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  1. Stiletto can be packed the same of many methods as any other 9-cell sport canopy. PRO, pyscho, or flat pack for sure. Make sure the slider is at the stops, open flat and shoulders level, no tricks necessary.
  2. The guy to talk in the USA is Van Pray Jr. He has an approved U206 PT-6 conversion, flies skydivers, and has aircraft flying jumpers in the USA and Europe. Van and his wife are both very experienced pilots and skydivers.
  3. 5 July 1986. 20-way base with a 10-way star at the center. I remember it well as I was closing on the 20-way on the left leg of Guy Manos in the 10-way, with Carol Clay to my right in the 20-way. Carol wanted to race on our approaches and, I'll admit, she won on most but not all the jumps of that event. The "blow hole" formed by the larger base in the center, as we were briefed, was designed to allow the base to fall faster than those 5-way base or similar attempts.
  4. Yup. I've seen it, and a video from elsewhere also. I've filmed a bunch of deployment/pull sequences with a rearward facing go pro on my own jumps. I'd like to see some of the same with a ripcord/spring loaded pilot chute setup.
  5. I only have about 1600 wingsuit jumps. I also have maybe 2000 jumps (mostly RW) on rigs with a main ripcord/spring loaded pilot chute. And I'm having a difficult time imaging ripcord main deployment being a good setup for general wingsuit use. It seems that a spring loaded pilot chute has the potential to increase the possibility of pilot chute/bridle entanglement but I could be wrong, plus a dramatic increase in the potential for the pilot chute just laying on your back after pull. I can however imagine wingsuit body positions to help alleviate those problems but I'm a bit skeptical. Either way, I'm going to stick with a BOC and recommend others do the same. Kleggo: I would like to see some video (if any are available, rearward facing go pro or whatever) of those wingsuit jumps using a ripcord and spring loaded pilot chute. Maybe we can learn something new...
  6. Looks like a non-issue as gowlerk indicates but there is a better solution than crowd sourcing internet rig advice. What I would do, were I concerned, I would get off the internet and call RI, send them the video, discuss what you perceive is the issue. This forum is no place to get real answers, go to the manufacturer. Sandy, Brenda, Salena, and the rest of the RI Curv gurus are very approachable and always interested in ensuring any issue with their gear is sorted out. Go to the the source, get off the friggin' internet...
  7. Seems like the K20 and Phantom 22 were about the smallest packing reserves back in the late 70s/early80s. Both packed as small or smaller than 23 tricon from what I recall. The Piglet reserve was also very small packing but I had no experience with it. I've got at least 3 rides on a Phantom 24 at field elevation over 6000'MSL. I was lighter and lots younger in those days and thought the landings were okay. Anyone putting something similar in a pilot emergency rig ought to think about the landings, possibly in rough terrain with little or no time to prep, before strapping one on. Small pack volume isn't everything, especially for someone with little or no experience under such a canopy. I get that its an emergency/last hope piece of equipment but when I've flown with an emergency rig, one of my criteria was to being more likely than not to walk away from the landing using it under less than ideal conditions...
  8. Sad news indeed. Randy kicked me off the Baldwin drop zone back in the mid-'70s but likely I deserved it. Still, we got along well and he welcomed me back a week or two later...
  9. In answer to "Is skydiving dangerous?" The answer is yes, anyone who says otherwise probably has not considered all the possibilities. You can do everything correct and have perfectly functioning gear, and still die. Are the risks, generally, manageable? Sure. But acknowledging that we participate in a dangerous activity seems like the first step of risk management.
  10. That is not really correct. The reason available AADs were unpopular in the '70s and '80s was because they were generally unreliable and prone to firing at almost any altitude. At least that was the common belief and I personally witnessed multiple AAD fires at altitudes when people were or could have been turning points. In the '70s if an experienced jumper had an AAD, they were not welcome on many RW loads. Two out was, generally, a lesser concern compared to an inadvertent reserve fire while doing RW. Probably because that seldom happened with an experienced jumper because so few had an AAD.
  11. Curious; You do know that the PD Horizon has the little plastic snaps on the slider to secure it to the canopy as it comes out of the bag and you get to line stretch. Yuri: How does that figure into your theory? Just wondering....
  12. Yeah, the notion that the original Sabre "didn't work" is absurd; It was one of the besting selling and longest on the market main canopy designs ever. Certainly it set the standard in its day. Personally, I have around 2000 jumps on Sabres, all with no modifications.
  13. Never had a BPA temp membership, never had to pay for anything extra related to insurance, was allowed to jump with USPA. I can't speak what is required versus what is enforced in any country. It has been a couple of years since I've been in Europe however, maybe things have changed in some locations.
  14. I've jumped in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. I've never had an issue with USPA or had to buy additional insurance.
  15. I'm always fascinated by the "fashion statement" complaints about full face helmets (and other skydiving gear choices). If someone doesn't want to jump one, they should not. The "fashion statement" thing seems silly to me however. I've been jumping a full face since 1990ish and am satisfied that these helmets do I what I intend for them. Cuts down on wind and noise, while offering some (perhaps limited) protection from minor dings, knee or foot to the face, other collisions, etc. Also gives me a place for audibles, cameras, flysight, etc. Many skydiving gear choices seem expensive, given the small market. it's been that way always and is unlikely to change...