(a) A total malfunction includes deployment handle problems (unable to locate or extract the main parachute deployment handle), pack closure, and a pilot chute in tow.
(b) If altitude permits, the jumper should make no more than two attempts to solve the problem (or a total of no more than two additional seconds).
(a) In the case of no main pilot chute deployment (e.g., missing or stuck handle, ripcord system container lock), deploy the reserve.
(b) hand-deployed pilot chute in tow malfunction procedures (choose one):
(1) For a pilot-chute-in-tow malfunction, there are currently two common and acceptable procedures, both of which have pros and cons.
(2) An instructor should be consulted prior to gearing up, and each skydiver should have a pre-determined course of action.
Pilot chute in tow procedure 1: Pull the reserve immediately. A pilot-chute-in-tow malfunctions is associated with a high descent rate and requires immediate action. The chance of a main-reserve entanglement is slim, and valuable time and altitude could be lost by initiating a cutaway prior to deploying the reserve. Be prepared to cutaway.
Pilot chute in tow procedure 2: Cut away, then immediately deploy the reserve.Because there is a chance the main parachute could deploy during or as a result of the reserve activation, a cutaway might be the best response in some situations.
Bolding mine. I don't see any reason to deviate from one of those two
(This post was edited by beeman on Oct 19, 2012, 6:08 PM)