SLOX: a Better Slider-Locking Mechanism

SLOX: a Better Slider-Locking Mechanism
There are a couple of things you can do to maximize your parachute’s performance once your main is deployed. The first thing is relatively easy: after deployment, loosen your chest strap. Be careful, though – some harness manufacturers do not put a “stop” on the end of the chest strap. If this is the case, ...

BASE Jumping the Perrine Bridge

BASE Jumping the Perrine Bridge
I just got back from a trip to Idaho in the USA. The town of Twin Falls has this bridge, the Perrine Bridge, which tolerates BASE jumping from it year round. The bridge is 486 feet above the Snake River. It is quite an impressive sight. Jumping from it is also quite fun. A big ...

Should I get a Skyhook?

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 main canopy’s risers to your ...

A problem with UPT’s Sigma Tandem Parachute System (and a solution)

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: The UPT Sigma Tandem System. ...

Powered Paragliding Gear Selection: Foot Launch or Trike?

Powered Paragliding Gear Selection: Foot Launch or Trike?
Let me start out by saying that currently, most Powered Paragliding Pilots prefer foot launch. The reality is that foot launch is actually more difficult to learn and to master. Trikes are easier to learn on and are starting to get more popular. Both ways of launching are great. Here are some of the advantages and ...

Which AAD should I buy? Cypres or Vigil?

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 releases. I am condident that both ...

Flying my Paramotor at Sunset, with a Full Moon…

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 Petrie Island beach and waved ...

The world’s only flying Glass-Bottom Hot Air Balloon?

The world's only flying Glass-Bottom Hot Air Balloon?
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 built the basket, which is ...

Firebolt 119 Main Parachute opening video

Check out this video of a Jumpshack Firebolt 119 Main Parachute opening. Notice the following: Fast, but smooooth. No snivel. Perfectly on-heading, every time. The Firebolt opens in hundreds of feet, not a thousand feet like some others.  It aslo opens on-heading, everytime. I've personally flown a Firebolt Main Parachute, and I really liked it. Jumpshack has ...

Opening the “Wings Over Gatineau” Airshow

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. It's cool, we see them ...