TSE Superfly's do use a Stevenson Lanyard. Attached is a diagram from the superfly user manual showing the installation.
I should have said they don't come with an RSL as standard. And the one in the picture above doesn't have one. TSE can add one, but it's a gnarly looking setup... (superb rigs though. I've had two. Neither had an RSL)
I can see that his rig has a D-ring reserve handle, very easy to grab and pull, as opposed to the soft handles. Do you think he "free fell to get stable" after cutting away? Or had trouble finding the handle?
With 100 jumps under his belt, he may not have ever had a cutaway before. Does anyone know how he was trained?
We train "find both handles, grab both handles, arch, cutaway, pull reserve". Many places train "two hands, cutaway, find reserve, two hands, pull reserve." We all know that when you cutaway and drop back into freefall, it can get weird. Already having a good grip on your reserve handle can be a real lifesaver.
Once again, an RSL could have saved a life. I wish more people would consider using them.
My condolences to friends and family left behind.
(This post was edited by JohnMitchell on Jan 13, 2013, 8:57 AM)
I just think we have more to come from this sad tale. Even if he did cut away around 1000ft and had no RSL he still should have had a reserve above his head in time. I think the comment trying to get stable before pulling his reserve may be a big factor here. Also what about a canopy transfer, risky i appreciate but at super low level its a good option...if you know what you are doing.