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Posts posted by dpreguy

  1. I could be incorrect on this but...it is my understanding that no manufacturer other than Jump Shack makes their own ripcords. Yes it is on a Mirage rig, but I don't think it is a "Mirage" ripcord. Same on *every other rig but
    jump shack. I think Capewell mfg's most others. And they make great ripcords. If this one is defective then they or Mirage should promptly replace it.
    (Not to be "captain obvious" but not on UPT products with an RSL or Skyhook because they don't use a single pin ripcord)

    Not that it makes the ripcord OK or anything, but if it was OK when inspected, then the cable end popped out, then it's not on Mirage, and yes they should replace it.
    So, if they do replace it then the beginning of this thread is a "single occurrence" event.

    My experience with Mirage has been great. I have ordered parts, etc and gotten them promptly. They have a great product.

  2. Steveorino

    1. Listen to Airtwardo
    2. Streamers create a magical and graceful appearance to canopy flight. I have invented a safe setup. Please contact me in a PM
    3. I have some of Byron Dormire's Demo Details books and will send you one if you give me an address.
    4. I also have a repeatable demo program that is so patriotically powerful that some of the audience tears up. Yes, I have video. If you would like, you can contact me for my bits of advice.

  3. 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.

  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. ..."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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.