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Pilot chute over the nose is fairly common with student canopies using spring loaded PC's. I see them ~2-5 per season. Usually you don't really need to do much, just test if the canopy flies normally and is controllable and flarable. Most of the time when it happens to students they don't notice themselves at all and don't realize it until you ask them about it.
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Yeah, heavy spring loaded PC's at the few DZ's with such PC's do fall in front of the canopy sometimes. Note that since they are spring loaded, they don't collapse so have some real drag. Worst I've seen is one dragging straight back under the center cell. That distorted the nose somewhat, but no problem for landing on a big student canopy. Sometimes happens more to very light jumpers, where I think the canopy doesn't shoot off horizontally as quickly at the end of opening, and so there's more chance for the heavy PC to drop down and happen to fall forward of the canopy.

Also seen it on tandems. Big somewhat heavy drogue at the end of a long bridle. Also can fall over the front. Landed one once and seen others a couple times; no problem since the drogue is collapsed, even when it sat out near the wing tip. At least, that's what I've seen.

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That's a great video for any level of experience to watch. I wish the clarity was better but we didn't have HD back then. It's always good to review malfunctions from time to time. "Out of sight, out of mind" can be a disaster if we aren't careful. Every time I pull, I always tell myself "This is a malfunction until it proves otherwise".

Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!

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i had this one on my student jump once. PC was not spring loaded. The canopy was about 220 sqft large and I‚m quite light-weighted.
I was reading about this mal before and I could recall everything I knew during that jump. Than I did a usual controllability check and everything went fine and I landed the thing. What I've also heard is when this happens to smaller canopies it can significantly influence the controllability of the canopy and cut-away is the best, and most probably the only option.

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lets say you open high and have the pc over the canopy but it looks like its not affecting control of your canopy in any way, so you fly it... is it possible that the pc will move, get some drag and start causing problems when your too low to deal with it.... i know...anything is possible.

it would be a scary flight for sure.

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lets say you open high and have the pc over the canopy but it looks like its not affecting control of your canopy in any way, so you fly it... is it possible that the pc will move, get some drag and start causing problems when your too low to deal with it.... i know...anything is possible.

it would be a scary flight for sure.



If you're flying a moderately loaded canopy, then it should be not problem to fly it in partial to deep brakes so that the PC drag is reduced. The need to do such an accuracy type approach may be required on any off landing.
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Presumably the PC will have collapsed... not 'quite' so much drag then, I'd guess.



Shropshire, PC does not nessecerely colapse, if it's not a retractable pc there could be enough wind speed to create a drag. In my case, PC was fully loaded and had enough drag to create a V-shape in the middle of the nose of a canopy.

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Jumping in the military with spring loaded pilot chutes, we generally attribute a pc over the nose to backsliding through pull. I've seen a lot of backsliding, and I've seen a lot of pc's over the nose. I'll stipulate that there are other causes, but personally, I think there's a correlation there. One man's opinion.

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I put my PC over the nose the other day. 150, WL1.4, and no, I jump a non-collapsable_pc. I was playing around on top, doing complete stalls, and it jumped over, through cell 6. Control check, did some turns etc, but realised on picking up speed, more drag, more distortion. So, 1/4brakes all the way down, and landed that way with minor turns. I pay for my reserve repack, and had enough control.

No issues landing though.
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I put my PC over the nose the other day. 150, WL1.4, and no, I jump a non-collapsable_pc. I was playing around on top, doing complete stalls, and it jumped over, through cell 6. Control check, did some turns etc, but realised on picking up speed, more drag, more distortion. So, 1/4brakes all the way down, and landed that way with minor turns. I pay for my reserve repack, and had enough control.

No issues landing though.



Are you saying you didn't flare at the end?
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