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  1. LouDiamond

    new Vigil Service Bulletins, SB 9 and 10

    Product Service Bulletin #9 and #10 from A.A.D. -Vigil, plus a link to the new “Multimode Vigil II User’s Manual US v II.0.6” which is available to download @ http://www.vigil.aero/wp-content/uploads/Vigil-II-users-manual-II.0.6.pdf Please read both PSB 9, 10 and the new manual carefully. - PSB 9 is regarding the waterproof of Vigil II. After water immersion, it is now mandatory to send the unit back to A.A.D. for inspection. Vigils that have not been in contact with water, are NOT concerned with this PSB. The Vigil II is waterproof. This bulletin is a precautionary measure in case moisture penetrates the seal of the unit. - PSB 10 is regarding the 14 hour forced shut down for Vigil II units from S/N 26172 or higher. This is advisory, NOT MANDATORY. Customers who wish can have their Vigil II (S/N 11800 until S/N 26171) upgraded to main software 2.50 or higher, to avoid “Airborne” situations. For more info, please contact A.A.D. (Brussels, Belgium) or Vigil America (Deland,FL). - The “Multimode Vigil II User’s Manual US v II.0.6” has some changes concerning water immersion and forced 14 hour shut down. Please read it carefully. Please let us know if you have any questions. Best Regards, Vigil America, Inc.
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    Firebolt Canopies

    I have several hundred jumps on several sizes of the Firebolt canopy. I have nothing negative to say about it or it's durability. It's a very good, all around canopy when loaded at 1/1 or below. Loaded higher, it becomes a bit more sporty but not in a bad way. It's a fun canopy to fly.
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    shock cord PC

    Short answer....Yes, this is a problem, do not use a bungee PC with a wingsuit. Simple solution is to change to a kill line PC or simply un-do the bungee from the PC making your PC non collapsible. See the FAQ in the wingsuit forum and or use the search term "bungee" for more background info.
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    fullface helmet with the most rear protection

    The Revolve does. You can read the review I wrote on it as well as see more pictures of it here in the gear forum. Here is one of the rear of the helmet, it provides the same coverage as your typical open face helmet in the rear since it is designed to be a full and or open face helmet depending on what configuration you need it to be in.
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    ALtering a wingsuit

    It needs to be done at the time of manufacture at the factory, doing it after the fact is really not an option.
  6. LouDiamond

    Colombia DZ´s

    No, not open to the public that is. There are a few military DZs on military bases so you are pretty much limited to Flandes.
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    Military altitrack

    Why do you want this specific model?
  8. LouDiamond

    Wes Rich helmet production CD

    Talk to Matt Hoover, he has the CD. He mentioned not long ago that he would help people with obtaining a copy since there is no longer a source to buy them from. Shoot him a PM/E-mail .
  9. LouDiamond

    Ops-Core Base Jump Sport Helmet

    I have the Ballistic and the Bump version of the OPS-core helmet and use them both for jumping. I also recently got to play with the base jump version. Its cheaper in cost but the feel between the bump and the jump is noticable due to it being a molded helmet. Most skydiving helemts are made of CF and the bump is made with CF so the feel is similar,the molded jump felt very plastic-e to me. With that said, they both come with the chin strap you mentioned and occ dial adjustment system as standard. I use the Go Pro NVG mount with my Go Pro and a contour on the ARC rail when I need to use NVGs. With that said, jumping with a half shell isn't like jumping with a regular skydiving helmet, especially if you wear an audible. If you want a helmet that has the features of the jump/base but in a open face that can hold an audible, look at Boneheads military version called the Versa, they also make a half shell similar to the Bump(not on the website). I also have and use both of them and both are in the normal skydiver price range where as the Opscore bump is in the $600 range, BH's is made of similar materials and is in the $250-300 range. The jump is about the same/less but it is not in the same league material wise, its molded plastic and quite honestly,feels cheap. I don't see most skydivers liking or finding much use for a half shell that provides even less protection than the standard skydiving helmet but costs close to the same.
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    Bonehead Hell's Halo - Any experience?

    I have one. What are you wanting to do with it? Depending on what your intended use is, it might be what you need but if you're looking to get into a camera helmet that you could mount multiple cameras on, its a bit lacking in real estate. It's a good recreational/FF camera helmet IMO. The ratchet never concerned me as snag hazard, it sits pretty flush. I'd recommend you try one on first if possible, the ratchet system allows you to crank down on the internal head band fit and I've had some people try mine on that didn't like the way it clamped down on their head. It can be a very snug helmet without the chin cup but if you put something heavy on top, I'd recommend the chin cup route.
  11. LouDiamond

    Storm 107 opening on terminal

    Jumped one in that size for awhile before they were readily available. Used it for wingsuiting and freefall, no issues. I use 97's now. It's probably gonna feel like it opens a bit quicker at terminal than you're accustomed to but the openings are just as nice and predictable.
  12. LouDiamond

    Finally got my Phantom 2!

