mikeat10500

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  • Main Canopy Size
    210
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    Strong lo-po 26'

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    River Bend DZ
  • License
    B
  • License Number
    3715
  • Licensing Organization
    cspa
  • Number of Jumps
    647
  • Tunnel Hours
    0
  • Years in Sport
    12
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    0
  • Second Choice Discipline
    CReW
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    50
  • Freefall Photographer
    No

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  1. mikeat10500

    Down Plane probe, strap, slings

    Trevor and I faced the same problem . Death straps were never an option. We used hand grips instead, as described in Terry Parsons CRW book. Spinning Down-plane or Pinwheel. After you have a bi-plane jump down in front ( squat down remove feet from risers ) both jumpers hold the other's harness just below cutaway handle with right hands(thumbs down). Both jumpers use left hands to apply full right toggle ( front jumper first until clear). Pull it right down to your lucky charms. Hang on as long as possible. We would burn off 1000 ft before the tension was too great. fullpinwheels.mp4
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    Triplane landing

    I have not jumped in 15 years and just found some old CRW VHS tapes. I thought someone would like to see us land a triplane of 9 cells. I am in no way suggesting anyone attempt CRW below a safe altitude. If this file is to big ( 40 MB ) then remove it. fulltriplanes.mp4
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    Uses for an Expired Cypress?

    What about Canada? You know, big cold country north of North Dakota. I figured their riggers were required to follow mfg instructions. There is no FAA in Canada...MOT don't do parachutes or mountain bikes. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    Uses for an Expired Cypress?

    What about Canada? You know, big cold country north of North Dakota. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
  5. mikeat10500

    Patches from back in the day.

    10 years ago , the guy I thought of as a sky god, sported a very cool 8 way night stack CRW patch on his rig. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    Appropriate helmets

    I like the loud freefall noise and wind in the face...I do not notice the Protec (full), at all in the air. They said I would be deaf by now. They said that about the music too! ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    How to catch a tumbling student?

    Try backsliding steep...the opposite of a dive...better visibility and backing away so not to be over top. When far enough back and down change to a delta towards the novice , down to their level, but don't get too close....crazy things can happen when people learn to fly. As already mentioned you must antisapate in advance. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
  8. mikeat10500

    My lo-po

    I had a 26" Lo-Po reserve in my Talon container when I bought it. Replaced it with a PD-160 and it isn't a loose fit, so a swooper could do it fine if they desired. "headoverheels" Wings is about half the size of your Talon. Some are smaller. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    My lo-po

    Round reserves are not cheap. A lot of nylon goes into one. Old FXC's maintained correctly cost as much as a CYPRES. Used gear is cheap. My gear was cheap, used and mostly baffed out when I got it. No AAD, no RSL, very old round reserve , not even full diaper. 600 jumps and zero injuries, 4 reserve rides...three landed on the DZ. I did 2 terminals and 2 sub-terminals on reserve. Dispatched and documented over 1000 IAD students and much less freefall studends on Manta mains, in bullet/sidewinder containers , phantom reserves, FXC AAD's. My loads had near zero injuries, no broken bones, no Ambulance rides, no AAD activations, no pukeing in the plane, very few refusals, no power line strikes, no tree landings, 2 reserve rides, one "jumper induced" mal and one very cool cuttaway by a confused FJ student. Today I jumped from a biplane
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    My lo-po

    My reserve and container are not modified, 2 bite diaper,line stows in pack tray, 2 risers on L brackets, steering lines, little metal rings at the end of them. My lo-po has large slits in the back that open when you pull a toggle for fast turns ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    My lo-po

    I saw a Pioneer KXX used once and it was dragging a 200sq ft seven cell with a skinny guy under it....it wasn't coming down slow! Cat's eye my ass...bigger is better. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    My lo-po

    I never try to stand up a round...plf fall down...be happy
  13. mikeat10500

    My lo-po

    That is the problem at hand exactly....better to have a small rig and look cool than a giant canopy over your head when the shit hits the fan! I have a Protec too...not 'cause it looks cool. Pack volume is large on my beast...old one with extra lateral bands. Big on any round...they are big parachutes. And a parachute in the true meaning "Decelerators" not "Wings". The don't fly but limit air speed...different kind of cat. Para=to gard against Chute=fall Ram airs attempt to control air speed not limit it. Description: Lo-Po reserve canopies have become known as the standard round reserve parachute of the industry. Over 30,000 canopies have been manufactured to exacting standards. The term "Lo-Po " means low porosity fabric, it is manufactured with an additional finishing process called "calendering". The Lo-Po is extremely strong, reliable and often called indestructible. ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.
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    My lo-po

    All this talk about rounds again and I just remembered that my 26 ft strong lo-po turned 26 years old in apr of 2005. I guess I should retire it soon....I'm gonna miss that big ol' jelly fish P.S. I love the Hot Dog pilot chute almost as much(11 years old)
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    Ever catch something during a pin check?

    Inflight: I have turned students FXC AAD's back on (hip mount sensors)and pulled cuttaway and reserve handles from under main lift webs on pre-exit pin checks. I used to have to warn my pilot that having 3 feet of loose lag strap on his softy may make for a nasty opening! ----------------------------------- Mike Wheadon B-3715,HEMP#1 Higher Expectations for Modern Parachutists.