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Old 08-07-2012, 08:50 AM
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Default best parachutes for RV's

I have a -9A and I am thinking i need to pickup a couple of chutes.
I dont do any serious aerobatics but like to do the occasional roll or wing over. very occasional and at altitude but I think I would feel more comfortable with a couple of chutes.
Anyone have any inexpensive recommendations?
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:54 AM
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I have no recommendations just one question. How are you going to get out if something goes terribly wrong?
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:30 AM
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Is your RV a tipup or slider? We've had lively posts about bailouts. Do some searches and you will have much entertainment. There is a need for some actual testing to determine if it is even possible to bail out of RV's. It would make a great wind tunnel test with engineering students on salvaged RVs.

Regarding your 'cheap' requirement, be aware that there is a limited life on parachutes and as the life is running out chutes get cheaper. Going to bet your life on an expired chute? Your pax?

In a 9A you should not be doing anything that would require a chute. If you want to do acro, trade your plane or work a plane sharing deal with someone with an acro plane.

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:32 AM
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rocket ejection seat I made from 200 C size model rocket engines.
And parachutes are cool.

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:37 AM
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Yes, there are plenty of lively debates.
I only do some very gentle maneuvers which would hardly be considered acro but wanted to stay legal with chutes.
No real acro and never pushing the design limits on the plane. never. And I don't consider a 61 degree bank angle or 31 degree climb acro
but a chute is required for pax and pilot.
I don't mind buying new chutes but don't want to spend top $$ for something that will be worn once every few months at the most and Im mostly concerned with whether they will fit properly.


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Is your RV a tipup or slider? We've had lively posts about bailouts. Do some searches and you will have much entertainment. There is a need for some actual testing to determine if it is even possible to bail out of RV's. It would make a great wind tunnel test with engineering students on salvaged RVs.

Regarding your 'cheap' requirement, be aware that there is a limited life on parachutes and as the life is running out chutes get cheaper. Going to bet your life on an expired chute? Your pax?

In a 9A you should not be doing anything that would require a chute. If you want to do acro, trade your plane or work a plane sharing deal with someone with an acro plane.

When you violate the designer's limits, you are truly a test pilot.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:13 PM
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Default used chutes

There is a standard blue book type pricing index for used chutes.
Basically it works on dividing the lifespan of the chute, (usually 20 years,) from the original purchase price. This method makes the value of a used chute a known number, even if rarely or never utilized.

Other issues with a used chute are having it porosity tested by any qualified and capable re-packer or original manufacturer. Also, there is the actual use and sun exposure issue.

A used chute that has little or no use and is around 10 years old is a cost effective purchase to cover your described need. Most manufacturers sell used chutes that have been inspected. A good way to go. I would not recommend buying one over 10 years old due to the resale oppertunity being limited when you are done with them. Just my thoughts. I am a skydiver, although I am not a parachute professional. Do your own due dilligence starting with the different manufacturers for accurate information.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:14 PM
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Hi

I have recently bought a parachute for my testing regime and when I do aero's in the 8. I would recommend that you ask the manufactures what they recommend, I found each chute maker knows which one of their products are best for the various models.

Mine is a seat type from Softie. I fits "comfortably" (if there is such a thing as a comfortable parachute) They can also recommend the canopy size etc needed based on your weight.

Good luck with your 9.

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:22 PM
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rocket ejection seat I made from 200 C size model rocket engines....
I want to see the video of the test!

And a few photos of the "after" condition of the test dummy.

Dave
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:27 AM
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LOL.love your sense of humor.



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I want to see the video of the test!

And a few photos of the "after" condition of the test dummy.

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:10 PM
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Remember, after 180 days your "occasionally" used chute will have to be repacked. So, even if you aren't using it, the clock is ticking.
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