rhys

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  1. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    If it was locked closed by the bridle the fabric would not be exposed now, would it. if the reserve was in fact rigged with the bridle around the lines, then the lines would have met much resistance from the bridle but the figure 8's could still slide out and the locking stows could still slide out leaving the freebag compleltly locked closed by the bridle, the slider grommets would be the first object that would not slide through the loop of the bridle. we all know how little time there is from 750 feet to impact. With the bag locked closed the fabric would not be exposed to the relative wind. How else do you suspect the opening sequence would go if the bridle was wrapped around the lines like that? There is no way the bridle can dance around the lines and end up like that due to a broken loop on impact... Truth is neither of us know for sure, you tend to beleive one thing and I tend to beleive another. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  2. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    It is also pretty clear that the pack has never completely left the freebag as it is still partially inside the freebag after impact. I stand by my observation that it is most likely that the bridle held the freebag closed until the point of impact, this would meant the loop was cut and the pilot chute launched. That is speculation, as is any other conclusion it seems. but it is the best assumtion I can come up with. It is also backed by the evidence. The routing of the bridle is best explined with this scenario. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  3. rhys

    Vigil vs. Argus?

    Ahem, apparently fixed the problem, if the prob;em was fixed there would not have been a vigil fire on the ground. Had that have been on climb out, the whole load could have gone in. Just because they tweaked some knobs, does not mean they fixed anything. if they fixed something, they dod not fix everythong as we would not be having this conversation if they did. Oh so if you are at an otter dropzone there is no chance of a premature fire in a freefly jump with someone above you? or a myrad of other scenarios. yes this was a tandem vigil, but wht is to say t cannot occur in all units? That is the conclusion some have come to. aparentlt with biased points of view, incomplete analysis and incorrect assumtions. it may well be the case, but not so definitive as you make it out to be. Vigils for sure fire when they shouldn't, they have done so before on various occasions, it is time to bann them immediately, based on the rationale given to the argus. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  4. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    I never said that is what t expect, but knowing the opening sequence helps understand what might happen, or in this case, what might not happen in the event of loop snapping on impact. You missed the possibility that the reserve hesitated. and we do indeed have reason to believe it was miss rigged as there is a bridle wrapped around a freebag... whether that is conclusive or not is a different story, but there is certainly reason to beleive... and there are possibly several other scenarios that may or may not be considered or known. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  5. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    So you beleive that upon impact the loop can snap, and the freebag can have perfect linestrech while the bridle neatly wraps itself around the lines.... I know there is alot of force upon impact of a 70-80kh weight hittning the ground at or near terminal. That does not explain how the bridle came to be configured as such. Do you sugest the freebag was thrown forward while the spring neatly danced around the lines, then continued the same trajectory? I know that the bridle should not be around the lines and I know the closing and opening sequence, that is all I need to know to make a valid observation of that photo, your buddies assertion, is only that. It has merit and I am not saying that it is definately not true, though it seems really unlikely that the equipment could be configured like that from the loop breaking on impact. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  6. rhys

    Vigil vs. Argus?

