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  1. I've done it a few times. Hang around. Get to know the packers. I think being cool and easy to work with is what will get you on. If they look slammed, ask them if they need help. Sometimes the answer will be no but sometimes there are great opportunities.

    I've ended up being someone's packer for the day when they were on lots of loads. I've also done it full time. It helps a lot to be on your game or comfortable asking questions and receiving feedback.

  2. When you check in they will give you a very thorough briefing. Beyond that though, any of the staff (assuming they are not in the middle of something) will happily answer any questions or clarify things to help you make a safe skydive. If they can't, they will find someone who can. Eloy is a well oiled machine and they work hard to keep it that way.

    Have fun!

  3. Yep. Play with the searches.

    I'm about 245 with gear and had Tony Suits make me my last four suits. The most recent one has layers of material with 0-P in between the two outer layers. It made a huge difference. I also have swoop cords on it but have only used them once and don't really need to.

    Other people have had excellent results and customer service from other companies but the folks at Tony Suits have gone out of their way to work with me and I appreciate that so they will probably make my next suit too. I can't comment on the other companies but I can say that Tony Suits has made me suits that help me to fall slower.

    Also, I liked playing with the suit designer on the website. If you don't buy one from them, you can use it to give you ideas the color scheme you want to have. The ones on some of the other sites are pretty basic if they have one at all.


    What everybodys recomendation for a jump suit for me. Im 6'2" and 245 and i fall fast. Want something that will help slow me down.

  4. Your other option is to demo a 160R. Put a few jumps on it and see what you think. I agree that flying the smallest canopy you have ever flown on your first reserve ride might not be the brightest idea. Getting familiar with it under controlled circumstances would help. It would also give you a better idea of whether or not this is the right reserve for you.


    Hi All,

    I am looking for some input. I started the sport in June 2011 and at the end of the season I got 50 jumps in, so that puts me firmly in the nooby catergory.

    I am 170 all wringing wet, 195 out the door. I have just got my first rig, Jav 4, Saber 2-170 / PDR 160. I have Pulse 190 that I plan on using this coming season. I may jump the Saber 2 170 in the following season.

    My question is about the gap between a PDR 160 and a Pulse 190. Is this a big enough issue for me to change is to a PD 176R?

    - Reserve out is a high stress situation
    - Smaller canopy lands faster
    - Different landing characteristics

    - Cut aways occur roughly in 1 in 500 jumps and the gap will only exist for seasion (roll the dice)
    - Is landing something hotter/faster more a matter of an awareness/faster

    Thanks, Paul

  5. I know this is a really old thread but I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents if it comes up again.

    The folks at Burning Sky (the skydivers that set up a camp at Burning Man every year) have come up with some really great solutions to this. The gear and fireworks are all custom made but they included some creative safety features and the effect was gorgeous.


    I did a search and nothing came up. I have been looking all over the internet as well.

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with jumping what I think is a magnesium flare. instead of using smoke at night this is supposed to shower sparks that dissapate so no hot buring embers land anywhere.

    The next question is where can I get something like that. I have a possible night demo coming up and could use one.


  6. Jim is still in business although I don't know whether or not his business is in transition. I called him with a question about my pilot chute a couple of weeks ago and he told me to send it to him. It wasn't worth fixing so he traded it in on a new one and had it in my mailbox pretty quickly. I got 15 years of service out of my old one.

    Both of these are 24" 0-P and I'm using them on 129 and sometimes 149 square foot parachutes.

    My other pilot chute is a Wings 28" 0-P that I typically use on my 149.

    As a side note, Jim turned out to be one of the nicest guys I've spoken with in a while. He's good people!


    Hi champ,

    Probably the most popular main pilot chutes are the ones made by Jim Cazer.

    Rumor has it that Larry Chernis is taking over Jim's business and is currently building them. For more info Larry can be reached at:

    Larry Chernis
    18718 CR5739
    Castroville, TX 78009
    [email protected]


  7. I'm heading to Eloy in a few months for exactly the same thing. Since there are so many excellent flyers around, who would you suggest as a freely coach there? More specifically, on top of being an excellent skydiver, who is really good at teaching?

    Thanks & BS!

    Go to Eloy in AZ and take your pick from about 10 world class flyers

  • I ended up calling Allen Silver (who has a wealth of knowledge and was very generous with his time) and ordering one of his devices. It was expensive but exactly what I was looking for.

