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Zennie

Mar 5, 2001, 7:36 AM
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I just learned to pack this weekend (including first jump on my own pack job -- BEER!) and I noticed something that everyone seems to do. Once the chute is totally packed, they give it a little love pat. I've also noticed this on pin checks.

I did it on mine and wondered if this is one of those skydiver superstitions, like a good-chute-karma sort of thing.


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Blue Skies!

Zennie


cyberskydive  (C 28534)

Mar 5, 2001, 8:19 AM
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If I say anything about it it might jinx me Wink

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togglekitty  (A 37726)

Mar 5, 2001, 9:00 AM
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I know exactly what you mean, Zennie! I don't have my own gear yet, but even packing rental gear, I give it a loving little stroke when I'm all done. Oh, yeah, and there's a girl at our DZ that kisses & hugs her "SuperSpectre" while she's laying on it to get all the air out of it...it's so cute! I told her I was getting a SuperSpectre, and that I was going to love it & kiss it & whisper sweet nothings to it too, just like her! They are so much more than just fabric & metal, you can't help but show 'em the love. hehe

Purrrfect Blue Skies,
ToggleKitty



Zennie

Mar 5, 2001, 9:05 AM
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Oh, yeah, and there's a girl at our DZ that kisses & hugs her "SuperSpectre" while she's laying on it to get all the air out of it
Hahahaha! That's great! Bet there's a lot of guys who wish they were that chute. Wink

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Blue Skies!

Zennie


miked10270  (D 10270)

Mar 5, 2001, 1:54 PM
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Hi Zennie,

Are you sure that what you see as a "love tap" isn't just some irate skydiver banging hell out of his container to get it into a shape that resembles the manufacturers picture?

Mike D10270.



Zennie

Mar 5, 2001, 2:34 PM
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No. That would be the "Love Stomp". Wink

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Blue Skies!

Zennie


jumpergirl  (D 22691)

Mar 12, 2001, 7:46 PM
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When I close the flap on my main, I give it a "love tap" and you know, I don't really know why I do it. I just always have. LOL Smile Smile I do love my rig, and I will always give her all of the love taps she deserves as long as she keeps getting me to the ground safely!!

Blue skies!!!



numskull99  (D 24034)

Mar 12, 2001, 9:28 PM
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I think the whole tap thing's just saying it's done.
Like when you are pin checking someone else it lets them know they are good to go. As for my own rig when I pack it I tap it to make sure the flap is good and closed.

-Derek



Zennie

Mar 13, 2001, 7:25 AM
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I dunno man. I'm seriously thinking it's a karma thing.

I forgot to pat the rig on my last jump and it wound up being "interesting". The group below me started dumping right inside a cloud that we were all heading toward so I had to dump high to avoid burning into them. She opened with a slammer & mild line twist. Then I biffed the landing when I mistakenly thought the wind shifted during approach.

Bad karma. Won't forget the pat next time...


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Blue Skies!

Zennie


SpeedRacer  (B 26329)

Mar 13, 2001, 3:21 PM
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I have a lot of trouble getting my flaps closed & the closing pin in, so I give my rig more of a BEATING then a tap.

Speed Racer
"Blue Skies, Red eyes, Sore thighs!"


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Jan 23, 2006, 2:55 PM
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Beating on rigs - especially after pin checks - tends to crack stiffeners.
Our local Master Rigger got REALLY tired of replacing cracked plastic stiffeners, so we changed the policy to patting the jumper on the shoulder and saying "Pins are good."


Zoter

Jan 23, 2006, 3:48 PM
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With the open corners on my 'tight' wings container......it gets alot more than a love tap to get the side walls neat with the bottom of container....

More than one person has quietly said......."you must really hate you rig to hit it like that...."

But I dont ....I love it......its just into S&MWink


Dokeman  (D License)

Jan 24, 2006, 2:37 PM
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I see lots of people beating their pilot chutes flat when they get done packing. They flip their rig upside down, with the riser covers on the ground and the BOC in the air and they beat it untill their pilot chute is flat. Always looks kinda dumb to me cause when their beating on it, thr rig is kinda bending in hlaf where the main and reserver meet.


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goose491  (A 7123)

Jan 25, 2006, 6:24 AM
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The "Love Pat" after a pin check is to alert the jumper being checked that you are done. He/She can't see what you are up to back there. I was told it is proper etiquette to tap the side of the container.

As far as the "Love Pat" goes after packing, that could be either beating it into a better-looking shape (I am guilty of this myself), or a simple "There there, good rig." love-pat (also guilty).

... Hell, ask around my DZ, I am known to lay down behind my rig and spoon with it for a few moments after packing. Hey, you can't just jump 'er and pack 'er!! lol, and besides, it spooned you the whole way down on your jump. Laugh

Nick


Squeak  (E 1313)

Jan 25, 2006, 6:35 AM
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I dunno man. I'm seriously thinking it's a karma thing.

I forgot to pat the rig on my last jump and it wound up being "interesting". The group below me started dumping right inside a cloud that we were all heading toward so I had to dump high to avoid burning into them. She opened with a slammer & mild line twist. Then I biffed the landing when I mistakenly thought the wind shifted during approach.

Bad karma. Won't forget the pat next time...


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Blue Skies!

Zennie

Anyone of the instructors wanna pick up on the bold text no one else seems to haveCrazyCrazy

BTW the fast opening in that scenario is a good thing


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Liemberg  (Student)

Jan 25, 2006, 7:02 AM
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Quote:
Anyone of the instructors wanna pick up on the bold text no one else seems to have

Repent ye, sinners, repent !!!
Confess to your sins before the congregation !!!

(Oops, my bad - I thought we was discussing religion...)
Smile


hookitt  (D License)

Jan 25, 2006, 7:29 AM
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Anyone of the instructors wanna pick up on the bold text no one else seems to have

Nahh... I think Ted has improved a bit in the 5 years since he made that post. Plenty of threads about exit seperation have been written in the Safety and Training forum since then, if you'd care to link to one, that would be great. Smile


Squeak  (E 1313)

Jan 25, 2006, 8:09 AM
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BlushBlush Awwe crap my bad I didn't notice the date of the intiial postLaugh

I'm still surprised no one else mentioned it though


CrazyL  (D 17699)

Jan 25, 2006, 11:01 PM
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The Love Pat. Pummel till Tidy. Once tidy it's ready to go. Sure it's a karma thing. It's the universal sign of being completely done with the packing/ gearcheck too. It's a shaping/setting/conditioning thing as well. If the Love Pat gets to you a little you should'nt watch a rigger just after closing a rig after an inspection and packing. Pummel till Tidy.



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