(1) Partial inversion of canopy. A partial
be stopped by slipping the canopy. The canopy slipping
inversion will increase the rate of descent 2 to 3 feet per
technique is performed by pulling the two front risers
second. The skirt of a partially inverted canopy forms a
down to a point where the suspension line connector links
are at shoulder level. The oscillating effect should now
stop. Allow the risers to return to original position slowly.
A partial inversion of the canopy is not
Never hold a slip below an altitude of
considered a serious situation.
(3) Changing direction. To change the
direction of the parachute descent may be accomplished
any direction by pulling on the riser located on the side of
the desired direction change. However, slipping the
canopy to change direction is a difficult maneuver and
should not be attempted except to avoid an obstacle or
when making an attempt to reach a clear landing area.
Figure 2-16. Partial Inversion of the Canopy.
Do not attempt to stop oscillation below
an altitude of 200 feet as slipping will
increase the rate of descent in addition
to requiring exertion of extra strength,
thereby tensing the body and resulting
Figure 2-17. How to Make Body Turns and Change
in a poor landing position.
(2) Stopping oscillation. Oscillation is a
motion of swinging back and forth like a pendulum and
usually occurs during parachute descent. Oscillation can