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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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