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Reserves & Reserve Deployment Info

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1. Here is a simulation of a reserve deployment first at actual speed, then in slow motion.  Please read the notes.  Remember that no ever is peacefully flying along and decides to deploy.  There is always a major event, like a serious collapse, which can be unnerving and delay the correct response.

2. Reserves & Reserve Deployment from

3. Reserve Parachutes: Safety Considerations from

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 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.

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 an extremely dangerous event. You surrender control over your aircraft, you have no choice as to your landing location and could land on rocks, roads, power lines, etc. Even with a correctly deployed parachute, your impact speed with the ground is significant. Also, reserve parachutes are not guaranteed to deploy correctly. Remember the expression, “A reserve parachute isn’t your second chance, it’s your last chance.” Carry a reserve parachute, and deploy it only if it is absolutely necessary.