TomAiello

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    310
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    Ace
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    Perrine Bridge
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    22400
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA, USBA
  • Number of Jumps
    3000
  • Years in Sport
    12
  • First Choice Discipline
    BASE Jumping
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    2000
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Wing Suit Flying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    700

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  1. TomAiello

    Slider Bumpers/Link Covers (Silicon tube size?)

    Perfect. Thank you! -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
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    Slider Bumpers/Link Covers (Silicon tube size?)

    There is a lot of discussion here that doesn't really apply to my (slider down BASE rig) case, but it's interesting to read it. Does anyone happen to have the actual dimensions handy (ID and OD, or even just ID)? Thanks! -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
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    Slider Bumpers/Link Covers (Silicon tube size?)

    Thanks for the photo. Something that needs to be tacked down won't work for me. I need to slide the bumpers up and down quite frequently. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
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    Slider Bumpers/Link Covers (Silicon tube size?)

    Looking at the chart, they are number 5 links. I can buy tubing from McMaster, but I'm trying to narrow down the correct interior diameter so I'm not stuck ordering a range and then trying different ones until I find the right size to order more of. How hard is it to slide the white webbing ones on and off the links? Do you happen to have a photo? I'm not really familiar with them. I could probably just sew up some webbing covers. Maybe I'll give that a shot. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
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    Slider Bumpers/Link Covers (Silicon tube size?)

    Can anyone point me at the correct size silicon tube to use for (reserve size) slider bumpers? I'm replacing the bumpers on about 40 BASE rigs, and I just want to buy a length of hose and cut it up. Does anyone have an internal/external diameter hose (or better yet a link to a supplier) that works? Thanks for any help. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  6. TomAiello

    Ken Oka 5/25/13

    A great man and a heck of a guy. I've still got Ken Oka pull up cords. He will be missed. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  7. TomAiello

    Gear Compatiability

    Holy necro thread. Did you just respond to a 9 year old post? I have large harness rings and small riser rings on most of my BASE rigs, but obviously a hard cutaway isn't much of an issue there. What kind of container did you buy and what brand of risers were on it? -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  8. TomAiello

    Source for F-111 fabric?

    I'll call PD. Since they use F-111 to build the Ace and Blackjack canopies, hopefully they'll have some scraps that I can use to patch them. Thanks! -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
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    Source for F-111 fabric?

    Does anyone have a good source for small quantities of F-111 (for patching canopies)? I realize that it's not really "F-111" anymore, but you know what I mean. Help, anyone? -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  10. TomAiello

    Slowest sustained fall rate?

    Can anyone help guide me to the slowest falling suit on the market? I understand that's not exactly a precise question, but assuming all else is equal (pilot size and skill, etc), what suit is going to generate the slowest sustained (i.e. average for the entire jump) fall rates? In this application, I am looking almost entirely for slowest fall rate. Glide angle and speed are very secondary, and I understand that slowest fall rate will likely not have the best glide angle. My preliminary opinion is that I ought to look at whatever the latest-greatest Tonysuit flying airmattress is (Apache Rebel or something, right?). Can anyone offer any other opinions? If you have real data on fall rates in various suits, that would be extremely helpful as well. Thanks for any information or opinions you can share. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  11. TomAiello

    Favorite CA DZs?!?!

    Lodi is very cheap. It has a pretty unique culture. If you are looking to do a bunch of jumps as quickly as possible, and have your own training program or schedule to follow, it's great. It's not as good for just picking up random jumping partners or hanging out. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  12. TomAiello

    BASE first or wingsuit first?

    The OP indicated that he was on a fairly tight budget. If that's the case and he's looking to get into BASE, I'd recommend buying an old BASE canopy (good condition Mojos and FOXes can be had for well under $1000--I bought one with 20 jumps for $600 last year). If he's unable to find one of those, I'd go with a Raven. Get a canopy like that and work through the attached canopy drills (from Consolidated Rigging) until you are 100% comfortable with every one of them. Preparation for BASE isn't about number of skydives--it's about the actual skill set you've developed. It doesn't matter if it took you 150 skydives to learn those skills, or 1500. I get students through with 1000 skydives who have spent their entire skydiving career freeflying and learning to swoop, and are less prepared than guys with 150 skydives who have focused the last 100 skydives on BASE specific canopy training on a large F-111 7 cell. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  13. I'm guessing Atair Troll's (EDIT: upon looking closer, probably not). They look like OSP's. She probably didn't have time to set up the POB. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com
  14. TomAiello

    Queen Skydives into Olympic Stadium

    They're also using gear with large, non-collapsible, vented PC's, mesh sliders and bottom skin inlets on the canopies. I don't seem to see any reserves there, either. Looks like the Queen is a BASE jumper. And she jumps French and Slovenian gear.
  15. The UK, apparently. Anyone else notice the mesh sliders, non-collapsible 42" PC's and bottom skin inlets? The queen also appears to have forgotten to bring along a reserve parachute. -- Tom Aiello Tom@SnakeRiverBASE.com SnakeRiverBASE.com