Nov 15, 2008, 4:32 PM
Post #1 of 353
Trick with tandem
I wanted to ask maybe any of you can find a video where there are guys jumping with a tandem and then standing on him and holding on the drogue, can't seem to find it, but I remember seeing it one day on youtube....
The drogue is not released then, it is set and inflated. Released would be what happens if the pin gets knocked out or the release handle is accidentally pulled. Multiple instructors have lost their ratings over stupid shit like this, its amazing that there have not been fatalities by now after all the close calls there have been.
If I remember right the TI lost his rating over that one.
Why? Is this trick not allowed?
"tricks" can be ,,,,, well, tricky... Imagination is all well and good, and jumpers often have plenty of imagination... BUT just cause we can envision something,, does NOT make it smart to try, or SAFE...
i'll cut you some slack, cause your experience is only now, starting to grow,,, But the concept of " Burble" and the understanding of IT and of it's ramifications, seem to be lacking on your part...
JUST trying to get over the top of a tandem,,, will put you in a BAD spot... it would be real easy, to FALL on the pair..(since they are effectively "stealing your air" ) . then you risk, sticking a foot into someones' face, or taking someones Helmet, in YOUR face, or worse,, dislodging your Pilot chute, or THEIR reserve ripcord, or THE worst,,, incapacitating yourself or the TM... THE area between the TM's back, and the inflated drogue is Waaaay OFF limits.... and while it seems COOL to fly up and grab a bridle.... THAT my friend, is foolish AND dangerous.... especially since the TM,,, CANNOT see you... A crucial aspect of the symphony which occurs between the TM and the video person,, Includes, visual Contact... The TM does NOT wanna be worrying about,, "where the hell did the camera go"???... Sure i often move, during a tandem video,, and after getting a nice view of the students face, and that big smile,,, will get BIG, and "run uphill" to a full frame shot of the drogue,,, but I will always stay well outside of their vertical path, and i won't stay there, for Long, AND I'll still be oriented 'face to face' with the TM.... If it's a TM with whom i've worked before,, he or she will KNOW what i'm doing, and will realize, that i will shorty drop right back down in Front of the Pair,,, well before i sideslide to the ripcord side , to catch the deployment.... IF the Tm and I have Not worked together, I will Always brief the TM,, about my intentions, and about the approx. altitude,,,, at which i would perform, such a move...(AND will forego that shot, if the TM so requests...) I always stay outside of their "air channel"..
NEVER touch, any part of the drogue or bridle, and only touch the tm or the student,,, IF it's been "dirtdived" ahead of time..
As for UNDER the tandem.... well I personally wouldn't do it,,, ( Not a huge advocate of back flying, since personally, it doesn't suit my body size and shape),,, PLUS should anything unforseen occur with MY gear... I would then imperil the tandem pair... The excuse " i was trying to get that Unusual, or Unique angle".... just doesn't justify, the risk involved.. Plus lets remember that at least in the US the manufacturers of the tandem gear, clearly stipulate what is and what isn't acceptable, and as long as the onus is also on THEM.... and they could be affected by any legal repercussions from an incident,,, respect MUST be given, to THEIR guidelines, and recommendations. It's really just that simple... PS nice drawing
jimmy a 3914 D 12122
(This post was edited by jimmytavino on Nov 16, 2008, 4:02 AM)