.Other incidents during the
last 3 months are due to poor canopy
control and a basic lack of understanding.
Here are some exercises.
For those canopy pilots downsizing
or moving to a higher performance parachute,
there are some exercises that will help
you to understand and fly your canopy
better: Speak to your chief instructor
and ask for advice.
Once you’re open, leave your toggles
stowed. Practice turning with your rear
and front risers. Try to see if you
can control the canopy simply by shifting
your weight in the harness. Practice
flaring with your rear risers with the
toggles stowed. Do this same series
of exercises with one brake released,
simulating a broken steering line.
Once again, leave your brakes stowed.
Pull down on the rear risers as quickly
and as far as you can until the canopy
starts to stall. Pull down on the rear
risers smoothly and evenly, inches at
a time. The canopy will eventually stall,
but much more gently. Find the stall
point by seeing how far you can pull
before the canopy begins to stall.
Repeat the riser drills with both brakes
unstowed. Then, repeat the drills with
the steering lines.
These exercises are what students should
practise when moving from a student
parachute to a high performance parachute.
The interesting thing is that it is
these very exercises that the experienced
boys use when learning to fly a swoop
“Safety remains everybody’s
National Safety & Training Officer