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  1. shadeland

    Parachutes Australia Airforce reserve TSO or not

    One thing that I find that trips people up (myself included) is the terms "tested to TSO specifications" such as "TSO C23D tested" and "receiving FAA TSO authorization", the latter being required for being legal in the US and the former being useless as far as US legality is concerned. Unless there's a treaty with another country regarding foreign authorizations translating to an effective TSO authorization. It appears the Airforce Reserve does not have a US TSO authorization from the database search (though the model numbers in the database are... weird.) Whether its Australian certification translates to an effective TSO, I don't know. But I would assume at least at this point that it's not legal for a US citizen or foreign resident to jump in the US unless a treaty document can be verified (I couldn't find anything with a quick search).
  2. shadeland

    Canopy alternative for Spectre 150

    I also recommend a Pilot 168 ZPX, however if you demo keep in mind they do fly very differently. A pilot is a lot flatter and the flare is quite different. If a Pilot's brake lines are too long, you'll miss out on a good amount of flare, so you'll want to try some test flares up high and you might have to take a wrap or two.
  3. shadeland

    Reserve recommendations

    I've had two chops on a PD Optimum 143, loaded at ~1.3. I don't think I noticed any harness sensitivity. It flew pretty boring and was a mostly one stage flare, but I stood up both in little wind. On my first cutaway, I had line twists in the reserve but it flew straight and was easily able to kick out of it. Both deployments were skyhooks.
  4. shadeland

    Vigil PSB-01-2018 Firmware Update

    I experienced a Vigil failure on a jump at 30,000 feet. In May 2016 I did a 30,000 foot jump at Skydance. The night before I was sure to turn my AAD off, since I'd just turned it on when I arrived at Skydance for a last load or two. In the morning, I turned it on and did the hour of pre-breathing. The jump went as planned. Despite it being -40 (same in F as it is in C) I was relatively warm, except for my fingers which were burning from the cold. I opted to pay for a packer and they packed it. When the packer handed me my rig, my AAD was off. I knew I turned it on. I tried to turn it on, and got Control Error 9. I sent it in, and they sent me a new unit. They promised to get back to me on what happened, but never did. Thankfully, I didn't need it.
  5. I did a quick video on patterns, feel free to steal :)
  6. shadeland

    Anyone jumping an S-Fire

    The good news is once you get good at packing that slippery fucker, it's usually all downhill from there.
  7. My personal experience (though not extensive) is the opposite. When I've tried them they were prone to disconnects, were hard to pair even right next to each other on the plane, etc. Two different sets of gear, but again my experience was probably about 5-10 jumps with them.
  8. shadeland

    Reserve PC Hesatation?

    I think there are a couple of important things to point out here: 1) The original poster knew enough about their own gear to ask a question about spring loaded pilot chutes and hesitation. I think it shows they're thinking about safety and asking good questions. They're clearly thinking about these things and developing a better understanding. This is, utterly, entirely, and without question a good thing. 2) I don't think it's fair to expect a newly license jumper to know everything about all sport gear. Clearly they know their gear has a spring loaded reserve pilot chute. It looks like they're a fairly new jumper (A license), not a rigger. We need them to know their gear, and more importantly, their EPs. And given the questions they're asking, they're thinking about EPs. 3) By admonishing the poster in this manner we risk discouraging the asking of questions by creating toxic environment. An environment where people are fearful of asking a questions because someone with a lot more experience (and maybe has forgotten what it's like to be new at this) says "they should have already known it" or some other admonishiment. Maybe they should have known, maybe not (in this case I don't think they should have), but either way it's far better to address it than to admonish it. We want to cure ignorance, not encourage it. Because a toxic environment where people are discouraged from asking questions, quite simply, is a recipe for death. We aren't playing tiddlywinks. When we stamp their foreheads many of us tell them it's a license to learn. Let's not discourage that. So original poster, keep posting these questions. You're asking good questions (don't forget to ask you instructors, generally they're a better resource than message boards). But these are important questions. Keep it up.
  9. shadeland

    Reserve PC Hesatation?

    It's always a possibility, but fortunately it seems rare. Or at least, with that much hesitation. There was probably some additional burble/turbulence from the bridle he had bouncing around up there, maybe it interfered. Being belly to Earth for a reserve deployment means there's a chance you can launch it right into the burble. They usually clear it even in those cases, but not always, which is why I was taught as part of my EPs to look over both shoulders (check right, check left) after the reserve ripcord is pulled. If there's a pilot chute caught in a burble that check will tilt your body and will hopefully expose the pilot chute to relative wind and the reserve deployment sequence will continue. Watch this video: Go to settings and set it to .25 speed. You'll see the guy in frame, his reserve hesitates for a split second in the burble, which probably saved them both as they ended up deploying at two (very slightly) different altitudes instead of wrapping in each other's shit.
  10. shadeland


    There's a Paradactyl-looking thing called a Beamer being used for paragliding reserves.
  11. shadeland

    Older PDRs versus New PDRs

    Several people have mentioned Tempos, Ravens, etc., fly different/were designed differently from modern canopies. However, the Performance Design Reserve has been around for a while. I believe it was initially tested under C23b, then later (and currently) C23d. Are they two different models? Do newer PDRs fly differently than older ones?
  12. shadeland

    Single or Double Stow the Locking Stows?

    My personal view: I double wrap every stow, locking and otherwise. I use medium sized rubber bands (some people call them large, whatever isn't the small rubber bands) throughout. I do this because: 1) My master rigger mentor recommends double stowing the locking stows (and he has 50,000 pack jobs between packing-related malfunctions) 2) PD Recommends also double stowing all the way through (the previously linked video) 3) Keeping one size rubber bands makes things logistically easier 4) Once you get good at double stowing (doesn't take long) it doesn't take longer to double stow versus single stow 5) I'm not concerned about bag lock. It either doesn't happen because of double locking stows, or at the very least, incredibly rare and easy to cut away. I personally don't think a bag lock on a tandem system is a good comparison because of the many differences in the deployment sequence and other factors. But that's me personally.
  13. shadeland

    UPT sizing chart

    Yeah that one was pretty crazy. The PIA was generally all over the map.
  14. shadeland

    UPT sizing chart

    I made a graph, but I'm not sure it would help. I used a PIA document (link below) as well as the PD Reserve manuals reported volume, and came up with some interesting numbers. PIA Document: PD Reserve Manual: The variances with the PIA chart are pretty wide, and its covered in this document here (at the bottom):
  15. shadeland

    Riser Inserts Price

    For retrofitting older risers with only a fabric channel (or a plastic channel) with a metallic channel, what do you charge?