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Canopy collisions are most likely to happen in two situations: on deployment, or during the landing pattern. Recognising these scenarios and taking preventive action is the best recipe to stay out of trouble. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!
If there is a canopy below you, exit above using brake input. Distort the canopy below by stepping on the top-skin, causing it to lose altitude. Extend your legs! You must stop the canopy approaching.
Exit below with outside front riser or double front riser input. NEVER APPLY BRAKES
Speak to your Flight-1 Instructor if you have any questions.
Flight-1 Sport has produced the second safety code poster in its series for dropzones. 'How to avoid canopy collisions' explains when collisions are likely and necessary manoeuvres to avoid serious contact. They are being launched to coincide with Safety Day 2014 and the new Flight-1 103 Airmanship Canopy Course, where this topic is discussed in more detail. Flight-1 Sport have a limited number of printed posters which will be sent out, free of charge, to dropzones worldwide. Contact jo(at)flight-1.com to request a poster for your drop zone.
Brian Vacher of Flight-1 discusses Canopy Collisions and Avoidance Strategies at the BPA AGM. The above is a summary of this presentation. For the full story, watch the video.