Chapter 2


The main risers must have an attachment location for the lanyard. In this example, a small ring is installed near the lower hardware end of the riser on the inboard side. [Figure 2-51] It is desirable to locate the ring as close to the lower end as possible so that the pivot arc of the riser does not load the lanyard. This allows the riser end of the lanyard end to be as short as possible. If there is excess lanyard, it is difficult to stow and it is possible for the lanyard to become snagged and unseated. It is important that the correct risers with attachment ring be installed. While many risers have a ring installation, not all are installed at the correct location. Consequently, the lanyard length will not match the factory dimensions. This can result in premature reserve activation when the main is deployed.

Most RSL lanyard designs have a snap shackle or similar release device mounted at the riser end of the lanyard. [Figure 2-52] This allows the user to disconnect the lanyard under certain circumstances. The most common one involves landing in high winds where the parachutist may wish to cutaway the main canopy to prevent being dragged. If the lanyard were not released, the reserve would be deployed as the main is cutaway.

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