If you come through the cafe doors into Rahlmo’s Rigging, the rigging loft located at Skydive Orange, and look to the left, you’ll see some small baskets and bins marked “Free Stuff.” Normally that kind of a thing is just a promotion and includes trinkets to fill your junk drawer. Not here. Just look what you’ll find:
Closing loops—We keep lots of replacement main closing loops and washers on hand for you. Some places sell them for a dollar, but ours are free. Why? Not to be too dramatic, but a worn closing loop that breaks while people are moving around in the door can take down an entire airplane full of jumpers! The Skydiver’s Information Manual says replace it at 10 percent wear. (Rahlmo got that part written in.) How much is 10 percent? If you have to ask, just come up and get a new one!
Harness elastics—This important item keeps the free ends of your harness webbing from blowing out in the 120+ mph hurricane of a skydive. An escaped harness end can loosen or even unthread your harness, not to mention catching on a deploying parachute! Using a rubber stow band to hold your webbing ends will damage your harness, so come get the real deal—no charge!
Freefly bungies—One not-so-nice surprise when freeflying may be your leg straps sliding down to the bend in your knee. We provide the little elastic connectors between your leg straps right below your butt to help keep them in place. They sell for up to $11 or get an identical one here for free.
Keener brand rubber line stow bands— Replace those ratty, tired, over-stretched bands BEFORE they dump your lines or fail during deployment! Only the best original equipment stow bands for our Skydive Orange customers. The club provides them in the big jars downstairs and in go-bags for travel from Rahlmo’s Rigging in the loft.
And we have pull-up cords, Slink pirate hats, hand warmers, Invertica T-shirts, patches, stickers and other giveaways that cost you elsewhere. But first be sure to take care of these important safety details, provided by Rahlmo’s Rigging for our Skydive Orange clientele!
Kevin “Rahlmo” Gibson
Master Rigger, DPRE
–Rahlmo’s Rigging provides full-time sales, packing, and maintenance support of all major brands of new and high-quality used skydiving equipment. Rahlmo’s FAA master riggers provide reliable training for packing, inspections, buyer support, from A-license student skydivers to training and testing for FAA Rigger Certificates. Visit the full-service rigging loft, showroom, and accessories case at the top of the stairs in the operations hangar at Skydive Orange.
The largest tandem skydiving center near Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.