Parachute Master Class by Angelo Crapanzano, designer of Metamorfosi parachutes and the A in the GAP scoring system, also a designer for Icaro Hang gliders. Filmed on location at the Moyes Delta Gliders (Hang Glider) Factory, Australia. Presented now in memory of Angelo's ultimate designs and life's work.
Information complements but does not replace expert supervision of your current parachute condition and configuration at your clubs annual organised parachute repacking clinic.
How designs work
Hang Glider Parachute Deployment 1
Hang Glider Parachute Deployment 2
Hang Glider Parachute Deployment 3
ParaGlider Parachute Deployment 1
ParaGlider Parachute Deployment 2
ParaGlider Parachute Deployment 3
Credits, and special Thanks to HGFA
Safety Notice - Sep. 1, 2016 By Paul Voight
I thought this might be of special interest with reserve repacks. Cheers, Barney;
I did a reserve repack for a pilot a couple days ago. The pilot had flown over 10 years without repacking. Before every repack either the customer or I pull the reserve via the handle to see how hard the Velcro has seated. I'm always curious. I always learn stuff. In this the grommets that accommodate the little bungees that retain the curved pins on the reserve handle were a tad smaller diameter than most. Just a tad. The little bungees had turned hard as a rock. No matter how hard I pulled the handle, the rock hard hoops in the bungees would not pass through the grommets, so the reserve was trapped, even though the curved pins had been released. I had to cheat and use my hands to pull up on the container flap hard to defeat the bungees. Maybe an adrenaline amped pilot might have affected a deployment, but I'm skeptical. I'm adding bungee hardness awareness to my list of things to keep an eye on for my customers and there's another reason for more frequent repacks and perhaps bungee replacement every so often.
Safety Notice January 2018
Just letting you all know that i have just inspected an almost new paraglider and found SERIOUS damage. The damage is in the form of about 30 or more holes ranging in size from match head up to 3mm dia and all seem to have been made by a grasshopper. Obviously the grasshopper had got in the wing when it was on the ground after flight and before packing up, and it has decided that the best way out is to eat it’s way out. The damage is so severe that up to 12 panels will need to be replaced.
So my suggestion is that you carefully check your wing while packing it up and either remove all grasshoppers, or squash them inside. It would be better to remove them, but a small stain inside the wing will definitely be better than having your wing half devoured by a grasshopper trying to make good its escape.
This is only a problem when the big grasshoppers are around, which is particularly a problem now with such a wet season here in SE QLD.
Chief Flying Instructor