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    Smallest chest mount reserve?

    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
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    Smallest chest mount reserve?

    Hi Peter, I will give you my opinion. The final determination is & must be with the FAA. No certificated parachute component has any declaration as to chest/seat/back/lap. Do you see any such declaration on a PD reserve? How about your reserve ripcord? Re: 'What are those so-called "categories" officially categorized as?' IMO they are not categorized. It does seem to me that this is a conflict within the FAA. They say that riggers have to be type rated yet the components are not marked as such. Now, a reasonable person can readily determine a back parachute from a chest parachute. However, the actual components are not marked as such. And, 'back in the day' some local FAA-types were requiring riggers to log their repacks of CrossBow rigs as chest packs. That is NUTZ IMO as the container was obviously on the person's back. IMO & experience, most FAA-types know little about parachutes, parachute regulations, and really prefer to stay that way. End of that rant. Re: 'Or are you saying a change in harness is a Minor change no matter what the TSO?' No. However, IMO the FAA is lacking in a substantive determination of just what constitutes a Minor Change vs a Major Change. John Sherman once told me only the actual designer can make such a determination. And, as I was told by someone in the upper mgt of RWS that when they developed the Vector container, they tested it & submitted as a Major Change. The Atlanta ACO looked at their paperwork and said that they considered it a Minor Change. This was because they were using the same materials, the same production methods, and the same Quality Program. Today, a Vector III says on the TSO label 'Wonderhog.' As I have posted before, Derek Thomas purchased AeroSports USA. Jarret Martin purchased Summit Parachute Systems. Does that answer your questions? Jerry Baumchen PS) George Galloway of Precision once told me that when the paperwork weighs as much as the component, the FAA will consider it a Minor Change.
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    Smallest chest mount reserve?

    Hi Lee, TSO-authorizations/TSO standards make no mention of 'categories.' They also do not make any mention of 'types' of parachutes, components, etc. Jerry Baumchen
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    the meaning of ...

    Hi sonic, I have not had any contact with them in a good many years. However, I do not remember the order on leaving the aircraft as having anything to do with it. Only the order of entry into the formation. Bill Newell died a number of years ago & I do not know who is running it now. Contact the people who are running the awards, not some other guy somewhere. Jerry Baumchen
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    President Nixon's involvement

    Hi Ken, As if the Cooper thread does not already have enough bullshit for one lifetime. Jerry Baumchen PS) And Lyndon LaRouche claimed that Queen Elizabeth was the largest drug dealer in the world.
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    Powered Parachute Jumping?

    Hi Zach, Disclaimer: I have jumped ( illegally ) from a 2-place ultralite; but, that was a very long time ago. Does the PPC have an N number? If it does not, then it seems to me that it would be illegal; training flights only. You can always jump & take your chances. Oh, and I have not kept up with changes in the FAR's regarding ultralites. Jerry Baumchen
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    Hi Mark, Yup; but I did not want anyone to think it is in the 'standard' category. Jerry Baumchen
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    Hi Mark, The Mirage is TSO'd as a C23(b) Low Speed Parachute; not to be used in aircraft over 150 MPH. Jerry Baumchen
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     Dave Dewolf

    Hi Gary, That is what I will always remember about Dave. A fun guy to be around, Jerry Baumchen
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    Extreme engineering

    Hi Taha, I phrased that wrong. Bill Coe of Performance Designs & Manley Butler of Butler Parachute Systems. There might be more but that is all I can think of at this time. Jerry Baumchen
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    Extreme engineering

    Hi Cliff, There are only two that come to mind; and they both are with the same company. Jerry Baumchen
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    rodriguez parachute systems container

    Hi Spot, I'm thinking it should be a conventional rig, i.e., back pack w/gut pack. I don't think he ever built a piggyback rig. Do NOT count on this but I seem to remember that it was called Rod's Rebel. Jerry Baumchen PS) According to what an FAA Aircraft Certification Office employee told me back in the 70's, he was the first person to be able to convince that FAA that he could build a rig without also having to build a canopy because he could buy canopies & install them. Up to that time, the FAA position was that a mfr had to build an entire rig; container, harness, canopy, pilot chute, etc.
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    tandem instructor course

    Hi Josef, It looks like you are in Israel. If so, contact this guy: Jerry Baumchen
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    Icarus 149 Reserve or Precision R-Max 148

    Hi tribe, The canopy in question is made by Icarus World, not NZ Aerosports. Just so someone does not mistake these two companies. The last that I knew, NZ Aerosports does not make a reserve canopy. Jerry Baumchen
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    Parachutes Australia Airforce reserve TSO or not

    Hi Peter, That is exactly it. For many, many years the FAA went all over the world inspecting mfg facilities. Now, to save money I would think, they 'sub' it out to the national aviation organization in whatever country the mfr is located. Jerry Baumchen
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    Parachutes Australia Airforce reserve TSO or not

    Hi Peter, Al did not give up the formal TSO certification, he still holds it. What he does not have is the annual inspection approval of his facilities by Transport Canada. Jerry Baumchen PS) I 'think' that the FAA's position is that a TSO-authorization is valid until surrendered or revoked.
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    Shipping skydive rig internationally

