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Everything posted by Davemon

  1. Life Support International may still have some 3-6 year old C-9 canopies made by Mills with a diaper and type 2 lines.Never been packed.
  2. Steve Dodson passed on to Blue Skies Sept 14 2016. Always a class act. BSBD
  3. We took a P124 and changed the lines and jumped it as a main a few years back,using a Raven main lineset and it performed just like the Raven. The only difference as I remember was the trim and the steering. I'm with Lee about the C-9 canopy. LSI( who I work for) manufactures and sells a complete BA-22 system and after packing some for a customer they are the proverbial brick shit house in construction and the designer definitely was ahead of his time. Guess thats why they were used in ejection seats for so long. The Navys Thin pack canopy is close as a new design but it may be a moot point once the pilot is removed from the plane.
  4. There is a product called Plastic Steel that I have used on gas tanks to seal holes without removing the tank with a few thin layers allowing it to dry between it sets up and works well. About $8 a tube.
  5. Sorry to hear about the death of Ken always had a good time with the Grafton guys. BSBD Dave
  6. Mine has an air solenoid to actuate the forward and reverse and another for the presser foot lift. This was done in house by the mechanics from Mills Mfg. There the girls could run a 4 point pattern as fast as a directron. Four machines working sounds like a machine gun nest.
  7. Dave Davenport was the owner and designer of FTS building the Rascals,Lasers and Bogeys in 5, 7,8 and 9 cells. Mains and reserves in Alpherreta Ga. He became a ward of the state and Bob Chafin moved it to Texas. The 8 cell was a 254 sq ft that was a great flying canopy for the time.
  8. Made a few sets of soft links out of a bit beefier line than the PD ones put them on my Vectran lined tandem canopies with a protector over them and have a few hundred jumps with no problems. Twice as strong as a french link as I broke a few in the tensile tester.
  9. Thanks for the offer but will make a cypres loop for the AAD. A complete rig would be cool if theres any sitting in a closet someone would unload at a very reasonable price
  10. Can't believe no one out here has anything.
  11. Putting a MC-4 Rig together for a disabled veteran and am looking for a MC-4 Reserve freebag and pilotchute anybody got one kicking around looking for a good home?
  12. Try EG suits he makes some good ones and very reasonable although no one likes small orders
  13. Did a static line on a self made B-4 at 18. Made a tandem at 61 (on the back) with a few more in between. Blue Skies & Cool Rides
  14. When you hear some whuffo talk about his jump from a B-52 and you smile and walk away.
  15. RIP Bill Truly a class Act
  16. Ive been thinking about deploying my paragliger out of a bag from the passenger slot of a tandem jump should be very doable.
  17. Ok this should be ok with all the by the book riggers in the crowd to get some extra padding in your legpads without violating anyones ideas of TSO protocal or scabbing on another pad that looks like a shoemaker did it. Find some 1/4" foam rubber and measure the distance between the binding of the leg padsthen measure the distance between the stitching across the legstrap webbing which holds the leg pad to the leg strap. Cut the foam 1/4-1/2 inch smaller.Fold the foam in half lengthwise and slide it between the pad and the legstrap (Fun Part) even it out making it nice and smooth and make sure its under the legstrap. No sewing no TSO violation (like the leg straps could affect the way the containers work) and happy legs. I've used this with polystyrene foam to Poron foam like they use in the MC-4s and military rigs.I usually sew it in but being a master rigger has it bennies.
  18. 17 all tandems from a kick ass turbine powered Caribou from Rampart Aviation. T Great Plane Many thanks to Greg F
  19. Sheffield makes a hot knife cutter that will cut T-7 webbing a bit pricey but will reduce a roll to cut pieces in no time.
  20. With a bunch of us admiring the new rig, the owner having jumped it thru a repack cycle,she pulled the chest reserve and we pulled it out on the table for the inspection to find the canopy had never been hooked to the risers. Talk about some shocked folks.Certainly made an impression on this young rigger.
  21. Since the issue is heat just what kind of temperatures are produced? Anyone have any real documentation on this?
  22. I would have to question the user who would accept this kind of work. This is where the training needs to be done.This rig is going on their back and its their life on the line to know what quality work looks like. I guess everyones rig on this DZ looks like this? Sure the rigger is derlict to put out such shitty work but if the user had watched a pack job and questioned the process this rigger would be out of business.
  23. Davemon


    Simula got bought by Armour Holdings who got bought by BAE, Since the Navy owns the drawings they are doing the 5 year repacks at China Lake so I would guess the spare parts and E2C stuff is coming from BAE.
  24. Davemon


    I packed many of the early E2Cs for the Navy to test while working for SEI in Asheville. Made a few jumps on the Thin Packs the Navy put in the P-3 Orions. Great Gig till Simula pulled the plug.We did deliver the Navy around 6000 rigs.
  25. Damn sad news to hear of the death of Wes. We had some great times in South Carolina working on gear,tossing students at Lugoff and driving the wife crazy.Gotta toast a cold one to ya buddy.