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  1. The canopy your talking about is a 7 cell reserve. While its not the latest technology out there, they are safe and reliable when they are in an airworthy condition. If it is airworthy, it'll be worth something to some one. To find out just what it could fetch, I suggest you contact a dealer that sells new and used gear. You may want to try Square 1 in Perris CA or perhaps Square 2 in Eloy AZ. Both will be happy to inspect it for a fee to determine what shape it's in. From my personnel experience, they are fair and trust worthy. They'll give you a fair shake. I don't have their numbers off hand but a quick web search will get you what you need. Good luck. K
  2. Put 8 jumps on my new REvolve today. I love it. It fits great and it's nice and quiet in free fall. I got it for doing tandems and it does just what I wanted it to do. I can easily flip the face peice up and out of the way to talk to my passenger both in the plane and under canopy and best of all (and the real reason I bought it), with the face piece down, it keeps the snot and slobber from my passengers nose and mouth from getting in my nose and mouth. That's a huge plus in my book. I doubt I'll ever do another tandem with out it.
  3. If you still have questions about the safety of the work, Ill have a look free of charge. I'm in your area. I've personally built 2000+ harness's and I am well versed in all variety of harness's in current use. E-mail if interested. K
  4. its actually not as uncommon as you may think. When I had my shop, people used to send gear to me for inspection before sale but it was always understood that if the rig went missing I'd be liable for it. My shop was in Eloy and those sending their rigs to me understood that I wasn't likely going to bail with their gear. Ask who the rigger is that the buyer wants you to send it to then check that rigger out. You'd be surprised how common this is and frankly it works quite well for all parties involved. Edited to say that I always received the rig straight form the seller and did not turn the rig over to the buyer until funds had posted into the sellers account. K
  5. I have always found that a little bit of saliva and a whole lot of persistance nusually does the trick
  6. BAE is making the E2C and we are putting it all together and packing it.
  7. That is correct. For those of you who have never worked on and E2C, most likely you don't know the meaning of complex. After almost 20 years working on parachutes, it's like I'm a brand new rigger all over again.
  8. O.K. all you uber riggers. Ever hear of or, have any experience working with a system called E2C. Anyone? Anyone? I'll be surprised if you have
  9. Well, It seems that I've caused quite the shit storm so, in the interest of lively debate, heres another log for the fire. Below is a direct quote from Sandy's 2005 handbook. Look it up if you'd like. "In the past, many master riggers felt that they were empowered to undertake almost any task. The attitude was, “We can lift the TSO label, build a new harness, and put the TSO label back on.” This is not the case. Just because an individual has a master rigger license does not mean he or she is qualified to undertake a complex repair" Hummm. Thats strange. After all these years, I thought that it was the FAA, not the manufactures that granted me the authority to perform complex repairs, including a repair that may involve lifting the TSO label, patching the tail of a reserve canopy or repairing a harness, and then putting the label back in place when I'm finished . Keep mind, I said repair. NOT ALTERATION. According to Sandy's manual, I can't do any major repair involving a TSO label unless he or some other manufacture gives me the green light. I wonder. If I replace a damaged main lift web, using the exact same materials, from the exact same source the original manufacture received their material's, complete with the exact same quality control testing certifications the original manufacture received and, I perform the repair in precisely the same manor the manufacture intended when they first manufactured the main lift web, right down to the stitch per inch and, I conform to all the requirements of maintaining all the proper/required records,(just like the manufacture) how is that not in keeping with the per view of my certification? Since when does any manufacture have the authority to tell me that I can not perform the duties of my certification granted to me by the federal government? Sounds to me as if the wolf (AKA DPRE)is trying to run the chicken coop
  10. I think this repair is pretty straightforward, and the instructions are pretty clear. Just because the machines involved are outside the normal home machines, that doesn't clearly mean that it is too complicated for a senior rigger. And, after all, Sandy Reid, an accomplished expert in his own right, says it is acceptable for a senior rigger to do this work. --------------------------------------------------------- Beware when taking Sandy Reid's opinion as fact or word from god. Particularly when it comes to what repairs should and should not be performed by a senior rigger. In Sandy's 2005 rigger study guide he expressly says that a senior rigger can perform a line replacement on a canopy. This was never the case before he wrote his study guide. He just decided that it should be so. Let us not forget that such a repair, if done improperly could very easily have a negative effect on the structural integrity, weights and balance and flight/opening Characteristics of a canopy. To me that sounds like a major repair Is replacing a line on a canopy an easy repair? You bet providing the person doing the job has enough experience. Should a repair of such importance as a line replacement be performed by someone with just enough knowledge to pass the written and practical senior riggers test? Given how little a person needs to know in order to pass, I think not. Sandy's opinion is only that. His opinion, and I doubt that would do you much good in front lawyer worth his salt and a jury.
