Here's a picture of a parachute showing most of the parts we talk about in a first jump class:


diagram sketch anatomy of a parachute parachute picture showing Deployment bag (D-Bag) End Cells Center Cell Stabilizers steering lines slider suspension lines canopy fabric rear risers front risers steering toggles brakes handles bridle line pilot chute top skin Trailing edge leading edge of the parachute
Experienced parachute system shown. Student parachutes 
are bigger and Tandem parachutes (bigger yet) have double harnesses.

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Student parachutes have about a 25 MPH foreword airspeed, about a 3:1 glide slope, and about a 1,000 / minute descent rate. Smaller ones like the one pictured go much faster, and should only be jumped after you have made many, many jumps and had the appropriate additional training.

See also ordering a new custom parachute system.

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 All parachutes have to be inspected and repacked every 120 days, the reserve by an FAA licensed Rigger (likely to be changed to 180 days in the foreseeable future). We provide a handy reserve parachute repack date finder, our calculator for date repacked and due date that tells you exactly when it has to be repacked and when the current pack job runs out.

For those who have jumped a time or two before, and are familiar with parachutes, here are a few answers given to a student who asked how our parachutes compare to other skydiving centers' systems (this information is an attempt to clear up some confusion and help compare different skydiving centers' parachute systems, it is not really necessary to know for learning to skydive):

What kind of main/reserve systems do your student rigs use: Two action systems or Single Operating Systems (SOS)  

These two are not mutually exclusive. This nomenclature has been twisted around over the years, even by some gear manufacturers.

We use two handle, Single point Operation Systems:

Two handle or two action systems means student parachute emergency handles are the same as the big kids jump, a Cutaway handle on the left (to release the malfunctioned main parachute), and a separate reserve handle on the right to open the reserve pack. I don't know of any drop zones that still use the old "One handle does it all" Single Handle system, that is obsolete. Single handle system systems used to be used for student training parachutes, where everything was "dumbed down" so all you had to do was pull a single one-handle-does-everything which released the main parachute and opened the reserve too. Problems arose after these student skydivers started jumping standard gear, and in the event of a malfunction reverted to their old emergency procedures when things got stressful and pulled the wring handles at the wrong time. This led to avoidable fatalities. So the industry now trains students on two handle systems like they will continue to jump throughout their skydiving career.

SOS = Single point Operation Systems means you just pull one handle (activation "point") to release the main from the harness three rings one both sides instead of old fashioned Capewells (one release on each side) or something. Single point Operation Emergency handles are standard for all parachute systems used in modern sport skydiving.

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  Single point Operation System (SOS) is, however, sometimes used to refer to the single handle system

What kind of reserve parachutes?

They look just like the main. Square parachutes are better all around then round ones.

Do all of your student rigs have the same type of AAD (Automatic Activation Device)? 


What kind? 

Cypres - all Student, Experienced rental rigs and Tandem parachute systems used at Skydive Orange have Cypres AADs. Cypres is the original state of the art Automatic Activation Device (AAD) that far surpasses the old misfire-prone types, like KAP 3, Sentinel, FXC, and it's cheaper wanna be competitor, the Astra. The latest entry into the AAD market is the Vigil. I have no reason to think they are not as good as the Cypres. We will only know for sure, however, when there are many, many thousands of this new brand of AAD in every day use, which will probably not happen for at least another decade, so it does not look like we will use them in our student program any time in the foreseeable future.

Do the student rigs have throw outs or ripcords?

All BOC (bottom of container) throw out, I think we can safely classify main ripcords as being obsolete too. If you know of anyone using ripcord and spring loaded pilot chute main deployment, I would like to know and offer them tons of ripcords and pilot chutes.

Of course, all our main and reserve parachutes are square, ram air type, most of the mains are State of the art Zero-Porosity fabric for optimum performance.

Why should I jump at Skydive Orange?  

(click here) for the many answers.

How do I fly my parachute?
See Canopy Landing Pattern

See also Stowing Parachute Steering lines and toggles


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diagram sketch anatomy of a parachute parachute picture showing toggles
risers pilot chute bridle deployment bag steering toggles brakes rear risers
front risers jpg jpeg

deployment bag D Bag end cells center cell stabilizer suspension lines
steering lines front riser slider steering lines pilot chute rear riser
bridle line attaches pilot chute to d-bag and top center of main parachute
rear risers front risers leg strap chest strap steering toggle brake handle
slider top skin bottom skin Deployment bag (D-Bag) End Cells Center Cell Stabilizers steering lines slider suspension lines canopy fabric rear risers front risers steering toggles brakes handles bridle line pilot chute top skin 

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