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  1. There is one very large collection in a US university library. Can't remember which one. The best bet might be see which Candian University has large aviation/aerodynamics program and see if the library is interested. If I could remember the US collection there is a catalog online and the collection is open for public use and research. Or you could send it to me to add to MY basement collection.;) Best items? 1928 Irving B1 back emergency rig last packed in 1934 and book entitled Parachuting from 1930 England. Lots of photos of military display jumps that were pull offs from large biplanes.
  2. got to have the dash. But security symbol red lined. Think there is a renewal required for the padlock.
  3. Remember the main was up there above the reserve likely partially or fully inflated. That must be why rate of decent wasn't a lot higher than max reserve speed.
  4. Somewhat off topic. I recently noticed a jumper packing at my DZ that had a main with type 17 risers and all four tabs sticking out the sides of the risers. I went to check and fix it. We couldn't! Someone had made the loops on the end of the risers smaller/shorter! I don't have a clue why. But what it did do was shorten the standard 4" measurement from the end of the riser to the guide/brake locking ring. The jumper had been using the risers for awhile and wasn't having any opening issues. I explained the issue of entanglement. He had another set of risers at home and understood the issue. They recently got changed. Why in the hell someone modified the risers that way I don't have a clue. But the loops were small enough we couldn't get the tabs in between the risers. I don't recall exactly but there were around 1 1/2" short. Maybe someone couldn't reach their slider. But someone didn't have the basic knowledge or realization that brake set vs end of riser mattered. Sometimes you just have to shake your head.
  5. Contact Mark Lancaster "MEL" at He sells an EPROM that will work in the 1900. I've installed it in my 1900A. center start/stop patterns.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.