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  1. After the execution of a search warrant, and it is returned, the affidavit(s) in support of it are available to the public. They always tell the tale.
  2. I think it was early 90's. Just before sunset. Jack (last name unimportant) was observed by many of us on the ground to have an open canopy. We all wondered why he was just going and going and going downwind. Unconscious for sure. Knocked out on opening? (He was a marathoner and did 100 mile races with running and bicycling) Even so, there was talk of a failed heart due to a hard opening? No one knows for sure. There were a 15 or 20 of us skydivers watching the whole thing. We never knew why, but he just kept going into the Western sun and landed without any toggle input. Not ever. He was so far away we just saw his canopy disappear on the horizon. That was it. Emergency crew found him dead. He had impacted a dirt embankment. All of us were watching him go about maybe a mile or more downwind without any corrections. Pretty sure it was a PD Stilletto. All of us saying, "What is going on ? Why doesn't he turn? All of us with increasing anxiety and dread as he got closer to the ground. Was he dead at opening time? Did he die because of the impact? Even after medical exam no one ever knew. Very sad day. We lost a good friend.
  3. OK I need to confess that I didn't know there was an S-Fire. Who makes it? I will go google it and find out Obviously my comments are about the Safire, and misplaced. Sorry.
  4. Jumped a Safire from the factory guys at a boogie. It was a good canopy, but...since you asked.. The main difference between the PD products I also test jumped at the boogie was the length of the flare stroke. With the Safire (can't remember if it was a 2 or 3) I found I had to push the toggles almost down to my knees to get the same flare I got from a PD product by pushing the toggles to my waist. I jump a Stilleto 170. I guess you'd get used to the longer flare stroke, but going from what I would call a "standard" flare stroke to the much longer Safire stroke was a surprise to me. Jumped the Sabre 2 there too and found the flare stroke to be of "normal" length, and quite nice. Ok, one jump. I get it. But I rejected the Safire because of the unusually long flare stroke. That's just me. Have jumped the Aerodyne Pilot and found the stroke to be also "normal" (to the waist) too. One observer, one jump, one opinion here. Best to jump loaners and see if you agree and are happy with the product you will eventually buy.
  5. Councilman, (and other commentators) is absolutely correct that the tube type bumper, what ever it is made of MUST not be allowed the possibility to slide up the suspension lines. They have to be tacked down in some manner. Using rubber surgical tubing, vinyl, or plastic are short cut solutions and are not the way to go. They are reminiscent of the 70's. I wouldn't use them; unless they are so tight they are like shrink tube, and even then should be tacked down. In my opinion, the best bumpers, (if you are going to use Rapides) are the folded piece of webbing sewn up both sides and the lines go thru, and the Rapide link is "threaded" thru the folded part. Like the "pilgrims hats" supplied with soft links. But...I don't understand why anyone in the sport world, on ram air canopies with sliders still use Rapides? Soft links (more than one manufacturer) are faster and easier to put on and take off, and no bumper is necessary for a few jumps. Besides, soft links are stronger. Yes for many many jumps, as in a skydiver sport main canopy, even soft links need a bumper, and as all know, are supplied with the soft link = Pilgrim's hats. But for the few jumps put on a base rig, not necessary. Just be observant and replace at the sign of the slightest wear. Doubled 1500 Spectra has a huge margin of strength/safety. Rapides require bumper inventions. Why go there in the first place? (In pilot emergency rigs with round canopies Rapides are just fine, as there is no slider. Just have to make sure they are tight. And.. a couple of turns around the suspension line loops are nice to keep the lines from migrating around the link.)
  6. If the DZ said "no refunds ever" and never got any refund at all, I am with you. If that was the final outcome then that is crap. I was just pointing out that "outing" a DZ on this forum ought to be 100% accurate.