  11. I had the pleasure to get to know Jerry just a little bit when I lived in Perris. I wish I had known him better. Robin, your description of the man is spot on. That guy was fucking great. I wish there were more out there like him
  12. I've got loads of white T8. Cant help with the 13 though
  13. Their manufacture dates are not a factor. You need to be more concerned about the sizes of the canopies and harness/container relative to your body weight and experience level.
  14. Just in case anyone is interested in the school I attended, here is the link. Worth every penny
  15. a few years back, when I was at full speed building BASE gear I had 10 machines on the production line. One day with a stack of orders waiting to be filled, 2 machines went down. Not knowing any better and needing those machines running to fill my orders, I called a Pro to come and have a look. While he was there, I had him take a look at all my other machines just to be on the safe side. When all was said and done, he hit me with a $1800.00 bill. Granted, everything ran smooth....for a while. Soon there after, 2 more machines went down. Unable and unwilling to pay that kind of price tag again, I looked for and found a sewing machine repair school to attend. While in school, I asked my instructor why machines go down. My instructor said, "there is no reason a well timed and tight machine should ever fall out of time barring extraordinarily rough handling by and inexperienced operator." He went on to say that "the reason machines go down is because mechanics typically leave machines only tight enough to work for a short time there by ensuring they have future work retuning your machines". I got home from school and went through all my machines. Sure enough, I found lots of problems just waiting to happen. I gave all of my machines a top to bottom inspection and tune up and to this day, 9 years later, not one of my machines has fallen out of time even with all the hard and frequent use they get in my shop. The moral to this story is don't trust mechanics. Yearly maintenance by a pro will cost you more than you should be paying.Learn what you need to know and save your self the headache and the money
  16. The problem with lengthening a MLW with a short yoke is that the rings may sit too high up on your shoulder. It probably won’t be a safety issue but you may find too rings too hight on the shoulder will lead to the rig being uncomfortable under canopy. This is due to the jumper feeling as if he or she is leaning forward in the harness. This places the jumpers body weight towards the front of the leg straps and the front of the legs and crotch instead of the jumpers thighs and ass. Some years ago, a prominent manufacture experimented with this as a way to aid canopy flight. His thinking was that it would put the jumper in "centered" position under canopy and therefore, allow for better control during flight. All it did in reality was make for a very uncomfortable canopy ride. -K
  17. I cant speak for all the manufactures out there but not all yoke sizes are the same through the size ranges. the size of the yoke is determined by the girth of the person for whom the rig was originally measured. If for example, the rig is a D yoke Javelin with a 19" MLW, shortening the lift web by 3" for some one who should be in a B yoke will in effect cause the Large ring on the harness to sit too low on the jumper resulting in the jumper being placed into a laid back position under canopy. This in turn may affect how the jumper flys the canopy but, thats not the real concern here Being laid back in that fashion changes the way the harness loads during opening and "could" cause damage to the upper 4 point stitch. This is obviously a big deal that should be avoided. If however the yoke is a A yoke, a jumper who should be in a C yoke will be VERY uncomfortable wearing the rig and most likley, the chest strap will be way too short. Aside from the comfort level, and the chest strap. I don't see any saftey issue with it. It will just suck to jump
  18. Guess I forgot to mention to watch out for knuckle headed riggers. My bad. Still, it shouldn't be too hard for some who has more than two brain cells to rub together.
  19. I dont understand why you think the hips rings make it any easier to install new leg pads. It pretty much the same procedure for a harness with or with out hip rings. In fact, either way you slice it I find it hard call it master rigger work. Replacing leg pads is not a major repair or alteration. Simply contact the manufacture and have them send you a new pair of leg pads that fit.Then find some one with a zig zag that knows how to use it and your problem is solved. I would charge no more than $20.00 for that service Just saying so that you dont, get hosed -K
  20. I tinkered around with grommets made of Delrin. I found that they worked well but they didn't hold up to repeated jumps all that well but they didn't have to. The system I built never got a whole lot of use any way. But it sure was fun
  21. I would not suggest trying to repair the gate. I would recommend replacing the B-12 it self. Its really not that hard for some one who has the tools and skills. If you'd like I can do it for you quickly and it wont cost you an arm and a leg. Just let me know.
  22. I'll be an "employee" for the first time in twenty years. It sounds like a whole lot of fun. Be carefull what you wish for. You just might get it
  23. C-20 is in fact a very long lift web indeed but the good news is that the previous jumper must have been as thin as a rail to have that long a lift web and that short of a yoke. C-yokes are very common. They fit average sized humans very well What does all that mean to you???? Well that means that the harness should be very easy to resize for an average sized person. Checking to see if the lateral (AKA the part that goes around your hips) fits you is no big deal. Simply measure the distance around your waist at your navel (not your belt line) and subtract one third. In other words, the length of your lateral should be 2/3 of your total waist measurement. Too short and the harness will be very uncomfortable on opening. Too long and you'll sag backwards in the harness on opening(not cool) The leg pads are not hard to cut to fit should they be too long
  24. Looks more like a NEO to me. Not that theres anything wrong with that. My first three rigs looked just like Reactors. Gotta start some where. K