Sunday, December 1, 2019
Oil and water, Red Bull and milk, brass grommets and rubber bands: all things that don’t mix together well.
Friday, November 1, 2019
During a routine repack, a rigger discovered that this Maillon Rapide quick link (aka French link) on the main deployment bag had damaged the pilot chute’s kill line and attachment point, likely from repeated friction between the components.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
A freefall photographer caught this damage to his closing loop, which was relatively new, while packing during a busy weekend of jumping.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Jumping with a video camera has many challenges, many of which are not obvious to those who decide to start jumping with one. The danger of an entanglement between the camera and parachute equipment is just one in a long list of hazards to consider.
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.