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  1. 4 points
    Agreeing with Gerry Baumchen, The first freebags had no through loops (e.g. Strong Dual Hawk Tandem) and short closing loops were tied to internal flaps. Second generation freebags had through loops, but they still rubbed against reserve fabric (e.g. Talon 1 and all Vectors). loop length varies widely depending up the rigger's experience. I have only sewn patches on two reserves, but one of them was in a NARO. The reserve center cell suffered a small tear because a rigger used more muscle than skill in pulling the closing loop through the free bag. Even if I only have to patch one reserve every 1500 repacks, that is too often. Third generation free bags are pinched in the middle they are easier to with only a single grommet through both layers of the freebag (Javelin, Talon 2). They are easier to pack because they need fewer tools and have a consistent loop length. While working at Para-Phernalia, I managed to convince them to switch Softie free bags from second generation to third generation freebags. EOS, Atom and Icon are between second and third generation in that they have grommets in both the top and bottom skins of the free bag, but they also have fabric channels preventing the closing loop from ever rubbing against on reserve fabric. Fourth generation free bags have more secure lines stows to properly stage higher speed openings (Icon, Racer Speed bag). These are mostly found on tandem and military rigs that deploy much heavier and faster than solo rigs. If you have read this far, you understand why I clearly prefer third generation free bags.
  2. 4 points
    What isn't complicated is that a state that consistently rejects federal intervention in its affairs and whose senator opposed federal help for other states after a weather induced disaster comes cap in hand to the feds when it has a problem.
  3. 3 points
    Ok, I'll say it. The forum migration to the new format did not help.
  4. 3 points
    you need a third parachute attached to legally do that. not a good idea though, you can lose your freebag and pilot chute.
  5. 3 points
    It was a bargain even at NASA’s price. But for some that’s not good enough. NASA regularly pulls off amazing stuff, and yet they seem be the government entity most commonly cited as a waste of money. They are the one government run organization that not only does what it sets out to do, they often knock the ball out of the park. Then they have to beg for more operational funding because their spacecraft last so much longer than they were designed to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big spacex fan too, They have pulled off some impressive feats of engineering, and yes, at reduced cost. They are a for profit corporation and that’s what they should be doing. But even if they are not as efficient, NASA does scientific exploration of space better than anyone else.
  6. 3 points
    Perry's got a point about keeping the Feds out...have you seen the type of dipshits they let run the Department of Energy?
  7. 3 points
    That my is an old Strato cloud,1.5 oz fabric...the rings as slider stops,the line attach point s( type 4 coreless nylon,covered by a piece of 1.5 inch type 3),the windows on the bottom surface AND the dual bridle attachments ,not to mention the zig zag stitching using FF red thread,.ITS ALL PARAFLITE!. I KNOW CUZ I WORKED THERE. The serial number was stamped on one of the ribs,since these ribs are all black,you will find the serial number on one of the reinforcing tapes on the rib.it may no longer be visible because the ink PFI used at the time was NOT permanent
  8. 2 points
    Apparently nursing home deaths have dropped quite a bit. The NYT "Morning Update" e-mail says they've gone down 60% from late December to early February. And it's primarily because the residents were among the first to get the vaccine. I said a while back that I was rather 'vaccine shy', and was perfectly happy to be towards the back of the line for it. That I would likely change my mind by the time my turn came. Still not my turn, but I'm now very willing to take the shot. No deaths from vaccine side effects that I've heard of. Serious side effects are rare and usually accompanied by underlying allergies. More importantly, while there are people who've been vaccinated getting sick, it's very few and virtually NONE of them have been hospitalized or died.
  9. 2 points
    PD, Icarus, and Parachute Systems all have "bowling score" boxes for 40 packs/25 jumps before factory inspection/permeability check. Aerodyne allows 40 packs/10 jumps before a permeability check, but doesn't have a way to record except maybe on the data card. PdF allows 40 packs/25 jumps, but no marking on the canopy. Precision and Flight Concepts do not specify. I don't know about ParaTec. These are not life limits. Most canopies can be returned to service after inspection and permeability test.
