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  1. Time Left: 1 day and 7 hours

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    Complete Rig: Container, Main, Reserve, AAD. I am also willing to part this out if anyone is interested in something other than a complete rig. Me: 5' 9", 165lbs, 30" inseam, 31" waist. Container: Velocity Sports Equipment - Infinity I33 - DOM 03/2015 - 110 jumps. Reserve: Aerodyne Smart 150 - DOM 06/2004 - 1 Jump Main: Brian Germain built Big Air Sportz - Samurai 120 - DOM 10/2014 - 115 jumps. AAD: Vigil Aero - Vigil 2+ - DOM 06/2016 - Serial 486XX. I am the original owner of all this gear. Reserve was migrated from my first rig. The slider has a small defect in the ZP on the perimeter where it is supported by the tape/webbing. Still functional. Buyer may want new lower control lines, as the current ones were shortened some for my not-so-long arms. In all other ways this gear is in great shape. I'm not jumping frequently enough to be safe and current on this canopy, so time to find this rig another home. I don't deal with PayPal or Venmo - so cash, proper check, or Facebook payments. Buyer pays shipping. Yes your rigger can inspect it. Etc. I want you to be happy with it. Please holler with questions.


    Milwaukee, Wisconsin - US

  2. Attempts to change password fail, with the error message: "Email preferences can not contain the value 99 99". When I tried changing my email preferences to "Use my free account" (which I don't and will never check), I got the error message: "Email preferences can not contain the value 2 99". I am not about to select the first preference, 'cause I don't want the spam. Thoughts? Thanks! "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  3. I'm in the process of setting up a camera helmet and am curious about a product I've found. I bought the Pro Mouth Switch - Digital Plug at Para Gear (item L1380). The switch is advertised to continuously activate the auto focus when auto focus is enabled. Does anyone have any experience with this switch? I am concerned with having the Al-Servo focus continuously churning away while climbing out, exiting, etc. Any opinions on this? Also, if anyone knows: if I choose to shoot in manual focus, will I have any issues with this??? Thanks, Chris (Note, I've still got some time to invest in getting this helmet ready, so I'll be around 225 jumps or so when I begin flying it.) "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  4. Hummusx, You can safely ship your rig via UPS, USPS, FedEx, or bicycle messenger. The AADs have been checked for adverse effects from XRAY, and there are none. The USPA does suggest that you NOT pack your rig in your checked luggage when travelling - in case it needs to be opened for inspection - but there is no problem with the XRAY equipment. So, if flying, carry your rig on in a gear bag. USPA related links: TSA - travelling with rig document USPA - tips on travelling with your rig If you're worried about them thinking that the rig is something funny, then you should make a note on the box. And, the manufacturer of your AAD should have no problems providing you with documentation telling the shippers what to expect in an XRAY. I got some information to this effect from Airtec for my CYPRESS 2 for when I took it on a commerical flight. Hope this helps, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  5. In regard to your note: I've been going on these rugged kayaking trips in Canada for the last several years. We're paddling river and lake chains until we reach Hudson Bay. Anyway, one year I left my shoes and boots in the car and ended up covering over 100 miles of terrain in my Tevas. After the portages, lining rapids, and ferrying loads overland, my feet were much worse for the wear. They were downright ugly. So, there are many notes-to-self one can make with regard to sandals and outdoor recreation. - topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  6. Maestro, It's OK if you thinks it's funny. Truth be told, I have a tendency to either laugh or sing when I'm nervous, and I did emit a giggle when the toggle came off. So, it was funny in a "Wow, that's interesting" sort of way. TTFN, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  7. Raistlin, The 1/2 jump is my reserve ride. Thanks for asking, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  8. Raistlin, You got me. I hadn't taken note of the fact that you weren't from the egocentric USA. I haven't taken part in the wonderful international aspect of skydiving yet, but I'm learning. I apologize. Good Luck, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  9. Raistlin, I heard a few people tossing this idea around recently. I think the idea is wonderful in theory, but in practice, it might not fly. Pun intended. First, you're talking largely about lending money to young people - who can't come up with $800 bucks - for the purpose of jumping out of an airplane. From a bank's perspective, this doesn't shine out at them as a wise investment of their free funds. There's no collateral, even a mild injury could result in a loss of the borrower's employment, and there's a lot of overhead in lending out many small loans, especially if they're paid back in short periods of time. If a bank bites off on this, it's going to be with a pretty hefty interest rate in mind. We're not talking 0% financing on this one. No siree. A more realistic perspective may be a loan arrangement that covers jump training, some coaching, and a first rig. However, we're still not over the issues of collateral and young people with no credit. Now, for the working adult who wants to get into skydiving, an arrangement like this may be feasible and practical. I'm interested to see where this one goes. I know I'm paying off some credit cards... topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  10. ACMESkydiver, Don't tape your thumb TO your hand! We humans have opposable thumbs for a reason, you know: skydiving emergencies. If you have to go for your handles in a real