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Everything posted by dpreguy

  1. E Rach. Good attitude. You'll make it if you want it bad enough. You'll be fine, sounds like you'll be a good rigger! Keep going for it. Need more like you.
  2. Your pack jobs are pretty meaningless. If they were the deciding factor/skill then everyone with a 1000 jumps would nearly be FAA riggers. Not. Packing is not the main preparation for obtaining a rigger certificate. Although I couldn't put a exact percentage on it, in my opinion, while packing is an important skill, it is only a "small" percentage of the of the rigger training requirement. Please access the "So you want to be a Rigger" article at the beginning of Gear and Rigging, and check out the Poynter Schlatter Parachute Rigger Course to confirm. About 19 chapters; and only one about packing. And in the Practical Test System Oral and Practical test only one Area of Operation, (of six) concerns packing. A serious attitude is the key, and I encourage anyone to look, in depth, about the rigger training requirements.
  3. "Flat sheet with 3 or 4", Wow, would like to see it. I am looking for a/the proven setup for keeping the risers in stasis so they can be reattached/reunited with the rig without error.
  4. At boogies I remember the PD booth where you could try out a PD canopy. Your bagged main canopy would be detached from your rig and placed in a bag with a flap that had: Snaps? or Loops or Velcro?? etc to hold the risers in stasis in perfect order. The prepacked and prebagged demo canopy came out of a similar bag, was placed on your harness rings, etc. You jumped it, it was taken off, and then your own packed and bagged canopy was reattached. Other mfgs have probably done the same thing. Anyone have the details of the riser-holding features of these temp storage bags? Or a picture of the whole bag and a detailed picture of the riser-holding parts on the flap?
  5. Like the "...two bit tart..." comment. Haven't heard that one before.
  6. ..."if the base price changes the end price will change"?....possibly in a perfect world, and logical, and don't we wish; but not necessarily true, as the local distributor will charge to make a profit. Asked the DZ 'almost manager' today. She has been there a long time supervising stuff, she knows 100 LL "hasn't gone down at all". She didn't know about Jet A price. Your assumption that delivery prices will fall if the fuel price falls is completely unfounded, as the local company will charge what ever they want to deliver. I'm not saying there has been no change. Just asking you to do your homework before you indict DZ owners of raking in unwarranted profits based upon your assumptions about what they pay/paid for fuel, then and now. Clicking around on a keyboard, applying your logic and guessing amounts to accusation by innuendo.
  7. transmitter: You can go to your internet commodity price sources all day, but you still haven't researched the delivered price to your dropzone. (Or anyone else's dropzone) Airlines get it by pipeline, dropzones by little tanker trucks sold by petroleum companies. Get off the keyboard and query the DZ owners on what they actually pay for delivered fuel. Then, and only then are your assumptions valid. Fuel is sold by distributors, with a delivery charge. Prices vary. Until you get the actual delivered prices, then and now, you are still operating on an assumption. You may be correct, but until you get off your keyboard and get actual facts - no one will give you credibility. Take your own advice.
  8. You are talking about the price of raw/crude oil. If you would post the price of 100LL and Jet A, delivered, I would listen. So far I'm not. Oil has to be refined to gasoline and Jet A, and delivered in over the road little semi tankers to the DZ owner, etc.. If you'd do your homework and generate accurate, "before" and "now" prices. Then I'll listen. Without that info your post query has little value, as it is based upon an assumption that the price of these two aviation fuels has dropped the same as crude. I don't know the answer to that, and your post implies you don't either. Suggest you come back with the 'delivered fuel' prices info and then post again if you find a significant difference between the "then" and "now. That would make your query valid.
  9. It was so cold...that when we pissed it knocked us over backwards.
  10. Googled up the stunts and tried to figure out if the motorcycle jump onto the top of the pinnacle was real. The stunt info source I read didn't mention the mototcycle stunt. Was it a real jump?
  11. Was friends of Jim Hall, skydiver/Air force officer/military ejection seat tester, project coordinator for the famous Col. Stapp rocket sled ride - (you know - the one where Stapp's mouth is forced open and his eyeballs exposed because eyelids forced open, probably highest survived deceleration G force ever recorded...), co producer and skydiver for "RIPCORD" TV series...etc. He spoke very highly of Carl Boenish and I think was there when on the tragic ocean landing. He talked a lot about Carl. I was jumping back then and was fascinated when he would tell Boenish stories. (Jim had routine surgery and the goddam hospital infected him with MERSA-superbug. Had both feet amputated and died soon after. Died earlier this year.) I'd love to see the movie! May 28 Denver. I'd like to see it earlier. Maybe DVD?
  12. Except no rigger has 12 packing weights anymore, unless he's a collector. (Although I do have two packing tables.) "Two packing tables" = works better phonetically
  13. No. Contempt is not an available remedy for a failure to pay civil judgments. Child support, etc, yes. (OK, maybe there could be if there is some conduct of concealment or other unusual avoidance conduct or something), but not for just money judgments. Since jail is a possible penalty for contempt, and we don't have imprisonment for debt, it isn't available for a simple failure to pay. The judgment creditor is on his own to go thru civil collection means. On the bright side for the judgment creditor the costs of collection are added to the amount owed. Also keep in mind, most civil debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy The judge's order is first reduced("converted") to a judgment. Then the civil collection remedies are pursued.
  14. Purpose of Velcro: Postage stamp size pile/loop Velcro on bridle marries with postage stamp sized hook Velcro on top flap.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. PC Yup, I get it now....still face to earth, but rotating on the yaw axis. Yup. You're right
  20. 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.
  21. ..."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.
  22. 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.