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  1. I've joked for a long time that we should crowd source funding within the skydiving community for an AFF course for someone like Dyson so that they can come up with a packing machine. Sad fact is that they are rich enough to just pay packers.
  2. If this is put together as an impromptu thing then rule out AAD's unless you have a reason to contrive the parachute gear having been put on the plane in the expectation that it would be used. Or want to go through extra steps to contrive a way to jerry rig it. You set an AAD on the ground - the problem is it works on pressure - the point it's turned on it calibrates itself to thinking it's on the ground. If you do it at 12,000ft and then exit, it's going to think it's underground and not work. I suppose you could descend to 1000ft, turn on the AAD, then climb and then exit and accept that instead of firing at circa 750ft it'll fire at more like 1750ft - might work if you're writing a techno thriller. Adds more steps and further peril I suppose. Note AAD's will activate the reserve, not the main and will only be in military or sport gear - a bailout rig will not have one and will have only a single parachute.
  3. You need to recalibrate your safety feels. Objectively, that was a significantly more dangerous jump than it should have been.
  4. Exactly what I do - one on the left mud flap and one on the right leg strap cover. That way I have one high-left and one low-right. If you need a hook knife you're entangled with something - good to have options in the event your mobility is restricted.
  5. I have a book with Alkemade's full story including a photo of (IIRC) a contemporaneous letter from the German's confirming his account was true.
  6. I remember reading some stuff by Richard Hammond on his recovery following his big crash a few years ago. One thing that really struck me was how he said at certain points along his recovery he thought he was doing quite well but then a few months later he would look back on how he was then and think that he really wasn't still right and had failed to appreciate at the time just how far he still had to go. Don't be in any hurry and be humble in your self-assessments. They sky will still be there when you are ready.
  7. Defence attorneys use experts too. Early input from an expert, even for the Claimant, might kill a case dead before letters are even sent if there's no negligence involved.
  8. Plenty of times and when they're cooked well they're great. The problem is it's really easy to screw up the cooking and turn them into rubber - kinda like scallops.
  10. UK allows reserves packed by FAA rigger but the repack cycle is held to be the FAA repack cycle rather than the BPA cycle. Made a difference back when it was 90 days and the UK was 6 months. Now it's less of an issue but still leads to the odd day difference here and there as 6 calendar months is slightly different to 180 days.
  11. It's been some time since I've visited a US DZ but I'm sure that when I did (post 2001) they honoured the UK's 6 month repack cycle even though back then you guys were on a shorter cycle - what was it 120 days? Also, certainly did not require everyone to get a reserve repack from an FAA rigger, reserves were all jumped as packed by a BPA rigger.
  12. Skydiving and SCUBA - both sports where you're fucked if you run out of air.
  13. The primary things you're seeking to prevent in the way you fold the bridle and PC is a hard pull and provide impact mitigation in the event of an out of sequence deployment. A PC that can easily self extract if the pin is pulled out of sequence for any reason could turn a highly dangerous horse-shoe malfunction into [I]merely[/I] a premature deployment. Still dangerous but significantly less so. What you're looking for therefore is a nice even width along the length of the rolled up PC, with the bridle in the middle of the PC fabric and the slippery PC fabric facing outwards towards the BOC/base of the container. There are many ways to achieve that goal.