rmarshall234

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    3600
  • Years in Sport
    25
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    Formation Skydiving
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    2000
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    Freefall Photography
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    1500

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  1. It's good to see John Mitchell be recognized in the Profile section of this month's Parachutist magazine. And, good to know a little more of his background. I've never met him (except possibly at the T-Mobile demo in SF.?) but have always been impressed by his presence here on DZ.com. He always seems to be measured, supportive, kind and helpful, and quite knowledgeable. Plus, as an Air Traffic Controller - a pilot's best friend! Way to go John Mitchell!
  2. rmarshall234

    Perris jet

    When I was working at Perris years ago I had a few opportunities to jump the jet - one of them paid for by a buddy - and I kept saying no. And interestingly, I have no regrets now. It always seemed just a little too sketchy for me...neither the airplane nor the pilots got exercised much, the runway was incredibly narrow for the gear and wingspan, the Take Off over town looked really low and fast, etc. "Just get me high enough to jump" wasn't working for me. I'm sure I would have been fine if I had made the flight - one almost always is - but I've always listened to my gut on these kinds of things. Even against peer pressure. Kind of like the time at Eloy when I was the only person (one of 44 people) who got off the DC3 prior to TO because the left engine wasn't making full power on the 1st TO attempt. Turns out that was a revenue-producing maintenance flight. Everything turned out fine on that one as well, but I was the only person who made the right decision that day.
  3. rmarshall234

    Packing Practice

    >What's the best way to practice packing? With a Professional Rigger watching over your shoulder. Find a local rigger and ask if you can practice packing in their loft. You can do your thing and develop practice and muscle memory, and they can do their thing - rigging and paying the bills - and provide oversight and guidance as you go. Pay Them For Their Time. It will take practice and repetition, but with the right amount of guidance, you'll both come out winners in the end.
  4. rmarshall234

    Linda Hardesty - hottamaly

    "At home in her sleep"... That's a kind and gentle way to go for such a kind and gentle person. She was a sweetheart, I always enjoyed being around her. Rest peacefully, Linda.
  5. Bobby Smith let me jump his Strato Flyer at Perris in 1980. The opening and landing were both _Rock hard_ and we were both little guys. I had a ton of respect for him after that jump!!
  6. rmarshall234

    Shelf life on containers?

    >But remember I can think of only two.properly constructed harnesses that have failed in my 40 year career. Councilman, was it the stitching that failed or the actual webbing? If the webbing, type 7 or 8? Anything noteworthy you can recall?? Thanks!
  7. rmarshall234

    Airworthy C9 Canopy

    And I have couple non-diapered C9s in great condition which I pulled out to replace with new Strong 30 ft Lopos. :-) I'll make someone a good deal if interested.
  8. rmarshall234

    Ejection Seat Servicing

    I will ask Allen - thanks. Anybody have contact info for Bob Celaya? If so, please PM me.
  9. rmarshall234

    Ejection Seat Servicing

    Anybody know someone in the CA/AZ area that can inspect/service a Martin Baker "hot" ejection seat? I have a customer that is looking for someone. I thought of Mike Owens or Bob Celaya, but don't have contact info for them.
  10. rmarshall234

    Opening and reclosing other peoples reserve pack jobs

    I understand the argument and it's probably a good one but consider this: Every time the pilot does a preflight -which is required by the regs- he is certifying that the aircraft is airworthy. The same thing doesn't apply in skydiving....there isn't always a Certificated Individual on the hook, passing the liability from hand-to-hand for that particular flight (jump). Where did you get that? A preflight does not certify anything except the pilot is willing to fly it. There is no sign off for a preflight.There are so many things a pilot can not see or never been trained for that could kill them that doesn't show on a preflight. Rental pilots never even see the sign off for the annual or 100 hour unless they are taking a check ride. §91.7 Civil aircraft airworthiness. (a) No person may operate a civil aircraft unless it is in an airworthy condition. (b) The pilot in command of a civil aircraft is responsible for determining whether that aircraft is in condition for safe flight. The pilot in command shall discontinue the flight when unairworthy mechanical, electrical, or structural conditions occur. The broader point however, is that with pilots and airplanes the FAA always has someone they can go after, a Certificate they can pull. Not so with skydivers.
  11. rmarshall234

    Opening and reclosing other peoples reserve pack jobs

    I understand the argument and it's probably a good one but consider this: Every time the pilot does a preflight -which is required by the regs- he is certifying that the aircraft is airworthy. The same thing doesn't apply in skydiving....there isn't always a Certificated Individual on the hook, passing the liability from hand-to-hand for that particular flight (jump).
  12. rmarshall234

    How old is too old?

    you might want to edit one more time to remove the part about "pencil packing", i'm pretty sure that's a violation of the CFRs but don't know the number offhand..
  13. rmarshall234

    New rigger

    >Any suggestions? Rigging is very much about trust. Once people learn to trust you they'll start using your services. You can start with your friends (who trust you already) and offer them a free repack (people love free stuff) and once their friends find out you're rigging and get an endorsement from your friend they will likely start using you as well. It will take time so you might want to keep your day job for now.
  14. rmarshall234

    New rigger

    >Ted Turner: 'Early to bed, early to rise; work like hell & advertise.' Nice quote, Jerry!
  15. You might want to post on the Skydivers with Disabilities side as well. I've known a number of jumpers with prosthetics but have been away from the sport for awhile so not sure if they are still jumping. There was a team called Pieces of Eight that was comprised entirely of amputees. Maybe they are still around.? Good luck, there is assistance out there - just need to make the right connection.