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From: "Max Braude" <skybird at>

Date: Wed, 04 Aug 1999 05:54:47 UTC


Thats the way.  Presence of mind is sooo important.

Knowing what to do is relevant but totally valueless if not applied or the
mind has switched off.  Your incident illustrates why jumpers are taught to
count, not only does this establish the time frame as time is rather limited
in freefall, but keeps the mind from blanking as can happen even to someone
with experience.

My instructor before my first freefall said "You are dead!"  I thought for
f! at #$%s sake that's not nice to wish me that.  He said, "No its true, unless
you pull the ripcord.  For the first time in your life you are going to
actively perform a task to stay alive."

I tell you that set me off - I pulled so fast I could almost have given the
ripcord to the pilot as I left......    ;-)))

Like has been said - one jump is not enough, but it is better than nothing.

For example the previous writer who talks about a 2 handed grab.  To the
uninitiated that seems feasible, but it can result in an arse over
tea-kettle tumble if the arms are in too long.

Could be very frightening indeed - more than getting out the plane.

You can not be overtrained in emergency situations.

Blue Skies
Max Braudé
skybird at

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-iac at
[mailto:owner-iac at]On Behalf Of Fred Fraim
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 1999 1:22 PM
Cc: iac at
Subject: [IAC] bail out

thought I'd add my 2 cents.

Back in the early 80's I began taking jump lessons. Static line jumps,
hop & pops, 5,10,15 second delays. I screwed up big time on my last
jump. Suddenly that big vise of sheer terror clamped down & instead of
getting stable & counting off one thousand one, one thousand two, etc.,
I froze & curled into a fetal position and tumbled. My mind was blank.
After about 20 or 30 seconds I realized that I HAD to pull the ripcord,
so I did what I had been taught, Look, Reach, Pull. I was still
tumbling, hadn't stabilized, but I pulled & the canopy (round T-10)
opened. That was my last jump, but I KNOW I can do it again if & when I
need to.

One other thing, don't attempt a walk-away landing, that's just for the
square chutes. An emergency chute demands a PLF, parachute landing fall.
Try to face into the wind if possible to slow your ground speed and
basically fall and roll, don't lock your knees, let all of your body
absorb the impact. If you try to absorb the impact with only your legs
you will possible break an ankle or leg or hit feet first followed
quickly by a bruising jolt to your rear end or face.

You might also do some reading on landings in water or trees. There are
procedures that will help you to survive to fly again.

Each time I fly, I repeat the mantra, Look, Reach, Pull.I also drill it
into any passengers I take for an acro ride.

Fred Fraim


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