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Reserve Repack by DocMallard Reserve Repack by DocMallard
Every skydiver, by law (and common sense), wears two parachutes. In the bottom compartment is the main canopy, and the upper part of the container is the reserve. 

An individual jumper, can legally pack their own canopy. One has to be a licensed rigger to pack someone else's rig.

Jumpers usually pack their own main canopies. Sometimes they pay a packer(under a riggers supervision) to pack it.

The reserve canopy is strictly in the realm of the government's licensed riggers to pack. It must be repacked by said rigger after any use, and within 180 days of it's last repack date.

A rigger will pack said rig, seal the reserve pin with his government assigned seal code, and log it in his logbook, and the card placed in the container. Every skydiving, or pilot's emergency rig carries said data card from the rigger. 

While a main canopy can be packed to it's jumpers any whim, the reserve is different. It is almost sacred, for want of a better word. 

An instructor I know has scripture on his cutaway and reserve handles. 

On the cutaway handle is Psalm 31:9 "..Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress.." 

His reserve handle has psalm 56:3 "..When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.."

The reserve opening represents a jumper in distress, and is often the only thing between life and death. It absolutely has to work, and quickly!

All that being said, the manufacturer publishes explicit directions to be followed by the rigger. 

Such a pack job takes around two hours rather than 10-20 minutes that is the norm for a main. It involves a test of the cutaway system, pilot chute, AAD(an automatic emergency, last ditch electronic opening system), and pack opening. 

The canopy is removed from the bag, hung up, and the fabric carefully pulled to verify it's structural integrity. The lines are carefully examined, and all hardware checked for structural soundness.

It is carefully folded, laid out, and packed, extremely neatly, into the bag and container. No shortcuts allowed.

If a jumper ever needs to use the reserve for real, he owes the rigger a bottle of whatever is his pleasure to drink! My one emergency ride cost me a bottle of "Cutty Sark." 

In the series above, my rigger is seen hanging the canopy, and doing the careful work, and finally closing the container.

Now that my rig is legal, I can start this year's jumping season, as soon as the weather cooperates!

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DavidFolkie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Great photos, and I enjoyed your description, as well. 
pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
When all else fails...
Ambruno Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool work..
DocMallard Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
If you look at the first frame, the square fabric, with the broad white tape border is the slider.

In the second frame, you can see the slider positioned all the way up.

The edges of the canopy have metal rings sewn in as "Stops."

The slider's grommets are pushed up against them. This allows the slider to be pushed into it's proper location every time.
Ambruno Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i understand now... ok thanks that was interesting i enjoyed the description 
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Ambruno Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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DocMallard Featured By Owner May 13, 2018
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