The reserve canopy limitations explained

Let's talk about the TSO for a second...woops, half of you just left the building :) For the rest of you still here TSO stands for Technical Standard Order. It’s basically the quality and performance standards for parachutes since year 1949. I'm not gonna go through all different variation and their requirements. For most of you it’s gonna be just boring! The reason I'm doing this post is to help you understand what the numbers on your new logcarts mean. When we've got the new forms from KNVvL, the instruction was to write the TSO Weight and Speed for the reserve canopy. That’s the CERTIFIED MAXIMUM. Now that’s changed and we have to write the “RECOMMENDED” weight and speed, which for most manufacturer is much lower. A little example here; Decelerator 120 reserve from Parachute systems is certified to 275 lbs (125 kg) and 150 knots. (275 km/h), but the recommended weight is 183 lbs and 130 knots. See the picture . Manufacturers are...
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AAD

  Our mission is simple. Save lives. Skydiving is a gift to all who experience this amazing sport. The freedom we feel exiting an aircraft cannot be compared to anything else. The community that we share that freedom with is what makes the sport extra special. Great people coming together doing amazing things. With such a special bond with others, the pain of losing a community member is devastating. This was the reason CYPRES was invented. We aren’t a company founded on the vision of financial wealth. That’s not how we got our start. We were tired of seeing people die needlessly using a device that was causing more problems than solutions. Our founder, Helmut Cloth decided he would create that solution which has revolutionized the sport and saved thousands of lives. As a company, we create a high precision pressure measurement device with an enormous degree of intelligence, supported by a highly sophisticated electronics; to work with virtually 100% reliability* when you need it most. We are passionate...
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HARNESS AND CONTAINER

The Infinity harness/container system was designed with two basic concepts in mind: safety and performance. An emphasis has been placed on increased security of the pin cover flaps and riser covers, an additional main riser cover is incorporated into the reserve container side flap, a redesigned reserve pilot chute for better launch and higher drag, and the standard Reserve Static Line (RSL) is Velcro-free and concealed for maximum snag resistance. The One and Only Infinity™ The Infinity™ features many of the state-of-the-art design features found on most skydiving rigs, but we have done it the Velocity way. From the beginning, the Infinity has made great effort to integrate features without adding on extra unneeded pieces or elements just for the sake of saying "we have that too". The well thought out design of the Infinity rig is the baseline for the highest quality and performance standards in skydiving gear and equipment. Standard Features Every new Infinity™ includes: Harness / Container assembly Standard color pattern...
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Who is Area 47?

My name is Deyan Bakardzhiev and I’m a KNVvL certified Master rigger as well as a German senior rigger. I started skydiving in Bulgaria in 1998. I did my first reserve inspection/repack in 1997. I started with skydiving in Bulgaria back when it was not so easy. There weren’t places you could pay to jump, nor I’ve had the money to travel abroad. But I could read English. So I read all I could find about gear and materials, and about that time my passion for rigging began. Then I spent 9 years in the military where I worked on every type of parachute the army had to offer. In 2007 I went to Spain to learn about modern sport skydiving gear from Georgui Krastev, whom I still consider the neatest rigger when it comes down to reserve repacks. In 2008 I left the army to travel around and enjoy skydiving. My travels took me to Nationaal Paracentrum Teuge, where I spent...
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