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  1. Any rigger can make a mistake. Of course. But... not checking the work is a violation of the trust between the rigger and the user. After every piece of repair work a rigger must check his work. Simple as that. If he had he would have caught it. Not checking the work is a serious error. Rigging is skill plus attitude.
  2. dpreguy

    Turkey Recipes

    I can't believe I'm commenting on a cooking topic, but...I've heard all of the soaking techniques; brine, beer, Wishbone salad dressing,etc. and I think you are all on the wrong track towards getting a juicier and tastier end result. The answer? A never-frozen bird. It will be many times juicier and better. Not that the brines or the beer, or salad dressing soaks, etc. hurt anything, but why go to all of the mess and the work? And, do you have a refrig big enough and cold enough to do the soaking? Get the never- frozen turkey ordered early and reserved for you; then on the day before, pick it up from the butcher shop put it in the fridge overnight in the wrapping, (no mess) and cook it next am. It will be juicier and better flavored than anything frozen, reconstituted and soaked in anything. And no salmonella or other bug risk. Too late to do all of the ordering, reserving etc now. Just go to the meat market and see if you can buy one the day before. So many people have figured this out so they may not have one. You may have to wait till next year.
  3. If the eye of the loop is big enough for a standard pull up (ribbon with pointy ends) the entire pin will go thru too. Not everyone uses a packing tool. Most use a pull up ribbon. Anyone who shoves the entire pin thru is simply a bad packer. In fact, I cringe sometimes seeing a packer with their feet on the rig and leaning back to get it closed. Sometimes the opposite side of the rig actually lifts off the floor! Huge grommet strain. That packer with the packing tool, leaning back with huge force at the end of the pack job should have instead tightened each flap in turn. Eventually, the" "50+ pound last pull" method, with arms, legs and back pulls the last grommet to looseness or failure by tearing it out. Bad technique.
  4. So, still belly to earth. No different than being in a flat turn and pitching. Conclusion: The shorter the time, the fewer the uncorrected turns caused by the spinning main. My rig is too old to install a MARD, but I wish I had one. Have an RSL and that, in most cases, shortens the time too.
  5. PC Yup, I get it now....still face to earth, but rotating on the yaw axis. Yup. You're right
  6. I'm still not buying that. The prop has no rotational motion along it's longitudinal/roll axis before it flies off, because it is fixed to the hub. After it breaks off, it flies away in the direction of it's centrifugal force, 'kind of' in a straight line; but yes-it was cutting into the air, arcing if you will, just prior, and won't fly away exactly straight. It would arc for a while. But, to postulate that it will begin rotating on it's longitudinal/roll axis....hmmmm seems like a stretch. Easier for me to imagine a cylinder, not a prop, which flies off. Can't see how it would begin rotating on it's long axis just because it flies off. Round parachutes were once tested on a spinning tower. A heavy dummy was spun out and the parachute was in some kind of container. It was then released. I have seen a black and white movie/video of one of those tests. Not one bit of line twist. And, they didn't deploy very quick either. Well, I'm no physicist, so maybe I just don't get it. If there is roll axis twisting imparted on release, then why didn't the parachute on the whirling tower get line twists? As I said, they took a long time to open. Seemed like about two long seconds. If the theory is 180 degrees per second, it should have had two twists on the roll axis.
  7. ..."body rotation of 180 degrees per second" This would be with or without a MRD, RSL or neither of these? Not as an argument, but as a question: Your defective main is spinning and you are being "flung" outwards. Let's say you are being flung outwards while your main is twirling it's way in it's spin, and at the same time is going downward-yes, a spiral. If you are face to earth let's say, and cut away, then out you go in a straight line. Where is there any body rotation of 180 degrees per second? Why wouldn't you just fly away, still face to earth? What would make your body "rotate"? (At this point, I disagree with your statement that one's body would rotate. I think, if you are face to earth at the time of the release of the main risers as you are flying away in a straight line; if you started face to earth, you would stay face to earth. But I may be wrong.) What am I missing here? What force would cause your body to rotate on it's longitudinal/roll axis? = (The only axis that would produce line twists on a deploying reserve) Once again, this is not a MARD, RSL or neither question. It's a cutaway from a spinning main question.
  8. I do not agree that a MARD deployment would have more line twists than any other kind of deployment. 1. If you are spinning under a defective canopy, you are being slung outward by centrifugal forces. This does not mean your body is spinning. When you cut away from a spinning malfunction, or a MARD deploys you are simply flung outwards from the resistance, basically in a straight line, by centrifugal force. 2. Line twists on the reserve are from something else than the MARD. 3. Spinning main impart a spin on the deployment bag? Nah. It would just twist the bridle. (OK I suppose if there were hundreds of twists it could) But a MARD would have the canopy out of the freebag long before a huge number of twists could ever develop.
  9. Lincoln Sport Parachute Club, Weeping Water, Nebraska has static line.
  10. Sorry to hear Sewing Machine Sales of Ohio closed. I bought a beautiful old brute Adler 98 longarm sail repair machine from them uh -about 10 12 yrs ago. 300 or 400+ lb machine shipped to me on a flatbed truck. It was a good company.
  11. devon and pc chap. Me too. After all of Vigil's cutter service bulletins, we now get one that says,"...rough edges in the cutter...abrasion... etc..". Vigil makes a great product, but dang. I seems like after all of the other cutter product service bulletins regarding the loop being abraded or cut or whatever, that they would have set up a final quality control inspection procedure that would catch something so fundamental as sharp edges or whatever in the cutter hole. Sheesh. Getting a bit tired of this steady march of product service bulletins regarding their cutters.
  12. Jumper had a number of chest pack reserves, and it looked to me that he pulled each one. And fed the canopies out in the manner we were taught back then. Put your non ripcord hand on the pack, pull the ripcord, and then throw/feed the canopy out. Pretty damn impressive actually.
  13. I put on the attachment that comes with the G3 today and made a jump with it. Comfortable, but it wasn't really cold enough to call it a test. It's designed to block the visor off below your nose. (could be tighter) I think it would require exhaling through your mouth to work. Which, now that I think of it, is pretty natural when exerting. When it gets colder, I'll use it and see.
  14. And, you perfected the one-sided conventional RSL on a pop top rig. Very nice! And, only one cutter! All in all, because it has the industry standard workable RSL, and only needs one cutter...the best pop top rig ever made. One of our cameramen has two Reflex rigs and they are still going strong.
  15. Does the factory thing to separate your mouth exhalations from the upper part of the helmet actually work?
  16. Competency test for anyone buying a 500+ horsepower car?
  17. When I purchased my G 3 it came with a soft attachment device that (I think) goes under your nose and blocks the exhaled breath from your mouth from going up to the upper portion of the faceplate you see out of? I've never tried it. If someone has; does it work? Maybe I'll dig it out of my bag and try it someday.
  18. Different from my experience. I called ( a couple of years ago - I admit), got George Galloway on the phone and conversed immediately.
  19. I have not seen an orange cutaway cable. Red, I've seen.
  20. I think anodizing colors is only for aluminum. Other processes are used for ferrous metals.
  21. We had to find the bullets we shot, so we could re-use them.
  22. We had to find the bullets we shot, so we could re-use them.
  23. OK I stopped being lazy and googled it. Pretty cool. they have been around for along time and seem to be a proven parachute.
  24. What is a SF-10a canopy? How big? Is it the new "muffin" airborne round/square combo with the slider? US or foreign? (OK I guess I could google it)