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Everything posted by chuckakers

  1. Are you saying manufacturers are claiming proper activations based solely on cutter units sold?
  2. A former coworker of mine used to trash pack pretty bad and got line overs fairly routinely on his Raider. He cleared them by climbing a riser - front most often - nearest the point of the line over until the line slipped off. Of course this was done with a loading of 1.3 +/- on a square F-111 canopy. Not sure I would try it on a heavily loaded HP canopy. With all that said, I have always been an advocate of just getting rid of anything that doesn't fly right, and doing it quickly. I have seen docile malfunctions turn into vicious, high G ones in the blink of an eye. I have also lost friends because the mals they had were so violent that they were rendered unable to properly perform EP's. If it looks bad and flies bad, it's bad. We will never know how many jumpers have died because they jacked around with a mal that went south in a big way. Don't add yourself to the list. And on that subject, this is timely....
  3. You are correct. Can you open your reserve and reclose it without breaking the seal? Derek V I was referring to this. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  4. On Racers, the seal must be broken to open the rig. Jump Shack instructions call for a fixed closing loop, tacked to the top of the pilot chute, under the decorative cap. I suppose it would be possible for a really motivated person to untack the pilot chute cap and then disassemble the closing loop to allow it to float, but a person with that sort of time and skill could find other, easier ways to do stupid rigger tricks. Interestingly, Airtec would prefer a floating loop on Racers, one that could slide over the top of the pilot chute instead of being tacked to it.. A previous poster noted that such a change would reduce the risk of having only one cutter fire. --Mark My bad. I looked back at the post I was originally replying to. The poster was referring to "2-pin continuous loop rigs like Softies and Nationals". My point stands. If a rig can be opened and closed without detection, I contend that the seal is just a tag identifying the rigger who closed it. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  5. That's the part I'm referring to. If a rig - like a Racer, apparently - can be opened and re-closed without breaking the seal, it's not a seal. It's just an identifying tag. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  6. Except on 2-pin continuous loop rigs like Softies and Nationals, which can be opened, aired, inspected, and repacked without breaking the seal. --Mark Which begs the question, what good is a it if the reserve can be tampered with and the seal remain intact? Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  7. Summer of 1985, because a co-worker wanted someone to go with him. Changed everything about me forever. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  8. fixed Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  9. Sorry you had a bad experience. I would never dream of not being responsive to a member - whether in my region or not. If you can't get the help you need, I suggest contacting the president of the board or the executive director. Often a call from one of them kickstarts action. You can also call me. I handle the gulf region but I'm happy to assist any member in any way at any time, 24/7. It's what I signed up for so it's what I am prepared to do. I encourage anyone who holds a seat on the board to do the same. My number is 832-630-1213. Add me to your contacts. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  10. me - 1.6 my wife - 1.2 my son - 3.2 Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  11. Everything you ever wanted to know about disciplinary actions can be found in the USPA Governance Manual section 1-6, page 24. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  12. TSO'd gear is not required for foreign jumpers in the U.S as long as certain conditions are met. See FAR 105.49 below sec. 105.49 foreign paracHutists and equipment (a) No person may conduct a parachute operation, and no pilot in command of an aircraft may allow a parachute operation to be conducted from that aircraft with an unapproved foreign parachute system unless— (1) The parachute system is worn by a foreign parachutist who is the owner of that system. (2) The parachute system is of a single-harness dual parachute type. (3) The parachute system meets the civil aviation authority requirements of the foreign parachutist’s country. (4) All foreign non-approved parachutes deployed by a foreign parachutist during a parachute operation conducted under this section shall be packed as follows— (i) The main parachute must be packed by the foreign parachutist making the next parachute jump with that parachute, a certificated parachute rigger, or any other person acceptable to the Administrator. (ii) The reserve parachute must be packed in accordance with the foreign parachutist’s civil aviation authority requirements, by a certificated parachute rigger, or any other person acceptable to the Administrator. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  13. I see your posts for Chuck Ways every week, and have seen the videos. Maybe, some day... Congrats on your selection. Alix Hubbard from the Southeast is also very, very current. Thanks! I do hope you join us for some hops! Looking forward to serving with Alix. She has attended the past couple board meetings and seems to be a great lady. