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rhopstr  (A 711219)

Sep 12, 2012, 3:19 AM

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How to resprond to accidentally dislodged reserve handle

Hi there,

I just reread my old post where I asked what to do if your cutaway is pulled by accident, for instance by someone else on exit.

As a sidenote, it's nice to see that my understanding of the gear has increased since I asked that question; the mechanics are clear in my mind now about how that scenario would play out.

Reading that post brought another question to mind though: what if it were the other handle that was pulled ?

So the scenario I'm wondering about goes like this:
- skydiver is in freefall
- reserve handle is pulled from the velcro
- reserve hasn't deployed

l would initially think about holding on to the reserve handle so that it won't cause the reserve to deploy in freefall and would then pull the main at a high altitude. When under canopy I'd try to get the reserve handle back in the velcro so that it won't cause the reserve to fire. I do believe I've heard something like this being discussed on my DZ by at least one instructor..

I would worry a lot about the opening and ride down though. If the reserve pin was pulled by the removal of the handle, leaving the pin just barely holding the closing loop, couldn't the opening forces possibly be able to release the last bit ? That would leave me with a two out scenario..

Assuming this is the right way to handle something like that I can't really think of a better alternative. Going for your reserve straight away would leave me with a canopy that couldn't be cut away if something went wrong with it. Which would also result in a two out scenario but this one would be without the option of cutting away the faulty canopy..

Would love to hear what others think about this, and / or if my reasoning isn't sound..


(This post was edited by rhopstr on Sep 12, 2012, 3:23 AM)


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