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Old March 16th 18, 11:20 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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If you have a good Dive Shop in the area and go in and explain what you are trying to do they might be about to modify a BC (buoyancy compensator) that you could sit on and then inflate to lift up. They certainly will have bottles of different sizes, small ones used to emergency air could be your air source. May be a bit of a stretch, but if you have a good shop could be worth the conversation time spent.

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Old March 17th 18, 02:18 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:20:38 AM UTC-5, wrote:
If you have a good Dive Shop in the area and go in and explain what you are trying to do they might be about to modify a BC (buoyancy compensator) that you could sit on and then inflate to lift up. They certainly will have bottles of different sizes, small ones used to emergency air could be your air source. May be a bit of a stretch, but if you have a good shop could be worth the conversation time spent.

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what about a lawn tractor inner tube with the valve core removed and a can of tire inflator (without any sealer) might cost less than $50 and be small and portable.
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Old March 18th 18, 01:43 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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wrote on 3/11/2018 8:32 PM:
Not sure if the comment was serious or gently humorous but strength training does make a big difference. The ASW 24 I've owned for 26 years has the deep cockpit characteristic of later (safety) Schleicher designs and it's somewhat more effort to hoist myself up now. If I didn't work out at the gym several times a week or focus on maintaining my weight through diet and running, it would be a real challenge to exit gracefully, especially wearing my parachute, as I always do. OK, maybe it's not so graceful , but I can still do it at age 66. And strength training is one reason why.


Especially pushups and tricep dips on chairs - still getting out of my ASH 26 E at
75, and still doing it without removing the parachute, as I want to be strong
enough to bail out. Maintaining a good weight, diet, and other exercise is good,
too, and makes those long flights safer and more enjoyable.

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Old March 19th 18, 03:19 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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