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Gear & Rigging / Re: Argus
« Last post by Jordan on April 15, 2011, 08:20:39 am »
Hopefully this will now come to a quick resolution. If manufacturers continue to ban the Argus, then I think the original claims by Argus of a "conspiracy" may have some merit.
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Gear & Rigging / Re: Argus
« Last post by C.H.Risk on April 14, 2011, 05:14:27 pm »
Everyone needs to see this:  http://www.uspa.org/Portals/0/News/ArgusBulletin.pdf

From the USPA News Update Email I received today:

"Aviacom finally received the AAD that experienced the cutter problem and was able to determine what actually occurred with the cutter. The unit was taken to Sky Supplies in Europe for the inspection, and upon disassembly of the cutter, investigators found that a small steel ball had lodged between the closing loop and the cutter, damaging the cutter and preventing the loop from being completely severed. Sky Supplies determined that this had to be a foreign object, because there are no steel balls in the manufacturing of the AAD."
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Gear & Rigging / Re: Argus
« Last post by Jordan on April 04, 2011, 10:31:29 am »
Good news if you have a Wings container. They are not banning the Argus AAD in their rigs.
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DZ Bound / Re: this weekend
« Last post by Franz on April 02, 2011, 09:35:41 am »
Are we planning trailer move for a specific time?

10ish

182 is on it's way.
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DZ Bound / Re: this weekend
« Last post by Max on April 01, 2011, 05:33:47 pm »
Are we planning trailer move for a specific time?
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Gear & Rigging / Re: Bonehead half-rack available for order
« Last post by Franz on March 31, 2011, 09:28:32 am »
I have a couple of full racks in stock.
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Gear & Rigging / Re: Argus
« Last post by Franz on March 31, 2011, 09:25:39 am »

Here's the way I see it on that point Pete. As a sport jumper your AAD fires around 750ft. In the unlikely event that the aad did bind it took away maybe 2 seconds of opportunity to save your own life MAYBE!!!. Now I believe (personal opinion not proven) that this is caused more by rigger error - i.e slack closing loop, than aad failure. There has apparently been an independent study done on all cutters that showed a cypres cutter could do the same thing. The problem comes down to the fact that if the cutter is placed above the pack job it can bind and cause a container lock, if it were at the bottom of the tray it could not do this, worst case scenario is the aad does not do it's job rather than being in a position to lock the container if it fails. In short I believe having a good rigger and an AAD is a better way to go than ripping it out. The chances of an AAD saving you are far far higher (as has been proven at our DZ) than the chance of any of the models causing you a problem.

DISCLAIMER: The above is personal opinion based on gathered information and should not be taken as factual information.



I have similar feelings to this. That being the case, an unknown AAD fire that doesn't result in an immediate reserve deployment but gives way at a later time is still of concern. Me personally, if I'm not in the saddle until under 1000 feet, I'm chacking my AAD as soon as I'm safely back on the ground. Beyond that, I would much rather have an AAD that works 99% of the time rather than none at all.

You are definitely correct about checking your AAD. I put it to UPT that a mandatory inspection by a rigger should take place after any low pull.
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DZ Bound / Re: this weekend
« Last post by Franz on March 31, 2011, 09:19:34 am »
Here's the scoop.

The 182 or 206, not sure which yet, will be arriving Saturday morning.

The Kodiak will be arriving the following week, given the weather forecast it didn't make sense to get a turbine ferried in for just one weekend.

Cheers

Franz
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Gear & Rigging / Re: Question for a rigger
« Last post by jimo on March 30, 2011, 06:43:24 pm »
Bill they havent made the PD series since the early 90s, You can do better for your main, send me more details on the rig.
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Gear & Rigging / Re: Bonehead half-rack available for order
« Last post by Garebear on March 30, 2011, 06:06:32 pm »
Oz wants one too
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