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  1. The average skydiver only remains active for 7 years so a lot of times we "reinvent the wheel" because there is no history of what has already been done experimentally. I see and hear novices all the time using and doing things that they were told is the most modern technique without any clue of the actual mechanics involved. It is important to keep that information available. I no longer do any rigging or instructing (beyond a little impromptu coaching) but I when I see a novice struggling with something simply because they are trying to keep up with "what's cool" I am happy to point out any known solution that might already exist. Sometimes thats amusing, such as the time a fellow instructor asked to use my unpacked rig to demonstrate some things to his FJC class. My SOS, no RSL, bungee pilot chute, B12 snaps, equipped rig didn't quite fit the bill for what he needed to teach and he himself was confused with some of those features. For info this occurred in '99. There is a post on here right now, talking about lubricating the soft loop of the 3 ring to prevent hard cutaways. Ever since mini rings and risers came out, hard cutaways have been a topic of discussion. My last new rig, they called to make sure I actually wanted standard rings and risers and not the "cool" mini's. For a new gear buyer, I could see them accepting what their gear dealer recommends and not what is best for them in the moment. We are seeing it all the time now with jumpers flying canopies that they cannot land and the community response has been mandatory canopy training. Go out and watch a big-way land during no-wind conditions and you'll see from the circus carnage that that hasn't worked! But it keeps the jumpsuit repair people in a job. I recently had an old-time jumper, that was returning to jumping, ask me what happened to the days when you pulled down the toggles and the canopy stopped. He referred to it as the "golden age of parachute landings" and he was referring to the mid to late '80's when grass stained, dirty jumpsuits weren't the norm. I see novices with fall rate and tracking problems because they didn't learn the basic body positions before throwing in mega-booties, weight belts, and competition grips. I got my AFF rating without booties and am still one of the few at my DZ that does FS, up to 40 ways, without them. Yes! Keep offering your advice and opinions even if some may think they are outdated. If nothing else it will keep the "skygods" grounded in reality and points out the differences of what really works and what is the latest faddish technique. Sorry, long post. Rant over!
  2. I think I'll stick with my large rings while you guys work the bugs out.
  3. This is/was a big topic on the antique tractor forum I follow. Leaded gas was used to increase librucation on engines without hardened valve seats. A lot of older tractors didn't have that so it was recommended that a lead additive be used if the antique tractor was going to actually be used heavily. This increased the tractors engine life. Aircraft engines have always had hardened valve seats and heads so a lead additive usually isn't neccesary. I run regular unleaded gas in my '48 Ford tractor with no ill effects.
  4. Linda and Jack. At my wedding in 1995. RIP
  5. I believe The four-way is still at the San Diego Air and Space in Balboa Park. I haven't been there for about 10 years but it was hanging from the ceiling then.
  6. I used the automated postage machine at the P.O. to ship mine. Got there in 3 days with delivery confirmation. They shipped it back the same way. Why speak to a clerk at all?
  7. The complacency sounds a lot like what happened at Skydive Sussex but that would really be a sore point with the Board in both how it was handled and how some GM DZO's get a little bit more privilege.
  8. Had my first rig, an old Wonderhog, changed to R-3's from shot and a halfs. Had 2 cutaways with them but the second was a near miss collision where the main collapsed. A line or 2 wrapped around the R-3 and I had to dig a little to get it. Bought a new container with 3 rings.
  9. You and Jack at our wedding. That was a good day!
  10. I'm sorry for you too Linda, I know what he meant to you.:(
  11. I have always tried to impart to my students that knowing how the specific equipment you are jumping works is vital. I have had people try to drag me back in the plane, refuse to pack the reserve, and be totally befuddled trying to pack for me. That was because at the time I was jumping an SOS system with a bungee pilot chute! There was no cutaway handle, I was told by a new rigger the cutaway cables were too long and that they needed to be changed out (even after demonstrating why they were that long), and watching a packer try to cock a bungee was hysterical! It's as important for a jumper to know how his specific gear works and then it's easier to know what to check. In this day and age gear is becoming more standardized but there are still quirks to individual rigs.
  12. Good luck trying to find one. After 2000 jumps on mine with zero problems, the lower mesh finally tore and I decided to replace it. I tried six gear dealers and even posted on here trying to find one with no luck. Let me know if you find one.
  13. It was only a practice jump for next week. The remains of the Pillsbury Doughboy was the only thing dumped this time!:)
  14. Jumped a small one this morning. They make excellent ash (cremation) bags. Roll up one end, put in ashes, roll up other end, secure with rubber bands. To dump ashes pull off rubber bands and ashes go out the top!