rmarshall234

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  1. rmarshall234

    Ejection Seat Servicing

    I will ask Allen - thanks. Anybody have contact info for Bob Celaya? If so, please PM me.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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..
  6. 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.
  7. rmarshall234

    New rigger

    >Ted Turner: 'Early to bed, early to rise; work like hell & advertise.' Nice quote, Jerry!
  8. 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.
  9. rmarshall234

    First man to fly in the jet stream

    >Check out the book "The Man Who Rode Thunder," William H. Rankin. 1959. He ejected at 47,000 ft and experienced a 40 minute freefall/parachute ride that you find terrifying yet riveting. Check it out..
  10. rmarshall234

    Maule exit

    Sounds like fun. That is a pretty good sized opening with the doors removed and relatively low in respect to the horizontal stabilizer - which is your biggest concern. Watch out for snag hazards to preclude the possibility of a premature opening and make sure you are low in the door when you leave and you should be ok. I'd want to be very forward and low in the door on the first jump, possibly with one hand on the strut, and then just drop off down and away. If that goes well and you have plenty of clearance from the tail, you can vary the exit on the next jump. As for airspeed and pitch attitude, your pilot is the best source for that kind of advice. He has experience dropping jumpers from that aircraft and he wants to make sure everything goes well for you and himself. It would be a good idea for him to have a bailout rig though just in case. You do your job safely and brief it first and rely on him to do the same. Have fun!
  11. rmarshall234

    Bail out from the TBM Avenger over Arizona

    Awesome!! That adds a nice little touch to this story of survival. Get that man a gold watch. And a bottle :-)
  12. rmarshall234

    Bail out from the TBM Avenger over Arizona

    answering my own question...
  13. rmarshall234

    Bail out from the TBM Avenger over Arizona

    Anybody know the particulars of this? Other than what is in the media.. Type of gear, egress, exit and opening altitudes, canopy rides, etc.. Terry? They seem to be from your neck of the woods.. Moderators...feel free to move to Incidents (or elsewhere) if appropriate.
  14. rmarshall234

    What was your safest parachute?

    Really? Yes. 'Cause if it don't open everything else is superfluous. I have never, ever, ever had any doubt that my reserve would open. (And I've had a couple rides like you mentioned - a navy conical 4-line release and a strong lopo.) My mains...not so much. "Just open baby", and I'll take care of the rest.
  15. rmarshall234

    What was your safest parachute?

    My reserve..