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Parachute Training for Aircrew

Old 14th Dec 2015, 11:49
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CG - you are absolutely right - we were certainly told "if in doubt pull the reserve". What the Major meant to say was that, with the numbers in the vertical descent from the balloon as - initial height 800 feet - drop of 200 before the chute should open - time waiting for something to happen (still falling at an ever-increasing rate!) then pulling the reserve didn't leave much time for reserve to open.
For the same time delay after leaving the aircraft (with a forward throw) the height loss was much less - so more time to sort it.
Anyway, it all worked so job done
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 12:51
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VSR- I remember the 200' silent drop as if it were yesterday! The tip our jumping bean gave us was to look up at the canopy and rigging coming out. Two reasons: one, it looks as it it's going up rather than you going down; and secondly, any malfs will be obvious very quickly.

I'd have to say, it's a thing I'm very glad I've done- the 2 weeks pre jump training we had was excellent. Credit where credit's due. Does PTS still exist even?

CG
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 12:59
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Afterwards I asked the PTI how effective the reserve would have been, and he said that we trainees would never had time to realise that the main hadn't worked and to react correctly!
One of the training jumps on French army para course involves deliberately pulling the reserve (usually third aircraft jump).
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 20:21
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Water Descent Course

In 2002 I noticed that the "jump day" of a Water Descent Course (into Falmouth Bay) was on my 40th birthday. "Its an omen" thought I, and like a fool, volunteered. CARP'ed out by the Wittering Taff, from XV304, into the Bay's water of +16*C. Very thankful that my birthday is July, probably wouldn't have volunteered if I'd been a winter baby!
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Old 14th Dec 2015, 20:38
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Missed a trick in AK PN, 70 Sqn did jumps into the bay, volunteers only, but not to be missed. Our instructor informing us that this PX chute had completed 500,000 successful jumps prompted me to reply that I'd sooner have another one! Well here I am.

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Old 14th Dec 2015, 20:52
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SRAM, while I am wholly thankful to the PJI s that gave me the training, I am of the serviceable engine persuasion.

Our Stiash at AK, for his finale did a short Vulcan trip, then to the F3 for a PI against the Vulcan before taking off in the Herc. Having jumped into Limasol bay a Whirlwind picked him up and landed on the beach.

At this point the entire crew deplaned and our hero flew the budgie home on his own.
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