Chapter 3


The standard ripcord used today on most parachute systems consists of a metal handle, stainless steel cable, a terminal ball, and one or more pins swaged onto the cable. The handles come in various shapes and sizes. The terminal ball may be of several configurations such as a ball and shank design. The pins usually are one of two basic designs, either the elbow pin or the terminal pin. This basic configuration is used primarily on reserve and emergency parachute systems. Main ripcords may also consist of plastic handles and nylon coated cable without pins.

On modern sport parachutes, the hand deploy pilot chute replaced the conventional ripcord, by either throw-out or pull-out. These configurations use the curved or straight locking pins attached to the pilot chute bridle. [Figures 3-90 through 3-96]





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