Jun 15, 2001, 11:35 AM
Post #1 of 3
Line Release Mod On Skydiving Rigs?
I was over at the BASE Board and reading some discussion about equipment. One of which is the Line Release Mod.
If I understand this correctly, the mod routes brake lines outside the slider and routing rings. This allows the person to simply toss the brakes in the event of a lineover.
One question that came to mind is how are these things stowed if they're not in routing rings? The other question was whether this type of mod can be applied to a skydiving rig? If so what would be the advantages/disadvantages?
One obvious disadvantage would be if you lost the toggle for whatever reason it's rear-riser time.
The other mod was a tailgate, which I wasn't really sure about.
So for those of you familiar with BASE equipment, can you offer some insights here? If you don't feel comfortable posting publicly for whatever reason, you can send me a private message.
Your first inclination about the big disadvantage of th mod was correct. Why increase the risk of totally losing a toggle when you have a reserve. Most BASE jumpers don't have time for a reserve, so it is VERY important to be able to clear a mal on the main. As far as the tailgate goes, I've heard the basics of it, wut hopefully someone with experience in BASE can enlighten us both on that feature. One of the coolest things I've seen in BASE canopies is the use of vents in the bottom skin to help keep the canopy inflated in VERY slow, or backwards flight (a stall). This would be useful in avoiding cliff strikes while still keeping the wing inflated. Sounds pretty cool!
Mike I ponder on this dangerous, but irresistible pastime- Pink Floyd
At terminal V, not having the steering lines routed through the rear slider grommets, in my mind, would probably guarantee a very fast/hard, gut wrenching opening. The chance of a "steering line over" would probably increase.