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  1. I was subscribed to a number of topics on the old forum and none of those subscriptions were migrated over as followed content on the new site. Is that intentional or an oversight?
  2. mxk

    Vigil service delays

    Anyone know if US-based Vigils are still being sent over to Belgium for maintenance? I was told back in April 2017 that they will soon do all maintenance in Florida.
  3. mxk

    EEVblog CYPRES 2 Teardown

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjlyLIpf4HU The actual teardown begins at 9:26. CYPRES 1 teardown, if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-wzPTiLz5c
  4. mxk

    Firebird MARD

    The most important case when the RSL would be pulling super hard is when it's still attached to the rig (i.e. AAD fire or straight-to-reserve deployment). I can see the fold-in-half scenario happening for an unconscious jumper falling on his back. AAD fires, RPC launches toward the red end and wraps around the body, bridle doesn't have enough time to rotate. The pull of the bungee in the center not only applies extra friction, but also causes the assembly to fold in half.
  5. I think this falls in the "know yourself" category. Figure out what your goals are, what disciplines you would be interested in pursuing, and go from there. It's definitely true in my case. I bought everything new four years ago with about 160 jumps on student gear. I thought I would downsize from my Spectre 230 within a year or two, but the more I flew it, the less I felt the need to do so. Demoed a Storm 210 last year, which didn't do anything to change my mind. Still very happy with my rig at 830 jumps.
  6. mxk

    Firebird MARD

    I'd like to see this test performed in the opposite direction. Hold the assembly as it would be held in place for a straight-to-reserve deployment, and show what happens if the PC launches in the direction of the two arrows (as close to 180 degrees as possible). How does the extraction force change? Also, that's a large amount of fabric that has to be kept flat in order for the disconnect to happen as shown. If it gets folded in half, which seems likely to happen with the RSL attached in the middle, the disconnect force will go way up and may lock the assembly altogether.
  7. mxk

    New AAD made in USA

    Follow other industries and add buttons that do nothing, but make the user feel better.
  8. mxk

    Ban period?

    Indeed. I was on a low pass load yesterday with nine other people; five experienced jumpers, four doing a B license canopy course, and me in a wingsuit at the back. Red light goes on, door opens, red light goes off, and seven people jump out before I could ask the pilot why there's no green light. Everyone assumed that the light was broken. In reality, the pilot just didn't move the switch to the correct position. Only three people exited with the green light on. I fully expected to have a conversation about this with the pilot, DZM, and all jumpers on the load. To my surprise, no one said anything at all on the ground. It wasn't as if people didn't notice either. As I was zipping up my wingsuit, I heard those by the door saying that the green light was off, and then jumping out anyway. People seem perfectly happy interpreting the lack of a green light once the red goes out as a broken bulb or pilot error than as a command to stay in the plane. This was also the first load of the day, so I guess the lack of evidence that the bulb works was also a contributing factor. I would say it's classical conditioning of red-green-jump, red-green-jump, done over hundreds/thousands of skydives, but it seems to affect very experienced, as some on my load were, and newer jumpers alike. Furthermore, once the first person goes, the next one is less likely to stop and think. Mistakes were made, fortunately no real harm done, good lesson for the future not to fall prey to wishful thinking.
  9. mxk

    Packing nuances

    Where did you get those numbers from? Here are the actual recommendations from current manuals: Curv: 18" Infinity: 15-18" Javelin: 12-18" Vector: 15-20" Wings: 12"
  10. mxk

    Main Lift Web Question

    See this thread. MLW measurements vary between manufacturers and may depend on other measurements, so the numbers posted in this thread aren't comparable without that information. "Strapping on the 16 and risk getting hurt" shouldn't be one of your options. Put the rig on and have an instructors evaluate the fit. Alternatively, send the container serial number along with your measurements to the manufacturer and they will tell you whether it will fit or not.
  11. There don't seem to be many examples of how not cutting away the main first made the situation worse. There are a lot of examples of the opposite. My own rule is that unless there is tension on the main risers, I go straight to reserve. I can't think of a single good reason to do a preemptive cutaway that doesn't have the immediate effect of detaching the main in a somewhat predictable fashion (i.e. there is tension on the risers and you have some idea of the direction in which the main will go when that tension is released).
  12. mxk

    Smart Altimeter

    At my previous job, I spent over a year developing a data collection platform for Tizen, which would stream sensor data to an Android phone. Everything you said is pretty much spot on. To be fair, Gear S2 and S3 added native app support, so you can implement your stuff in C or C++, which I had to do to get access to the more advanced power and sensor APIs. It was still a nightmare though, especially with each firmware update breaking different APIs. So glad that work is behind me now.
  13. I tried corded Moldex, didn't work (couldn't pull the plugs out), and didn't like having the cord. I've been using cordless Moldex Sparkplugs pretty much since finishing AFF during all phases of the jump (except for CRW where I take them out just before exiting). Never had any pressure-related problems. I'd be interested in any stories about situations where hearing under the canopy was directly responsible for avoiding an incident. I'm sure there have been a few cases, but overall I think the benefits of hearing under the canopy are greatly exaggerated, and by no means balance out the damage done during freefall (if you don't opt for the coded solution).
  14. mxk

    Dealing with high shock loading

    The problem we're trying to solve is to prevent an opening shock going above some number of Gs. Tapes and webbing break at a certain number of lbs. For the same limit in lbs, a 5G shock for a heavy jumper would be a 10G shock for someone half the weight. The first one might be ok, the second one might be fatal. An AAD could measure Gs, but the measurement might be delayed or underestimated because the sensor is not attached directly to the MLW. For calibrated tape/webbing solutions, you'd need different breaking strengths for different jumper exit weights, which means many more variations in riser manufacturing. I keep asking UPT to build mini risers with standard rings, but they keep saying no.
  15. Exactly. That would be more of a poised exit. You said Mr. 15K jumps didn't explain why. That makes me think he doesn't have a good reason. All the advice I dispense comes with the reasons why it's "good advice". he said because it was faster to get down to the formation. It seems to me that there might be some truth in this with respect to reaching terminal velocity faster. If you exit in the direction of flight in a head-low attitude, your body effectively becomes a wing at a negative AoA, meaning that the relative wind will be pushing you down. This is particularly noticeable in wingsuiting. With FS, this effect won't last very long as you lose forward speed, but you should still reach terminal velocity a bit faster than if you exit head-low toward the back of the airplane, where you'd experience the opposite effect. Of course, for you to benefit from this, you'd actually have to maintain your heading for a few seconds instead of flying back to your formation, so I'm not sure of an actual net benefit.