Chapter 5


1. As stated in the beginning of this chapter, the initial external inspection of the container should alert the rigger to any damage inside. Note any holes, abrasion, or fraying of the pack material.

2. Check the grommets for sharp edges and pulling out of the material from under the grommet. Cones should have the stitching secure. Check the plating on the cones in the area of the eye. Sharp edges can cause a cone lock. Eyelets should have the tacking secure. Snap fasteners should be securely set in the material. Check for wear and security of the opposing parts. Make sure that “pull-thedot” types are set correctly for direction. Stiffeners, both metal and plastic, should not be bent or cracked. There should be no sharp edges. Pack opening bands (POBs), if used, should be in good shape and not stretched out. Make sure the hooks are in good shape, too. On the military style POBs, it may be necessary to retack the pull tabs at the end. Metal frames, if used, should be straight. Buffers at the corners should be in good condition. Tackings, if used, should be secure.

3. The container-closing loop is an extremely important part of the container system. A worn loop may fail, which would cause a premature opening of the container. With the parachute still in a packed condition, check for the correct length. If the loop is made too long or stretched during use, the pilot chute can extend and move off center. This may result in a poor launch or a pack job that is uncomfortable for the user. After determining that the loop is of the correct material and length, check the eye(s) of the loop on the inside for wear. It is not uncommon for the loop to appear to be in good condition when viewed from the outside, but worn partially through when examined from the inside. [Figure 5-18] Many riggers simply replace the loops at each repack, regardless of the condition.


There are a number of things that need to be inspected to approve the ripcord:

1. Check the pin(s) for straightness, smoothness, cracks or other damage.
2. Check the cable for fraying, kinks, or severe bends.
3. Check the swage for wear and security. Look for signs of movement on the cable.
4. Check the handle for wear, damage, rust or abuse.

Any damage or discrepancies found during the inspection should be noted and the appropriate repair performed by a certificated and appropriately rated rigger according to the manufacturer’s instructions or approved manuals.

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