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    It is not a "rule of thumb." It is a requirement for the slider to work right: Front lines ("A" and "B") go through the front slider grommets, rear lines ("C", "D", and control lines) through the rear. Right side lines go through the right side slider grommets, left side lines go through the left side slider grommets. You can confirm your continuity check by looking up the next time you jump.
  2. 2 points
    On their Facebook page, my message disappeared in just over two minutes. And also in the comments on the Altix photos.
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    After watching the video I would call this a non-issue. First of all you have to stand in front of the yoke and pull in an unnatural direction to make it happen. Secondly the rig does not actually come off the ground, the back of it just lifts a little, and you have to pull carefully and slow to make it happen. Your P?C generates about 70 lbs of pull force at terminal. That said, it should be easy to tell if it is having a real effect at deployment time. If it is catching, the 30 jumps or so you have done will be enough to show some friction wear either on the bridle or the tape on the flap. If there is damage happening at these points I would contact RI about it.
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    I continue to appreciate that Paul is the only BOD member that offers his perspective on this matter. Shows Character My biggest issue has been that the BOD decided to donate part of members dues to it. I said so in my 1st post. Still is. Near half century this has been going on is bad. It's just not the worse. When Bill Ottley died, clearly nobody stepped up to finish this project. That happens. Volunteer projects are often plagued like that. So it sat for awhile. Bush jumped, he got nominated and interest was sparked again. So far so good. Why didn't someone suggest to him to help find some space in a national museum? A great opportunity came and went. Nothing can be done about that now. Or is there? More later... As far as quadrupling the amount of funding, how was that achieved? Well, a person was hired and getting paid quite well, pitched the BOD to give away members funds to this. With no input from the members themselves. No fact checking on the BOD's side. Just takes his word that this will get this done. He then used that donation to convince other parachute assoc. from around the world to contribute because the USPA did and they changed the name to International.. Gotta to admit, that was slick. Maybe you can share the number of folks that live outside this country that the "professionals in organization or management of Museums": have to say will visit? "So to me, the situation is like this...I go to work for a business that has been around for 40 years, but never grown. In about 8 years, I quadruple the money in the bank, sign up almost a dozen of the top people in the industry to work for free, develop and catalog an inventory of over 1000 pieces of huge skydiving historical value and warehouse them for free, develop a concept where people and organizations from all over the world are sending money, and finally have some kind of definite goal line, and end result. Should I be supported & rewarded for my last 8 years of huge success and progress? Or should I be penalized for the previous 40 years where not much was done, and I had no control or input?" Is this you or are you talking as the 3rd person? I suspect the latter. Who are these dozen top people in the industry? You must mean the Trustees. The one's I researched that have the full time jobs outside of this business of getting projects of this nature done. Those Dozen? The organizing of the items was very commendable. Sandy Reid was involved in that. Took about a week from what I understand. Don't know if they were paid but, I hope they were. Had to be a lot of work. Still like to know where Bob Sinclairs van is. Saying that hustling money from folks and organizing :over a 1000 items a "Huge success" in 8 yrs, is a stretch. Saying yer being penalized for the fact that not much did happen in the 40 yrs prior is petty. It's an historical fact and my pointing it out doesn't "penalize" anyone. Get over it. "True, the end result is not yet accomplished. Yes, there may be some mistakes and compromises getting from “now to then”. But there is movement, there is forward progress." I suppose the politically correct thing to do wude be to give everyone that shows up, a medal for doing so. Never understood that but, if that's what yer lookin for OK. I still don't see why some simple due diligence can't be implemented. When funding is being saught, the normal route is to develop a plan from start to finish, figure out how much it's gonna cost. how it can continue as an entity and how long it's going to take to implement and THEN get the money. That's normal. Not here. We are gonna go out and raise as much money from whatever sources we can saying whatever needs to be said to do so. Forget that there is STILL no firm plans. Even after we use your 8 yr scenario. Wanna do something that can restore credibility? Start by getting 5 yrs worth of detailed financials from the ISMHOF. Let's see where the funding is actually going. And I'm not talking about a 990 IRS form. Need to see the details of the numbers on there. Tell them to put a REAL plan together. No more of these ridiculous, pie in the sky concepts that have little if any chance to happen.. Of course, you can ignore my advice. Ignore my and other member requests to act like a responsible stewart of other folks funds and continue down the same path. Or... you can be the only Board member that actually looked into this. Choice is yours.....
  5. 1 point
    is there any limit on number of opening and/or flight time for a reserve canopy ?
