mbondvegas

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  • Main Canopy Size
    280
  • Main Canopy Other
    Pending.../ ACE
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    Smart/218/ None

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  • Home DZ
    Skydive Mesquite/Elsinore/Twin Falls and other undisclosed l
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  • License Number
    49817
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    452
  • Years in Sport
    6
  • First Choice Discipline
    BASE Jumping
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    73
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Wing Suit Flying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    300
  1. You can adjust the firing altitude of a Vigil II. See the manual and "altitude correction". - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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    Wings6

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    Wings3

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    Wings2

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    Wings2

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    Racer Tandem

    200 or maybe a 182 - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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    Racer Tandem

    I am not sure what a Collins Lanyard is. Every time I talk to Booth he defines it differently. All I know is that it is part of an RSL system, which doesn't work when experiencing a bag lock and you are on you back. See: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4155226;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread I am sure that it is not a cross connector and that the “maled” main will loose necessary drag with an asymmetrical cutaway. I will be happy to compare Safety records. The Racer Tandem has over 5 Million jumps on it in the last 20 years and we have had one mis-rigged tandem and one RSL sport incident where the manual was not followed. There have been several other incidents where it was mis-used but without tragic results. A total of 4 of 5 total user errors out of 5 million jumps. No system failures! That's a good record! Fair enough. Question: If one unhooks one side of the RSL on a racer as I think it says you can do on page 9, does it still function. Sorry, don't own a racer, but from my looking at the manual, it looks like unhooking one side would totally disable the RSL...which is fine...just making sure I understand. BTW, I have owned a Firebolt and wish I still had it. Best openings EVER! Been looking for a good used one for a while now! I have flown Sabre2's, Pilots. Safire2's, Tri's Spectre's and find the Firebolt the best of the bunch, but at your $2,100 new price...I just can't bite the bullet and there are so few used one's on the market. I think the Firebolt is overlooked because of people's prejudice regarding the uniqueness of the Racer. I would not consider the Racer the best of the bunch for the sport rig market, but it seems to be as good as any tandem rig...if not better according to some accounts. BUT the Firebolt is first class. If it had a PD label...it would surely be the best selling canopy in the US. - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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    Racer Tandem

    The Tandem is the same as the Sport rigs. See:http://www.jumpshack.com/download/RacerOwnersManualOctober2003.pdf On page 9 you will find: The cross connector/reserve lanyard may be optionally assembled to a single riser. This assembly method is preferred by some operators as it eliminates the cross connector feature. However, this method does make the system sensitive to the connected side. If the connected side of the main releases first a main reserve entanglement could occur, as with other systems. John, Why not convert your 2 sided RSL to a Collins Lanyard instead? - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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    James "FONZ" Fonnesbeck

    BSBD Fonz!!! It was truly a pleasure to know you. I loved listening to your stories and hearing you teach students. The picture of your 70's area wingsuit is classic and should be in a frame in the DZ hangar. You lived it!!!! Fly free! - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
  13. I couldn't disagree more! The reason is of course, who knows what is going on better then the person using the equipment. If I pulled every time at 3 and had an average of 700 ft opening then why wouldn't I bump up the AAD activation. For me however the 750' mark is totally OK. Knowledge is power and we must continually adjust minimum opening altitudes to our own comfort zone and equipment performance. +1 No need to set new rules for all....just let people choose. The 2K minimum container opening alt....has worked just fine for years. For those (most) who open higher...setting their AAD to +300 offset is an option. - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
  14. No need to change the BSR...just adjust your own minimum opening ALT and adjust your VIGIL's offset by say 300+. It would then open at ~1050. THat extra 300+ is HUGE. Don't change the rules for everyone...just your own if you are concerned. - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
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    Anyone talk to Sunrise or Aerodyne concerning Argus?

    Why don't all manufacturers place the AAD cutter under the freebag like on the Javelin? - - - I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.