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Everything posted by dpreguy

  1. Chrysler is now owned by Fiat/Italy. Doubt they bought Chrysler to put money in American hands.
  2. Peek. Good design! Flies from your feet because of the leader line that let's it fly from a lower position. I've also jumped the Liberty streamers and imagined a better release system than their curved pins- yellow cutaway cable - long enough to never allow an accidental pull; or, in your case, a zipper, which is about as secure as you can get. Although I prefer a leg mount, your design that allows a foot level origin is just as good, and probably less of a design task. I'm guessing you didn't need anyone to tell you to put a strip of cloth or webbing under that zipper!
  3. Very much agree with Monk on use of 'horse collar' loop on foot. Safety on release, and it flies from the foot.
  4. I totally agree with the horse collar ski uses. Safety in release, and the streamer flies from the foot.
  5. I you are jumping alone, a "mid section" streamer pouch may be OK; but if jump with others, and you ever have to go into a hard spiral, such as you do when you have to gain vertical separation between canopies so you aren't landing at the same time in a small area, you will be in for a nasty surprise. If you spiral hard, the belly band location of the zipper bag streamers becomes dangerous. Here's what happens: The streamers will begin to spiral around your body, then around your risers, then spiral around your lines too. It happened to me and one of the 3 streamers actually went over the top of the canopy. I'd say there were about 5 spirals - all told. I invented a leg streamer pouch because of the safety factor. You can spiral as aggressively as you want and they will never wrap around your body. Belly location for streamers is a bad idea.
  6. I have invented a good one and it has been used 4 times here. Very safe and leaves a sphere of ashes easily seen for those on the ground. It goes on your left wrist. I don't know how to take pictures and send, so I will try to get help from someone who has that skill.
  7. Everyone (well almost everyone) thinks it's: "Don't throw your love out on the pavement".
  8. What Hookenswoop said; that's why it's called a "dry lubricant". (Cypres loops are pulled thru the silicone pad, and the lube is considered fine for 6 months.) When a yellow cable is pulled at repack time it is still slick to the touch. Silicone works. Spraying it with the Ace Hardware silicone or pull it thru the Cypres lube pad. I much prefer the spray now.
  9. Other mountains. I have no idea. I wasn't any great shakes - just an 'average joe' rock climber, and ice and snow guy that got around a lot. Big mountains have a certain magic. Canada, Mexico (high volcanos there), Tetons, Wind Rivers, loved the ice and snow world. I'd love to go to Robson again, (not the Cain Wall though), and have had dreams about Assiniboine-the "Matterhorn" of Canada. Have a look at it. Wow! Maybe I'm getting too old for that one.
  10. Agree with muff528. ANY president who pulls off such a political stunt.. I like Denali because the Alaskans like it, and because they have been wanting to change it for a long time. Everyone knows that. Did not name any mountains. Large rock monoliths/spires. First ascents. Placed a register on them with the naming. For the Canadians: Robson; stopped at base of Conrad Cain Wall, (not my decision), then on to the summit of Mount Athabasca. Athabasca: "The mountain was named in 1898 by J Norman Collie, the person who made the first ascent on August 18th", so the tradition dates back to at least 1898- even for mountains. Athabasca is the Cree Indian name for "Where there are reeds".... Robert Service stated, ".. no water more pure then that which flows in the runnels of the Athabasca glacier". Loved Alberta and BC; the mountains and the Canadian people.
  11. Climbed for 20 years+. Rock climber and ice and snow. US, Canada, Mexico. Named 2. Placed the registers. A climber can name more than just a route. Now the political correctness infection is spreading. Probably beyond mountains too. Mt Evans, named after a governor, is now targeted as inappropriate because he was governor when there was an indian massacre. Now a move to rename it mount Black Kettle. If only "the great one" would visit and rename it. Let' see, Columbus enslaved Indians. Rename Columbus Day too........ If Alaskans want Denali, that's cool. I actually prefer it. But lobby Congress or an agency or whatever to get the change. Using executive authority and political correctness as a cover for a cutesy political stunt is what this is all about.
