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  1. I actually do have one. It short legs. Owner was maybe 5'11" 200lbs fit. Like would fit okay. PM me email and I'll dig it out for pics. I remember blue and white but not sure.
  2. The carbon fiber is strong but that just means the force is transferred to your head. One issue is that if they do break they are very sharp. A friend's scalp was severely sliced by a broken Bonehead carbon fiber helmet. Broken during a severe freefall collision.
  3. I use a 1980's acid mesh era Phantom 28' as a main for folks wanting to jump a round. On three ring risers with dbag and throw out PC. Fit's in middle sized containers, it usually goes in their own rig. Dig it out and jump it!
  4. I still consider the Time Out my favorite audible. Other than needed to use a thinner battery. I want it to beep in a volume I can hear. My hearing is fine but I do not notice many other altimeters. I could set it without seeing it.
  5. I have a hard copy of the Strong Pop Top chest container manual. It's not the best copy but more or less usable. I can scan it and and email it if.someone.wants it. Somewhere Sonic should be publishing it for the Pop Tops he's selling for his BaseR container, but I couldn't find it quickly.
  6. Last I knew, and I haven't been able to attend PIA meeting for 2 years, PIA decided NOT to try to recommend service life limits based on calendar time. We mostly all agreed that time was not an indication of airworthiness. And as a group of individual manufacturers they didn't want anyone else to tell them how to run their business or take positions that might impact their business. Can't.much blame them.
  7. A picture of the whole thing would be nice. But, it's a pilot emergency parachute. I can't tell for sure which model from these photos. It's likely not airworthy and even if it is most riggers wouldn't pack it for use. It doesn't look like to was converted for skydiving. It's worth a couple hundred bucks to someone that want one for fun. Or take the parachute out and use it for a sun shade or a car cover.
  8. You've found the BaseR pop top chest that's made so people can legally jump their BaseR base rig that uses a TSO'd Jump Shack harness. Aerosport USA also made a chest version of their lap container. I don't know if anyone has one but me or if they are available. I've got several military chest containers that are only worth the value of a car cover T-10R. We might work something out if you can't find one. Cheapest I've seen a complete and being sold as airworthy seat is $500 and I had a customer buy that one. Don't have any I'm willing to get rid of. I use them for training. Put an ebay alert on for seat parachute. There have been some old and moldy military ones for under $200. AND to just get an additional rating you don't need to own a chest or seat rig. I and other people that train riggers offer added rating courses and supply the rigs you'll need to pack for the 20. But once you have the rating it's best to own one to do the 200 needed to qualify for a Master Rigger certificate. As a part time rigger I do about 30 seat rigs a year. AND your post sounds like you don't have a senior rigger license yet. You SHOULD have to learn round canopies anyway for your back rating. The candidates I test are required to pack both round and ram air canopies for a back rating. You can get two ratings right away during one O&P. The test will likely cost more but no reason not to do it at the same time. Or later. An added rating test is only a practical. No oral. Here's cheapest chest reserve on ebay. Price not so bad. Shipping killer. put an ebay search alert on for seat parachute. There have been some military ones that sold for under $200 recently.
  9. Jim, Many other countries have legally mandated service life limits. That how Eric in the classifieds has so many 15 and 20 year old reserves from Europe to sell. Some are through Associations like APF and BPA that have been delegated the force of law for their regulations by the government. But after APF banned the Argus the legislature overruled them.
  11. Thanks, have never packed an Icarus Reserve and maybe one or two smart and didn't remember.
  12. Go to this face book group. join. search for MIRPS loops and scroll down three or four and you'll find someone selling the loops for $10 each in package. Tried to copy and paste link and couldn't make it work. Maybe because private group. Just saw them last night. Round Canopy Parachute / Military Freefall Parachute /Sale/Wanted/Rigging
  13. See the manual for Performance Designs for their criteria and limits. No other manufacturer in the U.S.A. that I know put opening or flight time limits. Some manufacturers of pilot emergency rigs have suggested calendar life time limits, usually 20 years. But few if any of these are legally enforceable limits. There is no regulatory limit applied industry wide in the U.S.A. Around the world many countries impose a calendar life limit on personel parachutes. 10,15, or 20 years. As a practical matter a reserve is used so little the repeated packing of the reserve often results in more damage in the form of increased porosity than openings or flight time. Flight time isn't a factor in any country or by any manufacturer that I know of. Parachuting reserves are not like hot air balloons or paragliders. They are flown usually somewhere less that 5 minutes when used. That period of sun damage is insignificant. We are now in an era where some reserve designs have not changed in many years and older reserves are starting to become a matter of rigger comfort. We rarely can prove in the field that a reserve should be retired but I have suggested it several times for reserves 20-25 years old. Or older designs that I believed should be retired.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.