My first freefall

My first freefall

Post by Jay-V » Fri, 04 Oct 1991 12:36:30


And then there's this other friend of mine and tim's, who on her first real
Rip-cord pull, didn't look, reached, got ready to pull, looked, and...oops.
looks like a cut-away handle...oh damn.. IS a cut-away handle.. look again,
grab Ripcord, pull belly up:)

(something like that anyway, right tim?:)

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My first freefall

Post by Sprungvergnueg » Fri, 04 Oct 1991 11:31:59

Ok, I was a static liner for financial reasons which have since become
irrelevant ;-)

I didn't arch at all on my third PRCP, so my first FF was jump #7, same day
as 'a not-too-elegant-but-workable' 4th PRCP;

Nervous? YES. My problem, I think, was thinking "jesus! get the RIP CORD!'
rather than 'ARCH!'...  so much for the arch, I went immediately on my back,
having kicked my legs about 10 times 'Why'd you try'n get back in the plane,
Tim?' and never having een considered arching, so... i deployed, belly up.

Just a cupla nights ago i think, the severity of my situation sunk in.

The first thing i was aware of (I couldn't remember exiting the aircraft - \
from a siiting position, rotating into the prop blast - until about my 10th
jump ) were lines coming up in front of me, outside my right leg, and between
my legs. 'Well Damn' i figgered. 'This sucks.' I can't adequately describe
the split second between the time the lines weren't taut, and the time that
they were very taut. For about a billiont of a second i thought 'Cut Away'
an my brain screamed 'NOOOOO!'  KICK wham, and my leg was out. I laughed
all the way down, and for about 30 minutes after. I was really freaked out.

I darned near got caught upside down; an i'll tell you, when you are looking
staight up, you don't wanna see an obtuse angle between your face an your
canopy 8-O

I guess if i hadn't kicked my leg out in time, i might been flipped backwards
and had a twist in my risers. Depending on how low such a twist occured,
i wonder if it could affect the three-ring. I doubt it. Coulda been worse.

tim
(almost off student status!)


 
 
 

My first freefall

Post by Sprungvergnueg » Sat, 05 Oct 1991 00:45:34

Quote:

>And then there's this other friend of mine and tim's, who on her first real
>Rip-cord pull, didn't look, reached, got ready to pull, looked, and...oops.
>looks like a cut-away handle...oh damn.. IS a cut-away handle.. look again,
>grab Ripcord, pull belly up:)

>(something like that anyway, right tim?:)

as i recall, she landed with her cut-away handle detached at the velcro.
it was just dangling there, held by the loop tension on the yellow cord,
i 'spose

But , she FINALLY did a stable 10 sec! cleared for 15! go tiff!

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tim

 
 
 

My first freefall

Post by Karl W Mae » Sat, 05 Oct 1991 06:37:33

Quote:
>And then there's this other friend of mine and tim's, who on her first real
>Rip-cord pull, didn't look, reached, got ready to pull, looked, and...oops.
>looks like a cut-away handle...oh damn.. IS a cut-away handle.. look again,
>grab Ripcord, pull belly up:)

I had a similar experience making student jumps on good ol' modified
T-10s and bellywarts.  I was feeling real***y on my second DRCP (before
PRCP became fashionable we called it a Dummy Pull).  Anyway, I launched
myself and did my ARCH-THOUSAND!, LOOK-THOUSAND!, REACH-THOUSAND!, PULL-
THOUSAND!  The problem is, I shouted 'look-thousand' and cranked my
head down -- went through the motions perfectly -- only I didn't really
look.  I grabbed the handle and on 'pull-thousand' I flexed my arm to
jerk that sucker into the next county.  A little alarm went off in my
mind and I checked myself, though, and when I *really* looked I discovered
I was about to deploy my front-mount reserve right into my face and
around me into my main, which by that time was at line stretch and
maybe starting to inflate.  YOWZA!  I let go like I'd just grabbed
a branding iron, then went ahead and tore the practice handle right
out of the velcro (sort of had a little adrenalin boost, I guess).

Needless to say, I was feeling rather shitty about the whole thing.
My jumpmaster saw it all, of course, and said I scared the daylight
out of him.  I was ready for a verbal mauling, but he just said,
"You learned something, didn't you?  Like, why you *look* at the
handle.  I've heard of people going in and they find 'em with
their fingers locked around a D-ring -- they pulled on that son
of a *** for 3000 feet and never once even *looked* to see
what the problem was.  You *look* at the handle.  You *look*
before you pull -- got it?"  I still remember that conversation.
He even praised me for having the presence of mind to realize
my mistake and then go for the real handle.  It made a real
impression on me -- since then I've never pulled a ripcord or
thrown out a pilot chute without looking first.

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