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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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..
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    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.
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    Strong Aerosport manual

    Got it. Thanks.
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    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?
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    RSL length

    They vary in both length and design by make, model and age. Correct answers could 8 to 18 inches.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Stuffing into centre cells... wtf?

    [edit; Whoops, didn't see post above quoting PD.]Stuffing cells in the center cell predates the Sabre. We were doing it routinely in the 80's to slow down Strato Clouds and other early ram airs. Long before the guy in the video was born. In fact when the Sabre came out we were cautioned by PD NOT to do stuff the center cells even though other posters have said they do. PD was worried the wrap around the nose top skin (new design) would trap the center cells and delay opening. Of course the definition of an acceptable opening has changed since the Sabre came out. What is now considered a desirable opening was considered a malfunction (streamer) in the early 90's. Original Sabres opened how they were designed, in 200-400 feet. EXACTLY what I want when I get out at 2000'. I still jump an original Sabre, a couple in fact. I demoed a Spectre and should have cut it away it took so long to open. Getting out at 2000' as normal below the clouds was NOT a good idea on a one of the first Spectres out for demo in 1997. When it took 800' to open at terminal also I said no thanks. Domed or pocket sliders, stuffing cells and other tricks to slow down an original Sabre only make it open more like later designs. There is nothing broke about the original Sabre design or slider. These techniques don't 'fix' it, they change it. For the worse in my opinion. It's the same reason my other main is a Triathlon.
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    favorite sewing machines

    Lol, I didn't look at date but it came up top of the forum when I replied. 🤔
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    favorite sewing machines

    Either Pfaff 238 or Berninan 217. If you find a Bernina 217n-8 parts are available from Global who's making new versions. If you find either a Bernina 217 or 217n with a cam drive on the back you can also do a 308 double throw zigzag with it. A 217 is easy. The 308 cam for a 217n can be made but not found for sale. Another choice is a Consew 199r-1. I have all three. (5 machines total) Have never bothered with a 20U. If you decide to buy a 20u I do not recommend a new one. Everyone sells new ones with their name on it, including Consew, or even with no name. I friend bought a no name one, it came with a Chinese only manual, and he never could get it to sew a zig zag. I think the new ones all come from the same Chinese factory but may have different quality of finish and parts. Consew sales manager claimed theirs were good. But most of us would recommend a blue one or a tan one. I think anything more than $400 is too much for a used 20U.
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    Precision Aerodynamics

    Now on facebook. Try there.
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    Advise: helmet for speed skydiving recommendations?

    Agreed - we disqualified the Icarus 2000 4fight (in fact, the whole family of helmets from the company) earlier today. pr3d I'm curious why? Because it actually is a protective helmet made of fiber glass with polystyrene lining, making it too heavy and to thick?
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    a question about old cutaway systems

    The DZ owner in Kalamazoo modified the R-2's he had on his student rigs with webbing fronts and a red wooden ball sewn on with Type 2A. Gave students something easier to hold onto. We call it Dennis' Red Ball Express. He used these up into the early 90's when he was still using conventional rigs even after he moved to ram air mains. Thought I had one here some where but can't find it. Below is a photo of new old stock R-3's with rivets that are going on a conventional rig (either no name or mini system) for one of my PC's. Also a Capewell Field Assembly Kit, new old stock, I got for $50 off ebay. And Capewell flyers for the "Lanyard-Type Parachute Break-Away Canopy Release" and Field Assembly Kit. I need the specs for the Strong wrap release webbing part. I have a rig with harness link and risers but not the connecting wrap. Not going to jump this rig but would like to have a complete example. And I'm still trying to find one of the many Chrysalis Northern Lite rigs from the early 80's that we had in the area. Dan T was from here so we had a lot of Northern Lites.
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    Phantom X Visor Opening/Closing

    Don't talk to us. Call Square One.
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    Sabre 2 lines on Sabre 1

    They are two different canopies. The original sabre is rectangular with all the lines the same length. The Sabre 2 is semi elliptical with different length lines depending on cell. If a rigger agreed to put sabre 2 lines on an original sabre you should run away and find a new rigger. And call the FAA. There is a mechanism short of pulling a license to reeducate FAA technical personnel. Do this could potential kill. As said there are folks that will make you a set of lines for an original sabre out of whatever you want. Given recent discussions of hard openings the better choice might be dacron.
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    Dealing with high shock loading

    If you use a ring on a lanyard to attach the shackle like Ray Farrell's after market RSL that threads through the lower bend of the riser next to the ring. Anywhere the riser breaks the RSL doesn't leave. Butler isn't the only one to attenuate bridle with sacrificial bar tacks. Preserve V also has a sacrificial lazy leg.
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    AFF Stuggles

    So you've made 6 jumps. Maybe 6 minutes of freefall. And you want to be perfect? How good at tennis would you be after 6 minutes? Or bowling? Skydiving can't be very hard because by the time you have 3 hours of free fall you'll likely be very competent or better. How many sports can you say that you can be very good in three hours? And skydiving is gear intensive (more than a bowling ball and shoes), fear intensive, performance based and you have to save your life every minute? What other sport are you 'graded' every minute for the first 10 minutes. Yes skydiving takes a lot of clock and calendar time and a fair amount of money. But in real time that you practice the sport?.... you learn very quickly. If your not dangerous to yourself or others you'll most likely learn just fine. Accelerated Freefall training is just that, ACCELERATED. You could drop back to a standard progression but probably not what you would want by now. It took me forty jumps before I could stop spinning in freefall. I could spot my round parachute, land it where I wanted, pack it but couldn't stop spinning for anything. Then I did. Are there people that are never good enough to be safe? Yes. You're no where near knowing that yet.