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  1. At first I thought to say, except for the guy on my back.
  2. Update. 4th weekend I made a tandem. It was everything I remembered. Also both my sons came with me. I think they got the bug too. I'll be going back soon. Cosmic
  3. Hey guys, I'm looking tech manual for a military seat rig. It's manufactured by M. Steinthal & CO. Inc out of New York. 28 ft rip stop seat. Contract number N38376049-A.Any advice on where I may find it would be appreciated Cosmic.
  4. Hey guys, I'm looking for a rigger who is seat rated around Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama who would be willing to help me get my seat rating. Any help would be appreciated. Would like to start making arrangements now but will be ready around October time frame. Thanks Cosmic My contact info: (228) 243-9020
  5. Hey Rob, It's been almost 40yrs. Never got a license. My thoughts on this were to go through a first jump course, seeing as things have changed. Also, it just made sense to me. Seems that I was seeing more of the AFF than the Tandem to AFF and now it's the other way around.
  6. I've been researching my options for getting back into skydiving. I really like the idea of doing AFF but the most popular option, close to home, I'm seeing is, x number of tandem jumps before moving on to AFF. My question is. Why this method? I know I can go to other drop zones but that involves cost that I'm not interested in. So, if some of you could enlighten me about the two options please do. Thanks John
  7. Hey Jerry, Yeah that's what I was talking about but was thinking more about ones that didn't have velcro. That thought just didn't leave my brain and make it to the post. ;-) Some with tuck tabs or magnets.
  8. Does anyone know if there has ever been a semi stowless free bag?
  9. Councilman24, Yeah, I'd be interested in it. Thanks John
  10. Dpreguy, No worries, lot's of info and opinions going on. I like it though. This 20yr thing got me thinking, so I decided to see if I could find information about times affect on parachutes. I thought that I had seen some studies while reading Parachute System Design concerning this but couldn't find anything in my on line copy. So, I went on line and searched and the only thing I found of any valve was a thermal degradation study. Finding on it covered 550 days at 80c resulting in strength loss of up to 46%. Now 80c is for most places unrealistic. Nothing on commutative effects though. I would think that I could have found other more relevant studies. I would think that if the studies were done the results would be used by manufacturers to inform their customers, as well as using that information to establish live limits on their products.
  11. Councilman24, Hope to get my senior back in May but more probably June. Anyway, I'm in the process of getting seat and chest to have 1) to work toward my added ratings and 2) maintain currency once I have them. Ultimately getting my master. That could develop in to being the only master in MS and pretty close to the only master on the gulf coast. We'll see. I've already done the written and during my 20 packs did rounds too.
  12. Hey guys, I'm looking for an email for a Philip Timothy Lynch II. He's a master rigger that according to data bases that I've looked in lives in Slidell, LA. If anyone knows him that might be willing to give me his email address that would be great. Thanks in advance, John
  13. Dpreguy, Yep aware of the twenty year limit and 900 too much just to work toward my rating. I did look for the limit but didn't find it on Nationals web site, I didn't really go crazy digging through it though. Knew that Paraphenalia had one too. That is a big hard no on that one. Thanks for the heads up though.
  14. Fcajump I've been looking on ebay for the mil types seats and have missed a couple of sales. Also found a National seat on there for 900. As for the pop top chest I've found the company you're referring to and talked with them about getting one. You can contact The Ranch Proshop about it. John