Cloggy

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  1. Cloggy

    Name/designation of military connector

    I think these are called Koch fittings
  2. Cloggy

    Do I need a reline?

    I jump a Sabre2 170 at a wingload of 1.3. I replaced the lines at 650 jumps. Not because they were worn: the lines were still in very good condition. Seems they could have lasted until 1000 jumps or more. I replaced them because the trim was way off: the outer lines had shrunk by as much as 6 inches. The canopy was still opening, flying and flaring fine, no strange behaviour, but flying characteristics were noticably different after 150~200 jumps. It was getting more difficult to fly on the front risers, after struggling with that for the last few hundred jumps I finally got fed up with that. After relining the changes were not dramatic, but I feel the canopy is flying 'cleaner'. I chose Vectran, it won't last as long as Spectra, but at least the trim will not change much. What Lee says about the brake lines is a good point: I had mine replaced early on as they had shrunk by about a foot... You say you didn't notice "any change in openings, flight / flare". Maybe because the changes are gradual and, with your jump numbers, spread out over many years? Anyway, if the lines are still good and you're happy with the way it's flying now, it doesn't really seem necessary to replace the lines? I guess best thing would be to ask a rigger for a second opinion.
  3. Cloggy

    Army T-10 Parachutes for a commercial

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  4. Cloggy

    Packing Practice

    When I was the first at my DZ to start psychopacking it would draw a small crowd, looking at me as if I was completely mad and irresponsible (no comment... ). Shaking their head and saying things like: "I will go sit outside and watch you pull your reserve". I never had any problems or malfunction with this packing method. I don't think there is that much difference between psychopacking and propacking: first part is the same, then just a different way to put it in the bag.
  5. Cloggy

    How much does slider size actually affect openings?

    Just ordering a smaller slider in the hope it will fix your problems, are you serious? I hope you did some more research than just 'reading' on the internet and did actually ask the people around you for advice? -The packing could be the only thing you need to fix; review your packing technique with an experienced skydiver or have it packed by somebody else to compare openings. -Did you discuss the slider size with a rigger or Icarus: how do you know this one is 'huge' or too large for your canopy? The manufacturer designs it to a particular size for a reason. And is the smaller slider appropriate for your canopy size and W/L? I bet a smaller slider opens faster, but you could be in for a painful surprise as well.
  6. Cloggy

    Riser design & toggle fires

    Disclaimer: I'm not a rigger, all is just my personal interpretation and opinion :-) The pin in itself is not the whole solution. The pin has a smaller profile (cross section) than a fabric tongue (nose). Most other soft toggles seem to use 1" square weave. The PdeF toggles (and probably the SWS too) use 5/8" square weave: also lower profile when passing through the slider grommet. All in all, I'd think there is less chance that the slider grommet comes into contact with the pin or toggle. The other part is the downward pointing tab immediately below the straight pin. This tab sits in the pocket on the riser below the guide ring, and prevents downward movement should the slider grommet come into contact with the pin or toggle. I tried to push the pin out of the keeper: very hard to do, even more so when there is any tension on the riser.
  7. Cloggy

    Riser design & toggle fires

    Thanks Alexey, didn't know about these.
  8. Cloggy

    Riser design & toggle fires

    I fully agree. Never had any toggle fire with them. About a year ago I started looking into velcroless designs to replace some velcro toggles. So far I didn't find anything that I liked better than the Parachute de France toggles. I think it's quite an elegant design: no bulky tongues with 6 layers of fabric. And I like the way 1 piece of binding tape is used to make up the two pockets and cover the hard housing as well: smart. The design by ParachutesAustralia also seemed promising.
  9. Cloggy

    Thunderbow manual needed

    You could try contacting beezyshaw: see Other thread
  10. Cloggy

    Smoke

    Deleted: totally unrelevant to your question.
  11. Cloggy

    Water Dropzone - Looks Safe

    Works for royalty too. The Dutch royal family recommends landing in water . Pieter van Vollenhoven opted for a water landing because of "weak ankles". Footage from ancient times: Polygoon newsreel First part of the item is about PA, with legendary Jaap Havekotte: 7 times national champion.
  12. Cloggy

    Fingertrapping 550 cord?

    Thanks all for the input. I've done splicing for double braided rope: only for sailin g. With the small size and the loose strands, I thought making a splice in 550 would end in frustration... What I ended up doing was to sew the line with a zig zag (I only have a three step zig zag on my machine) leaving a few inches of loose end. I gutted that end (staggered) as much as possible and fingertrapped the sheath back into the cord. Good enough for me, it's not heavily loaded.
  13. Cloggy

    Fingertrapping 550 cord?

    Is there any good way to make a loop with a smooth transition in 550/type III cord? I'd like the loop to have a smooth transition to make it pass through an eyelet easily without catching. I can't see a fingertrap working well with the 7 loose strands inside? And sewing the bitter end to the line will not leave a smooth transition. Any ideas? Bart
  14. Cloggy

    A dream come true...

    Thanks for sharing Uwe, nice photos. Great to see what people drag from their attics nowadays Your friend is a braver man than me: going old school all the way! I put a PC Mk1 on three ring risers last year, that's where I drew the limit on the vintage experience. If you have any use for a NAA Mini System, let me know, it is just gathering dust. Or turning into dust I like the Paracommander a lot, made many fun jumps with it last year. The landings are a tad harder than on the SF-10a, but nothing bone jarring: PLF not always necessary (I'm ~87kg). Bart