    Good question. Note that vigil are not the only units to fire fire for no reason, It seems argus has the best track record in this respect. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  7. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    Pulling on the bridle after recreating the configuration that resulted after impact, is nowhere close to simulating the configuration the system was in when the person was still in freefall. That is a seriously flawed excercise as you have not worked backwards through the sequence. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  8. link please... "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  9. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    So what are you saying about these photos then? Do you assume the evidence was tampered with, or that the bridle being wrapped around the lines would not inhibit an opening from less than 1000ft? if you read the words of the article you posted; That is pure assumtion, It is difficult to beleive that the freebag could have been launched off the back of the jumper upon impact and the bridle ending up configured as such. Can you be more clear as to how you interpret that report. It looks to me the reserve canopy was in the freebag completely and locked closed by the bridle until the point of impact. This explains the lack of a tangled mess, the bounce/forces generated on the body and equipment may have configured the evidence in this manner. How anyone can pack a reserve like that is beyond me, but we have all seen nd heard horror stories with packing. The fibers in the cutter are a concern. but the routing of the bridle just does not make sense. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  10. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    By looking at those pictures it looks to me as though the loop was in fact severed, the bridle was indeed under tention and I cannot see how the bridle and freebag could possibly be configured that way from popping open upon impact. Can you ellaborate on your position there? What reports, can you provide me a url? "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  11. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    Doing a little reseach I easily came up with this; PRELIMINARY ACCIDENT REPORT # 4 (Poland) Though that says it is preliminary, it also says it is confidential. It clearly shows a severed closing loop, and a quite evident rigging error with the reserve bridle, rather grousomely with the victim still in the harness... or portugal. INVESTIGATIVE REPORT (portugal) Though not conclusive, to say these have not been addressed is not exactly correct. The Italian incident is quite concerning, I was unaware of that one. A disection of that cutter would be interesting. Has that unit been investigated by anyone? "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  12. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    Ignoring something and brushing it off is the same as not addressing it. This is supposed to be an information database, but everyone is reluctant to say anything anymore. agreed. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  13. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    So you did not read kirks reports then.... When I close a reserve there is much tention on the loop and the grommets are forced into place. The position of the grommets along with he closing loop "COULD" interfere with the cutters action depending on it's placement. The placement of the cutter is designated by the manufacturers I beleive? When you pull the loop through with a closing tool, it is difficult to see the forces placed on the cutter as it is then obscured by the flaps. There are Photos and explanations in Kirks report, I suggest you read it and ingest it. http://www.para-concepts.com/AADs/Issues.pdf "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  14. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    Considering you are the one that is moderating and deleting what you feel is inappropriate and posting what you feel is appropriate... You are contributing to this 'Noise' by writng a reply that does not address the subject rsther the 'noise' you speak of and ignoring a question pertinant to the subject and the possible result. I asked you what you thought of the hypothesis of the grommets interfereing with the cutters stroke for the exact reason to discuss the subject, that may or may not be a factor in this, but it seems quite plausable. I am a PT which is similar to a senior rigger but not quite the same, I have closed a number of reserves and I can see how the grommets could be forced into the cavity of the cutter and obstruct the stroke. You make it out as though kirks reports is irrelevant and simply some random rigger that came up with a random theory. HE WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY BY AVIACOM, to do so, he mentioned that, and you ignored it and brushed it off as irrelevant. Why do you no wish to discuss that. kirks report will likely play a role in determining the outcome of Aviacoms reply to the industry. Sparky also, if you have the documents and have read them,, why are you reluctant to discuss the possibility of the grommets inhibiting the cutters stroke and function? it is importsnt for all AAD manufacturers to understand this concept, and all AAD users (especially riggers) to understand it also. As kirk mentioned, with access to a multitude of cutters to experiement with, this failure could be reproduced. If it was reproduced, it could be addressed with a sleeve or similar over the cutter. I beleive the damage to either side of the cutter resembles tha damage I would imagine if two grommets were forced into the cavity while the cutter was fired. Just sayin. Why is that point not being addressed, if everybody is well aware of it? "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix
  15. rhys

    Argus ban discussion (Was Argus Ban List)

    So you beleive kirks observations and his investigation serves no purpose in the issue of the manufacturer bullitens? Did you request that the PIA post their article themselves also, or is their opinion worth more than kirks that you felt compelled to post theirs there and not kirks?? How do you feel about the possibilty of the flap grommets inhibiting the cutters stroke? Do you feel that is a discussion and a point worth considering in all this? He (kirk) in turn discovered a possibility that nobody else has come up with, it is a valid concern and something we should all get our heads around. The reason I ask all this is that Kirk was asked specifically by Aviacom to carry out that investigation and that is part of what everybody has been waiting for. And has added more to ponder and more tesing to be conclusive of anything. They will have to make a statement themselves obviously, that is the statement we are all waiting for in anticipation, lets see.. Ignoring Kirks report does not give us all a balanced view on the situation. "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will see peace." - 'Jimi' Hendrix