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  1. While installing a CYPRES 2 (returned from 8 year service) I found a damaged cutter cable. Airtec replaced the cutter free of charge, no questions asked. Customer service was beyond excellent. I am however not so impressed by the 8 year service not detecting a clearly visible damage to the cutter cable. I am the previous rigger packing this reserve and thus the one who damaged the cable in the first place. Now I need to figure out how I can better protect the cable and avoid damaging the new cutter. Has anyone seen this type of damage before and if so how was it solved? The container in question is an older Javelin. The metal plate that make up the anchor point for reserve closing loop against the backpad of container is pulled upwards when reserve closing loop is under tension. At the same time the freebag will push the area around this anchor point down. This creates a sharp edge and bends the cutter cable at the worst possible position right next to the "cutter head". The damage on the cutter cable aligns perfectly with this sharp edge. I am in contact with Sun Path but they have failed to recommend any solution as to how I should proceed.
  2. You’re kind of twisting my words… "We all know the skyhook does not work perfectly every time, but I think Bill Booth claimed over 90% in one of the PIA videos." I was too lazy to look it up. For the record it should be “less than haft of one percent of them release unexpectedly”. Video at 4:50: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQuJr5wuvSw The message I was trying to get across was that I think all manufacturers needs to prove what they claim. One can’t just say 99.5% success or mine is just as fast as a MARD without providing any explanation or proof. We should hold all manufacturers to a higher standard than that of a toothpaste commercial. Maybe TSO testing could provide that proof?
  3. You are missing my point. I too want the reserve to open as fast as possible, but not to the point where it could kill me. Sore inner thighs is normal for any reserve deployment at terminal. It does not mean your Racer was super fast. My original question was how the Racer or any other container for that matter can influence the speed of the reserve inflation. Because this is where the video is faster. It is no faster than any other container on the marked (that I know of) in bringing the freebag to line stretch. This is where the skyhook is faster. He may be able to claim the fastest reserve inflation on the marked, but the Racer has nothing to do with it unless I’m missing something, hence my question about how it can influence the speed of the reserve inflation. If the reserve inflation in the video is safe and normal, then I want it in my new V3 with a skyhook and have a complete reserve deployment in 1 second.
  4. Thank you for your reply, even though it was not directed at me (the original poster). I think it’s pretty amazing that one of the major designers in this sport takes his time to answer my questions. I have now filled in some info in my profile and hope I will be deemed worthy of a reply. You may safely assume a low intellectual and experience level in your response. I found a copy of the video on youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il735eAFyw8 maybe we’re talking about different videos? I made the weak assumption of pulling both handles at the same time based on the orientation of the test jumper arms immediately after cutaway (screen1.jpg). My bad, I’ll give you that one. However I still disagree with your timeing. I have attached some pictures of your video with your embedded stopwatch. I trust it to be correct. At 0.5+ seconds (screen2.jpg) the RPC has reached full bridle length but freebag is still inside container. I don’t understand how you can claim that your system is just as fast as one with a MARD. If you had a skyhook the freebag would have been at line stretch at this point (if it worked perfectly). How is that not faster? We all know the skyhook does not work perfectly every time, but I think Bill Booth claimed over 90% in one of the PIA videos. I have no idea if the number of test jumps even come close to be considered statistically significant to claim such a success rate, but I can’t prove it to be false either. At 1.4+ seconds (screen3.jpg) the freebag has reached line stretch. This is about average (as far as I know). At 2.0 seconds you have a fully inflated reserve. 0.6 second reserve inflation is too fast for my taste. I can’t comment on the physics of acceleration or the consequence’s of shortening the bridle length, but I can watch your video and its embedded stopwatch and tell that line stretch is at 1.4+ seconds. “Now there are MARDs and they have shown that reserves can in fact be deployed in 2 seconds. But at what cost?” Now this is a valid argument, and that cost has proven to be substantial in more than one incident, but claiming as fast reserve deployment as a MARD is not. (at least your video does not prove it) A skyhook assisted reserve deployment achieves a 2 second reserve deployment by shortening the time is takes to reach line stretch by 1 second. You achieve the same by shortening the reserve inflation by 1 second. But at what cost?
  5. "There are rigs in the field which will deploy their reserve as fast as a MARD without the complexity of a MARD and I am not talking about just my rig." Care to elaborate on this? As a newbie rigger I’m obviously missing something… I have watched your videos and I find no proof for such a statement (video currently unavailable, jumpshack.com is giving me some error). If I remember correctly. I see a complete reserve deployment in just about the same time as a skyhook assisted reserve deployment following a cutaway (approximately 2 seconds). So far so good, but… 1. Test jumper is pulling both handles at the same time. I use the two hands on each handle technique and would not be able beet any RSL or MARD for that reason alone. 2. It takes the freebag 1.5 seconds to reach line stretch. The same as just about every other container on the marked that I know of (I’m a newbie rigger and I haven’t seen a whole of different rigs). The skyhook accomplish the same in 0.5 seconds. How is this not faster? 3. The reserve inflation in your video is about 0.5 seconds. Every other reserve inflation I have seen on tape is about 1.5 seconds. (again, I’m a newbie rigger and I haven’t seen a whole lot of them either). I can’t help but wonder if the reserve inflation in your video could be lethal if deployed at terminal velocity? The way I see it, the Racer is no faster than any other container. The reserve in your video however is a lot faster. How can any container speed up a reserve inflation?
  6. Do you know if they ever tested a safety stow (like the one on a reserve freebag) instead of the two locking stows?
  7. I’m happy to read about other people’s experience and advice (including yours). I’m not going to trust advice based on a jump number claim in a profile anyway. Guess I’ll have to pay for some more coaching (from a different coach this time). Not much help in thumbs up while my body position still suck…
  8. I had the exact same problem during my SL progression, also my legs were to far apart. My instructor said I was parting my legs like whore I’m no longer backsliding but still after 75 jumps I have a hard time moving forward. On a 4 way it takes to long for me to dock. With legs completely stretched out (like in a tracking position) I barely move forward. I must be doing something wrong with my upper body, but can’t seem to figure it out. I have done some jumps with instructors to evaluate my body position, but he simply said it was ok. Suggestions?