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  1. Hi all, thanks for your comments and input. Very helpful
  2. I am looking to purchase mesh netting - not for manufacturing my own pilot chutes, but to use as mosquito/no-see-um netting. My Vector pilot chute mesh is just the material I am looking for... does anyone know where container companies, specifically UPT, gets their raw materials? Or does any have any info - anything more than what Google can tell me? Thanks in advance
  3. Thanks for the input.. you seem to be one of the only other people that seem to know what we're talking about. It doesn't happen on every jump and will pretty much clear itself prior to releasing the brakes. It just seems more happy overall when it's in full flight. Maybe it doesn't matter, but what is the DOM of your Spectre?
  4. Yes, it was shortened below the catseye. The brake lines are the correct length from attachment point to catseye.
  5. UPT 19" risers have been used on all jumps. One other person has jumped it but not as a "test jumper" with this issue in mind, just borrowing the gear. They did not have any problems.
  6. Sorry, forgot that important piece of information... The lines are Vectran. Just verified everything is in proper trim.
  7. Posting this for a friend who doesn't have an account here.... I ordered a custom Spectre 170 and have put 80 jumps on it. Until recently, the openings had been nice. Recently, after my canopy opens but prior to releasing the brakes, the canopy will fully inflate, but then partially deflate where I have a “falling” sensation, then it will reinflate to “stable” flying. At this point I have not put any input to the canopy. It’s not until after releasing the brakes that it really feels comfortable to be flying under. It will sometimes even "buck" a little until brakes are released. Once brakes are released, the canopy flies, flares, and lands great. The only thing that has been done to this canopy in it’s 80 jumps is having the brake lines shortened twice, two inches each time, and only from the cat-eye down. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but this problem on openings hadn’t happened until after the second time I had the brake lines shortened. I’ve never had the sensation of stalling on opening like I have recently been experiencing. What could cause this? I had two riggers independently measured the control lines from attachment point to cat-eye. They said they were correct according to the spec chart. Everything else looked to be in good shape and the line trim is measured correctly. I am 5’7 and my exit weight is 180lbs. 300 jumps in a couple years, flew a 190 Pulse before this Spectre 170.
  8. Duane Hall, manager of Square 1 in Perris is who I would look to, since it looks like you might be in that area. I've never done one, never taken any of his courses, but from what I've heard he's excellent.
  9. I have a 2003 Honda Civic with 204,400 miles on it. It starts up and drives like it has a fraction of those miles. Good choice in car!
  10. I have a Micro Raven reserve, manufactured in '91, loaded lightly at 0.7:1 I used it once and I did a PLF on landing. I practiced flaring up high and it was stalling at about half of what I would flare my main at, so I didn't want to risk trying to run it out
  11. I live near where Antonio and Ave de las Banderas intersect..
  12. Interesting. I wonder if there's other people out there with similar experiences? I was flying a 200 through AFF, then through renting went from a 200 to 170, and now I fly a 150. I'm still only loaded at 0.8, but have found that the response is much better as I have gone down. I have been told that when the wing is loaded too LIGHTLY, you don't have as much power to fly it and land it properly. I'm still learning though
  13. Reserve due for a repack.. It gets repacked and I pick it up 3 days after it's done. Do 2 jumps.. cutaway on 2nd jump.. Can anyone beat that turnaround time? (first cutaway, beer!)