- Jan 8, 2021
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It's not a thing of the past. In a parachute deployment (opening) sequence, the rigging lines of a round canopy come out first, irrelevant of whatever design it is. Exiting into the slipstream (airflow) the body can rotate to a degree as the rigging lines are coming out of their stowage pocket. Poor exit technique such as wide legs ( door exits only ), not enough drive out the door / too much drive can lead to an unstable position in the airflow thus causing the rigging lines to also rotate ( twist).
Curiously, well not so much, ramp ( back of airframes which have this option) legs apart and arms not folded across the reserve leads to a more stable position for canopy deployment. Loaded down with equipment limits this option, however.
Hi @Alec_Lomas I note in this clip a Para has a twist when jumping from a chinook. It seemed the drill was just to kick his legs frantically? Does jumping from a helicopter add risk due to downdraft ? Also there seems to be a real bad name for the American parachute that they seem to be using on that exercise. A lot seemed to be landing really fast.
Skip to 24 mins in the clip if you want to see what I’m referring to