1966: Reserve Deployment (Chest pack; pilot chute removed)

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by Pat Works

1966 Reserve Deployment (Chest pack; pilot chute removed) 1&2.

Front-mount reserve deployment #2(LARGE)front-mount reserve deployment #3(LARGE)

Carlos Wallace demonstrates emergency procedures at Wallace’s DZ, Crosby Tx., Photo by Pat Works, Nov 1966

1966 era Reserve Deployment #2.Jpg -- How to deploy the front-mount reserve parachute -- Emergency procedures included: situation awareness, placing your left hand over the belly-mounted reserve container before pull and throw away the two-pin reserve ripcord with your right hand, and grabbing the reserve canopy in both hands and throwing it HARD in the direction of spin. The FAA exempted sport parachutists’ from the rule requiring a reserve pilot chute because a belly-mount’s standard-issue ‘spider’ pilot chute was considered unsafe.

Look, pull, grab, and throw! - If you threw the un-bagged 24-foot ‘flat’ round reserve canopy hard enough, it would catch air and open. Shaking out the lines to coax it along was recommended. A line-over ‘Mae-West’ malfunction on the main canopy might not generate a high enough rate of descent for a crisp reserve opening. Of course, if you had a total or a streamer, the reserve would slam open crisply. Cut-aways were difficult at best and banned at some Clubs and DZs (until the entanglement danger of a spinning malfunction exceeded the cutaway dangers of using the Capewell canopy releases.)