In the next of our skydiving gear configurations series, we discuss the deployment bag.
There are 3 types of Main Deployment Bag: the Stowed Deployment Bag which stows the line up until the final 18 inches using Bungees or Tube Stows, Semi Stowless which has locking grommets using Bungees or Tube Stows and then uses S-Folds for the remaining line and Fully Stowless. It is down to personal preference which system is used. For Reserves, a Semi Stowless Free Bag is used by some manufacturers. Some Deployment Bags travel up the Bridle to cover the Pilot Chute although this is rare and causes a lot of wear and tear on the Bridle. Canopy Formation Skydivers use a Diaper to protect the canopy and collapse the Pilot Chute.
Many thanks to Tom Hill for writing this article and for taking the pics.
It is important you select the correct size of Deployment Bag for your Container. Failure to do so can result in premature openings, no opening, injury or death. Furthermore, the Deployment Bag belongs to the Rig not the Canopy.
Stowed Deployment Bag
This Deployment Bag uses Bungees or Tube Stows to stow the line until the final 18 inches which is required for the bag to fit into the Container.
Semi Stowless Deployment Bag
This has locking grommets and Bungees or Tube Stows to close the bag with the remaining line S-Folded into a pouch which uses either Tuck Tabs or Magnets.
Figure 28: Semi Stowless Bag. Note the absence of bungees on the bag apart from around the grommets.
Stowless Deployment Bag
No grommets to close the bag with the line S-Folded into a pouch which uses either Tuck Tabs or Magnets.
Next up, we have the start of a series of Tom Hill articles all about how we deploy the parachute. It’s so much more that just reach your hand down to the bottom of the container and grab a toggle!