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Keep an Eye Out

Keep an Eye Out
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Recently, USPA has received several reports of jumpers who experienced a difficult time shearing the Velcro of their cutaway handles during spinning, high-speed, line-twist malfunctions. During these types of malfunctions, the risers are crossed and the main lift web is forced tightly against the torso, making it more critical than ever to perform the proper cutaway technique.

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Keep an Eye Out | The Twisted Truth

Keep an Eye Out | The Twisted Truth
Friday, March 1, 2019

Jumpers blame the occurrence of twisted steering lines on everything from how they collapsed their canopies to the Coriolis effect. But no matter how they occur, if left unattended, they can lead to problems. It does not take many twists before lines start wearing unevenly.

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Keep an Eye Out | Broken Lines

Keep an Eye Out | Broken Lines
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A jumper experienced broken suspension lines on his new main parachute that required him to cut away and deploy his reserve. Later, when investigators inspected the main parachute, they determined that tension knots, which most likely developed in the jumper’s semi-stowless deployment bag, caused one line to saw through the other lines. Jumpers must carefully fold suspension lines into the pouch of a semi-stowless bag to allow the lines to pull free in an orderly manner.

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Keep an Eye Out | Rig Storage

Keep an Eye Out | Rig Storage
Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger opened this pilot emergency parachute system, which had seen many years out of service and was stored in an unknown manner, and found that all of the rubber bands had rotted and that many of them had melted onto the suspension lines.

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Keep an Eye Out | A Big Mess

Keep an Eye Out | A Big Mess
Thursday, November 1, 2018

This jumper deployed his main parachute at approximately 3,500 feet, and it was immediately obvious the parachute had malfunctioned and would not inflate. He released the main parachute a few seconds after the deployment and opened his reserve parachute.

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