Feb 24, 2003, 12:19 PM
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I don't know if this has been asked already or not, but when you take a rigging course and learn to pack reserves, do you learn to pack both round and square reserve canapies or are they separate courses in themselves? Thanks
I have a friend who recently got his ticket, and the practical did not include packing a square reserve, only a round.
I think the DPRE has some discretion in the practical. The FAA does have a handbook with the standards and it can be found on their web-site. My practical was several years ago, but the packing portion only included a square. There were some orals about rounds.
CSPA rigger ratings have multiple categories: round reserves, square reserves. one-pin sport containers, two-pin sport containers, Pop-Top containers and pilot emergency paprachutes. To earn a CSPS Rigger A rating, you need to convince the examiner that you are competent to pack one type of reserve canopy into one type of container. The last Rigger A Course I helped with only covered packing square reserves into one-pin containers. I did demonstrate how to pack a two-pin Bullet, but I don't think any candidates completed that part of the course. Oh, and you can only earn a CSPA Rigger rating by attending a CSPA sponsored course. If you are keen, tell Barry MacCaully (sp?) that you want to attend his next course starting in November 2003. It normally runs three weekends ..... the deadline for riggers' courses in BC is usually sometime in October. Also ask the Alberta Sport Parachute Council about any riggers' courses they are planning for next winter.
packing reserves? auoch!!!! i helped our DZ rigger today and yesterday pack the reserves our pilots use and know what? my back hurts for the first time in my life!!!!!! but hey, that's the price one has to pay in order to get a rigger, right?