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  14. I made 250 +/- in the last year. Typical for me. Most on the board are very current jumpers. A few only make an occassional hop, and one I believe hasn't jumped in more than 20 years. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  15. Not sure how relevant or true this is, but when I started in the mid 80's I was told the reason AAD's were not popular among experienced jumpers was the fear of a mis-fire during formation skydives. The introduction of the Cypres fixed that problem, and the death of Tom Piras made them instantly popular. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  16. Believe whatever you like. In my time on the board I have never heard a single conversation, read an e-mail, or been privy to any communication between board members, headquarters staff, or anyone else in which manufacturers were even brought up concerning any of the issues we deal with. Never. Not once. Maybe there's an effort to keep me in the dark because everyone knows I'll call bullsh*t, but I doubt it. I sometimes try to address stuff I see on these forums that I believe to be off base, but no more. I have learned that I can not convince those whose minds are already made up that there is any other truth beyond that which they have convinced themselves of. I will reserve my energy for more positive efforts to serve our members. I am availble 24/7/365 for anyone who wants to chat. 832-630-1213. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  17. Ron, As I stated, I have been on the board for 3 years and in that time I have not seen an example of the organization favoring or protecting manufacturers over members. I can not speak to how things operated prior to that. Take note that the person making claims in that thread is (or was) a manufacturer, and thus can not be expected to be impartial when opining. By the way, anyone can ask the board to change a BSR. I have seen several changes in my time on the board that originated from a member's idea. If you disagree with a 2,500 foot opening altitude requirement, ask for a change. The board will debate and consider it like any other request. Raising the minimum was long overdue without respect to any problems with rigs. The 2k minimum was established in the days of 400-foot openings and almost no use of AAD's. Pitching at 2k with today's long-sniveling canopies and AAD's isn't exactly a best practice, IMO. Also consider that the 2,500 foot minimum opening altitude BSR can be waived by an S&TA or an I/E for C and D license holders. For A and B license holders, I doubt too many people would advocate for them to be deploying at 2k anyway. I certainly wouldn't. If you want to dump at 2k, just get a waiver. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  18. Yep.... The USPA protecting manufacturers over members. I have been on the board for the past 3 years and have yet to see a single example of the organization protecting (or favoring) manufacturers or GM's over members. Additionally, I sent a PM to BarryWilliams requesting that he provide the details of the case he posted about so I could get some clarification. He has not yet responded. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  19. Go to a wind tunnel, even if you have to travel. For fundamental things like getting and staying stable, turns, fall rate control, etc., good tunnel instruction will help you conquer problems much quicker and with a lot less frustration. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  20. Banned from what? Exited from what? What lights? Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  21. The aircraft owner has no legal obligation to show anyone logs except the feds, law enforcement with a warrant, or the courts with a subpoena. Sorry to disappoint. Any LEO, any State Agency, has the "Right" to access aircraft logs, "they are to be produced upon demand," It is actually a crime to report the presence of any FAA, NTSB, etc, agent, officer, etc,... inspector doing their job. It is a crime to not produce "logs" or any of the 5 required pieces of paperwork, amongnst other things as well. "They also have the "right" to inspect any, person, place, or thang, they want. All without any warrant whatsoever. Perhaps you could show us the laws and other interesting stuff you have used to support your claims? This rumor needs to be quashed. As far as aircraft, most every agency and LEO on the planet can do whatever they want. Without warrants or even probable cause. You can thank 911. Why would you make such and untrue and incredulously false comment? The only possible result is some hapless dolt some where will get him or herself arrested for "Interfering?" Ah yes, I had forgotten about that FAR. LEO's can demand to inspect documents. I was actually trying to respond to the person who said jumpers have the right to see logs, which they do not. Of course if the owner/pilot is operating properly I don't see why they wouldn't present them upon request to a jumper. As for your question about why someone would make such a statement, as I said I had forgotten about that requirement. Turn the BBQ off. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  22. The aircraft owner has no legal obligation to show anyone logs except the feds, law enforcement with a warrant, or the courts with a subpoena. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
  23. Yep. Just pick up the phone. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX