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Packing your parachute


Packing your Parachute

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. stow Brakes       ***Important***
. separate line groups
. run lines up ( if tangled, fix it; if you need help, ASK )
. shake it vigorously
. hang over hook (if using hook)
. un-collapse Slider     ***Important***
. move slider out of the way
. count and clear nose cells (7/9)
. count (3/4) A lines (on one side) Push fabric away from center 
. count (3/4) B lines (on one side) Push fabric away from center 
. count (3/4) C lines (on one side) Push fabric away from center
. count (3/4) D lines (on one side) Push fabric away from center 
. repeat on other side 
. quarter slider
. clear stabilizers
. bring brake-lines to the center
. for slower openings, roll the nose 
. wrap the tail 
. lay it down
. un-collapse the Pilot Chute    ***Important***
. burrito wrap and squish flat to just wider than the bag
. s-fold
. put bag around it
. stow lines in bands; start in center, then alternate side-to-side
. ( leave minimum 18 inches of loose line )
. put bag below container
. thread pull-up cord through closing loop 
. stow risers and rotate bag into pack tray
. pull container flaps around bag
. close flaps in correct order:
       most rigs:  bottom-top-right-left
       mirage:  bottom-top-left-right
. pin through closing loop.  Remove pull-up cord  ( gently ) 
. observe bridle:   pin to pilot chute is clear
. fold and stow pilot chute ( tight and smooth is good;  DO NOT STUFF )
. hit it ( I don't know why, but this seems important to most jumpers ) 


Main Canopy Attachment

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. lay rig face-down
. drop canopy about 10-12ft away
. un-chain the lines and stretch them toward the rig
. find the center of the tail of the canopy (label)
. follow the tail to a brake-line
. keeping the brake-line on top, follow it to the riser, untangling as you go
. untangle and attach riser - like a snowman:
  ( middle through big, small through middle, loop through small ring, riser, and
     cutaway housing ring.  Cable through loop, into riser )
. repeat for the other side
. attach RSL (if so equipped)
. attach d-bag/pilot chute

. lay rig face-down, canopy way from it 
. remove d-bag & pilot chute
. gather up all nose cells and lift high, then flop canopy on it's side 
. use packing tabs to smooth
. squish air out 
. roll/fold to center ( mostly) 
. Un-attach RSL  ***Important***
. pull cut-away handle
. daisy chain lines & plop into canopy
. finish canopy roll 


Other things you need to know:


Wing loading = total suspended weight divided by canopy square footage:

Total suspended weight = you + complete rig + weights (if any)
Note, we typically ignore the weight of small items like gloves, helmets & altimeters (if they matter, you need a bigger canopy) 

     divided by

Canopy square footage = the canopy size number (e.g., "210" for a Spectre 210)

A leading parachute manufacturer, recommends not exceeding wing loading as follows:
              novice         - 0.9
              intermediate - 1.0  
              advanced     - 1.1 
              expert          - 1.3 

Reserve repack cycle =  180 days   This is a date calculator 
The FAA considers 180 days to be the maximum time that ANY (main or reserve) parachute may remain packed.  After that is must be inspected and re-packed.

A main parachute may be packed by: (FAR part 105-43 subpart "a"):
   "the person making the next jump with that parachute"  
   or a certified parachute rigger
   or a person supervised by a certified parachute rigger  

A reserve parachute may only be packed by: 
   a certified parachute rigger
   or a person supervised by a certified parachute rigger

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