Reserve Parachute

The FAA requires that a reserve parachute need to be inspected and repacked every 180 days to ensure that the parachute meets regulations. This ensures that even if you are not using the reserve parachute that it is still being aired out and is in good condition for when you do need it.

Connecting the reserve parachute

The emergency reserve parachute system may be connected to the harness, the main harness/wing connectors—usually involving a reserve outer container—or the tandem spreaders, depending on the particular whole equipment setup. To help correctly connect the reserve...

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Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

Buying a reserve parachute (rescue) can be a complicated decision. A reserve can seem like an unnecessary cost, something you could do without or don't need to pay much attention to. You're probably in a safe environment while reading this, so it's hard to have a...

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Our reserve parachute advice

Choosing the right model depends on your priorities, your gear and your budget. Factors to consider: harness compatibility (does it fit into the reserve pouch and can I get it out again?), certification (must be EN 12491), opening time (mostly about 3-4 seconds),...

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Reserve parachute harness compatibility

Reserves which are too bulky for the reserve compartment of the harness can be relatively difficult–or even impossible–to deploy, especially under high g circumstances. Therefore it's especially important to ensure that the packed volume of the reserve is not too big...

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How to choose the right parachute size

The ideal size for you is primarily dictated by your all up flying weight (including the reserve parachute). Just like wings, reserve parachutes have weight ranges. The more weight you load it with the faster you come down. As well as a high sink rate, an overloaded...

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Reserve parachute repacking

Make sure yours is freshly packed, at least once a year. Grit collects in the reserve parachute (causing damage through abrasion). Damp from ballast and wet grass can seep into the reserve (causing mildew and hampering opening time). The fabric gets compressed which...

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