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  1. Start Skydiving (John Hart's DZ) runs a Short Caravan and they used to have a 208B but I believe they sold the latter. We leased the short caravan of theirs for boogies in the past. https://startskydiving.com/facilities-aircraft/
  2. Old thread, but I wanted to revisit this - is Parachute Systems back taking orders and in production?
  3. For me, I get a nice 800-1000 snivel, similar to a Stiletto, although not nearly as twitchy on the heading. Very smooth through all stages of the opening sequence. When I pull right at 3500, by 2200 I have finished stowing my slider and ready to enter the pattern.
  4. I'm not even that old and I like my Firebolt Openings. Better openings than a Pilot of Sabre2, but I can't speak for the Icarus products..
  5. LOL doesn't Everybody say what they jump is the best of the best?!? But you really mean it though, right?
  6. I want to second this feedback - being a larger jumper and the increased snatch forces RiggerLee mentioned, you are at higher risk for line dump with increased consequences associated with more mass traveling at higher velocities. At a minimum, I would steer you away from stowless (fully or partially) bag designs. While you are at it, consider a Firebolt as a main canopy. Full elliptical (fun to fly) and a very deliberate sniveler. Originally marketed towards camera flyers in the mid-2000s. The Firebolt is also a hybrid design, which will help with volume and ease of packing.
  7. Which is fine. PD is not one who I spoke with on the topic above. I'm sure they have their own designs.
  8. The manufacturers I speak with have a formula for slider size which usually involves looking at the distances between the B-C lines on the center cell and the B-B lines across the center cell and building a slider where those dimensions matche up hole-to-hole on the slider. I have encountered this problem twice before, and in both cases two separate manufacturer recommended using the same size slider with a partial mesh center. Again, talk to the manufacturer about this, but that may be a more appropriate solution.
  9. Unstable


    I had one in my 2K3 until 2015 when I bought a Vigil. Performance aside, it is important to me to have current and evolving factory support for any gear I choose to jump. Look at the constant revisions in AAD software manifest in sundry service bulletins. With Argus, you get none of that.
  10. Man What is the deal? I sent one off about 2 weeks ago - batteries, Cuatro update + new head. They received it Thursday, and on Monday it was back on its way to me. Maybe I'm lucky.
  11. In 2017 - 2018, I have personally assembled and delivered ~14 new Racers. 13 have been 2K3s and 1 has been a classic, all with the Single Sided RSL. 2018 Racer 2K3 Unassembled Side Detail Hip Junction Detail Personal Rig Riser Cover Detail Navy Rig 2017 Custom 2K3 Tacky Rig - 2018 I have way more images - let me know if there is any feature on a New Racer that anybody would like to see.
  12. Yes, there is an approved alteration for rigs that did not come with a Single sided RSL that can be done by any Master rigger. Most new Racers I have seen since ~2015 have single sided RSLs from the Factory. I have a November 2018 Racer, unassembled, sitting 3 feet from me right now. Absolutely great rig - Single sided RSL, Stainless steel hardware, spacer foam backpad and legpads, Type 13 harness, double tuck magnetic riser covers, contrast stitching, articulation, etc. I would put it against any 2018 rig on the market today. =========Shaun ==========
  13. Wow. Is there some resource I can go see to better understand how or why the project costs ballooned to +3x of the original proposal? Obviously moving the location from Virginia to Orlando made a difference, but what caused this major price increase? =========Shaun ==========
  14. Even if they don't come on here, have you ever called your RD and expressed your concerns or thoughts on the direction USPA is going? Would he/she give you the time of day? Our RD is always available by phone and stops by the local DZs every year. I feel like I can always call him up and give my viewpoint. I called him last week and told him I was concerned about Airport Access in general and what USPA is doing on a Macro level. =========Shaun ==========
  15. Man I have a Turbo-Z in my basement donated (Abandoned) from a rigging customer of mine... reading this thread makes me want to take it up and see what it is all about. =========Shaun ==========
  16. I was debating sending this to you in a private message, but I'll post it here in the hopes other can see. When you have issues like this and seek advice, the responses from this community will generally be more helpful and constructive if you Fill in your Profile. The same goes for newer jumpers or 10,000+ career skydivers. =========Shaun ==========
  17. Agree. However I will add I rarely see this type of repair without some auxiliary damage as well. Line attachment points (mostly center A Lines), cross ports on load bearing ribs, and outboard lines where they attached to the stabilizer are the most common. =========Shaun ==========
  18. My honest opinion - take this as a learning opportunity, accept your time on the ground and return to the sky a safer, more aware skydiver. I've seen some very experienced jumpers take some bench time, either their choice or the choice of their S&TA. So how long were you grounded? =========Shaun ==========
  19. *Emphasis Mine Price aside, First rig with an Optimum 126? Do you have a rigger or instructor you are working with to make sure the gear is right for you? =========Shaun ==========
  20. When I set up a new Racer I always throw away the paper card and start them with a new Tyvek one. I agree those paper cards are not good. =========Shaun ==========
  21. +1 on those who vote for the Zebra 301 Fine point - my preference is Blue. I too have wandered from pen to pen and found the 301 to be the best out there for the ulta-waxy cards used by some manufacturers. =========Shaun ==========
  22. 1 hour 10 minutes. I am a dad with kids, job, wife, house, etc - so I can't be at the DZ all weekend every weekend. Usually I jump every Saturday and I go out early early and head home after lunch. That works really well for me. =========Shaun ==========
  23. I agree with this guy. I have owned 2 20u's, both the green and blue model. All machines have ranges for their various features: stitch length, foot pressure, stitch width, material thickness....When a 20u is working with any 2 characteristics close to max adjustment, you get very odd behaviors and you'll need to time/tune the machine specially for the job. Every 20u I have owned or worked with has that behavior. My personal choice is the Consew 199RB-1a. It will handle a much wider range of materials and sewing characteristics. Good used 199s can be purchased for around $800 if you look around. =========Shaun ==========
  24. In all due respects, and take this from one midwest jumper to another, you aren't going to get less windy by zipping to another DZ in the same geographical area.
  25. As a dealer for one Mfg, I ask for 50% down and full payment on delivery. I thought that was standard in the industry? That allows me to put the rig on the customer and make sure they are truly happy with the product before I ask for payment in full. =========Shaun ==========