BrianM

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    Stiletto 120, Stiletto 97, Triathlon 135
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    Tempo 120, PD-R 126, Raven I

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    CSPA
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    2400
  • Years in Sport
    23

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  1. BrianM

    New AAD made in USA

    Any updates on "soon"? I'm going to need a new AAD or two soon, wondering if I should wait a bit?
  2. BrianM

    Source for 1 inch kevlar tape?

    Anyone have a source for small quantities of 1 inch kevlar tape (the kind commonly used for retractable PC bridles)? "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  3. BrianM

    favorite sewing machines

    Wow... that's a 14 year old thread you just resurrected! But it's ok, because who doesn't like talking about sewing machines? What's the difference between the 217 and the 217n? I have a Chandler 217, I don't know which it is. It doesn't have a cam box on it. The stitch width is labelled 0-6, but it seems to be an 8mm version (by measuring the distance between the needle's left and right positions at max width). Another 217 question: does it use standard high-shank feet? That's what they look like but I don't have any around to try. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  4. BrianM

    Opinions on Vertical Suits RW suits?

    I don't have the loose fit, but my booties fit perfectly. My wife got a suit from them last year, her booties also fit perfectly (she also doesn't have the loose fit). My 2009 suit is still going strong, complete with intact booties. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  5. Not yet, but I need a couple small parts (my 217 is missing the foot lifter on the back, I only have the knee lifter). Thinking about ordering from them but haven't gotten around to it yet. It should be a fairly inexpensive order if you're looking for someone to do a test order. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  6. http://www.skyvisionpara.com/acheter-skyvision.html "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  7. No. We cut a hole in the ice at the nearest lake when we want to go swimming. And that's in the summer! lawndarter: My wife and I will be at Perris Feb 11-15. Not looking for water training, but always happy to meet a fellow countryman, and we would be more than happy to jump with you. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  8. BrianM

    PIA Report on low reserve canopy openings

    I'm not aware of any studies on this. There's some discussion of the issue here. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  9. BrianM

    White or glowing face for first altimeter?

    I would get the glow face. The price difference is negligible, and there are no downsides to having it, but it'll be there if and when you need it. Aesthetics? The only time I even notice that my alti face isn't quite pure white is when I see it right next to one without the glow face (and I actually prefer the look of the glow face for some reason, but that's probably just me). "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  10. BrianM

    SS gromett removal

    Nice! Thanks for reporting back. That's definitely going on my wish list. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  11. So much for the "technical changes that permit this decision"... You already had that option. The Cypres 2 has a 13 month window for the maintenance (the anniversary month +/- 6 months). "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  12. Interesting. I guess the BPA knows better than the manufacturer... Does the BPA also mandate that Vigil's and M2's be sent for maintenance every 4 years, even though the manufacturers don't require it? (That's mostly a rhetorical question). "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  13. BrianM

    SS gromett removal

    Probably not. Cutting with a Dremel can get pretty hot pretty fast. I can't tell you how many times I've cut off the end of a bolt, then bent down and picked it up and burnt my fingers. You'd think I would learn... Just go slow and give it some breaks to cool down. If it gets too hot to touch, it's time for a break! Let us know how the Felco's work. I've been eyeballing them for a long time (for cutting cutaway cables) but keep balking at the price. If I can cut SS grommets with them, then I've got two reasons to buy them and might feel a bit better about the cost!
  14. BrianM

    SS gromett removal

    I tried that once. I do not recommend it. The friction from the cutter made enough heat to ruin all the fabric and the stiffener. I had to send the container out for a new flap. Works fine for me. Don't be so aggressive with the Dremel! Cut a bit at a time, and give it short breaks to cool down. I need to do that anyway so I can look and see how far through I am - don't want to cut into the flap! "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg
  15. BrianM

    7-33 hook shape?

    Yeah, I saw that it was "freshly refurbished" in your earlier post. I was just having a bit of fun! Sounds pretty good to me! I've had the good fortune to have done that three times now. One was a craigslist find that worked perfectly, the other two were previously owned by someone whose name appears in Poynter's , they work perfectly too. I can't take credit for my good luck though... Have fun with the class 7, and post some photos of what you do with it. "It's amazing what you can learn while you're not talking." - Skydivesg