    I'll post pics and my impressions of it when it comes in.

  • I know that all of my paragliding and climbing gear has been made with known and tested materials. There are a few companies that use lesser materials but all of the big players have a reputation on the line and can't afford the bad publicity (or just for the ethical reasons of not killing people) of not using properly rated materials.

    The problem here is not only the materials, but with the technique. Again, considering what he did, it is an admirable attempt, but even looking at the way the grommet was set into the risers, there are problems with the design and construction techniques.

    I'd suggest that the OP consider this a first draft, get with a grumpy old Master Rigger and get him to guide you.



    So you are using unrated webbing that is made out of unknown materials with an unknown breaking limit in a critical lifesaving function?

    The same with most climbing harnesses and paragliding harnesses out there. Which could be classified as lifesaving in certain situations. For what he is doing with it, I don't see it as any more of a problem than those two.

  • I'd agree about the 3 rings looking too widely spaced... and the comment about great sewing otherwise! It looks like there would be a ton of pressure on the webbing for the smallest ring. The easy fix would be to use some factory made risers.

    I got the brilliant idea that I was going to make my own risers a few years ago . The more I got into it, the more I realized exactly how much technical expertise goes into risers. I'll leave that to the professionals.


    The 3-rings look a bit too spaced out to me. (built incorrectly?)

    Could be why you had to yank on the riser to get a release.

    Furthermore, what kind of webbing is that? Not TY 7 or 8.

    Nice job sewing it, some pretty nice patterns going on there, but I wouldn't trust my life to it. [:/]

  • That looks great! Ask him if he'd be willing to do a couple more.

    Having not used one, do you think it would be a better design if it were made from Stainless Steel? SS is expensive as hell and a pain to work with but strictly from a design perspective do you think it would be better in any way?

  • I'm looking for a ratcheting leverage device for closing reserves. I have my trusty T-bar which has been working faithfully for me but somewhere I saw a ratcheting version that was a little taller than just a ratcheting bar. The base of it formed a notched plate and the ratchet sat 3 or 4 inches above the plate. Anyone know who makes this and where I can find one?

    Also, aside from the ratcheting or non ratcheting T-bars (and the molar strap with the B-12 snap) has anyone seen a really great design for a leverage device?

  • I've gone a little bit different route and LOVE my bag. I use an Osprey Porter 65 for mine.

    It is big enough for an unpacked rig, helmet, jumpsuit and the general debris that comes along with skydiving. It can handle two packed rigs but if I was regularly transporting two rigs I'd probably go with the larger one. It has pockets on the outside, storable shoulder straps for the backpack, great outside handles and a really effective compression system to keep it all in place. There is a bit of rigidity to the bottom of it so that it carries a little easier.

    The best part of Osprey is their customer service. They have a lifetime warrantee. I managed to kill a different Osprey bag last year, not from any defect but from years of abuse. I sent it in and they replaced it that week. Osprey is the ChutingStar of the outdoor bag world.


    Any recommendations for a value-for-money Gear Bag that will last?

    To carry rig, helmet, alti, a few bits and pieces. Typically they seem to have back-straps. (Assumption - haven't got my first rig yet but I'm assuming gear bags are a good idea + important to protect the rig whilst travelling)

    There's a range available, but it's hard to tell via limited pictures re how good they are, quality etc... I've noted for example. Why not just go for the $59 skysystems gear back from chutingstar for example?

  • I see them come up on Craigslist all the time. Do searches for "Industrial machine" or "Commercial machine" along with
    'Sewing machine". Sometimes they want a mint for them but sometimes they just want it gone or don't know what it is or what it is worth. If you find one, check it out with some riggers that you know and see if this is something you could use.

    I've been down to one machine for a while but if you're not careful they can multiply.


    Hi, I'm a new rigger and need advice on which sewing machine to purchase. I need something compact, inexpensive (of course), and capable of sewing through several layers of cordura and jumpsuit material. So, all you riggers out there, what's the biggest bang for my buck? Thanks :-)

  • Nope! I am 6'3" and weigh 225 without gear. My wings is by far the most comfortable rig I've ever owned. I suppose spacer foam on any rig will help but I really love my Wings. Their customer service rocks too! I jumped a Racer a few times that came close but nothing like this.


    I have heard a lot of compliments on the Wings container especially for comfort under canopy.

