The unique design of Houston generates asymmetrical air flow of the convex sides of the canopy, thereby receiving an ascending forced optimised profile. This results to a horizontal speed after opening which creates a lift and significantly improves the sink rate.
The pilot can steer the parachute through the system of handles and can avoid potential obstacles during the descent. An emergency landing field can be precisely approached with a glide ratio of app. 1:1,5.
Without use of the steering handles the rescue works like any other classic rescue parachute. There are no disadvantages for the HOUSTON compared with conventional square shape canopies. The rescue system HOUSTON opens and works without pre-braking and therefore the system remains very easy to handle and is reliable.
The packing of the HOUSTON is not more time-consuming or more complex than for a normal square shape canopy.
HOUSTON 160 is suitable for heavier powered pilots. Max. load 160 kg by sink rate 4,8 m/s.
|Number of lines/panels||18/16||22/20|
|Pilot weight max.||[kg]||125||160|
|Min. recommended load||[m/s]||60||80|
|Sink rate at max. load||[m/s]||4,5||4,8|
Always choose a correct size of the rescue system. Nowadays it is fashionable to use the smallest and lightest rescue parachutes. Very often, the pilot is on the top of the certified weight range and sometimes above it. Remember that its theoretical rate of descent is calculated for sea level. The rate of descent will be much higher at 2,500 m. If the landing area is not ideal, the consequences of hard landing could be severe.
For it to open reliably, perfect and regular packing is essential. To assure this it is important to air and repack the reserve every 4 months. If the reserve is damp you must air and repack it as the material may “stick“.
After test and emergency openings, mechanical damage or after 2 years a thorough check must be made. Even used correctly the material can be prone to damage.
Packing yourself: please only pack the reserve yourself, if you really know how to do this! We very often get “self packed“ reserves that would never have opened up in an emergency case.
If you pack the reserve yourself, please use the producers rubber rings and renew them with each packing.
Fitting of the harness has to be done according to the harness’ operating instructions. Even better - leave it to the profesionals.