Ask a Rigger

Bridle Concerns

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What can I do to keep my main closing pin from piercing the bridle and locking my container closed? more »

Preventing Hard Openings

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I’ve been having hard openings on my canopy, and someone told me I should roll the nose more. Is this something you recommend? more »

The Limits of a Reserve

FAA Master Rigger Ray Ferrell noted that we largely omitted a discussion of maximum load limits as a criterion for choosing a reserve canopy in January 2012’s “Ask a Rigger” column, prompting this month’s discussion.

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What should I consider when choosing the size of my reserve canopy?

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Soft Links vs. Regular Links

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Should I get the fabric loop-style connector links or the steel ones to connect my canopy to the risers?

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Choosing a Reserve Parachute

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How do I choose the correct reserve? more »

Pilot Chute Life Span

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How long does a main pilot chute last? more »

Preparing for Travel

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I’m traveling to a boogie over the winter. Equipment-wise, what should I take with me? more »

Cross-Braced Canopies

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What is the purpose of a cross-braced canopy design, and should I consider buying one? more »

Riser Inserts

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Why do some risers have tubes sewn inside where the ends of the 3-ring cable go, and what should I look out for if my rig has them? more »

Help Your Packer Help You

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What are the things I should do before handing my rig over to a packer? more »