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  1. i met john when he worked for steve sntder in 1967. he was a great guy, learned alot from him. .rest in peace..
  2. the late Freeman Frame from FWF Industries( they used to make the original braided dacron line for para flite) always said the rule of thumb was 20 times the diameter for trapping. the ONLY thing stitching does is keep the trapped portion of line from creeping back out when there is no load.the stitching does not add any structural strength.
  3. also, should you be sucessful in getting any parachute manufacturers to use your fabric, be prepared to "eat" massive quantities of said fabric that does not meet porosity( air permeability) or strength standards.
  4. where did you get the warning label?
  5. thats NOT the same Fang. Fang he was referring to was Richard "fang" Fenimore
  6. just learned that one of the jumpmaster/instructors, i used to work with, Pete Wilson has passed away some time back. Pete started instructing at Parachutes Inc. at Lakewood NJ back in the 60's. he survived the crash of a Norseman(aircraft) in 1970 shortly after takeoff. He was one of the Founding members of The Poor Indians Parachute Club. Pete also taught at Ripcord Para Center in the 70's and was the chief instructor/jumpmaster at The United Parachute Club in Pennsylvania from 1978 till the the late 80's. Pete was a great guy and we will miss him
  7. ya also need to include " canopy slump ''
  8. 70 years for nylon parachutes. AND wuffos STILL refer to them as SILK!
  9. head off openings? most people i know still have their head ON during opening. LOL
  10. too complex. the more complex something is the greater the chance that a)something will go wrong or b) someone will screw it up. K.I.S.S.
  11. i have seen at least one t10 that stayed mostly inflated without a cross connector with 1 riser released . i think it is due to the parabolic shape of the canopy and a liteweight jumper
  12. they left the sport market due to among other things, NO LIABILITY INSURANCE. also Steve Snyder sold the company and its possible that the new owners didnt want the hassle of dealing with the sport market. besides there is a whole lot more money to be made in the military market(something that the late Dick Morgan explained to me before he retired in 82)