emergency, you'll want your trusty - albeit sore - thumb ready. Try instead to find a flexible brace - perhaps neoprene or something. Don't use an ace bandage, though, it'll just come off in freefall, mess up your video, cover your eyes, or one of those little ace bandage hooks will catch your instructor's nostril or something. All bad juju. Having spent many a year taking care of Marines in the field (Semper Fi), I can say that you don't want gear failure screwing up the mission. And, half-ass first aid jobs will result in gear failure just when you don't want them to. So, if you must jump, use a neoprene brace or wrap made for the purpose. What I'd really suggest though, is a few days of what we in field call "light duty". Take a break, pop some NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naprosyn), eat lots of meat, and let that puppy heal. Then jump. If you love your freedom, thank a Marine and the Corpsman that patched him up. Rock on Milwaukee, topher EDITED TO ADD: Web tutorial on sprained thumb "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  11. Raistlin, I'm going to assume you're talking about buying AFF jumps in some sort of package deal. I can touch on this issue from a student's perspective. I have been fascinated with the idea of skydiving since I was but a wee lad. So, at the age of 19, full of piss and vinegar - and short on cash - I went to the local DZ and started making AFF jumps. I made about 1 jump per month. I didn't learn anything, but I did have fun. Then I wandered off into college, the Navy, a war or two, and came out 9 years later ready to try this thing again. So, I took my 60 days of saved up vacation time from the Navy, a bunch of money, and I drove down to Skydive Chicago. It was late in the season, I pitched a tent at the end of the runway (not literally) and stubbornly told the instructors I wasn't leaving until I was a skydiver. They dug my attitude, had me do several jumps a day, and in less than a week, I was off student status and having fun. Then I took a job with the DOD and it got in the way of my skydiving. So, I quit that job (over a cell phone from IHOP) and took one with less travel involved. Now I'm jumping every weekend - except the ones with clouds. So, package deals rock in my opinion. Jumping frequently added immeasurable value to the already quality instruction I was receiving. SDC's program has 18 levels, and on some days, I made 4-6 jumps. That allowed each lesson to build on the next and helped me immensely in reaching my goal. Thanks Nannette. Thanks Dave. Go Navy, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  12. dustin19d, I can empathize my friend. Last November, I had just gotten off of student status and decided to visit a new DZ to get over that umbilical issue that affects most new jumpers. When I arrived, the staff informed me that they'd just purchased new rental gear and were eager to have people jump it and give them feedback. Now, I don't know what kind of meaningful feedback a newbie is supposed to give on new gear, but it was new gear and I was excited to jump it nonetheless. So, I go up and make an uneventful first jump from the C182. The second jump was exciting though, because I was going to get my first King-Air jump and we were going to build some three-way speed stars. So, we're falling and I'm all smiles having just jumped a new DZ, a new aircraft, and participating in my first three-way speed stars. Then it comes time to deploy. Several cells collapsed on one side of the canopy (lineover?) and I'm entering a moderate spin. I reach up, clear the toggles, and try to pump them to clear the mess. The next thing I know, I'm holding on to a steering toggle that isn't attached to anything. I'm simply holding a nice, new, bright yellow, steering toggle that is on strike or something. There's no steering line to be found. But, what occupied my mind slightly more than the toggle's employment status was my rapid loss of altitude. So, I chopped the main and was in the process of extending my reserve-handle-filled hand when the reserve reached line stretch. Man, those RSLs can work fast when you chop from a spin. So, on my first day at a new DZ: New rig New aircraft (for me) New jump (for me) And my first Reserve Ride!!!! We recovered the main and the steering toggle. Both were in perfect condition. Neither was broken in any way. So, now I pay lots of attention to how steering lines are attached, I got my own damn rig, and I pack it myself - thank you very much. Incidentally, I have visited said DZ on a few ocassions since, and they're all an absolute riot to jump with. We all learned from the incident. I learned to do a better damn pre-jump check and they found different union representation for their toggles. Rock on Milwaukee, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  13. Slug, Believe me, if the rubber band breaks and the pilot yells, "Get the ^%$# out of the plane!!!", I'll be in compliance with the command. I was just asking a physics question, really. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to deploy my bag through my Nikes and have something else to deal with on top of rubber band schrapnel flying everywhere. Thanks... topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  14. Thank you everyone for the continued input. I thought it was safe, and the preponderance of responses support that supposition. I think some people are challenging me to hop n pop head-low, though. So, if the weather comes around to my way of thinking, I'll make a go at it this weekend. It's funny how an honest, simple question can unleash so much testosterone-induced chest thumping. We men must calm down. But, at my experience level, it's all learning. And since learning means jumping, I guess I'll get to learning. Thanks again, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins
  15. OK, I figured soon enough someone would ask about the 42.5 jumps. The half-jump is my reserve ride. YeeeeHaaaaa! TTFN, topher "...there is a there out there..." - Tom Robbins