MrHixxx

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  • Main Canopy Size
    75
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    126
  • AAD
    Argus

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Des Moines Skydivers
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    24144
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1300
  • Years in Sport
    17
  • First Choice Discipline
    Swooping
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    300
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freefall Photography
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    500

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    Instructor
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    Senior Rigger
  1. MrHixxx

    Ultra Performance Canopies & AAD

    Back in days of yore when I had a Cypres I . I relocated the control unit behind the mudflap of my rig (when Adrian died) with an extra clear pouch I had laying around. I would shut it off under canopy when I wanted to do a higher multiple rotation set up. Not sure of the legality of it for everyone. However, am allowed to "experiment" as a rigger as long as no one else jumps my rig... death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
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    Dennis Anderson ~ 8/11/10

    This forum needs like buttons. Nice pics! Classic! -Hixxx death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  3. MrHixxx

    Slipping main lift web on Sigma

    A light application of beeswax on the webbing may help. I have a friend that used this on his Vector III and it helped. Going to try it on my Wings with Type IIV silver with parachutes de france stainless adapters. My silver harness slips but, my black harness does not...
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    Rebel T4i

    How many pics to you get on exits in bursts before the buffer fills and the camera pauses??? Thanks, Jon
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    Rebel T4i

    Is anyone using one? I just sold my 20d and was looking for a new still camera to fit my zkulls enclosure. thanks, Jon
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    Vector 3 v infinity

    A simple way to avoid this in the future is to replace the rapid link in the bridle with a key ring and attach to the canopy with a soft link. Getting rid of the barrel of the rapide eliminates the hotspot... death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
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    No skyhook option

    I would recommend the rsl to anyone who has not had a mal that they have dealt with above the hard deck, then you can remove it at your own discretion. The skyhook is a great innovation, but it makes your rig more complex. That makes some of the old timers nervous. We like simple things that have been jumped hundreds of thousands of times before us... The Vector is also made of 500 denier cordura versus a 1000 denier cordura on a Wings (heavier stuff). The Wings will take more of a beating. The Wings is a simple and tough system. The Vector is the most well R&D'd rig on the market. It will save your ass if you do everything wrong and need to cutaway low (like 200-300 ft or below where a reserve can get out on its own). However, the situations where you may need a skyhook, canopy collision or low cutaway are avoidable by good judgement when you skydive. So, food for thought. Ultimately, all of the modern rigs on the market are very high quality and will serve you well. Some just do somethings a little better than others... Hope this helps, Hixxx death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  8. FYI, I use the strap mount around the mudflap of my rig for AFF. It stays out of the way nicely and shoots the students whole body. -Hixxx death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
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    Xaos 27 cell brake length

    I think 4" is a good start then. I let my Velo out about 4" and my JVXes were let out by the previous owner. They have a much lower power band than the others. Thanks for the input. -Jon death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  10. MrHixxx

    Xaos 27 cell brake length

    27 Xaos jumpers, Just curious how much you have let your brake lines out from stock to prevent buffeting under rear riser input. I have a new 27 for a working canopy and I haven't jumped one for a while (other canopies are JVXs and a Velo). So, I just wanted a ballpark place to start off the stock setting. Straight replies only please. I don't need to hear any "I'm too clever." answers... thanks, Jon death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
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    Argus 'Pin Check'

    Ultimately, I would rather have it, than not have it. If you have missed your hard deck by 900 ft. and the unit fires and doesn't cut, it is only 3-4 seconds before you would have had to extract the rip cord to not pound in. Chances are in that scenario, you are unconscious or unfit to do so if you got that low, so I would rather have it and have a chance. Now keep in mind that several people have pounded in with perfectly functioning AADs by other manufacturers. Why? There p/c is in the burble too long, instability etc... However, since it is a back up device. I would rather have something than nothing. You bust altitude in a sport where you have signed a waiver and thrown your life to the wind of your own will, then you are a statistic already. If you are lucky enough that the circumstances of your own folly in creating the situation where you are too low by lack of awareness, or maybe jumping with the wrong people (collision), or in the wrong condition (medical) your AAD works, well then it was your day to live, because with nothing you definitely auger in. The unit has saved 24 people. If the company continues to exist it will probably save more. You could argue that the RSL has killed with entanglements, but it has saved far more. With that said, there is a greater risk that someone will die this year because their AAD was removed from their rig because of a SB and not replaced, than their will ever be because the AAD malfunctioned. Furthermore, it is possible that someone has already gone in with a properly functioning AAD. It is not a guarantee, but a chance that is saves you whether it works perfectly or not... So, as an instructor and a rigger. I would rather that person had that chance. If the company survives they may update their cutter with a single point wedge style cutter which would be more effective for a six flap rig, I would personally pay for the upgrade. That beats tossing a 1000.00 unit in the trash. The electronics in the unit don't seem to have had the freshman shielding problems of the other 2 mfgs. that they had to fix. So certainly, there is refined engineering in the product. In the meantime, as a rigger on a six flap rig, I would make sure the grommets are stacked above the cutter and the tension is good on the closing loop. Further, I would take solace in the fact that my customer has something to potentially save their butt if they can't do it themselves. my two cents... death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  12. Actually, with a 7 flap rig, severing the loop in the bottom of the container can cause a container lock. I think if was a Russian 4 way team that found out about this after going low on a jump and their AADs firing. One of the rigs container locked with the severed piece of closing loop bound between the grommets (must have been offset in grommets with pack job). That's when the cutters were moved on these types of rigs. Bottom of container works fine for pop top rigs. death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  13. MrHixxx

    Reserve slink to attach bridle (#5 Grommet)

    1", just enough to be wider than the #5.... death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  14. MrHixxx

    Reserve slink to attach bridle (#5 Grommet)

    A cheaper replacement to the rapide link is to just use a key ring. A key ring achieves the same thing as a slink by removing the hot spot created by the barrel of a rapide link and they are a hell of a lot cheaper. -Hixxx death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when
  15. Actually , I would endorse the idea that even the best guys do get hurt. Skydivers push the envelope at all levels of experience. It is an important thing for everyone to remember, there simply isn't a plateau of invincibility and there is always that drive for a new risk that should be managed. I would encourage everyone to learn both the positive and negative lessons from icons in the sport. death,as men call him, ends what they call men -but beauty is more now than dying’s when