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05 October 2016

AUSA 2016: Airborne Systems’ Releases Hi-5 Parachute

Airborne  Systems  North  America  presents the Hi-5 as the latest  addition  to  their  line  of  High  Performance  Ram  Air  Parachutes.  The  Hi-5 demonstrates  exceptional ram  air  glide  performance  while  allowing  glide modulation  to  descend  quickly  and  land  accurately. 

The  Hi-5  has  a  remarkable  5.5:1  glide  ratio  and can  transition  to  a  1:1  glide  ratio  with  a simple  control  input  using  the  Glide  Modulation  System. Unlike  other  methods  of  angle control,  such  as  front  riser  trim  tabs, Airborne  Systems  Glide Modulation  System  does  not  increase  the  total speed  of the  canopy, providing  a  safe  transition  at  any altitude.   This  eliminates  the  need  for  multiple  spirals  or S-turns  at  low  altitude,  and  allows  for extremely  accurate  landings  using  safe  straight-in  approaches.  The  jumper  is  in  total control  of  where they  are  and  when they  arrive  on  target. In  addition  to  the  leap forward  in glide  ratio  technology, the  Hi-5 is  also  easy  to  maintain  and  handle for a jumper,  and  very  intuitive  to  pack  for  a rigger.  The  Hi-5  bridges  the  gap  between  the Intruder/RA-1 (shown below at AUSA 2016) and  our Hi-Glide  parachutes,  providing  a  wing  with a high  glide,  accurate  landings, and the ability to descend into tight areas safely.