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  1. theonlyski

    Rebuilding a 182

    . Damn I wonder how that would climb ?... Never seen it get off the ground but I'm not holding my breath to see it. The left turning engine would sure be interesting on rotation.
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    Rebuilding a 182

    Put a PT-6 on it. Get the STC and have fun.
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    TI FAA medical?

    Flight instructors are authorized to act as PIC to instruct under BasicMed (and have been able to with a third class).
  4. I started off as a fun jumper then eventually became a rigger, AFF and Tandem instructor and actually jumped full time for about a year or so. I never expected that my main source of income would be skydiving, but it did for a little while (I wanted a break from the job routine). I've never gone crazy small on canopies, only non touching CRW, no base or wingsuit either. It is what you make of it. Consider your personal goals, set your personal limits and stick with them.
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    We have used them a few times and they're pretty awesome so far. We treat them as our own place and it works out pretty well. Some even include free snacks and such.
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    Vector 348 canopy guidelines

    The answer is, it depends. I've got a Safire-2 169 in my 348 and it's a pretty snug fit along with an Optimum-176 reserve. If you're a good packer, then you may be able to shoehorn a 190 in there, however then you have to think about reserve sizes. No point in getting a smaller reserve just to save some space. If you're jumping something in the 190 range, your reserve should be in that range as well and you should size your container accordingly. There is nothing sexy about an overstuffed rig and going up to a size that would accommodate your canopies better will look better and at arms length, you probably couldn't tell the difference in the .5" or 1" change. It will look better and be easier to pack.
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    what countries are aads mandatory?

    In the US: Tandem systems are required to have an AAD (and it be properly maintained and armed for each tandem jump: There is no other legal requirement to have an AAD installed for a jump.
  8. I don't see the need in this as the moderators could use the IP address to help weed out spam/pissed off users. Further, neither the company nor the servers live in the US and I believe I recall one of the admins saying they feel no obligation to provide information to anyone regarding hurt feelings. How would they send the user a PM if they didn't know who it was and the system removes all PII from the post? Now, with that said, there is a Medical Matters forum at the AOPA board that allows anonymous posting (with moderator approval) and has proven to be very useful for people to get information regarding how to navigate the FAA medical certification system. I don't know of any enforcement or even attempts based on any of the things posted on there (and there are many users who are of the mindset that what the FAA doesn't know wont ground you).
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    Jumping with tandems.

    Depends on the DZ and the instructor. I've seen places that let 100 jump people lurk tandems, but others that require a D license and instructional ratings (usually they'll settle for T-I or AFF-I). That's not to say you can have your AFF-I or T-I rating with a D license and walk into any random DZ and chase a tandem. While I was throwing drogues, if I didn't know you and nobody I trusted would vouch for your abilities, you're not going with me. I've seen enough people with D licenses that scared the crap out of me in the air to know that I don't want them near me while I can't maneuver out of their way. I'd be a little more lenient on an AFF-I because there is some pretty good flying that comes with that training/rating, but in my experience T-I's that only throw drogues and don't fun jump often get sloppy in their flying.
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    Rob Waspe

    I know I am not alone in missing him, I can't believe it's been (over) a year now.
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    Suit for AFF

    I have a Michigan suit that worked well for AFF. The only thing I ever had to do was put on a hoodie or something if I was jumping with a lightweight.
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    Caravan driver - times required? has a list of people looking for Caravan drivers and their requirements.
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    Reserve pilot chute stuck

    It can happen when the closing loop is too long or not very slick and it locks the flaps closed with the pressure of the loop jamming in the grommets. Show the video to your rigger and see what they say about it.
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    Getting back into it..?

    Your tunnel time should help your freefall, and minute for minute, it's faster and cheaper than working on those issues during an actual skydive. As far as where to pick back up, expect a review on the ground of emergency procedures and normal procedures for canopy flight and skydiving in general. I would believe most DZs would send you out with two but some DZs would send you with one instructor, probably at a lower level to help knock the cobwebs off. At your experience level, taking 8 months off is a LONG time, so expect to go over just about everything and to start your skydives at a lower level. The instructors aren't bringing you down a level or two for the money, they want to make sure you're safe. All of that being said, don't let your nerves get to you. If you're freaking out a little because of the emergency procedures, ask to do a working tandem to come back. That way you have a little help strapped to your back in the unlikely event that something should happen. Many of us have gone hundreds (and a few have gone thousands) of jumps with no major malfunctions. While the possibility is there every time you get on the plane, proper planning and maintenance of the equipment will go far in keeping you safe.
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    Mirage reserve question

    That's how I packed my G3 and it was the approved method. I don't recall the manual showing different?
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    vector offset grommets

    If it looks cockeyed, you're probably closing it wrong. They're offset in a specific way that make the rig look better when packed correctly. My V3 has the loop mounted on the bottom flap and the closing order is Bottom-Top-Right-Left. If you try to go BTLR, it looks horrible and the loop is much shorter. Can you post a pic of how the rig looks bad? With and without the main pin cover flap closed?
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    Vigil II Ctrl Error Codes Basically, send them back.
  18. I earned my AFF-I rating first, but the other two people in the course with me were already T-Is. One of them had a lot of trouble because he was comfortable with doing tandems and they didn't keep him on his toes flying. AFF-I was a much more difficult rating for me. When I went to the T-I rating course, I was already an AFF-I and basically only had to worry about the tandem specific portions of the course. That being said, if you're looking for money, I've never been on back to back to back to back loads all day doing AFF jumps. I have done it doing tandems.
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    UPT Vector Charcoal Diamond Fabric?
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    Heartbleed vulnerability

    I don't know of any SSL services running on the site. Not sure why your software indicated it is vulnerable though.
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    What makes you think it was impacted by the venerability?
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    Javelin Odyssey v/s vector 3 pros & cons

    Pick whichever you want, which ever looks better, feels better, gets there faster or costs less! Seriously, they're both fine rigs, I love my V3 but others love their Javs.
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    Rigging projects for a new rigger

    That looks pretty good for an inexperienced riglet! Some things that I'd probably do just a hair differently but I don't see any glaring issues with how you did it. Does this slider line up grommet to grommet with the old slider (with tension applied)? Normally putting a pocket on it is a 'when all else fails' action. It's not terribly difficult to do, and I think if you managed to build that, it would be a fairly simple task to sew one on... the hard part is figuring out what size to make it! I've never seen or heard of anyone putting a pocket on a removable slider, but the process should be similar. What exactly are you getting hung up on?
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    testing sewing machine limits

    You'll find that the #26 needle probably won't fit in the machine and that your smaller needles will not work too well with 5 cord. You MIGHT be able to swing FF and possibly 3 cord with that machine, but I'm willing to bet 5 will be too much for it to handle. Even if you could, you'd probably have to spend a long time winding new bobbins. ETA: This is the difference in size between I believe a #22 and a #25 or #26. [inline Needles.JPG]
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    N3 and NMU not syncing

    There's a pretty good chance that it's not actually on COM2. Try selecting the other COM ports with it plugged in. If it doesn't show up, you may need to download/install the Neptune USB drivers.