  7. DB Cooper. "Guy went to an SOS event, ...weather went bad- guy refused a refund" Most readers would agree that is a bad practice/policy. However, not enough facts there to indict the DZ for bad policy and name them as a bad actor.. If he paid in cash, then he should be outraged and go to this forum to complain about it and name the DZ. Fair enough. But, if he paid with a credit card, he has to deal with the consequences and all of the stuff outlined in the T dog response. Any jumper who goes to an event and uses a credit card will have to deal with the consequences, once again, outlined by Tdog. Discounts for admin fees, refund procedures from the provider, etc etc. /Delay in the processing, etc. Live with it. That's the penalty for using a credit card. There are no details of how this was eventually handled, whether the expected refund was made (ever) and what hassles the DZ operator had and whether it began as a credit card deposit. In short, before naming a DZ as "bad", there should be more info of how this started and more importantly, how it ended. Anyone who goes to an event and pays cash (I'll wager) will instantly get any refund, that he asks for if the event is cancelled by weather. If not, then using the forum to complain is legit. Bad actor for sure. Use a credit card? Want a refund? Deal with the problems and consequences of using a credit card and don't complain too early and don't complain about charges for the hassle and can of worms problems caused by it. It was your choice to use it. The eventual outcome should be reasonable for the jumper and the DZ; but expecting it be done on the spot/instantly depends on how sophisticated the DZ's system is set up. Instant refunds may be unreasonable to a small business operating as a Drop Zone.
  8. Another example of a "packer with a rigger's license". A rigger ALWAYS CHECKS HIS WORK. A packer just does the job and throws it over the fence - so to speak. So, 1. Get your 20 back reserves packed 2. Buy the Dauntless written exam cheat sheet. Use it as your only study guide when you are packing the 20 3. Go to a well-known rigger examiner "mill" and presto. You are a legal rigger - known to all as "Rigger Lite". No need to actually acquire actual skills, no need to acquire the rigger practices such as, "A rigger always checks his work" etc. This picture indicates an attitude problem more than anything. Not a lack of skills problem. Being an actual rigger means you have inculcated the habits, the well-known rigger practices and you actually care. Have I ever made a rigging mistake? Sure. But, do I (and other well-trained riggers) always check my work? Yes 100% of the time. Attitude attitude attitude.
  9. Squirrel makes canopies?
  10. Have not jumped the Epicene WS. (showing my ignorance here ) who makes it?
  11. Received an update from FAA on AC 105 2E: My read on them. Paragraphs: 1 a Website info (b) where to find TSO C23 info 3 (c) seems to set out how parachute operations are depicted on aeronautical charts. (seems to me to be kind of like a NOTAM info guide.) 8 Pilot Responsibilities. Page 9 8b (2) (e) "Skydive Formation Flying in accordance with USPA Formation Flying 101 guidance" Also: There is a a new website for those wanting to print the Parachute Rigging Handbook This is my read on the 105 2E revisions just announced.
  12. Will not. I agree totally with Hooknswoop. A million years ago I packed one or two. It was always this procedure: 1. tighten the loops. 2. turn the rig over to see of the pins are bending. 1. followed by 2. 1. followed by 2. over and over. Never knew if the pull was excessive.. and yes, I could detect a pin bending slightly. then...had to open it to release the tension and the pin was actually straight. Repack and go through 1., then 2. 1.. then 2. All to get the ridiculous exposed pilot chute cap to settle. And, really never actually knowing what the final pull force was. And...which pin was causing the problem. Two pins? Why? No, I wasn't good at packing them. Decided to stop. Not worth the aggravation. Should have charged double to pack because it took 3 times the time to do so. And yes, I have watched others pack them and yes they do the same thing. They see if the pilot chute has settled on the top, then turn it over - sometimes 4 or 5 times to see if the pins are bending-flexing. (some riggers admit that is why they are checking, some do not admit it) One denied that was why he was tightening, then checking repeatedly. The other rigger admitted he was looking for pin bending and that was why he did the "tighten, turn over- tighten, turn over" to look at the condition of the pin- bent or not..." And even at packing demos at PIA it is the same. Tighten followed by turn over - tighten followed by turn over and a very long and close look at the pins to see if they are bending. Watch your rigger pack a racer. You will see this. Casually ask him why he is checking pins over and over. See if he will admit he is looking for pin bending. It is the procedure because of the bad design. Only have to do this on pop top designs. Why pop tops anyway? Why two pins? This design has nothing going for it and there is no reason for it in the first place. Not going to pack a bad design that leaves me with a question of the pull force.
