Feb 12, 2002, 7:34 AM
Post #1 of 5
No-Contact CRW Practice
This came up at the DZ this past weekend. Another low-timer (75 jumps) and I (66 jumps) were considering doing some no-contact practice CRW. We didn't end up doing it because it got sort of gusty, but I'd like some input and tips for newbies.
We weren't intending to touch, or even get too close, but we talked to the DZO and got some general advice. He said:
Keep 100 ft separation Scissor legs to show that you see each other Have a hook knife Disconnect RSLs If we did "get a burr up our asses and try to dock", break off above 3000 feet. If we did accidently wrap, communicate and make a plan Bottom jumper to cutaway first, then top jumper try to clear junk and cutaway if needed
Other thoughts or suggestions, for when I eventually try this? We weren't going to dock, but I'd like to know some more details on CRW emergency procedures if I'm even going to be flying close to other canopies.
At least two knives each, make sure one of them is a 'big' knife like Jack the ripper or equivalent, mounted on chest strap. Don't piss around with little plastic ones..... Chest mount altimeters work better than wrist mounts Watch your footwear, no hooks on boots. Wear jeans, and long sleeve sweat shirts to avoid line burn when you are starting. Prefferably have an experienced crew dog show you the ropes first, better still have one on the load. Don't get too ambitous until you are comfortable with things. Have fun, Crew rocks...... cya D