Powerband, mini-ribs and sail loaded ribs. Think crossbraced performance with Crossfire type ease. Cranking turns, raging swoops, gentle touchdowns...the JFX 2 can do it all and do it well. For pilots wanting to expand their skills, and those flying small elliptical 9-cells who couldn't be bothered with a crossbraced canopy before now - this is your wing. You'll want to load her up slightly (think 1.8 to 2.8) and she'll let you throw her around in the air and on the ground. Her perfect combo of effortless control and go-anywhere performance is sure to put a smile on your face.
  22. Meso


    The Otter is a lightweight and very comfortable goggle. The multilayer foam makes it very easy to wear for long periods of time. The spherical lens gives you a great distortion free view with totally unobstructed peripheral vision. All Otter Lenses are 100% UV blocking and impact resistant. This goggle comes with its own microfiber carrying case.
  23. Meso

    Kroop's I.K. 91

    The I.K. 91 is an ultra lightweight (34 grams) and very comfortable goggle. It's designed to protect against wind, dust, dirt, mud, and more. The tinted spherical lenses give you a great distortion free view with totally unobstructed peripheral vision. The narrow headband fits well under or over helmets. All IK91 Lenses are 100% UV blocking and impact resistant. This goggle comes with its own microfiber carrying case.
  24. tabouare

    Save $$ buying direct from LB??

    Quite often the product is manufactured in another country and there is a different import fee on top of the item price. You get burn a few times then you start looking into the total landed cost. As an example my last purchase was for a Pilot ZPX. On this particular purchase, I was able to avoid the import fees because I was cooperative with the agent and I didn't tell her that the canopy was made in South Africa. After 15 min of searching, she got tired of looking at websites that didn't provide the country of origin and decided that it was coming from the US. US =1750$ original price of purchase CAD = 2425$ include shipping and paypal fees because transferwise was not available with this seller US import fee 0% Taxes = 345$ Total landed = 2770$ South Africa import fee 10% Import fee = 243$ Taxes = 400$ Total landed = 3068$ And yes the tax amount changes because they tax the import fees. Look at duty calculator websites to see your landed cost prior to purchasing anything in a different country to see if it's worth it.
  25. tiger93rsl


    Hello everyone, glad to be here. I just completed my second tandem jump this weekend. I will be starting AFF next month. I'm hoping to get some good advice here to help me through my AFF course.
  26. sundevil777

    How long should it take to get on a load?

    You are not the only one that has figured that because a shirt or pullover is tight fitting, or because you have it tucked in that it is OK. You are wrong. Please stop trying to find a reason for the advice to not apply to you. It is dangerous, and we know that because others have proven it. Your instructors should not allow you to jump like that.
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