  6. 1 point
    Icarus Reserve, Parachute Systems Decelerator: same 25 jump/40 pack recertification requirement as PD, including marking boxes on the data panel Aerodyne Smart reserve: porosity check after 10 jumps or 20 packs, but no boxes.
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    See the manual for Performance Designs for their criteria and limits. No other manufacturer in the U.S.A. that I know put opening or flight time limits. Some manufacturers of pilot emergency rigs have suggested calendar life time limits, usually 20 years. But few if any of these are legally enforceable limits. There is no regulatory limit applied industry wide in the U.S.A. Around the world many countries impose a calendar life limit on personel parachutes. 10,15, or 20 years. As a practical matter a reserve is used so little the repeated packing of the reserve often results in more damage in the form of increased porosity than openings or flight time. Flight time isn't a factor in any country or by any manufacturer that I know of. Parachuting reserves are not like hot air balloons or paragliders. They are flown usually somewhere less that 5 minutes when used. That period of sun damage is insignificant. We are now in an era where some reserve designs have not changed in many years and older reserves are starting to become a matter of rigger comfort. We rarely can prove in the field that a reserve should be retired but I have suggested it several times for reserves 20-25 years old. Or older designs that I believed should be retired.
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    In the US, it's pretty easy to say no. An Astra requires different cable runs and control unit mounting than more conventional electronic AADs, so installing one requires alteration approval from the manufacturer (unlikely) or the FAA (difficult). If the rig was otherwise FAA TSO'd and the owner was thinking about jumping in the US, he would need to have proof of alteration approval. In the US, 105.43 requires the AADs to be maintained according to the manufacturer instructions. Astra instructions recommend, but do not require, testing in an altitude chamber at each repack. If you're trying to follow US rules, it will be your call which side of the ambiguity you choose. Checking the website, it does not look like FXC supports the Astra anymore. The batteries last 10-14 days if you forget to turn the unit off after the last jump of the day. I don't know if you can get factory battery assemblies anywhere. Changing the batteries requires opening up the reserve container. The firing altitude is a fixed distance above the altitude where the unit is turned on, typically in the boarding area to save battery life. In most cases, this isn't a problem. If the owner is going to jump at a dz where the landing altitude is substantially different than boarding altitude, this is a safety issue. The unit can be turned off and turned on again during the ride to altitude, which resets the firing altitude. This is a safety issue for the jumper himself, and a premature reserve deployment would also affect other jumpers on the load.
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    This post is a warning for the skydivers choosing an altimeter. In 2019, I bought an AltiX altimeter (https://www.parasport.it/en/electronic-altimeters/88--1773-altix-digital-altimeter.html#/36-mount-wrist_band_black_grey). Later I discovered -it showed a height of 40-80 meters lower than other altimeters. I sent it to the manufacturer for repair through the dealer I bought it from. Repair took 2.5 months. My AltiX returned from repair with a new firmware and a new serial number and an old, already discharged battery. However, after receiving the altimeter from repair, the problem was not resolved. I again sent the altimeter to the manufacturer with a request to refund for low-quality goods... The manufacturer agreed. However, after receiving the altimeter, he changed his mind by saying, "The unit has been visibly damaged from the client, the soldering are not the original ones as well the battery has been changed even if the unit has 4 jumps only." Naturally, I did not solder, only replaced the battery. After repair the altimeter has already come with the soldering that the manufacturer referred to as made by me (there are photos on the day of receipt). That is, the manufacturer, under a false pretext, left me without money and an altimeter. 1. This is photo on the day of receipt from repair: 2. This is photo from manufacturer 3. This is a photo from the manufacturer "as it should be"
  10. 1 point
    Send them a link to this thread, and post it on facebook too. Everyone should know that they are being unreasonable jerkoffs, and they should know that we know.
  11. 1 point
    Removed (How the hell can you delete a post here?)
  12. 1 point
    I’m at the tail end of an epic boogie in the Maldives, and the sometimes dicey winds had me preparing to PLF (aka PLR, or parachute landing roll) on every jump. Because in the last 50 feet or so, you just didn’t know when you’d get the updraft, when you’d get the shear, and when you’d get the downdraft. A couple of people got hurt when they: a. Didn’t fly all the way through the landing (eg forgot to finish the flare because that downdraft came in the last 10 feet — sometimes you get unlucky) b. Just plain didn’t prepare to roll, and so hit stiff legged or with legs out like they were still planning to stand up. Passe though it may be considered in some circles, I’m still a fan of preparing to PLR (yeah, I like that name change). Remember, you have to land on every single jump, you should be prepared for a lot of possibilities in conditions Wendy P.
