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  1. 3 points
    I couldn't take that drivel more than a couple paragraphs. What's the punchline? That EBV suddenly rose up and killed 790k Americans over the past 2 years?
  2. 3 points
    So you reply with three more digs, a suggestion on a better way to live, and a cherry on top question about his intellectual integrity. Good boy.
  3. 2 points
    I suspect that the bigger problem is pilot chute springs remaining the same diameter while containers get narrower. Back when I started rigging (in 1984), 24 or 26 foot diameter, military-surplus, round reserves were the norm. They had about the same pack volume (600 cubic inches) as the PD 253 square reserves now only worn by skydiving students. That was when Mirage, Vector, Talon, Javelin, etc. designed their modern, piggyback containers. Since then they have kept the same basic configuration, but built progressively smaller versions. As containers get narrower and narrower, the old 6 inch diameter pilot-chutes springs are squeezed into progressively narrower and narrower containers. At some point, the narrower container begins to interfere with pilot-chute springs' launches. Parachutes de France was the first to address this problem with reserve pilot-chute caps shaped like race-track ovals. They were packed with the narrowest dimension across the narrow width of the reserve container. Rigging Innovations addressed the problem with their "Stealth" reserve pilot-chute introduced in 1991. When Mirage was revived during the 1990s, their first batch got Stealth pilot-chutes, but then they switched to their own narrower spring. UPT introduced a smaller diameter spring for the their smallest V300 version of the Vector 3/Micron. The smallest Vector 3s will only hold reserves with 99 to 109 square feet. Javelin was one of the few containers to retain its original, large diameter spring, but because it is outside the side flaps, is far less likely to hesitate. Mind, you narrower Javelins are more difficult to pack neatly because the entire container is not much narrower than the pilot-chute cap and it became more difficult to conceal pilot-chute fabric and mesh. The South African-built Vortex looks like a Javelin clone from a distance, but the smaller Vortex also have smaller diameter pilot-chute caps. Racer had a similar problem with their narrowest Racer containers, so Micro Racers got narrower pilot-chute caps to better match the proportions. The usual caveat allows ambulance-chasing lawyers to copy any or all of my post, but they must pay me $1000 per word.
  4. 2 points
    You do realize that it's just a trick to throw people off, then he comes back to kill everyone.
  5. 2 points
    Most of us at least occasionally are guilty of throwing barbed words in our comments and replies. Some of us make it a part of our style, probably without even thinking about it. It is easy and it lets us get our feelings of aggression out. And it is nearly always counter productive. I attempt to do it less often and I advise others to do the same. Most of us could never get to "Wendy" standards, but all of us could do better.
  6. 2 points
    Jakee, one of the biggest reasons I don't respond to you often is - you can never make your point without tacking on some personal dig.
  7. 2 points
    Tandems should not be carnival rides
  8. 1 point
    We'll miss you, my Cousin from Boston.
  9. 1 point
    “A great woman erased from history by idiots. The branding of the syrup was a tribute to this woman’s gifts and talents. Now future generations will not even know this beautiful woman existed. What a shame. The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima”, but her given name was Nancy Green and she was a true American success story. She was born a slave in 1834 Montgomery County, KY. and became a wealthy superstar in the advertising world, as its first living trademark. Green was 56-yrs old when she was selected as spokesperson for a new ready-mixed, self-rising pancake flour and made her debut in 1893 at a fair and exposition in Chicago. She demonstrated the pancake mix and served thousands of pancakes, and became an immediate star. She was a good storyteller, her personality was warm and appealing, and her showmanship was exceptional. Her exhibition booth drew so many people that special security personnel were assigned to keep the crowds moving. Nancy Green was signed to a lifetime contract, traveled on promotional tours all over the country, and was extremely well paid. Her financial freedom and stature as a national spokesperson enabled her to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for all Americans. She maintained her job until her death in 1923, at age 89. This was a remarkable woman, and sadly she has been ERASED by politics. I wanted you to know and remind you in this cancel culture time period.”
  10. 1 point
    I would remind everyone that the 'ignore' feature is a good option in some cases.
  11. 1 point
    Hi Rob, Re: SBs carry the same weight of law as FAA issued Airworthiness Directives. I disagree. A mfr may make a SB that they have issued 'mandatory' but it is still not mandatory by the FAA. An AD is issued by the FAA and is mandatory. IMO as to how this splitting of hairs' would stand up in court is not really known. Jerry Baumchen
  12. 1 point
    If it's in the IRM, maybe someone with USPA should clarify. Just sayin' Wendy P.
  13. 1 point
    Well that certainly should shut the peanut gallery and apologists up. Boy I wish the USPA took as proactive an approach to protecting it's members.
  14. 1 point
    Just my way of helping "Keep America Safe Again." As in - mi KASA su KASA.
  15. 1 point
    this is a sensitive subject. Yes after incidents of total malfunction or delay in manually reserve opening found by riggers during reserve packing cycle, Aerodyne has been contacted but denied any issues claiming testing were not done on a regular basis. We noted that malfunctions did happen on recent rigs (two last years) and it looked changes that had been carried out by the manufacturer (in particular on reserve closing flap) which at least affected the certification of the parachute since FAA has not being notified. Due to this situation, we asked French FAA equivalent to carry out tests with an independant and neutral laboratory called DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement). in november 2021, Aerodyne president Pal Bergan and European representative Herman Landsman were present in Balma (France) to meet the French authorities and to conduct tests. A test protocol was drawn up by DGA and Aerodyne signed it up, means before starting each test , Aerodyne should validate what the rig was compliant (packing method, reserve PC power, type of canopies inside, reserve loop length, mounting of AAD, reserve manual force, etc)..before proceeding with the test in accordance with rules of art, which means parachute well tighten and chest strap, in a human body which fits to dimensions of the harness rigs, in a stand up and laydown position. The first day, we proceed to 17 tests and got 3 failed by manually deployment and 5 total malfunction by firing AAD located underneath the reserve PC, which makes a total of 8 on 17.. I cannot tell you more, since it is still under investigation....
  16. 1 point
    I'm you and I don't bark that shit since I got me a firing pin. That reminds me that I don't have any ammo because of you.
  17. 1 point
    I told my girlfriend that the milkman said he had screwed every woman in our building except for one!! “I bet it’s the snooty bitch at number twenty three,” she replied.
  18. 1 point
    No kidding. Nothing you want to see happens till about the 18 minute mark. Then they destroy there main canopy, ride a spinning mal for a while and then open the last resort. On the second look it seems the second canopy is a main. I guess they had three in total.
  19. 1 point
    in that context it should probably be worded as fall away or exit. possibly “on the hill” but that might be too confusing for some people
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