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  • License Number
    9403
  • Licensing Organization
    BPA/USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    9500
  • Years in Sport
    27
  • First Choice Discipline
    CReW
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving

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  • Tandem
    Instructor
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    Yes
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    Yes
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    Master Rigger
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    Master Rigger

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  1. https://www.pia.com/event/2021-pia-symposium/ Looks like they have rescheduled the next symposium. I'm not sure they could have chosen a worse time to reschedule to as it is in the middle of summer. I guess that will mean that many professionals in the industry will have to chose between taking time off work at a busy time of year to attend or just skipping it altogether.
  2. The instructors who have helped you back, ask them to watch a few of your landings and give you some advice on gear that may be suitable. Good used gear is a cheaper approach and allows you to gain experience before committing bigger bucks to more long term gear. This gear can often be sold on to fellow newer jumpers looking for 1st gear when your ready to downsize. Dont be in a rush to downsize.
  3. Astra AAD is obselete - FXC wont or dont have any batteries to replace and on emailing them told me it was expired. So no value on that one.
  4. The mere fact that CRW jumpers fly biplane configurations all the time and fly with toggles, should be a good indication that flying with toggles is not a bad decision. Flying gently the front canopy and no big inputs is also a good strategy. Leaving the rear canopy set in brakes result in a slower canopy with less force being put on the brake lines of the front canopy. Sometimes canopies just dont like flying together if their performance characteristics are very dissimilar. You don't see big inputs from CRW stack pilots when flying formations. They steer and all the canopies below them follow with no input from the jumpers. They tend to fly similar canopies though - at least these days even if they may be different sizes they are on similar wing loadings/glide ratio's (example lightning and 1.3 lbs/sq foot loading) But that isnt always the case and certainly in the past wasnt. As for steering using rear risers - IMHO it creates a different set of problems. Flying a huge tandem canopy with rear risers is difficult at best and results in very small movements (which may not be a issue). Some small tandem jumpers may have trouble pulling enough to make a 360 sq foot canopy turn. Flying a Ultra high performance canopy may result in more radical control input with little input. People are happier flying with toggles and it gives a better degree of control than trying to grip rear risers and provide a precise degree of control. I think the best advice is to do all you can to avoid the problem in the first place.
  5. I always prefer both toggles are pulled on strong wind days. Pull both until the tandem collapses. I don't care if the cascades on the brake lines are pulled to the point they are near the guide rings on the risers. No chance of really reinflating. I will literally hand the toggles on landing to the catcher. If there are 2 catchers each can grab a toggle. When someone pulls one only - sure it turns the canopy into the ground but one side is still pretty much inflated. A gust of wind and I'm pulled over (It doesn't take much when you still hooked up to a passenger with a big canopy). What you do on your own gear when your by yourself is different from what you do when you have someone on the front of you. Ever try turning and walk/run around the canopy when you have a 230 lbs unfit person who's wobbly legs from the parachute ride strapped to the front of you while getting dragged to the floor by a gust on a partially inflated tandem canopy. Very different scenarios.
  6. And you may get to use a reserve on your next jump. Id not seen or repacked a firebird reserve so i dont know much about them and that is the rub. PD is the brand leader, great track record, great quality. AAD’s - they are sophisticated devices which self check on startup and can be sent for testing/software updates at any time. Id have no problem buying used AAD from the 3 major brands Airtec, AAD or Mars
  7. Id agree there are better containers than a wings but also why a firebird rush. Its a real off brand reserve and i would say any subsequent resale value on it would be low compared with the more established names like PD, Icarus, Aerodyne reserves.
  8. Yes its called LOR 2. But was only found on the parachute de france containers.
  9. I just look at the video and honestly most of the people pulling really were lame half hearted pulls. They did eventually pull. Most were pulling at 90 degrees to housing increasing pull force. Notice the big gap between cutting away and pulling the reserve and stopping when it got a little tough. Eventually using a bit of effort and pulling it. In my opinion the issue was the jumpers effort rather than the equipment. Pull it like you life depends upon it. Im sure scratches are an issue but i don't believe it to be the prime factor. I pull hundreds of reserves a year and don't experience hard pulls but i am pulling in the right direction. Correct training and emergency procedure execution are a bigger issue. Ive seen similar occurrences when people pull their reserves. Pulling once every 6 months does little to address the issue. I have no problem with people pulling their reserves. I dont doubt some containers are too tight as ive seen bent stuffeners and watched rigger struggle to close even using a torque device. Sometimes it is technique and other times its realizing when the closure loop is too short.
  10. Spoke with them this week and they are in process of transitioning to new factory and hence not taking new orders. They are making new parts and dealers have contact details of Chris. They are definitely still in business and just transitioning at the moment.
  11. I found it more of a hindrance when closing a CRW canopy in the container. A normal boxed container keeps the slippery canopy somewhat contained when closing the flaps. The dynamic corners just allowed it to slide around more. For wingsuits - the direction that the bag is pulled is different from other disciplines and there is a benefit. For CRW I see no benefit.
  12. Likewise I had two vigils that were 12 years old and had been installed/repacked despite a SB stating that they needed to be replaced at 10 years. Repacked by riggers in both Canada and Eloy. Dont blame the M2 because a rigger doesnt check for SB’s and ensure compliance.
  13. Perhaps watching a video like this will make you see the issue. Ive also had rigs that I've had brought to me that exhibited lack of maintenance and similar behaviour. So in low drag situations this can occur and a set in the risers has occurred. Not wishing to start a flame war but lack of maintenance is common.
  14. How about lack of 3 ring maintenance and low drag scenario. Ie bag lock or pilot chute in tow. People seem shocked that they have some maintenance to do on their rigs and even when they know most simply chose to ignore. Take a look at the dirty cables as a sign of lack of maintenance. The twisting of the risers at the 3 rings avoids them taking a set and this should be done fairly regularly.
  15. Id say that was questionable. I have canopies i maintain that don't have round crossports to start with and canopies that have 2000 jumps with the cross-ports still looking circular and no fraying. As far as fraying, I've typically seen this more on the non load bearing ribs that most fraying occurs. These are the ribs that dont have line attachments on them. I would guess the loading of the rib doesn't allow it to flutter as much which causes the fraying to occur more quickly but thats just a guess after inspecting many canopies every year and seeing the progression.