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    The company said: "The unit has been visibly damaged from the client, the soldering are not the original ones as well the battery has been changed even if the unit has 4 jumps only." It is as if someone at Parasport doesn't realize that unit was ever sent in for repair by their own folks.... when clearly they should have some history from its serial numbers and see that it is a problem unit. Do they have a poor database detailing their products shipped? Or tracking of customer issues? Especially with them having changed the serial number? Or is it a dumb employee who didn't use the databases correctly? Hanlon's razor: " Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity" So is their decision final or is there still a chance to explain to them how they messed up?
  14. 1 point
    You can submit a review in the gear section of this site. Those reviews can be critical to others as they consider if buying a new product is wise. My memory of the Neoxs altimeter was a lot of complaints about poor quality and lousy customer service, so getting the word out about it is at least being helpful to others.
  15. 1 point
    David, The words I'm about to say to you come from a place of good intention (regardless of the tone), and not a personal attack on you: STOP ASKING THE INTERNET FOR SKYDIVING ADVICE!!! You have numerous posts on here asking for advice, where you have received a variety of responses on what you should do. That alone should be a red flag. This is a sport that can be safe if you do everything correctly....it can also be one where if you do one thing wrong it can kill you. Please let that sink in. The ONLY people you should be asking for advice, whether it's in the air or on the ground are your instructors at Perris. Those are the only ones who have flown with you and watched you land. Everyone else here does not have that personal experience with you. You have 3 AFF jumps...3! Just enjoy it, learn from it, and continue to grow. I remember when I was going through AFF and watched every Friday Freakout, read every post on reddit and dropzone.com, all of that stuff. At the end of the day, all that mattered was learning how to fly my own body through those first 25 jumps. Even then, hundreds of jumps later I'm still learning different/better ways to fly my body. It will all come with time and practice, not advice from internet message boards. So I'll say it one more time: STOP ASKING THE INTERNET FOR SKYDIVING ADVICE!!!
  16. 1 point
    I've noticed this as well packing a friend's Curv one time. One of the reasons I don't jump a Curv :)
  17. 1 point
    Interesting video. Here is a pic of my closed rig. I use the alternate closing method and don't tuck the bridle in under that corner. I think I like the alternate method even more. Notice the lower corner of my flap, it has a slight bend. Rig has about 200 jumps on it.
  18. 1 point
    Forget about resale price. At best, the MARD will make it sell quicker. You need to be alive to sell this rig a couple of years down the road. A MARD slightly improves your chances of surviving the next couple of years. The way to improve your 2020 survival chances is participating in Safety Day refresher training.
  19. 1 point
    Hey, I would love to check out this viso 2+. my home DZ is mile-hi and I can meet you there to save on shipping. Just let me know. Thanks
  20. 1 point
    I support people monetizing their work but Ulis's work was stolen from Sailshaw and others and used to build a BS narrative by adding extreme speculation, bias and conjecture while ignoring facts.. He stole my research and perverted it to support his theory. He was never a true researcher seeking the truth and facts, he was goal seeking from the start to sell a narrative. He launched personal attacks when I challenged his speculation with facts from the FBI files. That was the tell.. His agenda was to sell his extremely speculative theory and himself. He was never pursuing the truth. Production companies are not motivated by the truth either, they seek stories that gain audiences.. to make money. Eric is the man behind the Cooper Con. He found a sucker. I'd expect a rush of Cooper productions as we near the 50th Norjak anniversary. but, I have to chuckle at the idea of Ulis getting paid to lead a production crew through a forested area looking for Cooper evidence based on an entirely bogus narrative..
  21. 1 point
    While we all can fuck up, maybe the original poster isn't going to be a total idiot and mess with a malfunction for 44 seconds (as was stated in the Eloy thread). Which is well beyond the sort of mess ups most of us are subject to from time to time. Or the poster isn't willing to bet $350+ that he'll be such an idiot in the next couple years while he has the rig. I also question whether adding something worth $X to a rig is really going to add $X to the sale price. MARDs are becoming more and more 'normal' as more brands get them but I don't think not having one is yet making gear hard to sell at reasonable prices. But I don't know the used gear market well. The price for the MARD in this case is also going to be more than $350; it will be that plus disassembly, shipping and assembly. The original questions still stand, about how the market prices MARDs in used gear.
