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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

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. BrianM

    The 6 Laws of Exit Order You Really Need to Know

    I agree with previous commenters, plus, nothing at all about determining exit separation? Oh, and nice job rating your own article...
  5. Why did that remind me of Fandango? I loved the comment about pigeons!
  6. BrianM

    Canopy identification

    Canadian Aerosports made canopies called Blizzard and Typhoon. I'm not sure if they ever made a Hurricane but it does fit the naming theme.
  7. BrianM

    Exit Order Safety

    We've had a perfectly good term for this for a very long time - it's "forward throw". It's in the CSPA PIMs, the USPA SIMs, and several other countries equivalents. It was in common use when I stayed jumping twenty years ago, and still is today. I'm surprised nobody here seems to know it! "If the previous skydiver or group is still under the airplane, do not jump." sounds suspiciously like a variation of the 45° rule.
  8. BrianM

    Protrack audible

    That is normal. It's not switching off; only the display is turned off, the ProTrack is still on and will work.
  9. BrianM

    Protack Logbook

    No there isn't.
  10. BrianM

    buying cypres question

    If the cutter has not been replaced after it fired, then you will need to buy a new cutter. That would reduce the amount I would be willing to pay for it. Otherwise, I can't see any reason that the value would be affected.
  11. BrianM

    Pro-Track Question

    The main page is essentially a logbook. Once you have jumped with it, it will show those jumps. Setting your current jump numbers and cumulative freefall time just tells it where to start counting from.
  12. BrianM

    Vigil II stuck in "hello"

    There's your answer. I suppose you could wait and see if it powers off after 14 hours, or you could remove and reinstall the battery, and it might start working properly - but wouldn't you rather have an AAD that you know works properly, than one that might have problems? I would recommend not jumping the rig at all with this AAD in it until it has been checked out by the manufacturer. You could call them before sending it, they may have some suggestions to try first.
  13. BrianM

    Canon TX1

    I've only quickly glanced at the specs so far, but it looks like it doesn't take accessory lenses. Zoom lens is 39-390mm (35 mm equivalent).
  14. BrianM

    Putting a solo in a protec

    Only way to find out for sure is to try it, but my guess is it won't be loud enough. I'm not sure what you mean by "wax-tape". I don't have a solo, but I do have a ProTrack and a ProDytter that I put in a Protec. I sewed a pouch for it that velcros closed and also velcros into the helmet. Quick and easy to install and remove, and protects the audible from scratches. I posted some photos a while back here:;#1774297
  15. BrianM

    Hooking up non-cascaded lineset

    If the loop fingertrapped into the end of the line is large enough to go over the barrel on the link, perhaps either the outside A line or the centre B line went over the barrel and all the way around to the other side? If so you can just flip it back around.