  • I just went through this question myself. I ended up getting a Wings. I think I Mirage makes an excellent rig but I liked the Wings more AND it was significantly less expensive.

    In the last couple of weeks I had a great experience with Sunrise. I got my shiny new rig but the harness didn't fit right. There were questions about the measurements that I sent in and the problem arose from there. After some discussion with them they asked me to send it back. They are going to re-make much of my harness and send it back. They have been SO easy to work with and eager to get me into exactly what I needed.

    I have gotten used to average or downright crappy service these days. Sunrise went way above and beyond for me and I appreciate it.

    Also, I made the mistake of putting a few jumps on it before I sent it back and now I really don't want to jump my other rig because it just doesn't measure up. My Wings is really comfortable, even with the harness issue.

    Just my 2 cents!


    Tough Choice for me;

    Getting back in to jumping again and want to get a new rig.

    I have narrowed it down to these two:

    Wings Vision.
    Mirage G3 OR G4.

    I will be getting it from here: http://www.para-service.com/

    Will be putting a Pilot 168 package and a similar size reserve in it.
    Any suggestions?
    Ease of packing? Fitting? etc?
    will be keeping it for a while.

    Thanks any help will be appreciated!

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    It will probably be used for acrobatics, paraglider rollovers/dbags from hot air balloons etc, where the likelihood of something going wrong is much higher, and you wouldn't want to ride a round, and just for fun of course ;) If everything goes right and I'm coming into a nice grassy field from 500 I highly doubt I'd land the paraglider :P So for the occasions when I use it I will swap my base canopy over from my base rig to the container and back afterwards. Not sure on legality as far as USHPA goes, as far as use in comps or something like that? The inspiration comes from this:


    apparently its sort of for sale, but insanely expensive as you need to buy a canopy with it etc. And id rather have a go at it myself :S

    The Rodriguez Brothers have put a lot of time and energy into designing this and if I remember correctly, there were a lot of issues to work out, some of which were deadly if not corrected. This might be one of those times when re-inventing the wheel could be a bad idea. I know their harness had a lot of design changes from their original acro harnesses to incorporate a cut away system and a 3rd set of risers, all of which needed to work in the super high Gs that acro can develop AND not interfere with the deployment of a second reserve.

    That being said, if I were going to do it, I would adopt other people's designes that we know work. I would use a free-bag that is the size of the canopy that you are planning to use. I would also see if I could buy the MARD system that Sup-Air is using.

  • I have been wrestling with this for a while. I'm about 250 out the door and have had problems with excessive speed. I called Tony Suits and they talked me through building a suit that would work for me. They were really patient with my questions and the suit rocks.

    Wings are not the answer! You still need to fly your body but having the suit work with you helps a lot too.


    I think with a combination of:
    - the rght jump suit (baggy & cordura)
    - the right position (daffy, on your knees)

    you'll fligh just as slow as some light weight ladies :P

  • I believe the short answer is that the safety stow is a TSO'd part and technically no one but the manufacturer is allowed to make them. Each of the materials used in TSO'd parts is listed and approved for use in that system. In the case of a manufacturer that is out of business I think a master rigger can make them. The reality is that people make them all the time but technically they are supposed to come from the manufacturer. Also, changing the dimensions of a TSO'd part would be inviting trouble.

  • I had one that I loaded at about 1.3 and really liked it. The only problem I had with it was the openings. I was a packer at the time and was pretty good at slowing down most openings but mine was a problem. That got solved by a rigger sewing a lip onto the slider. From that point on it was a perfectly behaved canopy.

    It could be flown fast or slow depending on your needs. Packing was a breeze! I also found that pulling the slider down past the links improved it's flight characteristics.

  • Here she is again:

    From: Sandra
    Subject: Re: Racer
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    Oh sorry i dont use that i can make it inform of money order.....

    On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 6:35 PM, Christopher Richardson wrote:
    Let's use PayPal for this transaction.

    On Mar 8, 2011, at 7:02 AM, Sandra wrote:

    Oh thank you for the update please how much are you giving me last so i can instruct my broker to make the funds to you including the chipping cost that you will help me ship it direct to Bronx NY via Ups of FedEx depend on the one near to you please....i need the name and address to make the funds to thank you ....


    On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 5:46 PM, Christopher Richardson wrote:

    The Racer is still available. Here are some recent pictures: