PG_1200x160_head
Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?
Ask A Rigger | May 2020

Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?

By Jen Sharp

Cutaway cables are not universally interchangeable.

Author: Jen Sharp
0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | April 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

By Shauna Finley

When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.

0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | March 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

by Shauna Finley

A jumper came to me after his first cutaway, concerned about damage to his reserve system.

0 Comments
Article rating: 5.0
Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing
Ask A Rigger | February 2020

Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing

By Shauna Finley

Chances are, you know very little about your reserve canopy (after all, it’s packed away out of view most of the time), but you should. It’s an important piece of equipment, and although you hope to never use it, you probably will at some point. (Photo by David Cherry.)

0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced?
Ask A Rigger | January 2020

Ask a rigger | How much webbing wear can there be at the harness hip ring before the webbing has to be repaired or replaced?

By Kevin Gibson

Like just about any innovation or improvement, the hip rings introduced to make a skydiving harness more flexible for freestyle and freeflying have a downside. If the harness is fitted correctly so the two ends of the leg strap at the ring seldom or never make contact, no wear should appear.

Author: Kevin Gibson
0 Comments
Article rating: 2.8
Ask a Rigger | Why Should I Learn More About My Gear?
Ask A Rigger | December 2019

Ask a Rigger | Why Should I Learn More About My Gear?

By Jen Sharp

You pull one handle and, magically, there is an open parachute over your head. And if that doesn’t work, you just cut away, pull the reserve handle and later buy your rigger their bottle of choice. Voilà! Seems simple enough.

Author: Jen Sharp
0 Comments
Article rating: 4.0
Ask a rigger | How Should I Store My Gear for the Winter?
Ask A Rigger | October 2019

Ask a rigger | How Should I Store My Gear for the Winter?

By Shauna Finley

If you’re a northern jumper, winter gives you the opportunity to travel south, experience new DZs and get a break from the freezing weather. However, if you aren’t able to travel to warmer climates during the winter months, you’ll need to store your gear.

0 Comments
Article rating: 3.1
Ask a rigger | What is an example of unexpected gear wear I should watch for?
Ask A Rigger | September 2019

Ask a rigger | What is an example of unexpected gear wear I should watch for?

By Shauna Finley

Gear damage happens in many ways: from normal wear and tear, sliding in landings, dragging rigs across the packing floor, etc. Surprisingly, one item that can cause significant damage is the keeper, the elastic band with which you stow your chest or leg straps.

0 Comments
Article rating: 3.3
Ask a Rigger | How Often Should I Inspect My Gear?
Ask A Rigger | August 2019

Ask a Rigger | How Often Should I Inspect My Gear?

By Shauna Finley

It’s a good idea to inspect your rig carefully at least once before each jump. If you pack for yourself, you need to inspect the critical parts of your rig each time.

0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a Rigger | Pilot-Chute Pouch Inspection
Ask A Rigger | July 2019

Ask a Rigger | Pilot-Chute Pouch Inspection

By Shauna Finley

On containers using a throw-out deployment system, the elastic or nylon spandex (Spandura) bottom-of-container pilot-chute pouch—aka the BOC—is arguably one of the most important and visible components.

0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a Rigger
Ask A Rigger | May 2019

Ask a Rigger

What is the Difference Between a Senior and a Master Rigger, and What’s a DPRE?

The term “rigger” comes from sailing. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Parachute Rigger Handbook, the only place clean enough and big enough for riggers to work on parachutes in the early days was upstairs in an aircraft hangar, hence the term “rigging loft.”

Author: Kevin Gibson
0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a Rigger | Swapping Components
Ask A Rigger | March 2019

Ask a Rigger | Swapping Components

By Ron Bell

Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger D.J. Styles instantly knew there was something wrong with a new customer’s cutaway cables when reinstalling them after a routine reserve inspection and repack of a rig the customer had purchased used less than a year earlier. Styles routinely measures cables for new customers, as well as anytime he replaces a lost handle, but this time the cutaway cables were several inches longer than the manufacturer’s specifications, and it was apparent there was a problem even without measuring.

Author: Ron Bell
0 Comments
Article rating: 3.0
Keep an Eye Out | RSL Lanyard
Ask A Rigger | February 2019

Keep an Eye Out | RSL Lanyard

While performing a routine gear check on another jumper, the inspecting jumper noticed that the reserve-static-line lanyard was tucked between the jumper’s shoulder and harness. This improper stowing could have caused the lanyard to snag, risking an unintentional reserve deployment. 

Author: Deborah
0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
Ask a Rigger | Bottoms Up
Ask A Rigger | December 2018

Ask a Rigger | Bottoms Up

By Kevin Gibson

Q: Some rigs have the main bridle routed top to bottom over the closing flaps, and some rigs have bridles that come out from underneath the closing pin and then back down the same direction. Which is more correct?

Author: Kevin Gibson
0 Comments
Article rating: 1.0
Ask A Rigger | June 2014

Should I Consider Adjusting The Activation Altitude Of My Automatic Activation Device?

by Jim Crouch

There are several modern AADs available for skydivers to choose from, all of which offer jumpers the ability to offset the activation altitude (temporarily change the activation-altitude settings to compensate for a landing area that is higher or lower than the point of departure). Additionally, both the Airtec CYPRES 2 and the Advanced Aerospace Designs Vigil 2+ offer a feature that allows users to increase the activation altitude semi-permanently (until the user changes it again).

Author: Jim Crouch
1 Comments
Article rating: 3.0
What kind of hardware is best for my rig?
Ask A Rigger | November 2017

What kind of hardware is best for my rig?

When choosing a new or used rig, the metal hardware used in the 3-ring assembly and for harness adjustments matters a lot. Inattention to this detail can make or break a good used gear deal. If you’re getting new gear, some of those great sales and discount deals might be due to hardware choice.

Author: SuperUser
0 Comments
Article rating: 2.0
How do I know if my brakes are rigged and adjusted correctly?
Ask A Rigger | October 2017

How do I know if my brakes are rigged and adjusted correctly?

The length between the “cat’s eye” (the opening in the line where you set your brakes before packing) and the steering toggle can greatly influence whether you have smooth flights and great landings. An incorrect brake length can hamper ideal performance from your canopy, and the causes vary. Working with your rigger, you should be able to address any issues without spending a lot of money.

Author: SuperUser
0 Comments
Article rating: No rating
A Low-Cost Life Saver
Ask A Rigger | January 2010

A Low-Cost Life Saver

by Kevin Gibson | Photos Courtesy of Bird's Paradise Extreme Resort

How do I make a closing loop?  How do I know if mine needs replacing?

Author: Kevin Gibson
0 Comments
Article rating: No rating

Theme picker

Search by Keyword

Search by Issue Date

(More articles being added every day!)

Airtec_400x240
SS_400x240