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  1. What do people do with older Parachutes and older Containers/Harnesses? Do they convert them to Clothing, Storage Bags, Car Covers, Kites...? I would find it difficult to throw it away. Seems like it would have some kind of use.
  2. I went through the 14 cell openings 4 times, top, bottom, left, right, looking 2 feet inside and did not see a label or markings for Parachute identification.
  3. Found the Harness/Container Label under the right side harness strap. 1978 Wonderhog.
  4. Would the Parachute be required to have a Manufacturers Label on it? I could not find it on the top or bottom of the Parachute.
  5. It comes from spending time at Swap Meets/Flea Markets/Storage Unit Auctions/Estate Sales and knowing the Sellers. I rarely see Parachuting Gear, maybe once every 5-10 years.
  6. I found the Reserve card where you said to look and added 3 more photos. Does that change anything in regards to its value?
  7. The Parachute came from a Storage Unit Auction so I have no history about it. Regarding the Main Parachute: appears to be in Good Clean Condition with no holes, no tears, no repairs, bright colors, clean condition. I disconnected it from the Harness to make it easier to photograph. I could not find a manufacturer label on the top or bottom. The sides measure about 11 feet and the back measures about 20 feet. There are 14 cell openings in the front with the green on the right and red on the left. The black side vertical panels are not attached to the Main Parachute. There are 2 vent holes on the bottom. It has hard plastic steering toggles. Regarding the Reserve Parachute. I have located the Reserve Card. It says 1957 26' Pioneer. I have not opened the Reserve Container yet. The Pilot Chute appears to be stored in a waist belt pocket. Regarding the Harness/Container. There is a Plastic Reserve Pull Handle on the left side, a soft pillow type handle on the right side, has a chest strap, 2 shoulder straps, 2 leg straps with buckles, a waist strap, and everything appears to be in Good Clean Condition. Would like your opinions on what the Main, Container and Reserve is, if they are still usable and their approximate value. Thanks in advance for your help.
  8. To clear up the myth/rumor on 20 year or older parachutes will not be repacked and certified, I spoke to a Rigger in the US and he said that the "20 year or older parachutes will not be packed and certified" IS A FALSE MYTH/RUMOR and that he has repacked and certified Pilots Parachutes that are 40 years and older. The Rigger at Davis said he charges $25 per parachute or $50 to inspect the 2 parachutes and the container/harness...and write an inspection report where he states this as a Pass or Fail Type Inspection.
  9. Here is the information from the Logbook. Can you tell me what it means? The second photo says "First Jump" 6.16.02. Looks like Bill Dause was the instructor? What does the information on the first photo mean?
  10. Are you a current or retired Rigger? What would be the normal procedure for selling an unknown Rig? Could I ship them to a local Rigger in the San Francisco Bay Area, have them inspect and grade them and then determine their value? Do you know how much a Rigger would charge to inspect a Rig? Could I find an experienced Skydiver to do the same at a lower price? Do Parachutes have a "Do not use after" date attached to them or are they inspected by a Rigger who determines that? A person sent me an email saying that after 20 years, Reserve Parachutes are no longer repacked by Riggers. Is that correct? Are the Automatic Opening Devices unusable?
  11. I checked the pockets under the Reserve flap and did not find a packing data card. Do Parachutes have a "Do not use after" date attached to them or are they inspected by a Rigger who determines that? A person sent me an email saying that after 20 years, Reserve Parachutes are no longer repacked by Riggers. The Gath Helmet has a closed cell foam liner and the interior is in good shape. The outside has some holes in it from the camera mount and eye sight. Kite Boarders, Windsurfers and Surfers use these Helmets also. The other 2 Helmets could be used as Movie Props or sell them to Skydiving Parents so their kids can run around the Drop Zone with them on. Cheap entertainment. What would be the normal procedure for selling an unknown Rig? Could I ship them to a local Rigger in the San Francisco Bay Area, have them inspect and grade them and then determine their value? Do you know how much a Rigger would charge to inspect a Rig? Could I find an experienced Skydiver to do the same at a lower price? Are you certain the Automatic Opening Devices are unusable? What does the eyesight device do? Does it light up when the camera is on or does it act like an aiming device to assist the photographer in framing the subject? Is the "Time Out" Device on the outside of the Gath currently being used? What does that do? Make a noise at a selected altitude to notify the camera man to open their parachute? The Jumpsuits are in Good Clean Condition. I know sizing is specific, but if the former owner was an average size person, they are a Small, Medium Large or Extra Large in Size. Most people fit into one of those categories. I believe I know the prior owners name from the logbook. Do you know if I contact the Suit Manufacturer if they could check their records and give me the measurements that they used when they built the suit?
  12. Need Experienced Opinions on Used Skydiving Rig, Jump Suit, Camera Gear, Helmet etc. Thanks for your help in advance. I purchased this gear from a person who bought an Estate Sale in Alameda, CA. I don't know if the person is hospitalized or died. I've written this in 3 separate ads and they are posted on Craigslist. The links with more photos are listed below. I will be writing more details when I get time. Looking for your opinion/estimates on what this gear is worth used and what it cost new, if it is currently used or if it would be retired as Wall/Hangar/Bar art. What is the normal procedure for selling a used Container with Parachutes inside with no history? Can you tell me about the devices (Automatic Activation Device) if they can continue to be used? Their new cost and current value? Ad 1. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/spo/d/alameda-skydiving-parachuting-gear-many/7195616551.htmlParachute Rig x 2 units. 15 photos total. The outside of the containers appear to be in Good Clean Condition. The Red and Black Rig date is Nov 1993. The Red Black and Yellow Rig is Sept 1994. New Complete Rigs sell for about $6,000-8,000 https://www.chutingstar.com/skydive/skydiving-rigs/complete-rig-packagesAltimeter Chest Strap Mount. Good Clean Condition. The Altimeter cost about $180 and a Chest Pillow about $35. https://www.chutingstar.com/skydive/altimeters/analog-altimeters/alti-2-altimaster-ii-skydiving-altimeterLog Book. Only 1 or 2 pages used. See photos.Ad 2. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/spo/d/alameda-skydiving-parachuting-gear-many/7195616551.htmlJumpsuit x 2 units. 13 photos. Both Jumpsuits are in Good Clean Condition. Tony Suit with Red Wings and a Bev Suit with Red Grips. Jump Suits cost about $350. https://www.tonysuits.com/shop/skydiving-jumpsuits/ https://www.bevsuit.com/products.htmAd 3. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/spo/d/alameda-skydiving-parachuting-gear-many/7195620916.htmlHelmets x 3 units and Video Camera. 13 photos total.The Gath Helmet is Size Small, in Good Condition. It has an photo aiming device with a light attached. The "Time Out" Device on the outside of the Gath is it currently being used? Thread on the "Time Out"Device: https://www.dropzone.com/gear/altimeters/time-out-r137/ Gath Helmets cost about $170 new. https://gathsports.com/product/gath-hat-neo/The other 2 helmets, one is a size Small and I assume the other is Small also. The Foam liner on the 2 helmets in the same photo has aged and is crumbling inside so most people would not wear it. The Helmet shown with 2 Helmets on the right with the camera housing has a photo aiming device and is missing the chin straps. Full Face Helmets range in price from $250-500. https://www.chutingstar.com/skydive/helmets/full-face-helmets