  12. Obvious you are not a climber. The person who climbs it names it.
  13. Because that person has earned that right. This has been around for - like - forever. I actually don't care what the mountain is called. Just pointing out the decision here was all about political correctness. Arrogant political correctness.
  14. Intellectually, your response was lacking.. I said the first person who climbs it CAN name it. This respect for a first ascent governs, or should. Governments naming mountains no one has climbed is a longstanding practice too, but the point is, the natives have no superior right to the naming either. The natives naming Denali is OK for them, but it is neither more legitimate or bogus as any other. (Except for the never ending cutesy quest for political correctness). Then Jewell follows this PC quest right after the 'great one' visits and suddenly declares that Denali is the correct name. Silly; and patently obvious..
  15. dpreguy


    The design is all about instant openings. Pack opening bands do just that - they strip away the sides of the pack completely; and with the steel spring bands at the floor of the pack, the canopy is not only exposed, but it is pushed out at the same time. Talk about getting the canopy into the air! Pilot chute too of course. Not only the NB 8 but the Army and Air Force B 12's too. Yes the design is 50 or 60 years old but...... Also, as I recall, the NB 8 also uses a loop closure for the lower part of the container, as well as cones. It is a very reliable design - result oriented. (DB Cooper chose it over the other two. No that is an endorsement! Humor intended)
  16. The first person who climbs it can name it. The local indians/ eskimo natives have no naming rights. None. They want to call it Denali, OK, but they have no superior right to name it because none of them climbed it. They just stared at it and named it as they pleased. OK then, it is Denalii to them. No, McKinley didn't climb it either, but his claim to name it is just as good, or as bogus as the natives. Sec interior Jewell, little puppet of political correctness, is out of her pay grade in trying to rename it.
  17. "Mfg allow senior to perform harness work" - skytribe is probably right.
  18. Remotely related: A million years ago main parachute D bags used to have a tiny rubber band pocket sewed onto them with a Velcro closure. I added them on every rig I have owned thru the years, and they are very handy. I just holds three or four rubber bands. If you are packing and need a rubber band quickly - just grab one from the little pocket. I didn't invent this idea; just copied it. I have used it for decades.
  19. Guess we'll respectfully disagree on the privileges of a senior rigger. I believe they are very much more extensive. Hopefully there will someday be input from PIA, or the FAA or simply a consensus of riggers someday to resolve ambiguities. In the meantime, thank you, and all others for your civility and intelligent input. I learn everyday from those with more extensive abilities and experience than me. Your loft, and others who are in the commercial end of complicated rigging tasks and repairs do things on a regular basis I wouldn't be able to do. We learn we learn we learn. Pretty cool when you think about it. As to the OP question, I agree that it is a master rigger task, and if the mfg says no then that's it.
  20. Regulatory may not have been the best adjective. Binding or authoritative probably would have been better. The question is, and always has been: "What repairs/tasks can a senior rigger do?"; or stating it another way, "What repairs or tasks is/are a senior rigger prohibited from doing?" One answer is to label or classify that repair or that action as major or minor. Another way to state what a senior rigger can do is simply to say, "A senior rigger can do this " without the labelling or classification of whether it could or should be classified or defined as major or minor. That is what the Parachute Rigger Handbook and 105 2E do. For example: The PRH simply states what can be done by a senior rigger and what must be done by a master rigger. Perfect! A senior rigger can be confident that he is not exceeding his authority by finding the task or repair and only doing it if it says he can. For those tasks and repairs not listed, then go back to the definition of major or minor. Using the PRH along with AC 1052E as a guide, (which gives respect to the Poynters too), provides the senior rigger, the rigger instructor and the parachute rigger examiner bright lines in determining in determining what can be done by a senior, what to teach and what to test on. The Practical Test System is the testing standard and each examiner is in an appointed position and has the obligation to follow it as part of his duties. Taken as a whole, this is as nearly a perfect system as could be devised. The senior rigger can confidently perform tasks and repairs as stated in the PRH and 105 2E, -Poynters without fear he is exceeding his authority. Once again, to the extent that the AC or the PRH or the Poynters are in error; they need only be corrected. To the extent that the AC or PRH is ambiguous, then they should be rewritten to remove the ambiguities. We can all participate in this. The same old arguments, using the circular debating techniques of going from the specific to the general and back again from the general back to the specific always results in a quagmire of questions and never yields definitive answers; as the conclusions or opinions of what affects strength, operation, weight and balance, flight characteristics, yadda yadda (going on memory here of the def. of a major repair) will always differ. The present system of the AC 105 2E, Poynters and the PRH avoids this opinion-based approach and provides the senior rigger and all others teaching and testing concrete and specific guidance for defining the limits or privileges of a senior rating. No politics, no preference to those with opinions, and specificity are the goals the FAA or of any regulatory system. It seems to me to be working just fine, and we can work together to make these sources better. The alternative is to have never ending arguments where opinion rules.
