Canopy Course in Banning 30 years ago, a parachute was simply something that you had to use to get to the ground after your freefall, so that you could pack up and go again for another skydive. Changing from round to square parachutes (really rectangle, but square by comparison) the new square parachutes were large, slow and opened properly only some of the time. Today, things have changed quite a lot in the parachute world. Advancements in design and technology have us jumping parachutes that are easily ten to twenty times faster than what was on the market 30 years ago. [...]
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Earlier this year Robbie and I had the pleasure of working with this team on a very special project. In a very big hangar at an undisclosed location somewhere in Southern California, we worked with some of the World’s Best Engineers on a project that we can’t discuss other than to say, look at the T-shirts in the back row. Two weeks of specialized parachute rigging and testing, Robbie and I were able to share our knowledge well as gain more, very unique skills in an extremely specialized industry. It was a very humbling experience to be surrounded by such brilliant [...]