Jumpers come to me for advice all the time – and one of the hardest questions to answer is the following: Should I get a Skyhook, and why? First, what is an RSL? A RSL is a reserve static line – a line attached from one of your departing malfunctioned… Read More »Should I get a Skyhook?
Why so many baglocks on Sigma tandems? As a student of parachute design and as a certified Rigger, I have learned that a staged deployment of the main canopy is the safest way to deploy a parachute. All sport rigs do it this way, but one Tandem system does not:… Read More »A problem with UPT’s Sigma Tandem Parachute System (and a solution)
This blog post is for my skydiver friends 😉 As a certified parachute rigger, I often get asked this question: “Which Automatic Activation Device should I buy? Cypres or Vigil?” Arguably, these two are the only real choices in today’s market. While both units have had some growing pains in their initial… Read More »Which AAD should I buy? Cypres or Vigil?
Last Friday I did a little Paramotor flight with a few of my Paramotor friends: Michel, Isabelle and Mariusz. It was a little chilly, but the scenery was amazing. We were flying over the east end of Orleans – to the east of Ottawa. We took off and flew to… Read More »Flying my Paramotor at Sunset, with a Full Moon…
If you’ve been here before, or you know me, you’ll eventually learn that I built my own Hot Air Balloon, from scratch… For a little background on that story – see my Hot Air Ballooning page. Over and above building the envelope, which a few people have done, I also… Read More »The world’s only flying Glass-Bottom Hot Air Balloon?
There used to be an “Ottawa Airshow”. I used to go. It was really cool. Then for some reason I’m unaware of, it was no more. Then these guys from Vintage Wings started restoring old aircraft and flying them out of the Gatineau Airport. That’s the airport where I jump.… Read More »Opening the “Wings Over Gatineau” Airshow
Here’s a recent video of me flying my new custom Ozone 20m paramotor wing. It was my second flight on this wing. I got it used, but it’s basically brand new with under 10 hours on it. Up in the air! Nice…
So my friend Bill Whelan helped me with the building of my Hot Air Balloon. He was well aware of the fact that I was a skydiver. So it came to be that one day, a few years ago, I had 499 jumps. I decided, hey, I should jump out… Read More »500th jump – out of a Hot Air Ballon
I got this domain when the first “.ca” domains were available without the “.on.ca” stuff. Basically a looong time ago. It’s had a few iterations over the years, but, after many years of neglecting my website (which I built with my own custom template in Dreamweaver MX 2004) which had a main… Read More »Here it is! the new bard.ca