  22. 1 point
    Perhaps I can shed some light on Baronn’s biggest concern of the Museum... 48 years of nothing. Two years ago, I had the same questions. Instead of taking the approach of making accusations and insults on the internet, I chose a different road. I asked some people that knew. My good friend Gary Peek was a USPA Board member for decades, and gave me the following historical explanation. Bill Ottley was the initial proponent of the idea. It was his “baby”. When he died, he left $1,000,000 as seed money to develop the concept of a Skydiving Museum. Not much was done for about 40 years. Money collected interest, small donations were made to incrementally increase the amount. USPA supported the concept with some donated clerical support and free advertising in Parachutist. When USPA sold their original office townhouse and built & moved to their present location about a decade ago, the Museum made a deal and acquired an adjacent building lot next to USPA headquarters. The idea at the time was to build the Museum next to the USPA building. One could go in one door, the Museum, or turn the other way for USPA. If you have ever been to USPA Headquarters, it seems the main entrance is “wrong”. It faces a vacant lot, not the parking lot as one would drive in. That’s because there was a plan to build a Skydiving Museum on that vacant lot. The problem is, there would be no reason to go to the Museum. It is not a destination. It’s not near any attraction. It’s an hour away from DC. It is simply in a suburban business park. Now, it’s great for USPA, but terrible for any kind of business dependent upon tourist traffic. So, about the time of President Bush’ AFF jump, the Museum seemed to come alive again. The leadership started installing new trustees, included President Bush as honorary Chairman, and undertook a serious effort to get something done. Since that period, they have quadrupled the money in the bank, dramatically increased and catalogued hundreds of Skydiving items of historic value, installed several high profile people as trustees, hired a professional for fundraising, sought the advice of professionals in museum organization and management, and completely revamped the antiquated & unworkable original concepts. So to me, the situation is like this...I go to work for a business that has been around for 40 years, but never grown. In about 8 years, I quadruple the money in the bank, sign up almost a dozen of the top people in the industry to work for free, develop and catalog an inventory of over 1000 pieces of huge skydiving historical value and warehouse them for free, develop a concept where people and organizations from all over the world are sending money, and finally have some kind of definite goal line, and end result. Should I be supported & rewarded for my last 8 years of huge success and progress? Or should I be penalized for the previous 40 years where not much was done, and I had no control or input? What Baronn seems to not understand, all the money, inventory, donations, concepts have occurred in the last few years. So if there is blame or fault, should it be cast at the previous 40 years? Or should the last 8 years be given some credit for the accomplishments made. True, the end result is not yet accomplished. Yes, there may be some mistakes and compromises getting from “now to then”. But there is movement, there is forward progress. This is the historical perspective I was given by longtime friend and USPA Board member Gary Peek. It is not my opinion. If anyone wants to insult or trash Gary, go right ahead. I am sure it won’t bother him. If anyone cares to provide any additional first hand history, feel free. Paul Gholson
  23. 1 point
    Baronn all I see is you bitching and complaining. Why don't you run for USPA? All you have are problems with no solutions. This thread is becoming as bad as DB Cooper!
  24. 1 point
    This is coming from your own statements: Jim petitioned the USPA. Jim is a member. Ergo: A Member petitioned the USPA. I also assume that he is not the only one behind that effort. In terms of the "many, many other ways"; Jim is extremely active in the sport. I personally benefit from his organizing and coaching; he seems to be involved in many bigger events and jump organizing (example: https://uspa.org/p/Article/the-warm-embrace-of-thailand ), and as far as I know he is an S&TA. Again, I'm just saying: Obviously some members are into the funding of the museum (even in the way it's currently done), including the ones that asked the USPA to donate. To say NO ONE is, is just not matching up with reality. It seems to me that some are strongly supporting it, some (like you) are strongly opposed, and most are probably ambivalent (like betzilla).
  25. 1 point
    Not sure how many of you are familiar with the skydiving price comparison website www.jumpticketprices.com? Well, I run it, but no longer really have the time to maintain it. In theory once set up it should be good to keep itself going. However, this was dependent on the websites that I scraped the currency exchange rate data from not changing. Unfortunately they have, which has meant I'll need to recode some of the site, as it is currently not working. The whole thing is also needing a bit of a revamp and more modern look to be compatible with mobiles etc. Currently it is really only desktop friendly. I am also a novice at web page design, with the site currently written in a combo of html, asp/vbasic and some java scripts, almost all of which was learnt on the fly from web tutorials or copied without real understanding from somewhere else. That coupled with recently moving webhost, and something that worked fine on my previous host no longer seems to work on my new host, and I've no clue why. Lack of time to find out the reason has brought me to the following decision: I'm looking to pass this site on to someone else to look after, revamp and really do whatever they want with to take it forward. The domain is currently purchased until 22/12/19, so just under a year left. If anyone is interested in taking over the site, please get in touch. If required, I can provide the hosting, as my current webhosting package for this and my other website has WAAAAY more space/bandwidth etc than I need, and it is a reseller package. Not mandatory at all though. My hosting package will expire in Dec. 2020 I believe. Sky Switches - Affordable stills camera tongue switches and conversion adaptors, supporting various brands of camera (Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic).