  10. 2 points
    Just sharing. A younger Harley rider and I were discussing music genres and he turned me on to a rapper named Tom MacDonald. "Fake Woke" and "No Lives Matter." I find the message intriguing, but I'm not a big fan of rap in itself. Well, at least not since Coolio did "Gangsta Paradise." EDIT: I suppose I should have entered the hyperlinks the first time.
  11. 2 points
    As a former Texan, I say give them their independence, and remind them that freedom isn't free. They'll start having to negotiate trade deals, too. Wendy P.
  12. 2 points
    Interestingly enough, I heard a talk on the placebo effect in general yesterday; in the COVID vaccine trials, about 30% of people had an adverse effect (besides sore arm) to the placebo. Fewer to the second shot, which given that the actual shot has a higher incidence of adverse effect, seems to indicate that the second shot does have a noticeable effect in some people. Got my Pfizer shot one on Saturday; already have my follow-up scheduled for shot 2. I'll be volunteering at our local senior center as an intake person after that. Seems only right, since it's a 10-minute stroll. Wendy P.
  13. 2 points
    there is a thread on reddit that said on of his parents is on the uspa board. dude should have his rating revoked permanently for that. that's a whole lotta negative press for skydiving. not to mention pretty stupid, or at least it looked that way, i'm not a ti.
  14. 2 points
    Thanks. I knew perfectly well that whatever mfg I picked, it would be the other one.
  15. 2 points
    This is funny and almost surreal. I don’t know why you’d believe me any more than you’d believe hutch, but I first met him in ‘98 and that story is pretty much how I remember it. Icarus FX was just getting to the masses, and I distinctly recall him babbling around the dz at that time about some crazy badass canopy he got to demo somewhere. I didn’t go to Quincy that year so I don’t know if that’s where it was. I was only like 1-200 jump wonder at the time. He regaled me with tales of insane wing loading and crazy fast swoops being achieved by the top canopy pilots of the day. I only met Jazz a few times but he was real.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    Yeah not very practical. It just gets complex. (Just like this reply did for me...) In theory if there were a DZ with tons of funding (eg military) you could be lent a reserve canopy set up to use as a main. "You have a Smart 150 in your rig? Well, we have a PD 143 set up here, that would at least be similar." There would be complexities because a reserve doesn't normally have the deployment bag attached. (So you need a specially built reserve, or static lining the jump, or removable deployment system, or someone else chasing the d-bag.) Sometimes there are big boogies where manufacturers bring reserves set up to be tried out as mains, but then you need to be around such a big skydiving event. But if you want to actually cut away from a parachute, then you need a 3rd canopy, a reserve, on the system. You can have the reserve to test in its proper place on your back -- which makes putting a real reserve on your belly more complex, especially to have it fully legal. Or you could have the reserve to test on you belly, which keeps your 'last reserve' in your rig as normal, but then the deployment for the test canopy won't be like a real reserve. Either way, having 3 canopies makes the gear and handles and procedures and crap that your wearing more complex and less suited to a newbie. Maybe more dangerous than a real cutaway after a mal! (There was even a World Champion doing a stunt jump for a commercial about 25 years ago, with 3 canopies, who screwed up the order he pulled stuff and died. An unusual case but 3 canopies does get complex.) And even if you set up everything to cutaway to a reserve to test flying it, there won't be nearly the same stress level as if you were having an actual malfunction. So then ideally you'd at least do something like pop one toggle on the main to get yourself spinning around before cutting away. Reserves do fly a little different than the ZP canopies people are used to today. A small F-111 style canopy will tend to have a shorter, sharper flare motion, not a long gradual flare motion. It used to be that people were used to F-111 style canopies from their student days, but now they don't get that. So I do get a little concerned about newer jumpers these days knowing how to properly flare their reserve. At least people learn that they should do practice flares under their reserve when actually flying it after a malfunction. All in all, it gets complex. So in the sport it is considered reasonable to just spend one's time practicing on the ground. Hanging harnesses are good, handle checks on all jumps are good. And you don't buy a reserve that is way smaller than what you are used to jumping as a main.
