Reserve parachutes save lives.
Reserve parachutes are often thought of with a hint of fear. "I hope I never have to throw my parachute" is the common thought amongst the majority of pilots. And of course we do not want to put ourselves in a situation where we cannot control our glider. We may be wise to change our thinking a little bit and appreciate the reserve tossing process. We may find that throwing early has more benefit than throwing later. Most manufacturers say it takes about 250 feet for the reserve to open properly. I have seen them open in 80 feet, but I would rather see someone throw at 500 feet above the ground.
To throw your reserve:
1. Look at the handle
PLF (Parchute Landing Fall)
Keep your hands together near your face, keep your feet and knees together and bent. Roll the energy down the side of your body as you fall and roll the energy out by rolling your body and flipping your feet over.
When to throw a reserve:
1. Anytime you feel like you are completely out of
control is a good time to throw.
1. Check your reserve pin before each flight
Reserve repacks are $30 and generally take 2 days.
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