  13. angryelf Must disagree about listing the Pulse with the other canopies mentioned. In my opinion: The Pulse has less than half of the flare power for landing than the others listed. Have borrowed one and jumped it a couple of times. Pathetic. Have jumped most of the others listed. Although they vary, they have good/adequate flare power for landing. The Pulse? Not even close. Opens ok, flies ok, But for landing it is a dud. This is my opinion.
  14. The ideal storage bag for a canopy is transparent. Of course the bagged canopy is always kept totally out of the sunlight or any other bright light source. Why is a transparent bag superior? Because you can, (and should) fold the canopy so the placard is on the outside. That way, when looking at a bunch,( or even one) of bagged canopies you can see at a glance what canopy is in the bag. Drive you nuts seeing a bunch of canopies on a shelf packed in opaque bags. What canopy is in this bag? What canopy is in that bag? .....
  15. I don't own one, but saw it at PIA and was very impressed. The reserve bottom flap arrangement is excellent, with no containment for the reserve D bag. Nice tight rig, as I viewed it. ACE mard is well explained in the manual. Anything Dave S designs has to be good.
  16. No difference if you need the stolen rig confiscated from the subsequent possessor. (Assuming the possessor is ungentlemanly and doesn't want to say he is sorry and give it back; asserting it is now his property because he "found it in a ditch", "had it given to him", "bought it online" or wherever story he gives.) It is a crime to knowingly possess stolen property, and there is a legal presumption that the present possessor knows it is stolen. Example: If you find the gear, (1000 miles away in a different state) how are you going to get it? Grab it by force? If your buddy sees it at a boogie or something, and sends you a picture by phone, what do you do? Ask your buddy to grab it by force? Nah. If you had a local police report filed you just tell the person who spots it to contact you. You then telephone the police agency where it is found and refer them to the stolen property report you filed. The police agency where the rig is found will use your local original report description to identify it. If the description matches, he will confiscate it and hold it and question the present possessor about how he is in possession of stolen property and if the person is uncooperative may, and probably will, arrest the present possessor. (Probably take into custody and threaten to arrest if the present possessor doesn't explain fully how he came to have the property.) This is absolutely legal police procedure because of the legal presumption that the person who is in possession of stolen property knowingly possesses it. The rest of the story just plays out in a normal investigative fashion. If arrested, or if threatened with arrest, based upon the presumption of guilt, the present possessor is HIGHLY MOTIVATED to reveal where he got it. If he asserts he is honest and unwitting, he will readily identify the person he bought it from, (it may be a chain of sellers and buyers)...etc etc and finally, in theory, the true thief may be found out. Each rats out the previous guy. All may be eventually arrested or some may be considered to be unwitting - depends. That's how it works. So, think twice about buying a $5000 rig online for $100 because the prosecutor, to support the presumption that "you knew, or should have known" the gear was stolen will use the disproportionate price paid compared to it's value to validate the presumption. Especially if the price is so low it is fishy. Bottom line: ALWAYS get a bill of sale from the seller, listing the seller's name and address or driver's license number and have the seller sign it. A bill of sale form always states the seller is the lawful owner. Or make one of your own, but include the language that the "seller is the lawful owner." It can be on a piece of scrap paper or on the back of a napkin. Have him sign it.
