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  1. masterrigger1

    Eclipse Container, Harness redo

    Text Sent... MEL
  2. I do not impose any age limit on reserves. If it is good with a thumb test, no stains, etc... It is good to go in my book. MEL
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    Need recommendations for first main canopy.

    So was the Lightning taken to terminal?? Also, the was questionable xVX a standard VX, a JVX, or a "converted VX" with a JVX line set installed? This is not normal wear and tear BTW unless the lines are not coated. Technora is very wear resistant, but at the same time very supple and soft. It needs a coating to help prevent picking. It also is very easily damaged by UV. This is why we coat our lines. The bottom line is this. If you are buying canopies with Technora that is tan in color (uncoated);expect a short life of the lines. They simply will not last as long as ones that are coated. This is a known fact. ...and yes there are two manufacturers that I know of using uncoated lines. With regards to Vectran; it is a very wear prone medium but we know this up front. We coat the line in a clear polymer dip after manufacture to help bind the bundles together. This helps keep the grit out of the inside of the braid. It also adds to the life of the line material by being a "buffer" if you will. If the buffer takes a 100-200 jumps to wear off, this is 100-200 jumps that the material itself does not wear. We coat the line in two methods. The first is a clear poly coating. The second is a combo of the same poly and also a UV inhibitor for the Technora. Lifespan of both materials should be at least 400-700 jumps if properly coated. Well it depends on the canopy. If it is a slow opening canopy - Vectran always. If it is a small pocket rocket - Technora If it is a bigger canopy Like a Navigator - 525-600 Dacron If it is a Safire II or III, Crossfire II or III - 580 Vectran ...and etc... Hope this helps, MEL
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    Price of crossfire3

    Yes, Just contact me. MEL 864-429-8428
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    Current places to source Class-7 Singer parts???

    Kelly, Keystone sewing has some parts there in PA. The cloth plate is available here: I have some parts here also. MEL
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    do I know anyone near mechanicsberg pa?

    Well, you know that I am headed up there this week......We have the rigger's course starting Friday. Mechanicsburg is just West, across the river from Elizabethtown. What are you scrounging up this time. Big, little...? MEL
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    replacing / repairing factory tandem parts

    A Master Rigger can absolutely make parts and use them. There is no regulation that prohibits this. The only line is whether the part in question is TSO'd or not. If it is TSO'd then, authorization from the manufacturer OR the FAA is required. If the part is not TSO'd, then authorization is not required. MEL
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    FCI 425r tandem reserve

    Ken, They are pretty good reserves. First TSO'd circa 1991. They were first used in the Jump Shack Tandem, some people prefer them to the PD Sigma reserve (me for one), and are also used by the Military. I was present during the heavy drops and can assure you that they are very tough. Packs like any other reserve BTW... MEL
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    CSPA Rigger A crossover to Senior Rigger

    There is no crossover training. 1.You will need 20 supervised pack jobs under a FAA certified rigger.These pack jobs cannot be "for use" BTW... 2.A letter from the supervising rigger stating that you are good to go basically. 3.Meet with a FAA inspector and have two copies of form 8610-2 filled out and signed by the Inspector. 4.Pass a written exam 5.Take a Oral and practical with a DPRE Cheers, MEL
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    Re: [masterrigger1] Hard Opening Incident-DeLand 5/25/2013

    John, Really! How did you come up with that equation? Do this for me: With a fish scale measure the difference between the stows (of the same size, exact same rubber band, and the same number of lines) of Spectra, Technora, Dacron, and Vectran. Then report your findings to us. I guess we should not be double stowing (more grip) the rubber bands by your theory! MEL
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    Cypres2 Cutter Sheath Crack?

    Was it in a Mirage? MEL
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    Line set HOP 330 mounting plan

    Here you go..... Cheers, MEL
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    Must send back to factory for RSL install?

    Maybe the rigger is not a Master Rigger which would be required since it is a change to the original manufactured configuration... Also, some riggers will send complicated repairs to the factory as they may not have the skill sets, machinery, or both needed to do the work. Actually, the rigger sounds heads up to me! BS, MEL
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    Dave Dewolf's 2012 riggers course

    Rob, Have you asked Dave if he knows of anyone? He might have a idea as to who is also looking for the same. Also, do not be late. The class picture is taken at 5PM sharp! See you there, MEL
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    Ripcord pull force (re Poynter's manual)

    Good question! I have no idea... Also, remember that the B-12 was allowed to have a pull force up to 28 lbs also. I would have to look it up but i think it was the only military rig to allowed that high of a pull force. The NB-6 could be also included, but I simply do not remember for sure. MEL
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    Griffin 170 Square Zpo Re-Line

    We can do them fact we reline just about every canopy out there today and most of the ones from yesterday too. You can contact me either here or @ the shop. Cheers, MEL
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    26' Strong LOPO in a Pioneer Super-Pro?

    Yes, a 24 footer will, but it is one tight puppy! ....with a MA-1 installed too, BTW. MEL
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    MEL, your input?

    Well, First off I am a proponet more of the regs since that's what we have to teach. In learning the regs, basically going through the first published in the CAA days to the ones of today, I have found most of the basis for them. Basically why they are written.... To start off there was only one rigger rating, Parachute Rigger. With that rating you had to work in the Parachute Loft(which was certified by the way) under the direct supervision of a Parachute Rigger whcich was a long drawn out process. There was an outcry to have a rating easier to get because all that most people wanted was to "just pack my own reserve" kind of deal. So the two ratings came about: Master and Senior. The senior rigger rating was generated to do just what people said they wanted, pack reserves and do simple repair work. Emphasis on simple. But what happened over the years, was not the intent of the regs. Lack of oversight, among other things, led most senior riggers to believe that they could do anything they wanted. In fact, most built their own rigs, modified their own reserves to steerable ones, etc. With the 65.111 Interp, it basically backs my belief that the Senior Rigger can only do simple patches, reserve repacks, assemblies, and velcro replacement kind of stuff. Of note, only Master Riggers could legally assemble parachute componets until about 18-20 years ago. That was changed to allow the senior riggers also. The senior rigger is basically an entry level rigger. That rating is just a stepping stone to the Master rating. With the legal interp of 65.111 , the draft is in conflict with law. Legal is on top of it now. MEL
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    master rigger near Raeford?

    You would be looking for Tim Tennant. I am 2.5 hours away but will be out of the shop all of October, BS, MEL
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    Line Trim for Heatwave

    Yes, we do! We also have line sets for them. Cheers, MEL
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    Sabre LS

    The LS is a Sabre I, Manufactured 1990 -2002 The Sabre II line sets will not fit the Sabre I. Cheers, MEL
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    Domestic (portable) sewing machine recommendation please

    This one is simple.. Singer 401A is the one. It is a forefather to the Singer 20U machine. Cheers, MEL
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    Diagnose this opening problem!

    That canopy is out of trim! ...and the intersect point of the a-b looks like they are catching the slider and holding it there momentarily. Try longer risers to flatten the canopy oout some and I bet it will not do it as bad. MEL
  24. I'll be there! Cheers, MEL