Oct 22, 2005, 3:53 PM
Post #1 of 16
On a student's first solo deployment, say during static line progression, does she/he toss out a pilot chute or use a "ripcord"? If a ripcord is used, at what point would one transition to the pilot chute method?
This is some thing you will have to ask at your DZ. Deployment method varies from DZ to DZ. I think that most are using a throw out pilot chute these days. When we used ripcords, we did a transition jump with the student a couple of jumps after they graduated. But, like I said, you'll have to ask your instuctor how they do things.
I am going through a tandem progression course. my four tandems where all rip cord released drogues, naturally. Then on level five, my first so called solo, although my instructor was clinging to my side, I was given a dolphin container with a standard BOC pilot chute through out. Like others have said, I am sure this varies from DZ 2 DZ
At our DZ, you start out with ripcord rigs after your SL jumps. Then after you've done a few freefall excersises and you've shown you can get stable quickly after being unstable, so you'll probably PULL stable, you can transition to BOC. This is because it's safer to have a ripcord than a BOC when you might NOT be stable (less chance of the bridle to wrap around your body etc).
I went through IAD instead of static line (your JM throws the pilot chuts as soon as you release from the strut). We did 5 of those, then went straight to BOC deployment by the student. I never jumped a static line once. 5 IADs then 5 second freefall, if all went well with your practice pulls.