Backward Movement in a Sit

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Do Your Homework

It’s safe to say that it’s extremely important for aircraft pilots to have a thorough understanding of all of the systems on their airplanes that affect the safety of their flights. After all, if a pilot is unfamiliar with his equipment and takes the wrong action in an emergency, it could be fatal. The same is true of skydivers and their equipment, but you would never know it judging from the approach some jumpers take toward their gear. more »

A Different Kind of Mae West Malfunction

After landing uneventfully under her main parachute following a clear-and-pull skydive, this jumper discovered her reserve ripcord handle wedged into the side of her bra outside of her shirt. If the jumper had needed to perform emergency procedures on the jump, the wedged handle would have prevented or delayed her from pulling her reserve ripcord. The jumper had performed a handle check before exiting and speculates that the problem occurred on opening. She was wearing a soft, stretchy T-shirt and had tucked her cell phone into her bra, which may have created a gap that allowed the handle to get lodged. Jumpers should ensure that the clothing they wear while skydiving does not prevent operation of their parachute system’s handles. more »

Accident Reports

One of a USPA Safety and Training Advisor’s most important responsibilities is to investigate accidents and submit reports on them to USPA Headquarters. According to data gathered from membership-renewal forms, USPA members sustained 729 injuries that required medical attention in 2014, but USPA received just a handful of non-fatal accident reports from S&TAs. This low ratio of accident reports to injuries is true for other years, as well. Additionally, USPA rarely receives reports of close calls that didn’t lead to injuries, although those could also teach valuable lessons to jumpers. Each year, plenty of close calls and injuries occur, but their valuable and potentially life-saving lessons are lost because nobody hears about them. more »

All About that Rig

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Brought to you by Taya Weiss of the Lightning Flight wingsuit, freefly and angle-flight school at Skydive Perris in California. more »

Back-Fly Fall-Rate Changes

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Closing-Loop Length

The owner of this rig replaced the closing loop but did not properly adjust its length. Consequently, the main container was very loose—posing the risk of a premature main-canopy deployment—because the overly long loop applied very little tension to the main closing pin. On this brand of container, the main container’s grommets align on top of each other when the loop is at the correct length to hold the closing pin securely in place. more »

Wingsuit Tail Strikes

Avoiding the tail of the airplane when exiting is one of the most basic safety considerations when wingsuiting, yet year after year experienced wingsuit pilots continue to strike the horizontal stabilizers of the aircraft they’re jumping from. Any side-door airplane—whether a Cessna 182, a Twin Otter or anything in between—presents a risk of a tail strike to wingsuiters and even non-wingsuited skydivers. more »

Tandem Gear Checks

There is probably no more important task before each jump than conducting a basic gear check. This is doubly true of a tandem skydive, where two lives are at stake. You’d think that all tandem instructors would perform thorough gear checks as part of their pre-jump procedures for every skydive. After all, this is something they all learned—or should have learned—during the tandem instructor certification course. Unfortunately, instructors do not always do so, and this neglect occasionally results in an equipment-related emergency. more »

Braked Canopy Flight

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