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In that fuzzy few seconds of regaining consciousness at 800'....if you are having anything but a slow speed mal, you're likely going to be dead before you even realize where you are or what is going on.



Yep, at terminal velocity you have 4.6 seconds to live. Allowing for 2 seconds for a canopy to open (which may be optimistic), and a half-second for deceleration, you have only 2 seconds to pull the handle... Less time that it took to read this message.

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Yep, at terminal velocity you have 4.6 seconds to live. Allowing for 2 seconds for a canopy to open (which may be optimistic), and a half-second for deceleration, you have only 2 seconds to pull the handle... Less time that it took to read this message.



Which is a good reason to pull the reserve handle first.
Maybe that's also a good argument for raising the activation altitudes on AAD's?
My reality and yours are quite different.
I think we're all Bozos on this bus.
Falcon5232, SCS8170, SCSA353, POPS9398, DS239

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I have twice found myself in positions where I was slightly <900 feet and cutaway from badly spinning malfunctions. Clean deployments and landings, both times under a Tempo 120. I have never had a cutaway with a Skyhook-equipped rig.

On one other occasion I was spun up so hard under a main that it was impossible to cut it away (pre-hard housings). I fired my reserve into the mess ~800 feet, ended up with a spinning reserve, then with all my might I got the main chopped and landed the reserve cleanly. That was Eloy Holiday Boogie 2001 and a shit-load of people saw that one. Mellisa Nelson had the same thing happen to her later that year at another DZ. I have never, ever jummped another rig without hard housings.

Chuck

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