Forums: Skydiving: Gear and Rigging: Re: [airtwardo] Icon rigs grounded in Sweden Lifted (See Post #31): Edit Log

nigel99  (D 1)

Dec 6, 2012, 5:03 PM

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Re: [airtwardo] Icon rigs grounded in Sweden Lifted (See Post #31)

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Can we please focus on the elephant in the room.

Where's the video of the "incident" that caused the grounding ?

I kinda doubt that will be released. If it was rigger in question who okay-ed the wrong closing loop, they probably wouldn't want a video record of a mistake in the public domain...the manufacturer probably doesn't want a video out showing the rig isn't idiot proof.


Hey Jim,

I'm with Paul and John on this one. There is anecdotal evidence that some modern rigs aren't getting timely reserve deployments. From a statistical point of view, 15 test pulls is nothing and doesn't account for a number of variables.

A few examples. Sweden is a cold European country - what temperature was the rig at on the failed pull? Second question - a routine repack is after the rig has 'settled' for about 6 months (I don't know the Swedish repack cycle). There is a heck of a lot that may have caused the issue.

If the pack is so critical that a closing loop less than an inch too long causes a total mal, doesn't seem to be a robust design. I'd hope there is more margin and tolerance available on getting a reserve to launch.

The weirdest things can cause un-expected failures, and from an engineering point of view, I'd say you only understand the failure when you can recreate it.

(This post was edited by nigel99 on Dec 6, 2012, 6:45 PM)

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