f1shlips

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  • Main Canopy Size
    150
  • Main Canopy Other
    Lightning 176
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    193
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    Raven II
  • AAD
    Cypres

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Cleveland Parachute Center
  • License
    A
  • License Number
    44901
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    420
  • Years in Sport
    3
  • First Choice Discipline
    CReW
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying

Ratings and Rigging

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    Yes
  • Rigging Back
    Senior Rigger
  • Rigging Chest
    Senior Rigger
  1. f1shlips

    Problems with reserve parachute systems

    *coffee out my nose* -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  2. f1shlips

    Problems with reserve parachute systems

    A piston engine? Come on...we're talking about safety here. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  3. Yes... but you just end up jumping more. I guess, in the end, you get more jumps for your buck, but you end up just as broke. ;P -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  4. f1shlips

    Problems with reserve parachute systems

    What if the rocket malfunctions? I think two rockets would be better. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  5. f1shlips

    Another Wings Question....

    I have that. I like it. I'd post a pic, but I'm at work. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  6. It's not the stows that are the problem, its his lips. They're tender from all of his years in the army.... -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  7. f1shlips

    Trimming cutaway cables

    Using a lighter to soften the plastic and your fingers to shape it works well. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  8. Sure. I try to be carefull when I have to do it. However, a minor slip with a stitch picker will instantaneously destroy more than the small piece of tape on the d-bag. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  9. Don't be fooled, stitch pickers are quite dangerous. If you are going to use a stitch picker, make sure you pick away from the bag and that the pointy end of the picker is clear of any fabric. I think using a stitch picker is as dangerous as using a knife. I use the pull up technique. It works for everyone I know. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  10. f1shlips

    Trying to create some good UPS voodoo

    ...really? Unless it's out for delivery, they've always been willing to hold a package for me. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  11. f1shlips

    Military Riggers

    I really don't know, but the area recruiter would know. FYI, they're gonna keep asking if you really, really, really are sure you don't wanna be an MP. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  12. f1shlips

    Military Riggers

    I recieved permission to take this exchange public. I'd like to hear from others, so please comment. Heh....too funny. I'd like to take this conversation public if you don't mind. Let me know. I'm a former Marine 2831 (radio repair). I'm 31 years old and a FAA senior rigger. I reenlisted in the WV guard as a parachute rigger (92R) six months ago. Rigger jobs are pretty easy to come by, but there has to be one in your area. As far as I know, there are four parachute packing and maintenance shops in the guard. The LRS units that are airborne need riggers, and I assume any other unit marked as airborne needs riggers also. I live in Ohio and there are no rigger jobs. So I drive four and a half hours to Camp Dawson, West Virginia. Here's a good writeup of rigger school: http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/...Parachute_Rigger.htm The guard is currently taking people up to age 39, but I think you must be 36 or younger to go to Airborne school. You will have to go to Basic Airborne Course to be a rigger if you're not airborne qualified already. BAC requires you to pass a PFT with a score of 180 in the 17-21 age group. That's 42 push ups, 53 sit ups, and a 15:54 two mile run. The longest run at BAC is 4 miles at 9 minutes a mile. I have not been yet, so someone with experience can clue you in about the nitty gritty if need be. As far as being a young buck, I was never a pt stud in the Marines. I pretty much got by with 12-15 pullups, max situps, and a 24 minute 3 mile run. I've been in a desk job writing software since I got out in 98. To put it simply, I find donuts more attractive than running. I'm getting into shape, I'm down to the upper fatbody limit for my height now (6'0" - 203 pounds). I've found getting in shape on my own to be extremely difficult. My runtime is about 8:30 a mile at the moment and I need to bring it down. I do get some motivation due to the fact that the rigger shop is attached to C C0., 2Bn, 19th SF group and there are a bunch of SF and Ranger guys running around. Although, there are quite a few fat guys in other MOSs running around. Although I don't get to pack yet, I really like drill and there's usually something riggerly that I can do. It's a little more laid back than you are used to, but it's still the military. Most in the guys in the unit have done time in Afghanistan, and Iraq. The only things I've found really odd about the Army is that you pretty much call everbody who's rank ends in sergeant a "sergeant." I find it funny not to do that and use full ranks. The other interesting thing is all the trinkets they have for their uniforms. Lastly, if you want to come in as a rigger, you'll have to come in as an E4/Specialist. Sergeant is a supervisory skill and I don't think there are any WOs to be had. Semper Fi -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  13. f1shlips

    Military Riggers

    PM sent. -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  14. f1shlips

    One less for Skyride

    You mean that 1-800-Dentist pretends to be an actual dental business and sets up fake sites called www.floridadentist.com or www.dentistohio.com? -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.
  15. I thought that was spelled cunnilingus? -- drop zone (drop'zone) n. An incestuous sesspool of broken people. -- Attributed to a whuffo girlfriend.