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  1. (PD reserve pull test is at 30 lbs last time I looked, though the PIA standard is 40lbs... When first included as an annual test on their reserves, IIRC they said there was too much potential for fiber distortion past the elastic rebound at 40lb and they felt 30 was sufficient to prove suitable strength.) JW
  2. #1 PChapman has it right. BUT,,, keep asking this question, studying, learning, and talking with your rigger (especially if (s)he has experience with it...) I was right there with you when I started jumping, I was asking this exact same question. At this point (30 years later) have >12 intentional cutaways in addition to 3 real reserve rides. From my experience with both real and planned, I will echo some critical points: - can you, yes* (*start with PChapman's info and then seek out professional help) - any system setup to do so safely is by definition more complex and I would NOT hand it to a newer jumper (thinking 'C or D' license minimum) It DOES give you more chances to F-up and get hurt. - does it give you additional feel for what a cutaway is like and confidence? oh-yea... YES!! - does it tell you what an actual emergency is like? oh-H3LL no... For me, the journey was worth it, and I'm looking for more options down this road, but PLEASE proceed with great care and caution. JW PS - this is an unusual enough jump, you'll need to be prepared for several things beyond just getting the rig put together: - practice/practice/practice... know by feel each handle and the pull order for every possible scenario. If the rig design permits it, make a "normal" jump or two with the gear before the intentional. (I've seen designs that require the first canopy to be deployed/chopped (or landed) before the real main can be deployed. Mine allows the dummy canopy to be left undeployed. - who is going to gear check your one-off gear? prepare to train your DZ rigger/S&TA on how to pin-check your gear. - is the S&TA and DZO going to allow you to use it at their DZ? - what are the DZ procedures (if any) for doing an intentional (I literally wrote the manual for my local DZ - wonder if they can still find it? ;-) ). - make sure Manifest and the Pilot know what you're doing, good idea for manifest to announce it to those on the ground (some like to watch and it will keep other's from freaking) - be prepared for someone off DZ to call 911 on you (I've been met by the ambulance on one occasion)... another reason to make sure manifest knows before you go.
  3. Actually, it is not only not stupid, it is specifically correct and even what you yourself asked for... "express wingloading as pounds per square foot".... "1.2 pound per 1 square foot" is literally notated as "1.2:1" Often we use a short hand of "1.2" to express the same thing, but you _are_ being provided with _exactly_ what you're asking for... JW
  4. A friend still jumps a pair of Sweethogs... and they look factory fresh. (one was even retro'ed for a Cypres by SSK themselves) I'm thinking of putting my 1991 Vector II back in the air. On the other hand, I've known of some pilot rigs (same materials) that were forcibly retired by the factory after 2 years of use. ETA - these were a group of specific rigs, grounded due to condition (prolonged sun exposure) during inspection, not a categoric grounding of a make/model for age, etc... Example given to show how user treatment of the gear plays a critical role in how long they last. How old a rig I will inspect/pack for others, is a completely different question. JW
  5. for which we are all grateful! Please keep it that way. (~2000 I met one "young" lady that had a new Javelin with capwells... said she'd had something like 17 cutaways on them and didn't trust herself to reach anywhere new, so she spend extra to get the old stuff she was used to) For myself, I once told me instructor that between the out-board MLW main ripcord, a barrel chested build, and the over-the-glasses goggles I couldn't (and had never) seen the ripcord handle... he just about freaked... and now we have students reaching for a BOC handle that they will never see before deployment. (so, I was just a trend setter??) But it did start my thinking that one should always know what they feel like without visual confirmation. JW
  6. I think if you are going to do the two-hands-per-handle method, it is a good idea to look silver before punching the cutaway. As a heavier guy with a floppier suit, I am also cognizant of moving the material behind the MLW and ensuring the handles are clear to grab. For myself, I was taught and use the one-hand-per-handle method and I prefer it (and have needed to use it). It means that I _know_ where the silver is before and after I cut-away. It also means that when a PC-in-tow cleared and slammed me just as I was putting my hands on my handles... the reserve handle popped clear of its Velcro and I ended up with 2 out... so, there is that... I would like to offer a few related opinions: - whichever method you learn, stick with it... your reactions will be quicker than second guessing - when you need a reserve repack, arrange with the rigger to let you pull the reserve _every time_. There is nothing more reassuring than to KNOW what it feels like before you have to pull it in anger. (and know that when you do pull it in anger... its generally much easier to pull... something about adrenaline) - get a real reserve handle (metal). Remember you've got to be ready to have a hard pull, in the winter, with heavy gloves, when you're only 1/2 (physically and/or mentally) there because of the sh!t that went down bringing you to this point. - practice them (physically and mentally) multiple times each time you don the rig. And then practice with your eyes closed (your goggles flipped off during the exit or you visor fogged up), and then practice with one hand (do to the broken arm you experienced in the rush to exit the DC-3 to get into your slot in the big-way attempt) and then practice with the other arm (you know, because your other shoulder sometimes pops out of socket when dealing with a troublesome formation)... Just my $.02 JW
