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.
RSL systems add complexity to the reserve system. Rig owners need to fully understand their equipment, including the external parts of the reserve system, so they can ensure the rig is in airworthy condition. Jumpers who are performing gear checks should also be aware of the different reserve systems and know what to look for during a gear check.