    I'm glad things worked out for you in the end.
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    PD's New Orange Vectran lines

    My concern is that these are orange coated lines and as such that coating will begin to wear off around 20-30 jumps +/- and will appear to be worn long before they actually are. Conversely, it may also make it harder for people to determine when their lines really are worn and should be replaced. It will be interesting to see how much or little this catches on.
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    For new jumpers Ebay Finds, cheap parts

    It would be far more effective to just go direct to Ebay than to list items here that will eventually be sold or the links will expire. There is also the forum rules that need to be considered.
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    Vigil bulletin PSB-7 missing blade

    I have unlocked this thread and removed PSB #6 due to it's being recinded by AAD and replaced with PSB #7. PSB #6 was a draft version and was not supposed to be distributed as it lacked some of the information that is now found in PSB #7. PSB #7 can be found on the Vigil Facebook page, the AAD website and via the links below. PSB-7 can be found here: http://www.vigil.aero/files/images/Product_Service_Bulletin__7.pdf Serial Number list can be found here: http://www.vigil.aero/files/images/gil_serial_N___with_Cutters_Oct_2007_Extract.pdf Report from Royal Military Academy can be found here: http://www.vigil.aero/files/images/Pre-Report-Jump288-031011.pdf
  16. Recommended Control Toggle Tie off Method for the SF10A / MC6/7 Main Parachute 1) In servicing: The SF10A main parachute was originally designed for use with MC1-1 risers (Natick drawing number 11-1-2149). The original toggle tie off mark was established specifically for the guide ring location on those risers. The guide ring location on the MC6/7 risers (Natick drawing 11-1-7271) is in a different location. The difference is approximately 4 inches. This distance must be accounted for when setting the toggles. 2) Routine maintenance and toggle adjustment: The SF10A parachute has been designed to tie off the toggle only once at in servicing. No further adjustments are needed during the service life of the parachute unless the lower control lines are replaced. The lower control line length to the toggle tie off is based on the location of the guide ring mounted on the riser. The guide ring on an MC1-1 riser is located approximately 14 inches from the top. Using the original manufacturing drawing dimension (286 inches) and tensioning (14 pounds applied once), the toggle tie off mark for an SF-10A canopy on MC1-1 risers is 286 inches. The tie off distance for the MC6/7 risers requires an additional 4 inches for a total distance of 290 inches when measured under 14 pounds of tension. It is important to note that 14 pounds tension should only be applied once and for less than 30 seconds. If a second measuring is needed, the lower control line must be allowed to relax back to its nominal state. At least one hour should be allowed for the line to relax after tensioning to 14 pounds. The manufacturer believes that a significant portion of the issues with lower control line length on the SF-10A and MC6/7 parachutes are directly related to multiple toggle tie off methods and differences in riser guide ring locations.They recommend accounting for the multiple toggle tie off methods and differences in riser guide ring locations by using the suspension line connector links (L-bars) as the primary dimensional reference. This method sets the lower control line length relative to the suspension lines from the connector link up and sets the toggle tie off relative to any guide ring location. The top bar (the one with the suspension lines) is used as the key reference for this method. Recommended Toggle Tie off Method for SF-10A & MC6/7 Parachutes: 1) Lay the parachute out on a packing table. 2) Clamp the top of the lower control line at the girth hitch to the packing table. 3) Using a spring scale, place the lower control line under 14 pounds of tension. NOTE: Do not hold tension longer than 30 seconds. 4) Measure from the top of the stitching at the girth hitch loop. 5) Place a mark at 272 inches. 6) Remove tension. 7) Align this mark to the center of the top L-bar. 8) Hold in position by clamping the lower control line and L-bar to the packing table. 9) Thread the lower control line through the guides and guide ring. 10) Hold the lower control line under light hand tension (1-3 pounds). 11) Place a mark one inch below the ring and release tension. 12) With the lower control line threaded through the guides and guide ring, tie a tight single overhand knot centered on the mark created below the ring (previous step). 13) Thread the toggle on the lower control line and slide it against the knot. 14) Tie a second tight single overhand knot forcing the toggle against the first knot. 15) Tie a third tight single overhand knot below the second knot as a safety. 16) Repeat for the other side.
  17. LouDiamond

    AR2 AAD

    It's a specifically made military AAD and as such, I'd say it'd be impossible to get parts for it unless your a Gov't entity. I've never seen one on a civilian rig and personally, I wouldn't recommend it as the AR2 are notorious for having problems either by design or due to user error in setting them correctly. I preferred the FF2 over the AR2 personally and was glad to see the AR2 get phased out. I would also guess that it isn't approved for civilian use since it was designed strictly for the military and I'd bet money they(LJ) would tell you the same. The AR2 was the replacement for the FF2 but at one point we had so many problems with them that we were told to go back to using the FF2. The AR2 was one of those items that started off as a good idea and by the end of it all(years later) had so many peoples hands in the design/development pot that it wasn't funny. One of the main reasons the military is now using the military Cypres is due to the problems the AR2 had from it's inception. If you don't know the history of the unit you have or are looking at I'd recommend you steer clear of it, especially if you don't know how to set it correctly.
  18. LouDiamond

    Letters on seal question

    yes, you can scratch your seal letters in manually on the lead seal.
  19. LouDiamond

    Pricing a Cypres 2

    Try this: http://www.cypres-usa.com/usedcypres.asp
  20. Like THIS? Click on "Formulae" at the top left of the screen if you want to see the math.
  21. LouDiamond

    Argus & Relative Workshop

    You can rationalize it all you want but the answer is no, the manufacturer has said it is not authorized.
  22. Did you look HERE? A local Vigil Dealer should be able to provide you with the parts you need or can order them for you.
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    FXC-12000 or AR-2 Part Number

    All three of those companies should be able to answer your questions if you are looking for a NSN for the part(s) in question if you are acting on behalf of your government/Military. If you are doing it as an individual/civilian I don't think you will have much luck in being able to buy or source parts from the manufacturers and or the manufactures of the component parts because it potentially concerns ITARS issues.
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    looking for cypres

    Your best bet is to look in the CLASSIFIEDS here on dz.com.
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    Pilot v Storm

    A quick search found THIS