  7. Actually, I would figure that if the manufacturer was being driven by the lawyers the max weight in each category would be going down, not up. While I would never speak for PD, my _guess_ is that their comfort level has evolved over time as: - line trims have been adjusted to optimize (and are being replaced/fixed more often now?) - jumper's understanding of canopy performance is better (more experienced instructors, more industry knowledge at the DZ, canopy classes, etc...) for how these models perform. - factory's observations of how jumpers in the field are handling the limits (and over limit) behavior. - numbers of hours flown by x number canopies with minimal issues due to experience/weight combinations. Finally - maybe its just me, but I also never really correlated the canopy experience with license levels... However, if you do, then maybe you could argue that they were adjusting as the average jumper was conforming to the higher number of jumps/license. (ok, old folks... remind me cause I don't remember... when did they bump up the #jumps/license level?? I was already at 'D' and had 500 when they bumped it up to there...) JW
  8. (not a fan of slider straps of any kind... but...) So THAT's what the [email protected] ball in the beer is good for... JW
  9. Advice - get your rigger involved in this discussion from the beginning. JW
  10. (this might be a moot question, but...) Any idea if Rick had a "soft" reserve ripcord or silver handle? JW
  11. I'll have to take a look for the pic. Obviously the handle location you indicate in the pic is unacceptable, you'll get no argument from me on that no matter how it happens. I've got both chest and hip rings and can't envision how you get the MLW back there ('course I'm a bit sleep deprived, so I'm not envisioning much but a bed right now...). I will point out that I buck the trend on two items when it comes to harness adjustment that may make all the difference: 1. I prefer my chest strap (over?) snug. (and no, I don't loosen it until I'm on the ground or approaching a water landing... to me the marginal canopy performance is not worth security in the harness if sh!t goes bad low down... one of these days we're going to have an incident of someone coming out of their harness that was loosened under canopy and then they had a low collision/cutaway/issue... </soapbox> 2. Years ago I heard an interview with Bill discussing his liking belly bands (not for discussing his original throw-outs, if you're that old) but simply a belly strap like the chest strap which helps keep the harness in the correct location on your body. To that end, when I got my new rig with both rings, I also got an aftermarket belly band (https://www.chutingstar.com/swooper-belly-band) and put it through the lower rings to see how it changes the feel of the rig. Again I like it snug. (FWIW - I really like the feel and when my rig is next at Sunpath, I'll ask them to install a permanent belly strap that matches the chest strap and harness.) With those adjustments, a correct sized harness, and the leg-strap bungie*, I have great flexibility and yet the harness doesn't feel like its wandering around... things stay where they're supposed to be. *btw - for the inter-legstrap connector: a friend pointed out that if you already have the attach tabs on your leg straps for this purpose, the Vector Sigma staging loop (https://store.uptvector.com/parts/tandem/sigma/) is GREAT for this... larks head the loop on one leg, feed the free end through the other and secure with an overhand knot. Done. Just my $.02, JW PS - PEP: agreed... none of this is needed/advantageous on a Pilot Emergency Parachute. They don't need to be worried about turning points, freefly or head down flying (other than that the container should be secure with wind loads at any angle). They need to be secure in their harness. <period> And the heavier/more complicated/expensive you make it, the less likely they are to buy and wear it. IMHO
  12. Alright Jerry, I'll bite... why would _you_ not want to offer them on a sport harness? JW
  13. Call SE. (407-859-9317) Generally speaking, the problem can be a problem regardless of brand. JW
  14. Or is it pre-stretch, let relax, then tension for marking/cutting? (real question/speculation) JW
  15. What bothers me _most_ is seeing jumpers who have recommended to them gear that "just happens" to match what the local rigger/DZO happens to have on the shelf... As to looking on the Internet, I think some of that is the same caution instructors give over students listening to other (non-instructor) jumpers... often the most vocal/eager sources of information ARE the 50-200 jump wonders... you're right, there is some GREAT information on the Internet, but there is also some dangerous stuff out there. I would suggest to a newbie, go out and look/learn, then come back and talk through all what you think you learned. JW