Safety from modern, ram-air canopies for pilot emergency systems.
The concept of extending all the advantages of modern, square canopies
to pilot emergency systems was implemented in the AVIATOR. Specifically,
ram-air canopies have very fast and reliable openings -- statistically,
the opening safety of ram-air canopies is 20 times better than that of
the round canopies. These 7-cell square canopies are available in 4 different
sizes. Their landing speed is about 30% slower than a comparable round
canopy. (An AVIATOR falls at 12.1 ft./sec. compared to a 28" C9 round
canopy which falls at 18 ft/sec, given the same weight).
A primary criterion of this new gear is that any pilot can benefit from
its advantages without additional training. The steering mechanism is
constructed so that the pilot cannot get into dangerous flight situations
or positions relative to the parachute.