RiggerLee

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  1. I doubt there is even a copy right much less a patent. Have any of them actually filed any thing? Lee
  2. That's a cool project. I may have to revise my opinions of the training in the modern rigging schools. Lee
  3. It depends on the complexity of the project. Having some thing to copy certainly helps. Coping peaces... you almost have to make pattern sets from them. Get the markings right. Order of construction. And then on the next one you're almost starting over from scratch. It's doubtful that they actually have any peaces in common. But yah, you could do it. You'd have to source all the materials and get good thread, etc. You could do it. But at that point I think some one could argue that the rigger is actually in business illegally coping other peoples suits. I really prefer the open source idea and the kit plane materials concept. You can buy plans for an ultra light. You can buy the materials kit for an experimental air plane. You can buy the parts kit. You can even buy the "quick build" kit. Lone Star could live again. Being here in the US is one thing. But lets say you lived in some back woods country or one with tariffs. Look at Quag and his canopy project. No canopy manufacturers in the UK and it's kind of pricey to buy one from out side of the country over seas. I'm surprised their are not more home grown builders popping up in some of these countries. Theirs another guy in south america. He's working on a pilot rig. It's hard to get them down their. Lee
  4. If you were to build something noncommercialy for your self, I think you would be fine. Copy rites and things protect the commercial exploration of a design. Or at least that is my understanding. I don't think any thing can prevent you from building things for your self. I think it could be argued that the rigger is stealing the design and selling it commercially if he accepts money to build it for you. Having said that. I could do some thing like this. I can do it because I have twelve different types of sewing machines lined up behind me and pallet racks of fabric to the left of me. So when I get board, yah, I do fucked up shit like that. But if even I set down and counted up the hours I had in one of these projects it wouldn't make since to do it. It's only practical if I'm idol and really board. Prices are getting out of hand. I think you will start to see more of this. Like the guys building their own canopies. Mostly for fun at first but once the idea gets around, who knows. I could see some open source drawings getting out and it turning into a little kit plane kind of thing. Then they will start selling quick build kits, here are the pre cut ribs and panels... Lee
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    1 or 2 Pin AAD on 2001 Infinity?

    Their is absolutely nothing wrong with an honest question. Every one here will be happy to help you. Your questions tell us a lot about your experience level. Don't be embarrassed by that. We all start some where and the most important thing is that you are asking these questions. When we give you advice, like that you should spend some time with your local rigger learning about this or any gear that you are considering it's in that spirit of trying to help you. You need to sit down with him as he inspects it, takes it apart, see how it works, and how it's built. And their are limits to what you can learn on the internet. We will help you, There are good resources here but it's no replacement to working with it with your own hands. Your best resources are always the ones right in front of you. Lee
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    1 or 2 Pin AAD on 2001 Infinity?

    Frankly if you know that little about it you should really get it sent to a local rigger to make sure it's the right rig for you. Their's more to this then just picking some thing out of an add column. Lee
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    1 or 2 Pin AAD on 2001 Infinity?

    One pin if it's an infinity. 2001 implies that. There was an older Northern light that was a two pin. Lee
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    Tandom baglock

    What kind of system? For example the strong drogue stays fully inflated and with only 25 0r 30 lb under it would come down very slow. Sorry don't have any kind of number. Vector on the other hand partially collapses on drogue release and wouldn't drift as far. Call the company, they might have a number on decent rate. Lee
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    Shortening laterals

    Their are some local riggers that sew as well if not better then the manufacturer, and you don't have to ship it back and forth. But I'll tell you this, I wouldn't do it for $150 and I'm about as cheep as they come. $150 is a smoking deal and I don't know why you wouldn't take advantage of it. Lee
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    Shortening laterals

    The better it fits you the more you will like it. The two of you are going to be together for a long time. I've seen rigs out live marages. You would like for the hip junction or ring to be at the point of rotation of your leg. If it's two far forwards of that point the main lift web shift upwards and will loosen when you lift your legs, like in a sit. The rig will lift off your shoulders in a sit and that slack will allow the rig to hinge up off your back. This can range from annoying to dangerous. In the worst case you could in theory roll out the back. That has happened with a couple of badly fitting student rigs but it can happen with sport rigs if the lateral is too long or particularly if there is a lot of stagger and a small rig fits high on their back. There are people that can bend over and slide their rig off their shoulders over their head. Incut lats help with this. They do not loosen as much when the main deploys. So the measurement stays consistent. Got to go to work. Lee
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    Shortening laterals

    On a Javelin the lateral crosses the back, loops around the webbing and goes back under the back pad. To make that loop shorter you have too pull the harness, zig zag, and where the back pad is sewn down on the side too shorten it. Easiest thing to do is peal up the bottom of the tray so you can get to every thing and just replace that whole strap. You're basically taking out all the stitching through it. Why sew through the same peace of webbing? It's by far the easiest way. Lee
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    Shortening laterals

    They will be peeling lose the bottom of the main tray, replacing that piece of webbing, resewing two junctions... It's a great deal. You wont beat that price. It's worth the price of disassembly, shipping, etc. Insure the shipment. UPS loses shit. Lee
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    Built in turns

    It's hard to make small changes by tieing a knot. You can finger trap peaces of line into the suspension line to shrink it. It's an easy way to fine tune things. Lee
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    Built in turns

    It sounds like it's built into the fabric. This can happen. They go to great lengths to inspect the fabric and avoid biased rolls, and they flip panels, and other things to try and avoid this but some times the tolerances stack up and you get a canopy with a turn. Their are no good ways to fix it but there are some half assed ways. First try pulling the slider down and letting your chest strap out. It's a small thing but the more curved the canopy is, the closer the risers are together, the more twitchy they tend to be. It just exaggerates the problem. Letting it expand may make it less noticeable. Some thing else you can do, you can't fix the canopy but you can induce a turn the other way. You can do this by intentionally fucking with the symmetry of the line set by changing the trim of one side vs the other. But if you don't to get that adventurous the easiest thing you can do is to extend the full line set on one side. Sounds strange, but we all know that if your harness is asymmetric, one side slips, that it will cause a turn. If for example you add a second set of links to one side of the canopy, both front and back, you have now built a permanent asymmetry into your rig. So you have a permanent 1.25 inch harness turn built into your canopy. In this day in age, you might just have some one build you a pair of longer slinks for one side. It will look goofy. It will freak some people out. If it works you could even shorten the lines on the other side to make it less noticeable but this is the easiest way to half ass fix it. Lee
  15. Impressive. They must really be on top of their maintenance. Lee