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  1. Be aware that if you want a U.S. FAA rigger certificate you will have to come to the US. There are no Designated Parachute Rigger Examiners outside the US and that's the only way to get a FAA certificate. Training can be anywhere from N FAA rigger.
  2. Jim, I think he's just using a curved thin piano wire similar to a wire finger trap tool. The temp pin looks like one of the welded wire main pins we used before the stainless pins came out. They were welded so the pin came off the ring as a tangent rather than a radius. (like a vector pin 9 shaped except welded wire) In my opinion a much better geometry that eliminates the leveraged pull a stainless pin can have similar to a straight pin on a throwout. I may have to dig out some to use as temp pins. Too lazy to go find one now for a photo.
  3. What is a jelly fish pc? In 42 years I've never heard that reference. My guess is its an MA1. They're actually not a bad PC IF the spring isn't wore out AND you don't care about it getting snagged. The replacement in mains was the hot dog with a 36" spring. The idea that all it had to do was stand up. When in a stable burble the MA 1 was wimpy. When in the air stream lots of drag. No I wouldn't pack one now. But we used to have (still have) some pretty good Israeli made one in the early 80s. In fact my first rig, a Crossbow piggy back still packed in the basement and as airworthy as when I was jumping it, very likely has an Israeli version in the reserve.
  4. I've got a 28' C9 chest that was one of the old clubs belly warts. Figure it's been packed since the mid 90's. Going to through it out at low altitude using a boxing heavy bag as my test dummy. Might have been Saturday but wind direction was wrong. Pretty sure I have at least one other new 28' container, and five or six airworthy C-9s if you ever need another one.
  5. Surprised the the reserve was so hard. I have several belly warts including sport ones. Also two Strong Pop Top chest reserves, and best of all a new chest container, identical to the lap container, built by Jerry. Single pin, through the PC loop. About the size of a pop top. Holds any 26' lopo.
  6. I just want to know where you got the jumbo. Been.looking.for one.
  7. Have to agree sound like a lot of work for an iffy repair on a $100 canopy.
  8. Which is why they were called lo pos. Less porosity than 80 to 120 cfm military fabric.
  9. Years ago PIA talked about it. As a organization with many manufacturers as members they didn't want a third party (that they helped control) providing their gear manuals. Keeping revisions up to date one big concern. Also PIA ethics would require adhering to copyright laws. And as a volunteer organization it would end up being one.person. Wasn't going to work. Hope you keep the information available somehow. Don't know if mechanism/technology base available to sell full data base exists but would be interested.
  10. As Mark said Butler's custom.for the around the world flight is likely smallest new one. The was a one pin miniature belly wart that only a tri con fit in. Stylemaster, Mini system variation, don't remember. Have one down stairs. Ot much bigger than a football. I have a one pin chest made by Aerosport USA when owned by Jerry about the size of a large phone book that fits Strong lopo, Preserve 1 and such. A pop top isn't much bigger. New ones available from Sonic as BaseR or The Ranch Pro Shop. Have two original pop tops. New and known to be available, PopTop from Sonic.
  11. Derek runs Elite Parachute Rigging Academy with Mark Kruse.
  12. Wink passed away last year. Hmm maybe two years already.
  13. You can get a used true industrial walking foot for less money. If the walking foot zig zag is important to you then this is an option. If portable walking foot is.important to you then this is an option. You can get the same machine with less company support and perhaps needing a couple of upgrades for $300 to $400. Consew sells a portable walking foot as do many other brands. Some that were the original portable walking foot.
  14. I made small red LED lights in small project boxes 1x2.5x.5 that I attached to the sides of altimaster III's with the mushroom head velcro like tape or on small aluminum brackets on atimaster II's. There are enough back lit altimeters around you can probably borrow one. Red or green chem lites taped to where ever provide enough light. Don't use white lights and don't look at strobe. Need to preserve night vision. BTW double check that your DZ doesn't have strobes to borrow or rent.