Introducing the G-chute

Introducing GIN GLIDERS’ G-chute and the G-chute pocket – What is it, how’s it installed and how do you use it?

The GIN GLIDERS G-chute is an easily deployed drag parachute that reduces the g-force that occurs when making a spiral dive to reduce height.

The G-chute enables the pilot to achieve a higher rate of descent with fewer turns and less G-force.


GIN GLIDERS G-chute ready to install.

The G-chute is installed in a pocket in the harness, the riser is attached to one of the main hang point carabiners or to a dedicated connection point on the harness and only deployed to use during a spiral dive.

After the spiral, the G-chute can be killed by pulling on the middle line and stored for re-use.

Depending on glider and sink rate, a G-chute can reduce the G-force up to 30%.

The G-chute is particularly effective with high aspect ratio wings and is recommended for pilots who fly with the Genie Race series harness or similar and a competition glider.

The G-chute can be used on any harness and with any glider. Having said that, high aspect ratio gliders profit the most from the G-chute use due to their longer lines and higher resulting forces.

Installing the G-chute

Many competition and XC harnesses like the Genie Race will have a special G-chute pocket, inside which you will normally find a small dedicated maillon to connect your G-chute riser to.

Gin Gliders G-chute in Genie Race
Gin Gliders G-chute in Genie Race 4

If your harness doesn’t provide a similar dedicated pocket, you can store your G-chute in any suitable pocket of your harness and connect the G-chute to one of the main carabiners of your harness or you can use the optional GIN G-chute pocket shown below. Again, connect the riser of the G-chute to either the left or the right main carabiner.

Gin Gliders G-chute in pocket
Gin Gliders G-chute, in pocket, mounted to the front with bridle connected to the left hand side.

Flying with the G-chute – Preparation for us

Check the condition of your G-chute and other flying equipment before every flight. Prepare for launch by checking the following:

  • Is the G-chute fabric free from tears or other damage?
  • Are the lines and net free from knots, tangles or other damage?
  • Are the maillons connecting the lines and risers closed and secured?
  • Is your G-chute correctly installed in your harness or in the G-chute pocket?
  • Will you be able to reach the G-chute handle in flight to kill the chute?
  • Make sure the G-chute does not interfere with your rescue at any time

WARNING: Double check that your G-chute can’t under any circumstances interfere with your rescue parachute or your reserve handle.

Pre-deployment, Inflight check:

Check the following before you deploy your G-chute in flight:

  • Are you high enough to safely use the G-chute?
  • Are there any other aircraft near you that might get too close to you while you descend?
  • Only use the G-chute if you are in good physical and mental condition.

Deploying and using the G-chute

  • Make sure you are flying straight and level at trim speed.
  • Take the G-chute out of the G-chute pocket and release it on the side of the harness that it is connected to.
  • Release the G-chute handle so that the chute opens and causes drag.
  • Start your spiral dive on the same side to which the G-chute riser is attached. If your G-chute is connected to the left main carabiner, make sure you make the spiral dive to the left and vice-versa.
  • Get yourself used to the G-chute. Start with a moderate spiral and adjust it to your needs with the outside brake.
  • To exit the spiral, check your weight is centred (or slightly towards the outside) and progressively release the inside brake.
  • As the glider starts to exit the spiral, make sure you control any pendulum moment.
  • Once you are back in normal flight, kill the G-chute by pulling on the G-chute handle that is connected to the centre line.

Gin Gliders G-chute deployedGin Gliders G-chute in action, deployed from Genie race harness

You can now put the G-chute back into the pocket for re-use, taking care not to allow the G-chute to re-inflate when stowing.

Be aware

  • Don’t deploy the G-chute if your glider is wet or if there is any other risk that your glider might go into deep stall.
  • Don’t make the spiral dive to the opposite side of the G-chute riser attachment.
  • Don’t deploy your G-chute in any other flight state other than trim speed in straight and level flight.
  • Don’t use the G-chute on the final approach or landing.

Material stress: Even though the G-chute is designed to reduce the G-force, strong spiral dives can cause a lot of stress to your gear.

Final tip: Bent legs and a loose, spread open cocoon enhance the drag effect, reducing speed and the resulting g-force 🙂

Gin Gliders G-chute inflated
Gin Gliders G-chute inflated

© 2018 GIN GLIDERS & UK Airsports, Patrick Holmes – Published 14/11/2018, last edited 14/11/2018