is it straight forward to swap main canopies on a rig or is it soemthing a rigger would have to do?
The above recommendation about having a rigger supervise is excellent.
However, there is a variant of this task that is commonly done and is relatively easy. Swapping canopies AND RISERS together is much less complicated. I have seen CReW dogs do that several times in a day to match canopies and jumpers (most common when training new pups.) This is also done when "demoing" (test driving) canopies before purchase.
That said.... my only cutaway was due to doing this REALLY fast and mounting the main backwards. (Yes, I know that it is possible to land backwards. Yes, I have seen the photos and award cards for "backwards CReW". Yes, some of you have done it, or would do it. However, the canopy was a Lightning and was smaller than my usual canopy. Prudence dictated getting rid of it rather than attempting to land it.)
(This post was edited by GLIDEANGLE on Jul 23, 2012, 6:33 PM)