Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Safety Tip of the Day – Replace Your Closing Loop

Here’s a tip that comes from the great JoJo :) … Boogie is coming up! Replace your closing loop if needed and make sure it’s the proper length. It’s such an easy cheap replacement, why not?

From the SIM…

3. Main closing loop

a. Damage greater than ten percent warrants replacement.

b. tension

(1) Tension must be sufficient to keep the container closed in freefall.

(2) The closing pin should require eight to 11 pounds to extract (or check owner’s manual).

(3) A loose closing loop could result in a premature deployment.

(4) Freeflying maneuvers increase the importance of closing system security.

(5) Adjust the closing loop tension by moving the overhand knot or replacing the loop with the knot tied in the correct place.

c. Use only closing loop material approved by the harness and container manufacturer.

Safety Tip of the Day – Airplane Emergency Review

Do you know what to do in the event of an emergency in the plane? Here is a recap of an emergency and operating tips review session Van gave one windy day when we were all grounded.

  • Try to remain calm, don’t yell and scream. Do a gear check to help keep your mind focused and calm.
  • In the event that the pilot orders skydivers to exit don’t rush the door. Know what altitude you are exiting and whether to deploy your main or reserve
  • Know how and when to use the emergency exit doors, both the rear and mid exits. If you don’t know how to operate them, ask! If you have to exit from mid emergency doors you have to stick one arm out, then head, putting chest right up against side, then one leg and other
  • If <1000 ft and you notice something wrong, even a fire, don’t bother the pilot, they probably already know. Wait until 1000 ft and if the pilot is still unaware of the problem let them know.
  • In the event of an engine on fire, opening any of the doors won’t fill the cabin with smoke
  • When there is “industrial haze” the pilot might get radio from ATC about traffic near us. If the pilot says don’t go, don’t go!
  • If you don’t see a green light, don’t jump!
  • If we need to use L/R/C buttons, press and hold until pilot reacts. Press L/R/L/R over and over for fly around, keep pressing back and forth until pilot responds
  • Single point belts should only go through MLW (main lift web), not leg straps, and tighten the belt at end that is anchored to the plane. Make the length of the seat belt as short as possible
  • If landing with a full plane be prepared for a rough landing. It’s Harder to slow the plane down and pilot will not be use to that much “meat” onboard. The plane will probably not touch down until mid way down runway and end near end of runway
  • If an emergency situation develops, the pilot will get the situation as best in control as possible, then communicate to person sitting behind co-pilot seat, then go back to working the problem
  • Tandem’s may exit as low as 2500/3000 straight to reserve based on TM decision
  • Be careful of what you say < 1000 ft, pilot will key off certain phrases as something is wrong
  • Best quote of the day, “if I’m on fire, get out of the plane!”

Do you have some airplane safety tips to add? Post them!

Safety Tip of the Day – Get intimate with your wing

How well do you know your canopy? Do you know exactly how it responds to all the different inputs available to you? Can you instinctively do a flat turn when needed?

With more and more canopies in the air around us let’s make sure we can fly safely and save our butts instinctively by getting intimate with our wing up high and early, before we get into a hairy situation down low!

Here’s a couple of excellent articles to check out:

And this pdf I HIGHLY recommend reading over and taking to the sky to practice, it is in your best interest to learn as much about your wing as possible and get comfortable flying.

Fly safe!

Safety Tip of the Day – PLF!

With the Pepperell Boogie right around the corner, thought I would get safety into everyone’s mind đŸ˜‰ So a safety tip a day to keep the boogie safe!

When’s the last time you practiced your PLF (Parachute Landing Fall)?

From the SIM, section 4…

E. Basic landing training–Parachute Landing Fall

1. Parachutists absorb the shock of a hard landing with a Parachute Landing Fall (PLF).

a. To prepare for a PLF, press your feet and knees together with your knees slightly bent.

b. Flare the canopy completely with both hands together and close to the front of your body to help prevent wrist and hand injuries.

c. Chin to the chest to help prevent neck injuries.

d. Allow your feet to make contact with the ground first.

e. Maintain the PLF position throughout the entire landing roll.

f. As your feet touch the ground:

(1) Lean into the direction of the landing to roll down one side of the body.

(2) Lay over to the side of one calf.

(3) Continue to roll to the thigh on the same side.

(4) Continue rolling on to that hip (side of the butt).

(5) Roll diagonally across your back to the opposite shoulder.

(6) Allow your body to continue rolling and absorb the energy of the fall.

2. The PLF position is also the proper way to prepare for a stand-up landing.

a. The PLF position keeps your weight balanced in the harness and helps avoid the tendency to reach for the ground.

b. If you touch down softly you can step out of the PLF position and remain on your feet.