My flight this evening was one for the Dumb Chute File. .....I noticed that the reserve container had partially opened when I was flying over the field at 500 feet. Tom and I had been talking about repacking the reserve last night and I guess I didn't put it back together properly after we opened it up to check the safety pins. Dumb Sh*t .... The reserve is going back on my pre-flight check list!
I almost didn't fly. The first burp was that the key had been left on, draining the starter battery..... I had the emergency battery. Then the winds were strong from the WSW, making for a sharp cross wind take off. After 15 minutes and some kiting the breeze started to moderate so I laid out and launched without drama. The air was pretty bumpy but above 150 feet it was warm and the sky was beautiful. A couple of times I got into some good lift and was able to climb with the Generac at idle.
The spell was broken when I glanced down and saw the reserve flapping in the breeze. Even though the Velcro grabbed right away I immediately turned back and landed. Total airtime was 30 minutes and it should have been over an hour.