  26. 1 point
    Yes. Skydive Houston has been his "home" drop zone as far as I know, for quite some time.
  27. 1 point
    Heard of the Skydog Skydiving Club when in Snohomish WA from the Seattle Skydivers there. Never met Hutch, but knew he started the whole mess of "The first word in funnel is fun" stuff. I remember my initiation jump into the club and stil hold my card. SD #626. Thanks Hutch for making a then newbie feel welcomed and loved. Still have my Skydog Skydiving mug and t-shirt. "Wuffo?" "Becuzican!" Cool guy. ltdiver Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon
  28. 1 point
    Attached is the only photo I have of Hutch. With the bandana and sunglasses, it doesn't do much to identify him. He was a great guy, and we've known this day was coming from as long as a year ago, but it's still a shock. About six months ago he showed up at Skydive Houston and was giving away all his old skydiving t-shirts, magazines and jumpsuits. So we knew the time was getting closer. Hutch served as a lieutenent in the Army in Vietnam. RIP
  29. 1 point
    Woof. Hutch was a really good guy, and will leave a hole here. He hadn't been jumping much lately, because he was too busy doing other things, rather than just waiting. Wendy W. There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence. (tbrown)
  30. 1 point
    I just received word that Richard Hutchinson succumbed to cancer yesterday. He was the prime mover of the Skydog Skydiving Club, which is dedicated to having safe, fun skydives with jumpers of all experience levels. The club had gone dormant as his health took priority. I am honored to have known him as a friend, and feel lucky to have spent such time with him as I could. He was one of the good guys, and he will be missed. BSBD, Winsor
  31. 1 point
    Ever get a balloon or base jump when it feels all too good... you max out the suit, and you effortlessly fly at insane glide ratio, you experience the quietness and smoothness you've never experienced before and can't figure out what the hell is right? You may think that increased concentration and strength made you fly better. Well, now you can praise basic aerodynamics instead of praising yourself (or clown shoes)! The wingsuit equations are solved in the attached spreadsheet using the simple Euler integration method for some sustained horizontal/vertical speeds (which, as we saw, determine the adjusted lift/drag coefficients). For simplicity, we assume constant Cl and Cd (that is, the wingsuit geometry and angle of attack are constant) and zero-speed exit. You can change the values of Vxs and Vys to match your speeds. In this particular example, Vxs = 86mph, Vys = 43mph, L/D = 2.0. The graph PlaneoutTheoryVsExperiment.gif compares the calculations with one of the Phantom flights (the above parameters were chosen to best fit the experimental data). As you can see, from about 12 seconds to 24 seconds, the glide ratio is higher than 2.0 - we have a planeout with maximum glide ratio as much as 35% higher than the sustained glide ratio. The graph PlaneoutVsWingloadingAndLD.gif shows the dependence of the planeout duration (time period when glide is better than L/D) vs. wingloading. The heavier flyers experience longer planeouts which start later. The graph of glide ratio increase vs. L/D shows that the planeout effect dramatically increases with the increasing L/D: the better you fly, the more you can be fooled into thinking that your insane glide ratio is your L/D. PlaneoutVsLD.gif shows the trajectories and glide ratio vs. time for different L/D. Unlike intentinal dives and spirals and subsequent high-speed planeouts with quite high g-forces in skydiving, the smooth transition into full flight on a base or balloon jump hides the planeout in virtually unnoticeable ~0.1g decelerations that bleed your speed ever slowly, but do make your glide substantially better than your actual L/D. In conclusion, - when analyzing GPS data from a base or balloon jump, discard the first ~30s of the flight, even if it has a linear portion that looks like a sustained flight... it's not! (or better yet, correct the glide ratio for acceleration using the formula above) - planeout effects can also manifest themselves when you change your body position and feel the decreased fallrate and improved glide - only to lose it in a few seconds. It could simply be a planeout! (again, accurate acceleration data can help you see if the improved glide was real or "fake") - after the planeout, you will experience temporary "drop", a decrease of glide ratio even below your L/D. Plan your "do it or die" jump accordingly. - heavier jumpers will experience the planeout effect longer. Vampire will exhibit stronger planeout glide imrovement than Prodigy. The higher the performance, the better the planeout - and the worse the "drop" after it. Android+Wear/iOS/Windows apps: L/D Vario, Smart Altimeter, Rockdrop Pro, Wingsuit FAP iOS only: L/D Magic Windows only: WS Studio