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  1. 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 [email protected]
  2. 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 [email protected]
  3. 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 [email protected]
  4. 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 [email protected]
  5. A great man and a heck of a guy. I've still got Ken Oka pull up cords. He will be missed. -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  6. 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 [email protected]
  7. 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 [email protected]
  8. 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 [email protected]
  9. 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 [email protected]
  10. 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 [email protected]
  11. 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 [email protected]
  12. 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 [email protected]
  13. 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.
  14. 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 [email protected]
  15. Could you explain why? Skydiving systems are much more complex than BASE systems. This complexity introduces additional chances for delays in the opening sequence (or malfunctions). It is for this reason that skydiving rigs are intended to be deployed at much higher altitudes than BASE rigs. It's really a question of using a tool designed for the job. If you are intending to deploy your canopy with a few hundred feet of a solid object, there are probably better choices than a skydiving rig designed to be opened with thousands of feet of clear air in every direction. If I were ever in a situation where I had to deploy a skydiving rig in a proximity flight situation, I'd go straight to the reserve, which would still be more complex than a BASE rig. -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  16. So sad to hear this. Mike took my course at the end of October this year. We took a break for trick-or-treating, and he helped hand out candy to kids who came by our house. He was kind, funny and thoughtful. My kids loved him, and loved playing with him. He said one of the things he was looking forward to about working in California was that he could try to build up his swooping skills more. He definitely died while living his life on his own terms, doing what he wanted. Fly free, Mike. -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  17. That's in the admin tools, so only the red people can access it. -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  18. Does anyone here know the user WithoutWings? He sent me a PM with some questions, but has PM's turned off so I can't reply. If anyone happens to know an alternate contact method that would work, can you PM me? Thanks! -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  19. It's mostly the (mandatory, in most places) extra legal reviews, as well as the (optional, but almost always pursued) appeals. But there is also additional cost involved with keeping prisoners on death row (which is more expensive than "normal" prison), and with the actual executions. More info (from both slants): -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  20. If Ethiopia is worse off than Detroit, why are we prioritizing health "insurance" in Detroit above food in Ethiopia. Shouldn't all this health reform business wait until after we're actually feeding everyone? -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  21. I'd prefer to have each individual in charge of their own healthcare. But, of course, they're too dumb to do that, and need someone to take charge of managing it for them, right? -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  22. If people knew what is best for them we wouldn't need financial planners, tax consultants, lawyers or family doctors at all. No need for prescriptions, we could just decide for ourselves. Yep. And if people knew what was best for them, there'd be no need for the government to tell us all what to do--wouldn't that be a tragedy? -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  23. Full Text of HR 3400 runs to 285 pages. They have submitted an alternative plan. Repeated assertions to the contrary are either mistakes or outright lies. -- Tom Aiello [email protected]
  24. Hang on. You're picking out GM as an example of a well run private company? I understand where you're coming from. -- Tom Aiello [email protected]