canopy

safety

For a parachute to be safe to land it must be:

THERE meaning deployment has occurred and something is overhead.

SQUARE meaning that the parachute is inflated, rectangular (or slightly tapered), and regular in shape.

STEERABLE meaning that you can control heading and flare.

If the parachute fails any of the above tests, you must initiate emergency procedures to open your reserve parachute!

What if your canopy is out, but just

not ideal ... you're not sure if you need to cut away or not?

Well, fortunately, you can work with your toggles or risers and fix some problems to get your canopy to a condition that you can safely land it. How long do you try to decide?

By 2,500 feet, that is, decision altitude, you must decide if you are going to land your main or use your reserve.

DECISION ALTITUDE

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A GOOD CANOPY?

Some possible problems you may encounter

and how to respond ...

line twists end cell closure slider up other problems

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