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Brian's Famous Pilot Chute Packing Method
Many years ago, Brian came across an incredible method for packing
throw-out pilot chutes. This technique seriously reduces the
risks of a main reserve entanglement due to a horseshoe malfunction.
Why should you change your pilot chute packing method?
Most methods, when presented with a bag-first deployment (a.k.a.
horseshoe), will allow the load on the bridle to turn the pilot
chute into a large ball inside the pocket, possibly prohibiting you
from ever getting the pilot chute out of the pocket at all.
This situation forces the skydiver to pull his reserve with the main
still trailing from the pocket, even after he or she has cut
away. Even if you have the strength to pull the pilot chute
out of the pocket, you may not be able to reach the handle, as the
bottom of the container (and the pouch) are now pressed up against
the reserve pack tray. Remember, the main is already out of
the rig. Unless you are one of those fortunate enough to be
able to scratch your shoulder-blade, you may be in serious trouble.
This method significantly increases the chances of the bridle pulling the
pilot chute out of the pocket. That's a very good thing.
Here's how it works:
Lay the pilot chute on it's back, with the handle facing down.
Lift the bridle attachment.
Place the bridle attachment on the edge of the fabric.
Fold the fabric over into a half-moon.
Fold the fabric inward, past the handle, level with the straight edge on
Fold the other side inward, past the handle, level with the straight edge
Fold the pilot chute in half, bringing the handle to meet the pilot chute
Long and thin... Won't stay in.
Short and fat is where it's at!
Place the pilot chute on the bottom of the rig, with the handle on the bottom.
Fold the bridle inside the pilot chute so that there is no excess to
stuff into the container after inserting into the pouch.
Roll both sides toward the center. Make sure the roll are tight to
make insertion easier.
Insert completely into the pouch, then pull the handle out.
Make sure the bridle is tight and hidden.
Get a "Pin Check" on Jump-run. Prevention is your best offense!