Mixed Formation Skydiving Exit for Random G (T-Squared)

 

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A Close Call

A rigger discovered this nearly dislodged reserve pin when the jumper presented the rig for its scheduled reserve repack. The jumper had leaned against a rail on the rear bulkhead of a Twin Otter two jumps earlier, almost dislodging the pin. He then made another jump without a pin check. To avoid the potentially deadly consequences of a reserve deploying in the door of an airplane or in freefall, each jumper should take care when moving around inside the plane and should always check the reserve pin along with the rest of the rig prior to every jump. more »

The Normalization of Deviance

There is a popular old anecdote about placing a frog into a pot of water. If the water is boiling, the frog immediately senses the danger and jumps right out. But if the water is cold and heats up slowly, the frog stays in the pot and boils to death, never realizing that the environment had become dangerous and life threatening.

Frequently, staff and regular jumpers at drop zones all across the country proclaim that their DZs are “super safe” and have great safety cultures. Thankfully, this is actually true at most drop zones. But USPA occasionally receives a complaint (usually from a visiting jumper or one of the regulars who suddenly had an epiphany) about a drop zone that most of the locals seem to think is very safe when it is actually operating in an unsafe manner. Why is that? more »

Wingsuit Rules and Recommendations

Wingsuiting continues to gain in popularity every year. And why not? Sailing through the skies like a glider is a lot of fun! The discipline is attracting lots of jumpers, with a continual influx of new wingsuit flyers joining the ranks. However, not all news related to wingsuiting has been good news, and those who participate in the discipline continue to struggle in some areas, including:

  • Adhering to rules and regulations for cloud clearances
  • Exit procedures
  • Flying safe patterns that avoid aircraft and allow for landing at the drop zone landing area

Helping with Safety Day

For many, Safety Day—a day full of refresher training and important life-saving presentations—signals the start of the skydiving season. Like a bugler blaring reveille to signal a charge, a DZ announces Safety Day as a call to action. March 11 (although some DZs will select another date) is right around the corner, so you and your fellow coaches and instructors should already be helping your Safety and Training Advisor with plans for the day. more »

Frayed Risers

The owner of this Sun Path Javelin Odyssey noticed some fraying on the left reserve riser that looked similar to damage caused by contact with Velcro. However, there was no Velcro anywhere on the container. A senior rigger inspected the container and found that the rubber shrink wrap at the end of the cutaway cable housing was worn away and exposed the end of the housing, which had two small rough spots on its edge. These rough spots rubbed on the riser (which is part of the harness) and damaged the nylon. The cable housing was replaced with a factory replacement, but the harness was not damaged to the point where it needed to be replaced. Frequent inspections can help to identify worn or damaged components early and avoid more costly repairs in the future.

2-way Belly Star Exit

 

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Head Up Side Slides

 

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Container Lock

A jumper experienced a pilot-chute-in-tow malfunction after the stitching that held the main closing pin to the bridle failed. Consequently, the main closing pin remained in place after the pilot chute inflated. The jumper performed emergency procedures and landed uneventfully under the reserve parachute. To avoid this situation, frequently inspect your main bridle's pin-attachment point to ensure that the stitching and webbing are in airworthy condition.

Demonstrating Good Sense

Skydivers have to demonstrate a variety of skills and knowledge to earn the USPA PRO rating, which many of the public demonstration jumps conducted around the country each year require. Jumpers must train to jump with smoke and flags, learn to file a request for authorization with the local Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office, complete 10 accuracy jumps and demonstrate proficiency in many other ways. But one of the most important attributes that every PRO jumper must have is not on the test: knowing when to say no and call off a demo jump. more »