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  1. Dear David, Where have ten years gone? We miss your infinite kindness and wisdom, and try to "pay it forward" every day to ensure your legacy lives on through the hearts and deeds of your extended family. Tommy C. was right when he said you set the bar so very high for the rest of us who would follow your path. Look after Steve, Nate and the others who just left us, especially little Abby a few days ago. Blue skies, warm sun and gentle breezes forever, dear friend. Xxxooo, Marianne and Jim
  2. My earliest recollection comes from Pat Works' writing: http://www.parachutehistory.com/humor/godfrog.html
  3. Hi Tin. While you're waiting for replies from those with club experience, check out USPA's online resources for background. Reach out to them for specific guidance to cover all the bases and avoid reinventing the wheel. (Wish my college had a club back when pterosaurs roamed the skies. ) Good luck and have fun! USPA Starting A College Club -------------------------------------- College Clubs Offering the opportunity to skydive through a College Skydiving Club ensures that students benefit from all of USPA’s programs and training standards. https://uspa.org/Membership/USPA-Programs/College-Clubs ---------------------------------------- http://www.parachutistonline.com/p/Article/college-skydiving-clubs-how-and-why-to-start-one ----------------------------------------- https://uspa.org/Portals/0/files/Club.Release.doc ------------------------------------------ https://uspa.org/Portals/0/files/college.club.constitution.doc USPA: (540) 604-9740 M-F 9am-5pm Eastern (540) 604-9741 uspa@uspa.org
  4. Sonic (and anyone else interested in Star Crest awards): I corresponded with Rachael Newell, Bill's daughter, back in 2014. Current information for them at the time was: https://www.facebook.com/StarCrestSkydivingAwards starcrestskydivingawards@gmail.com Administrators: Rachael Newell & John Machado 200 Hollyhill Drive Bakersfield, California 93312 (661)831-7771 StarCrestSkydivingAwards@gmail.com  Good luck! Jim
  5. Appears to be intentional texturing. Just figured out pix resizing for upload. Aimed light at 2 different angles to show the bumps in relief and a more normal view. JVX: thanks for the Keener point out. Bought a pound of these from Paragear to share with my wife and friends. (I'm always giving them away.) Will contact Keener if I learn these cause line wear or retention issues.
  6. Thank you both. I wondered about gripping--I don't double-stow--and line wear, too. Was hoping riggers might know the reason for the change. The distributor didn't advertise these weren't the usual design, so it's hard to imagine marketing drove the change. Given a choice, I'd have stuck with the smooth ones that have always worked.
  7. Received small and large rubber bands from major distributor. (My Javelin d-bag uses both.) Small bands appear to be the same ones I've used since1990s. Large ones aren't smooth: they're textured = slightly bumpy on the inner and outer surfaces. New design? Developed for applications other than sport rigs? Any difference with regard to retention, deployment, line wear? (725 Spectra lines on my Pilot 210.) Probably a non-issue, but I'd appreciate input from folks more knowledgeable/experienced than I.
  8. "There's even a club for it." SRA--Skydiver Resurrection Award?
  9. Nine years, David. Susan sent us a great photograph of you smiling with Rick, your "brother from another mother." We see you both first thing every morning...miss you every day. Xxxooo, M+J
  10. I bought a Pilot 210 in regular ZeroP with 725 Spectra lines a few months ago. Fits in my J4 Javelin just fine. (PD193R in the reserve container.) Folded into my d-bag first try. So far, Aerodyne's ZeroP fabric has allowed controllable new canopy pack jobs. Opens and flies great at 1.1:1 WL. The LPV fabric should yield a lower pack volume and make it easier to bag during the break-in period. Your rigger could be a great resource for other options.
  11. That technique worked great packing my PD 230 (F-111 fabric) in the early 90's. Dealer advised against it for my Sabre 210 during the purchase process. My new canopy's PD manual confirmed that recommendation: "Sabre Note Sabres are designed for a slow-to-medium speed opening when packed as described in the P.D. manual - with each side of the nose rolled four complete turns towards the center. Do not tuck the nose into the center cells. The new airfoil design causes the center cells to form a pocket that can hold the rolls there during opening. Additionally, tucking the end cells into the center cells will result in unreliable opening times, with some very long snivels. Repeat: Do not do this." (Twenty years later, some jumpers report it works for them.) Having my rigger add a pocket to my slider resulted in smooth, staged openings during which I would swing upright and watch the rest of the deployment sequence. Appeared to eliminate the occasional hard opening on subsequent jumps. Opening distance increased to an average of 800' on my test jumps, so I revised my deployment altitude upward accordingly. (Just an average fun jumper. YMMV.)
  12. "see that #1 is setting up to land in the wrong direction, spiral down and land first. Problem solved." Our dz doesn't allow spiraling in the traffic pattern. We've had close calls where the person spiraling was certain they saw only one person ahead of them...they were wrong. When newer jumpers spiral down from the middle of the pack, our S+TAs remind them why that's a bad idea.
  13. not a Porter. That’s an Atlas Kudu Thanks for this correction. The only Porter I saw in person had a sleeker fuselage, more squared off tail and sliding jump door on the right side. That was 25 years ago. Didn't know if there was a more recent version.
  14. This one? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x6tgZVoZc7g Stall break occurs ca. 2:38.
  15. WV177RG


    As an older jumper, I was looking for a conservative, soft opening canopy with a flat glide to maximize landing options at our home dz surrounded by woods and housing developments. Demoed a Pilot 210 at 1.1:1 WL for 15 jumps with temps in the low 90's, mostly no wind. The Pilot flew exactly as advertised: significantly lighter on the controls (30-40%) and more responsive to control inputs, flatter glide and more powerful flare than my Sabre 1 210 with dual steering lines. Flying in deep brakes on the edge of a stall for a minute or so on several jumps, the canopy remained docile until I forced the stall break. Recovery was quick and easily controllable. Landing approach speeds seemed higher, possibly due to higher than normal density altitude for our location. The landing flare sweet spot is definitely lower in the stroke than my Sabre 1, as described by other reviewers. Flowering the slider, then exposing the slider nose an extra 1-2", yielded soft but positive openings. After additional input from several Pilot owners with 3,000 to 12,500 jumps (the latter owns two Pilots), I ordered a new 210 from Aerodyne in standard ZeroP with 725 Spectra lines. It arrived two weeks earlier than promised. Quality control was excellent. Dyes are extremely bright, and should enhance in-air visibility and collision avoidance. Despite being brand new, the canopy folded into my Javelin D-bag first try. To date, Aerodyne's ZeroP fabric has definitely allowed controllable new canopy pack jobs. My new Pilot flies and lands sweet. Thank you for an excellent parachute, Aerodyne. (And, thanks to all who posted here and in the forums.)