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Everything posted by Electronaut

  1. I was going to mention that Panny. Golly do I look stoned in that picture.
  2. No they don't, they use HFS+.
  3. We have at least one case where a tail strike resulted in the loss of consciousness but the AAD still fired successfully. Can you give some details on this? I'm familiar with Steve Harrington's death in 2009 (Elsinore, at the 68 Way), where he struck the tail and the AAD did activate, but the ground he exited over was significantly higher than the DZ and he impacted the ground before the reserve fully extracted. (I don't know if we ever got a definitive autopsy indicating whether he was dead on impact with the tail or the ground impact killed Steve.) Is there another incident where it saved a life? Or are you referring to Steve's situation, where the AAD technically "fired successfully" but not at an altitude that would permit the reserve to, you know, work. Steve's is the one I'm talking about. Everything I've read showed it had fired in the correct parameters. Is this not correct?
  4. We have at least one case where a tail strike resulted in the loss of consciousness but the AAD still fired successfully.
  5. Just remember, you can have up to a 10% difference in volume from one canopy to the next due to variances in the materials.
  6. Because measuring altitude via GPS is no where near as good as measuring it via barometric pressure.
  7. Want some knowledge on this? Canopies can vary in their pack volume by up to 10%, so if you have your reserve and your main on the high side of this variable, you're going to have a bear of a time getting your main closed. Also, the deployment bags for the reserve and main can vary in their material thickness and how much they add to the total volume of the pack job. Add in the differences of packing in different climates, if you're in a dry climate, packing can be a bit more difficult. This isn't even touching the fact that your reserve when jammed in there tight is going to piss off your rigger. If you have a main total malfunction, it may very well take your reserve longer to extract as the two packjobs are crammed together. A tight main can also stretch and screw up the container over time.
  8. Fuck Frankfurt, it's up there on my least favorite airports list.
  9. Really? The one who claims to represent the whole wingsuit community (they sure as shit do not represent me) that goes to the BOD meeting where they are reprimanded for providing false data in their quickly hodge podged hail mary survey that included, non skydivers, non wingsuiters and non USPA members, and for generally composing themselves in a deplorable manner. The one who did not work tirelessly to update the SIM's section on wingsuiting significantly yet attacks the person you did. The one who has provided zero constructive feedback. The one who changed the base on the most recent record so that it would fit after the dive, otherwise it would not have. The one who keeps clinging to a shitty formation standard claiming we are different because we have no competition system compared to FS and VFS. We have a competition system that just doesn't work well with their chosen giant suits. And the one who is organizing a 100 way (maybe 100) who can't safely conduct a 2 way. I am sick and tired of seeing this person trying to pull the wool over everyones' eyes.
  10. I can see the need, different manufacturers have different lengths for bridle attachment inside the bag.
  11. I can see that you don't like the situation, and there are plenty of reasons for that, but why would it technically be a violation of any TSO? Wouldn't it be the same if I jumped with my handles duct taped to my rig? Nothing to do with the rig TSO, just not very smart? Maybe an FAA violation if one argued that in functional terms, I was no longer jumping a 2-canopy rig (but I'd have to check the wording to be sure)? The pilot is ultimately responsible for letting you enter and exit the aircraft in their command and one those responsibilities is that those intending to jump have rigs that are in compliance.
  12. Sigmas have a pass of seal thread at the link IIRC, to keep the un-cascaded brake lines organized. Not a toggle I know.
  13. Factory Diver with an alti mount on mudflap and have no problems.
  14. The labor in making the slider is where the cost adds up as well. Making a slider is not a quick task.
  15. This thread reminds me of placing a handful of Mentos up your backside before getting a Coca-Cola enema. Not fun and s**t everywhere ... I'd pay to see that episode of Mythbusters.
  16. I did some of my pack jobs under a DPRE who interpreted a supervised pack job as being legal. In fact, my 4th pack job was my own that also ended up being my 1st save (though, not my main pack job).
  17. I know it's not a G2 ... but, I use Michael's mount on a Sky Systems Factory Diver. Using the 141 / 110 mount, it's mounted on the back with a small hole drilled for routing the audio plug.
  18. Unless something's changed since November, I'm going to say the opposite. The stitching wasn't great: for example, double needle along the tail on the suit I saw was accomplished using two single needle passes that wavered significantly. Also, there was another one at the same event that partially blew up. The suit I saw and handled was very heavy.
  19. I'm guessing that it is Spot's video and that he intended for it to be only be seen by a handful of people.
  20. Nick over at Elsinore is a master rigger.
  21. No, using 22809, it would be the 22nd week of the year ending in ***8, qnd the 09 would be the 9th unit made that week. MEL And another good hint to determine the decade, is to look at the date on the harness 3ring - its stamped with the production date as well. Just dont forget that it is most likely from a batch older than the harness. No shit? *checks Racer 2K3 made in 2010 in the corner* 09 on the harness 3 ring. *adds that to the little book o' knowledge* Thanks!
  22. Sounds like you speak from a platform of experience with such matters...
  23. Not all reserves have openings in their sliders. And reserves aren't really packed much different than normal terminal mains, it's a PRO pack that looks a little different.