  18. 2 points
    I agree with most of what you said, but a note on the above - Texas has gone out of their way (i.e. spent money and time) to ensure there is no redundancy in their grid that would connect to grids outside of Texas, because doing so would have triggered federal requirements under FERC. So this was a conscious decision to remain independent. That has both a monetary cost and a reliability cost. And IMO they absolutely have the right to do that; it's their state. Still, it leads to questions as to how much emergency aid the US should give to Texas for a problem of their own creation. It's somewhat hypocritical to demand independence (and refuse to assist other states with their own power problems) only until such time as that independence causes problems, at which time they ask for $$$ from the Feds.
  19. 2 points
    Moron state senator Amanda Chase (Trumpist) in Virginia refuses to wear a mask in senate sessions, so they put her in a plexiglass box.
  20. 2 points
    Doubt that additional federal regulation is the answer. The last cold event was 1940. The folks that built the generation made purchase decisions each time they bought a generator. Wind turbines are available with heated gear boxes, motors and blades. Coal plants can be built for cold weather. Nuclear safety devices aren't supposed to get wet and freeze. Natural gas pipelines can be installed and made operational in cold climates. About the generators: the utility is held to a "reasonable and prudent" standard when their rate increase requests are made. The regulators look at the costs in the rate filing and decide if they are reasonable and prudent. Certain costs will be disallowed - such as alcohol, first class travel, employee recreational clubs, lobbying expense, certain advertising, glamorous offices, excess construction, and others. The utilities deal with the regulators on a regular basis and are familiar with how they make decisions. I suspect that the utilities knew that if they had bought the "cold weather" package the additional cost would have been disallowed. The regulators, in SC, are appointed and then elected by the politicians. Politicians are pestered by their electors. The public hates rate increases and they raise cane about everything. The utility would argue that the additional expense is justified because once in every 80 years it gets cold enough that it is needed. The intervenors in the rate case, Wal Mart, large energy users, the military, the consumer advocate, and anyone else that wants to testify, would argue that the cold weather package was not needed. So, they are having a once in 80 year event and, no surprise, stuff froze. The TX situation and every other grid is massively complicated. No one thing caused this problem and federal regulation won't fix it. Well, it could. They could easily require more redundancy, additional transmission capacity, more dispersed generation and just about anything else. That's fine except it costs tons of money. The expense would be paid by consumers. And consumers hate rate increases. Reliability is always a balancing act between the two. We have the same problem in SC after a hurricane. After Hugo in 1989, 31 years ago, everyone screamed, "if power lines were underground we wouldn't have this problem!" That's partially true except there are other problems with UG power lines that don't exist with overhead lines. And, it costs tons of money that no one wants pay for in a rate increase. As electricity is restored the next layer of problems is being revealed. Lack of water. The construction standards in some areas didn't contemplate this extreme. Many homes have detached garages connected to the house by a short breezeway. The copper line comes up the wall of the unheated garage into the attic area and over to the house. The pipe freezes and splits. As it warms up the leaks are evident. There is a shortage of plumbers and plumbing supplies. My buddy shipped 100' of Pex and a box of fittings to his son. There is enough stuff to fix a few dozen houses. The neighbors will luv him. Just about every problem can be prevented or minimized if one throws enough money at it. Most don't want to pay for prevention. What a mess, but no different than natural disasters in other areas of the country.
  21. 2 points
    Correct, but your immune system is not the same when you get the 2nd shot. It's already been sensitized.
  22. 2 points
    NASA just landed a nuclear powered aircraft carrier on Mars.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Is that a problem with wind or a problem with Texas? Seems like wind turbines are able to operate in cold climates in other parts of the world? Same as natural gas works pretty well in cold climates, if properly prepared. Texas decided not to learn any lessons from 2011 and prior incidences of cold weather impacting the power grid, resulting in history repeating itself. Looks like the issue isn't how the power is generated, but to what standard the network is maintained. You want all the cheapness, but then whine when it turns out cheapness has a price.
  25. 2 points
    I do. But I will give you an opportunity to prove me wrong. Post Al Gore saying that "the world was going to be under water in 15 years." Should be easy, right? You are all about facts, right? Just point me towards the speech where he said that. In fact I will even bet you $200 that you can't do that, that you will end up saying something like "well, he said sea levels will rise, and a low lying city might be underwater soon, and isn't that sorta the same thing?" Want to put your money where your mouth is? Should be easy money for you.
