On July 6, 2015 Performance Designs, Inc in DeLand, Florida issued a release urging skydivers jumping with automatic activation devices (AAD) to review the parameters their particular devices operate under, and make sure they are thoroughly understood.
From PD’s press release:
The ability to exceed activation speeds with an AAD (automatic activation device) under canopy is not a new issue. With canopy designs that are capable of higher vertical speeds, advanced landing techniques and higher wing loadings, AAD activation while under canopy is something that should be in the forefront of people’s minds.
Click the following link to view or download the entire press release: UnwantedAADactivation_July2015 – also available via PD’s website. This is indeed timely advice, and PD just written up this public service announcement as we shared a video of an AAD activation on a recent jump in Colorado. Check your stuff, yo!
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