How would a vented BASE canopy react to multiple line failures? Would the vents make a difference when compared to similar failures on an un-vented BASE canopy?
Apex Owner and President Todd Shoebotham had these questions a few years ago following a BASE fatality resulting from line failures. As is oftentimes the case in BASE he knew there was only one way to find out. (Hint: You've just got to send it.)
Todd was brave enough to test 4 configurations:
1. Un-vented, brakes un-stowed
2. Un-vented, brakes stowed
3. Vented, brakes stowed
4. Vented, brakes un-stowed.
The results were clear and can teach us not only about canopy design, but also how we might increase our chances of survival should we find ourselves under a failing wing.
Thank you Todd!