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  1. councilman24

    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    Why do you think the manual says to pack the bridle at the bottom? Page 5-5 says lines at the bottom, as every manual since they were made by Mike Fury. The ONLY version that should be packed bridle down is the wing suit specific Aurora. Packing bridle down is doesn't surprise me it's not coming out. What are the specs? There are none except it shouldn't take more force than the weight of the bag. As a indication of why your having trouble most reserve PC'S at terminal speed steady state provide less than 50 lbs of pull. Follow manual', pack lines to bottom and rotate bag in to have bridle to reserve.
  2. councilman24

    Shelf life on containers?

    No, fading of the dye and degradation of the nylon are two different things. But we can't pull test webbing so fading is the only indication of sun (uv) exposure. No I don't agree.with Rob. It might be true for black. For neon pink no. OP an unused harness stored properly does NOT lose half of its strength in 20 years. But remember I can think of only two.properly constructed harnesses that have failed in my 40 year career.
  3. SOFTERMAN!!! In the 2000's there was a guy who's real name I never knew. He had ad's in Parachutist for a year or more. He gave a seminar at a PIA symposium that was a sales pitch for an after market domed slider that he promoted as a new lifesaving device. He jumped into the seminar wearing a super hero tights out fit as 'SOFTERMAN'. He thought a domed slider on everything was his idea for the next big skydiving thing. Really had no real testing info or other supporting information. He was so silly nobody that I know took him seriously let alone bought one of the things. By the way I don't believe he ever called it a slider but some other sort of 'device'. BTW we never let him give another seminar because it wasn't educational, just a sales pitch which are not allowed as a Symposium seminar. IF a domed slider provided more consistent opening I guarantee the major canopy manufacturers would be installing them. Clearly cost of construction is no longer an issue in the market. I agree (sometimes, like now) with Mark that the everything is in line with the relative wind. I believe a slider made to try to ease a hard opening would only make every other opening much too slow. But keep thinking.
  4. councilman24

    Argus SB AMMO130514/1

    No, but it can fire, hold the loop and then let go at anytime. Like on climb out at altitude and take down a whole airplane.
  5. councilman24

    Ejection Seat Servicing

    Ask Allen Silver at Silver Parachute Sales. I don't think he did ejection seats but he was an Air Crew Survival Tech I think in the air national guard. He is in CA and may know of a resource. I know someone in MI that was working on getting training but I don't think he has yet.
  6. I think your going to have trouble meeting the DOM. I've got the parts to put together a direct bag 35' static line rig with 35' T-10 and T10r reserve but I don't think anything i that new (1994). By then the army was demilling everything. I don't think I've ever seen a complete mirps reserve in civilian hands. Of course most of my skydiving gear is older than that.
  7. councilman24

    PIA Symposium

    I'm not involved this year but I expect they will post it when they have it. It is VERY hard to juggle everyone's travel schedule, try to avoid conflicts (two aad seminars against each other) etc. And changes come in daily until next thursday. I know some big conferences post the schedule months to a year in advance. We've never been able to get that hard core with skydivers and manage to get it very early..
  8. councilman24

    Helmet/goggle recommendations

    There is only one or two impact rated helmets suitable for skydiving. We've never cared. A Protec is better than the carbon fiber stuff because it has some give and won't break into knife edge pieces. Some Protecs have a snaps along the top of the forhead. Kroop goggles are easily pulled forward and hooked on the snap. For those without a snap I put a pop rivet in the middle above the forehead and snap the goggles on that. Been doing it for 37 years. Still haven't found anything I like better. For better padding there is a pad set available from I usually put matching color duct tape over the ear openings to make it a little quieter. I make small spandex pouches that velcro around the ear pad to hold audibles. I'm not kewl but it works for me.
  9. councilman24

    Strong Aerosport manual

    Got it. Thanks.
  10. councilman24

    Strong Aerosport manual

    Okay, I have two, I can't find them, Strong pulled it from their website, UK skydiver doesn't have any strong manuals right now and I can't find it on my recovered data from my dead lap top. Can someone send me the Strong Aerosport manual?
  11. councilman24

    RSL length

    They vary in both length and design by make, model and age. Correct answers could 8 to 18 inches.
  12. councilman24

    Five Year FAA Riggers Contract Awarded.

    While testing another DPRE for a lap rating and being observed by my FAA PMI all three of us forgot to check passed.
  13. councilman24

    Five Year FAA Riggers Contract Awarded.

    There's no way my PMI will be able to pack a sport reserve. Between size and artificial joints and other issues if he got on the floor he have trouble getting up, let alone packing a rig. He's said himself there's no way he could do that. And I think that was for a pilot rig.
  14. councilman24

    Fingertrapping 550 cord?

    I have never seen an intact kern mantle 'finger trapped' into a loop for any application in skydiving. Only either type IIA (sheath, 'mantle', only) or braided line. Intact Type II or Type III ('550') really isn't used in any applications that I can think of in sport equipment. It is used in steering lines in pilot emergency rigs. Certainly can't think of any where braided line /doesn't/wouldn't work. I can't think of ever seeing anybody finger trap climbing kern mantle rope either. If we need a loop we tie it. Certainly in boating we splice eyes into braided line.
  15. councilman24

    Fingertrapping 550 cord?

    Have you done that splice with kern mantle construction versus double braid as shown? Seems that having individual separate strands versus a single braided core would make it more difficult. But I'm too lazy to try.