  21. My opinion: AC 105 2E is regulatory. In statutory construction and interpretation the more recent and more specific controls. In many instances, and not just in rigging regulations, these newer or more specific statutes, regs and far's trump the older or less specific ones. They do so because of the legal presumption that legislative body that created the newer or more specific provisions had knowledge of what was previously in existence and have chosen to now modify that. That is the legal guideline for statutory construction and interpretation. In instances where AC 105 2E does contradict or modify other previously published sources, because it is more recent and more specific, AC105 2E is the current and controlling authority and can be relied upon to legitimize repairs performed as described and who can do them. Skytribe and Hackish are both correct. And, yes, according to 105 2E an individual manufacturer can reclassify (trump) a repair from major to minor on their own products. The good news is that rarely do the Poynters and the Parachute Rigger Handbook (PRH) conflict, and I doubt that manufacturers conflict much either. The result is that we have a predictable and unified system for the determination of classification of repairs. This benefits both riggers and those teaching and testing riggers. For additional confirmation that the FAA has fully endorsed the PRH handbook, one only has to look at some of the tasks for Senior riggers in areas I thru VI of the parachute riggers Practical Test System (PTS). Some tasks which Senior applicants can be tested on, prior to the PRH publication would have been classified as major. Now they are minor and the applicant can be tested on them. The FAA is "all in" on the PRH. It is the "law" now and can be relied upon in case of challenges based upon regulatory infraction or civil lawsuits. No publication is perfect, and to the extent that the Poynters and the PRH have errors, it is up to us to point them out and get them corrected. I look forward to a newer and better PRH some day, which would be even more specific in task classifications and which would correct previous errors and eliminate ambiguities. If a new PRH is created, there could be a reclassification of who can perform repairs which are considered by the rigging community to be too liberal or too strict, and also consider an expansion of tasks allowed by Senior riggers. I think the FAA would listen to the rigging community as a whole in creating or confirming the present classifications. All would have a voice.
  22. He doesn't need me to belittle him, he does that all by himself. His disdain for the military is obvious. This is returned. He is going to the graduation of two women from Ranger school for his own self aggrandizement. They will salute him because they are required to. His attendance as a publicity stunt is an insult to those candidates who worked so hard to earn the tab.
  23. Miss Mahoney's opinion twice states the skydiving company has had exclusive use of the 40 acres. Not true. Any aviation use is allowed there. Powered paragliders and powered hang gliders operate there regularly, and there was a Fly In and barbeque for antique plane owners that used the East end of it about 3 weeks ago. Not exclusive use. Shared use. All aviation users may access this parcel. Her argument that Mile Hi should pay for past usage is silly. No one pays lease payments unless they are contractually required to do so. This 20 year lease agreement comes with obligations from both the lessor and the lessee. Lessee pays what is contractually required and the lessor must allow the usage. Negotiations over this would not rise to this level of attention without inflammatory fuel from the lawsuit losers and their followers.
  24. To have this military hater/photo op grabber attend is an insult to these soldiers. They will salute the office. Not the man. He should stay home and send someone they respect