  26. 1 point
    They probably went to a site that doesn't randomly become unavailable for up to 24 hours at a time. If I was an advertiser here I would complain.
  27. 1 point
    Yeah... I gave up on /r/skydiving because it was kind of a trash fire, but I stayed on Reddit in general. I closed my Facebook account completely years ago. Facebook really did kill forums (in general), but I think it did not replace them with anything as good.
  28. 1 point
    I stand corrected, I haven't seen any Icarus or Parachute Systems reserves, I have checked the Icarus (NZ) reserve manual and the Icarus (World) manuals, they both have the checkboxes, couldn't find a manual for the decelerator. People around here mostly jump Smart, Techno, and PD stuff, so I didn't really have that much contact with Icarus reserves. You learn something every day :)
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    You have no understanding of what a placebo is or its effects.It is far beyond positive thinking. A lighter understanding. A deeper understanding.
  31. 1 point
    Hi Steve, I only met him once, at his dz, many years ago. He was a tough, old bird. The one thing I remember is that he sued J. Scott Hamilton for inadequate representation/malpractice in a lawsuit Harry lost. Harry got Hamilton for $350,000. Jerry Baumchen
  32. 1 point
    From Linda Miller Clayton was there for the last two weeks. Harry was pretty aware up until about a week before the end. As Clayton said... He was on a very long approach and finally touched down on Saturday. He is not on Face Book but I know he will enjoy reading some of the remarks when he gets back to Salt Lake.
  33. 1 point
    interesting article, says that extremists have trouble with complex mental tasks. small sample size, but it appears that some people actually DO see in just black and white, ideologically at least.
  34. 1 point
    That TI will never live that down. He may as well just turn in his rating card. He is also lucky he did not break his neck.
  35. 1 point
    Demonstrates trouble dealing with complex mental tasks. Like telling the truth. Paying his taxes. Obeying the law. You're right.
  36. 1 point
    Everyone knows that 38% is a passing grade in school, if you have enough money.
  37. 1 point
    Vigil batteries are no longer field replaceable and the unit must be sent in for service after reaching 10 years since DOM. So yours will need to go in and you should allow at least 4- weeks total turn around time. Other than that there is no reason to think there will be any problem with your gear. Although there are scattered reports that some gear dealer rigging companies have been refusing to work on gear that is more than 20 years old. If you run into this find a more honest and customer friendly rigger.
  38. 1 point
    I can't speak to the Army, but I can speak to the Air Force (worked for them) and the Navy (worked with a lot of people from the Navy.) And there, as in the rest of the world, most people were pretty good about it. There were some people who were still problems.
  39. 1 point
    Is it the same ringtone as when you post?
  40. 1 point
    From my Wednesday posting of the report on the 2011 event. A quote from the summary of that report: "The storm, however, was not without precedent. There were prior severe cold weather events in the Southwest in 1983, 1989, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2010. The worst of these was in 1989, the prior event most comparable to 2011. That year marked the first time ERCOT resorted to system-wide rolling blackouts to prevent more widespread customer outages. In all of those prior years, the natural gas delivery system experienced production declines; however, curtailments to natural gas customers in the region were essentially limited to the years 1989 and 2003." And here is the link again: https://www.ferc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/08-16-11-report.pdf
  41. 1 point
    Why not pick something real, fact based, with meat on the bones of the issue? Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears to have covered up covid nursing home deaths. Yet its as if the right has to wait for FOX to tell them how to think before they can utter opinions.Usually always wrong.
