Reserves & Reserve Deployment Info
1. No one is peacefully flying along and decides to deploy his reserve. There is always a major event, like a serious collapse, which can be unnerving and delay the correct response. Usually, the glider will be in a dangerous spiral, out of control. Keep this in mind!
4. This video has some great cuts of how messy an actual deployment can be. Don't put yourself in a situation where you might need to deploy! Become an expert in the weather.
5. This video shows the very latest in reserve safety systems. Deploying the reserve also cuts away the main canopy. There is a 3rd reserve still available. This system, when available, will be the finest there is. However, pilots should not be hasty – there are always bugs that need to be worked out. Anything aviation is particularly prone to cascading events where one thing may lead to something very unexpected later as the cascade develops.
6. WARNING! A reserve parachute is a life-saving backup system, to be used in life-threatening emergencies only. A reserve parachute should never be deployed “for fun” or to “see what it’s like”. A reserve parachute deployment is a dangerous event.
- Control is surrendered and there is no choice as to a landing location which could be rocks, roads, power lines, tops or sides of buildings, etc. This hazard is mitigated by a steerable reserve (but they cost more).
- Even with a correctly deployed parachute, your impact speed with the ground is significant!
- Reserve parachutes may not deploy correctly.
- Remember the expression, “A reserve parachute isn’t your second chance, it’s your last chance.”
7. Read this piece on Deployment Bags by Angelo Crapanzano
Carry a reserve parachute, and deploy it only if it is absolutely necessary.