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  1. Hi Rob, You might want to re-visit that statement. The reason that the FAA issued the AD was because Security was no longer in business and they, the FAA, could not look to them for any solution to the acid mesh problem on the SAC canopies. Jerry Baumchen
  2. Hi folks, I first heard of this about two yrs ago; but was sworn to secrecy. Jerry Baumchen
  3. Hi Robert, There is nothing official. It is what the market will bear. Jerry Baumchen
  4. Hi Paul, I believe that we each march to our own drummer. And, I do thank you for your thoughts. I first joined PCA in the Summer of 1964, and I was a member for 50+ yrs. I am not a member now & no longer have a dog in this fight. However, I am of the opinion that this 'so-called' museum is & has been a complete and total waste of the member's money. One only has to look at the track record of broken promises, wasted money, etc, etc to see this. Now, back to your regular scheduled programming, Jerry Baumchen D-1543
  5. Hi Jerome, I know nothing about the laws in Switzerland regarding parachutes. IMO, here in the USA, when I return the parachute to the owner after having packed it, worked on it, etc, I am no longer responsible for it. I cannot control what the owner or anyone else would do with the parachute once it leaves my hands. It would be airworthy & ready for usage when I return it to the owner. Just my $0.02 in this, Jerry Baumchen
  6. Hi stins, About 10 yrs ago, my son did a tandem in New Zealand with a TI shorter than you. Jerry Baumchen
  7. Hi Joe, Well, unless you are Boeing. Jerry Baumchen
  8. Hi betzilla, No reason for the $25/$35 cost when you make your own for about $5. Jerry Baumchen
  9. Hi airgord, I had lunch with Ted yesterday. He said he is not doing any outside work; only the gear owned by the dz. PM sent to the OP. Jerry Baumchen
  10. Hi OWB, For the trivia folks: Nate got that D number when you could request any number that had not been already taken. In other words, that is the number that he wanted. Jerry Baumchen
  11. Hi Joe, You are about to enter a crosswalk but you see a car speeding at you. Well, you do have the right of way. The driver is breaking the law. But, if you are dead, does it really matter? Jerry Baumchen
  12. Hi Peter, I think it was about + 8 yrs ago that they ( the German ownership ) made a strong effort to crack into the North American market. They took out some full-page ads, sponsored some jumpers, etc. I know that they gave a rig to Bryan Gile as his dad is a good friend. They would have had a FAA TSO to sell here. Jerry Baumchen
  13. Hi Peter, From memory only ( so it is not perfect ), I seem to recall a version of their manual in which they had a copy of the letter from the FAA granting them the USA TSO. I do not have a copy of that 'memory' manual. Jerry Baumchen PS) Personal opinion re TSO-life: I think the best way is somewhat how National now does it. They say that they will no longer offer any service for any of their equipment that is more than 15 yrs old.
  14. Hi Peter, Like you, going from memory of their old manual. There is no service life unless specified at the time of certification. And no TSO that I know of has any wording on just how to do this. One could ask but I doubt that the FAA ACO's would know. I seem to remember that they had an actual FAA TSO certification. Jerry Baumchen
  15. Hi Quag, IMO you are not doing that. You're just commenting on how you feel & your current situation. Eventually, everyone makes their last jump. The reasons why vary across the board. I have really loved reading about your DIY canopy building; having done one myself. Wherever, the world takes you, the best of luck to you. Jerry Baumchen
  16. Hi Ken, That is incorrect. The urban legend of the infamous 300 ft req'ment is simply wrong. Some versions of the four TSO standards* do have an optional test for a 300 ft opening. It is NOT a req'd test. Jerry Baumchen PS) * You can buy modern, current, up to date gear** built to one of four TSO standards. I do not know of any current production reserve canopies being built under C23(b). ** That means with all the latest bells & whistles.
  17. Hi Peter, And to keep you honest once again; the Jav went from an original certification under C23c to a new certification under C23d. Jerry Baumchen
  18. Hi Maddingo, Most rigs ( Jav, Wings, Talon ) use 1,000 denier Cordura. Vector & Infinity use 500 denier Cordura. Although, I believe that both Vectors & Infinitys can be ordered in 1,000 denier Cordura. The 500 denier, being half the weight, is why it feels 'soft' to you. You got this? Because we are going to have a quiz on it this Friday. Jerry Baumchen
  19. Hi Peter, Re: '. . . being certified to super-vague 1949 standards.' Then you should include Vectors & Racers; just to be fair. Jerry Baumchen PS) Read NAS 804; nothing vague there IMO.
  20. Hi flyhi, That would have been the late Garth Taggart. He was a real nice guy. Jerry Baumchen
  21. Hi Rich, IMO this is the only way it can pay it's own way over the long haul. Jerry Baumchen
  22. Hi baron, You might win a few converts if you stay out of the gutter. FWIW I also oppose using any money other than direct donations to fund the boondoggle. Jerry Baumchen
  23. Hi Peter, But, not before my time. I do have to say that I have never deployed a chest pack under an open canopy. Back in the 60's I would occasionally go up to Abottsford to jump. Bill Hardman was the DZ Mgr. They did some testing & concluded that 'throwing it into the spin' simply did not work. So they changed to a 'pull & punch' system. You merely pulled the gut pack ripcord & then punched the canopy with the same hand to get things moving. I have no idea on how many times this was used or the outcomes. Jerry Baumchen
  24. Hi MM, I cannot & will not make a recommendation. I do not own either business. You might consider trying both of them; just a thought. Jerry Baumchen