    Hi grigri, Over the last 10 yrs or so, I have shipped a number of rigs/gear to Europe using the US Postal Service. I have never had a real problem. One took about 6-8 weeks on the European end to get resolved. Yes, you can insure it; the limit is about $700 I think. On some gear, I had to break it down & ship separately. Yes, they do have tracking; it is much better now than a few years ago. Have your seller check with the USPS & get the details. Jerry Baumchen
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    stunt manufacturer of eclipse container

    Hi tribe, Yes, last year PARACHUTIST ran a small notice that Shoobie had bought the business back. I have not heard anything since; well, other than some unfounded rumors. Jerry Baumchen
  19. Hi gb1, ^^^^^ This. As someone said to me a few years ago, 'If it weren't for people like XXX, we would all still be jumping gutter gear.' Jerry Baumchen
  20. Hi Sheeks, Unless I am wrong, your OP was to address a domed slider, for a main canopy only, that had fairly acceptable opening shocks when everything went right. You ( I think ) are concerned with that out-of-nowhere slammer opening that could result in permanent damage and/or death to the jumper. Given that, you have gotten my mind working, as all of my efforts in the past, and what I have read, are for the use of a domed slider where the 'normal opening' was too much for the jumper. You do present an interesting take on this idea of reducing the probability and reducing the possibility of a slammer opening. Especially, where you talk about using a slightly smaller domed slider, that would result in the same opening forces that a 'factory' flat slider would provide when everything went normally. As you mentioned, the domed slider might have the potential to reduce the occurrence of the slammer opening. It would be very interesting to take two exact canopies, have one with a standard flat slider & one with a slightly smaller, domed slider & get some input from the users. If I were running such a study, I would have the two jumpers exchange canopies after each jump to increase probability of the consistency of the jumps & the jumper's input/response. Given what I have written above, I ( right now, as I sit at my computer ) do not see any particular advantages to a flat slider vs a smaller, domed slider. However, until some side-by-side jumps could be made, I'll reserve making any statement that would be more definitive. It is a damned interesting concept. If only I were 20 yrs younger; hmmm. I won't speak for Sheeks, but what about you other folks on here; what say you? Jerry Baumchen
  21. Hi Bill, Hopefully, you or anyone else will never hear me say that I know it all about parachute equipment. I have built a fair number of flat sliders ( ~ 15 - 20 ) & a few domed sliders ( ~ 4 - 5 ). a. Depending upon the domed slider design ( they are not all the same design which means that the material costs & labor costs will vary ), I question whether they 'are harder to build.' As to 'wear out faster,' once I see some data supporting this, then I will believe it. At this time, I have doubts regarding this comment. b. As to 'there is a lot of force on those not-straight seams,' once there is some tension on those seams, they straighten out immediately. I think that any differentiation in forces would be neglible. And there is at least one domed slider design in which the seams are straight. c. As to 'Thus they'd be more expensive - and more likely to fail.' Having built both types, I doubt that they would be more expensive; again, it comes back to the design of the domed slider. The OP did say build it slightly smaller but domed. Smaller would be less fabric = less cost in materials which could offset any additional labor costs during mfr. As to 'more likely to fail,' I have never read or heard of anything that supports this comment. I am open to input from anyone on this. Just my $0.20 on these issues; others may disagree & that is OK with me. Jerry Baumchen
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    Javelin models

    Hi Ken, Last year Derek Thomas ( formerly of Sunpath ) told me about the work that Kyle Collins did for them. He said it was a fair amount of very small changes to the rig; i.e., things like a change in the radius of a portion of the yoke pattern, etc, etc. It was about '03, at the Symposium, that I was talking with Derek ( he & his then wife Pat, bought Sunpath about '94 ) and he said that, from the original, it had over 135 changes to it. Now, some of those would be to the TSO'd portion of the H & C and some would be to the non-TSO'd portions. Just some trivia for those who like this stuff, Jerry Baumchen PS) The Javelin was originally TSO'd under C23c where you select what Category ( weight - speed, make a selection ) you want to certify it under. Later, they did the three Strength Tests per C23d, where you select what weight - speed you want to certify it under; then the FAA granted them certification under C23d, or so I was told. ETA: My error, I was talking with Derek at the '07 Symposium.
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    733 sewing machine question

    Hi tekk, Try him: Mark Lancaster Skyworks Parachute Service 2222 Buffalo – West Springs HiWay Buffalo, SC 29321 864-429-8428 Jerry Baumchen
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    opinions for a cherry jumper

    Hi tribe, I think that it comes down to who is determining if it is 'acceptable' or not. IMO the FAA considers either one acceptable. Possibly you or the owner do not. I would think a discussion with the owner might make it worth his money to just buy the larger one & go on with his life; I would. It is rather like the old Vector 1 pilot chutes with the very small cap. I have never heard RWS/UPT issue anything that they must be replaced by the Vector II/III pilot chute with the larger cap. Not trying to argue, just trying to bring a different persective to the conversation. Jerry Baumchen
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    Color the line attachment points on the canopy

    Hi 20kN, I think you mean 10 mm. 10 cm = ~ 4 inches. Jerry Baumchen