As stated before, packing is the heart of the rigging profession.
Once riggers satisfy all the necessary inspection
requirements, they may then proceed with the packing
process. This section describes a generic round parachute
packing method into a modern back type pilot emergency
system. The steps for doing this are common to most
parachutes of similar types. Once the basics are mastered,
it is a simple matter of following the manufacturer’s
instructions for other makes and models.
ROUND CANOPY INTO A PILOT EMERGENCY PARACHUTE SYSTEM
The steps for packing this type of parachute are broken
down into the following:
2. Flaking and pleating the canopy.
3. Folding the skirt and the long fold.
4. Closing the diaper and stowing the lines.
5. Skirt or diaper placement.
6. Accordion fold of the canopy into the container.
7. Closing the container.
Before beginning, the rigger must have the necessary
tools to pack the parachute. The packing manual includes
a list of tools necessary for the procedure. Figure 5-31
shows the recommended tools needed to pack the parachute
described in this section. Don’t forget to count your
tools before beginning!