  17. Seat packs or backs? I do get a lot of Butler pilot emergency rigs. I will watch. To defeat ownership rights of subsequent purchasers...you must report these assemblies, (actually the owner has to) as stolen property with local law enforcement; with as much detail as possible. If a rigger finds these rigs, local law enforcement there has to do the confiscating, based upon the actual owner's detailed description and proof of his ownership and the filed stolen property report. The more detailed the description, the better. The owner must file the report, along with your report too. The owner must also provide his proof of ownership in the report - and contact information. That way, when the rigs turn up, all will be ready to go.
  18. I gave a presentation at PIA 2015 setting forth the outline/procedure/guide for individual riggers who wish to train others. I opened with a video outline and then had handouts etc for all attendees. Be happy to send you all of that and more. My students regularly pass the written with 90's and upper 90's, and they know the complete rigger "world" so to speak. Use the Poynter- Schlatter Rigger Course available in Para Gear catalog. Over 20 chapters of text and questions. That, (plus other stuff) is the way to go to graduate knowledgeable riggers. Using the Dauntless Q/A as a substitute or a dodge for teaching the substance of knowledge is the path to "rigger lite". And pisses me off. Someone without ANY parachute knowledge or any jumps can just memorize the Dauntless Q/A and pass the FAA written, and never have touched or seen a parachute. And, for all practical purposes, not know anything but the memorization dance. Purpose of FAA Written is to see if the person has the legitimate knowledge. Not memorize a $40 guide. I'd be happy to send you all of it. I think I have a private message or whatever it is called. You can send your address to me and I'll ship it all to you in the mail.
  19. Oops - yeah 16 feet=first second. Guess that makes a total of 240 feet after 4 seconds. My error. Anyway, I think the device is very cool. Night jumps-low altitude - can't see much - lot of equipment - shock of cold air - too much going on..... The device just quietly and efficiently does it's job. Nice.
  20. I have seen the presentation at the PIA Symposium. My takeaway is thus: The military static line parachutist is in a limited time situation. And, the lower the exit, the shorter the time. (Stating the obvious) Because of this limited time, and especially at night, the soldier may be unable to determine the need to manually pull the reserve ripcord quickly enough. Not enough time to look at the situation and make that decision to pull his reserve handle. As mentioned, jumps at night make the visual recognition even harder, or even impossible. (I guess what the paratrooper would sense is that there was no opening shock within the usual time he would have felt it, based upon previous jumps?) And, by then it may be too late - time wise. Probably about 4 seconds? It is my understanding that this device senses the absence of an opening ( the absence of the deceleration) within a predetermined time and cuts the reserve loop(s). And it is designed to operate only after the paratrooper exits the plane, and it knows when the exit occurred. Possible example: The first second he falls 32 feet. The second second 64, Third 128 and the fourth 256, Add these together and he has fallen 480 feet. Four seconds. Assuming a night jump, with no visual ability to see what is wrong, the paratrooper realizes something is amiss and then makes the decision to deploy by pulling his reserve handle. Time is passing. That makes him too low and he dies. He is simply too low to react in time. This device goes quicker and it's brain is more accurate and reliable than a human. Even a well trained one. I don't know that 4 seconds is the test for this device. I just made that up based upon my static line jumps, mostly from a C -130. Since we jumped (or were supposed to) at 1250 feet, no opening in 5 seconds was the mark for for pulling the reserve handle. In SF all of our jumps were at night on T-10's. Once from a C-123 at 750 at night. Modern paratroopers probably have less time as their exit altitude is lower. This device probably uses a different elapsed time. It gives the paratrooper a chance to live. This is my understanding of it. I know the inventor can be more accurate and explanatory of what it does and how it does it. As I said, this is my takeaway. I hope I got it right. Only the inventor can actually and accurately explain it.
  21. I did the same 24,000 jump in Mullins' T tail Beech. No problem, nor did I observe or know of anyone else who had a O2 problem. Sounds like the problem is if the pilot is in compliance, not the skydiver being endangered. Nothing new about that.
  22. If you, or anyone wants 1991-1999 Skydiving magazines ...Free - but you'll have to pay shipping. (They actually weigh a lot). Collection is not complete, but most are there. I need to get rid of them.