  42. 1 point
    Billeisle is dead on -- here, like so many situations, are more complicated than they appear. The fortitude comes in accepting that's true in situations that we don't understand (and therefore simplify) just as it's true in ones that we do. What we don't have, and need to include in our plans, is some sort of redundancy/resiliency, for the times when things go belly up. I lived in Houston for over 40 years; I have some knowledge of the area. Texas, in addition to the potential for record cold (I can remember frozen pipes; 1989 was a bad year in the Houston area), has had plenty of hurricanes/tropical storms, as well as drought and fire. Each one highlights failings in the system. What they all highlight is our increased dependency on the technology that we've come to rely on. Houses used to be built to deal with cold by building a fire; Texas was one of the later states to be fully electrified, so there is housing stock that understands that. But the smaller/poorer houses were built in minority neighborhoods -- builders didn't make good homes for renters, they made cheap homes. The freezing of pipes is a periodic/regular thing, it and flooding are probably what hits individual homeowners/renters on a large scale the worst. Water damage. If a hurricane is coming, they used to tell you to fill the bathtub with water to have water for essentials, like flushing the toilet, for a few days -- after a few days, you can find other resources. Maybe part of our social contract needs to be to help people find the 3 days' worth of support that's needed before they can figure out how to keep going. Those 3 (or so) days are information on what people can and should do for themselves, and how the people who can't should prepare or be supported. People in trailers really shouldn't try to ride out tornadoes/windstorms; disabled, etc need to consider evacuating earlier, because if you can't live without support, you need to be somewhere you can keep it. Wendy P.
  43. 1 point
    This is the same issue as the Houston flooding. The desire to have no to minimum regulation and have costs as low as possible. Great when everything works well, but also means no money is being spent on dealing with potential problems outside of immediate control. Then when it happens, they rely on government funding to bail them out. They are identical to the welfare people they despise. Unwilling to work towards getting better, unwilling to contribute, but rely on the government when it matters. The ultimate takers.
  44. 1 point
    What the fuck is the point you think you're trying to make here? I spent Monday and Tuesday night freezing my ass off, had great fun trying to find warm shelter for my wife's 80-year great old aunt who went the night in a 40 degree house before she gave up 'not wanting to be a bother' and called for help. We're much luckier than most in that the only casualty seems to be a 12-year old washing machine out in the garage. The Texan death toll will likely be in the dozens when the dust settles. The root cause is an infrastructure not able to keep up in the cold, with wind and solar accounting for a very small percentage of the lost capacity. A person has to jump through a whole lot of logical hoops to get to a point where your post makes any kind of fucking sense...Are we in this hypothetical Fox world where people are suggesting that we drop 100% of fossil fuels today? Were the TX blackouts caused entirely by frozen turbines and not gas/coal production facilities that couldn't handle the cold? Ken's got the right idea with putting you on the block list. I've wasted too much time reading your bullshit. With millions of people suffering right now, kudos for trying to twist this into some contorted attempt to score some political point while ignoring the facts that don't support your very weak argument.
  45. 1 point
    They need to get in contact with Kuujjuaraapik and Whapmagoostui.. A lengthy article about the use of diesel power generation in Canada's north. How wind power is replacing diesel that sometimes has to be flown in.
  46. 1 point
    You really "watch" to know? And that after you edited? Not very impressive unless you are shit faced, of course. Seriously, as it has been pointed out on these pages by others, you often aren't too quick on the uptake. Let me make it simpler, the next time the urge strikes, instead of us, jerk yourself off.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    Generally I'd just use old sneakers with mostly-flat (worn) bottoms. The true test was the early morning zero wind wet grass landing. They worked pretty well for that - could even pull it off on dirt most of the time. That was mostly on Nitros and Crossfires loaded about 2:1.
  49. 1 point
    Yes, if that's happening it's racism. But often it is not. In the 1950's, a lot of people were unaware of any issues. They didn't think there was an issue with black people sitting at lunch counters, because they never saw any black people sitting at lunch counters. They ate somewhere else. What's the problem?Black people sat at the back of the bus. They seem happy there and it's always been that way. What's the problem? Our CEO's have always been white men. But there are plenty of black people in the company. What's the problem? Unless you show people the problem they don't think it's a problem - because it has never been a problem for THEM. For years I would talk about how I was not privledged because I had to work so hard for what I got. I had a story about making my final tuition payment in nickels and dimes from my third job as a laundromat maintenance person. That misses that many people never had the chance to even pay tuition in the first place. So I think a lot of people catch breaks and are not aware they are catching breaks. And if you try to tell them that, their first reaction was similar to mine years and years ago - "How dare you say I didn't work for it!"
  50. 1 point
    Nancy's back at her desk again... office cleaned up, 25th amendment papers signed, Impeachment papers prepared and FBI hunting trophy hung.
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