A Canadian Armed Forces parachute rigger packs a free-fall parachute-Video

Video / January 10, 2019 / Project number: 18-0067


(Corporal Andrew Tracey is in a parachute rigging room. he rests his right arm on a parachute pack.)

Cpl Tracey: My name is Corporal Andrew Tracey and today we’re going to be conducting a demo of the CT-6 Free-fall parachute. This parachute is used by light infantry battalions across the Canadian Forces in all free-fall parachute descents. Today my packer is going to be Private Christine Roy.

(Private Roy inspects a parachute pack.)

Cpl Tracey: So Private Roy is going to begin her packing procedure by doing a full inspection of the pack tray and the harness. Once the inspection is completed, she is then going to do a six-line check on the parachute.

(Pte Roy moves over to the parachute canopy and inspects the lines.)

Cpl Tracey: This is to ensure that none of the lines are tangled and the parachute will deploy properly. Upon completion of the six-line check, she is then going to call the rigger for the first rigger inspection.

(A rigger moves over to Pte Roy and examines her work. He gives her a thumbs up.)

Cpl Tracey: Go ahead.

She can now proceed to the next packing phase.

(Pte Roy continues to pack the parachute in the manner that Cpl Tracey describes.)

Cpl Tracey: She places a weight on the risers and the suspension lines to ensure that all suspension lines are even when she pulls tension on the parachute. She is now stowing her brakes at 50 percent. This is to ensure the canopy is going slower when it deploys.

Once the brakes are stowed, she is now going to begin stacking her canopy. While she is stacking the canopy, she is also inspecting it for any damage, rips, tears or frays. There are seven cells and each cell is stacked one on top of the other. She is now going to ensure that all seven nose cells are clear and not sucked inside the canopy. She is now going to fold the nose towards the centre of the canopy again to reduce pack volume.

She is now going to repeat the same process with the tail of the canopy, again, folding the tail toward the centre of the canopy in order to reduce pack volume.

She is now going to bring the slider to the top and place it properly. The slider is there to reduce the opening shock of the canopy and reduce the shock on the body of the jumper when the canopy deploys.

It’s the rigger’s second inspection now. I’m going to ensure that her brakes are stowed properly. I’m then going to check that the slider is placed properly and that the canopy is stacked neatly and proper.

(Cpl Tracey kneels to examine each part of the packing job. He steps back and gestures towards Pte Roy.)

Cpl Tracey: Go ahead.

She is now folding the canopy to the proper size to fit inside the deployment bag.

She is now going to close the deployment bag using the elastic stow bands and the suspension line stows to make locking stows. This is done in a controlled S-fold manner.

These stows are going to ensure that the canopy stays in the bag until the lines are fully extended. Once the four locking stows are complete, she is then going to continue stowing her lines, again, in an S-fold pattern all the way to the risers.

She is now ensuring that the bridle of the deployment bag is clear from any material inside the deployment bag.

Once her suspension line and stows are complete, she is going to call for the rigger to come and do his third inspection.

(The rigger checks the pack.)

Cpl Tracey: Go ahead.

She is now going to place the parachute inside the pack tray and begin placing her risers down the sides of the pack tray. She is now closing the riser protector flaps. She’s now going to fully place the parachute inside the pack tray.

She is now going to close her side flaps and her bottom flaps and lock them off with temporary pins. She is now going to neatly S-fold and stow the bridle of her main pilot chute and then place the pilot chute on top.

The spring-loaded pilot chute is then compressed and placed underneath the bottom flap. She is then going to close the top flap around the pilot chute. The last flap to be closed is the automatic parachute release flap, which also contains the housing for the main rip-cord handle.

Once this flap is closed, the parachute is then locked closed with the main rip-cord handle. She is now going to apply a rigger seal to the pins of the main rip-cord handle. This rigger seal is a stamp of approval to ensure that this parachute is not tampered with during transportation.

She is now going to close up all of the flaps on her pack tray.

Every parachute that leaves this building is signed off by the person who packed the parachute as well as the rigger who did the final inspection.

The pack job is now complete.

(Pte Roy signs off on the pack.)

(The Canadian Army watermark appears onscreen, with text: “Strong. Proud. Ready.” Fade to a National Defence watermark, then a Canada watermark.)



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