Chapter 5


In addition to those container areas referenced under the pilot emergency system, the sport piggyback container has features unique to this configuration.

1. Check the installation of the AAD, if one is installed, making sure the stowage pockets, cutter mounts, and control unit are secure. Check that the cables are routed correctly. If they are exposed, they may get snagged during packing and damaged or disconnected. Upon completion, inspect the condition of the closing loop.

2. Check the Reserve Static Line (RSL). The RSL is not considered part of the certified reserve system, but if it is installed, the rigger is responsible for the entire RSL assembly since it is attached to the ripcord handle, cable, or housing. This includes the cable housings for tacking and security, any guide rings used, and the RSL lanyard itself. Check the release or snap shackle, if used, and any Velcro® or other positioning or locating methods. An area

frequently overlooked is the RSL attachment ring on the main risers, which are frequently replaced. [Figure 5-27] In many cases, the attachment ring does not match up to the original design. The rigger should inspect the release handle for proper cable lengths. If the design has only one riser attached to the RSL, it is imperative that the cables be trimmed to release the side opposite the lanyard first so that the reserve is not deployed before the risers are separated from the harness.

3. Check the main deployment system, of which there are three basic types in use today. The first is a ripcord similar to the pilot emergency system. The second type is the throw-out pilot chute (TOP). The third is the pull-out pilot chute (POP).

Next, inspect the main ripcord system. Check the ripcord and main pilot chute the same as with the pilot emergency system. Inspect the ripcord pocket for proper holding of the ripcord handle.

b. For throw-out pilot chutes, inspect the pilot chute fabric and mesh for holes. Check the TOP handle at the top of the pilot chute for security, paying special attention to the tape holding the handle, which is particularly prone to wear. Check the bridle attachment to the pilot chute. If it is of a centerline collapsible design, check the centerline for wear and stretch, and make sure the length of the bridle is correct. Check the curved locking pin for wear or damage as well as the tape, which attaches it to the bridle. [Figure 5-28 on page 5-16] Check the pilot chute pocket for fit and wear. Most of today’s installations are what is known as a “bottom of container” (BOC) configuration. It is particularly important that the elastic material from which the pocket is made is in good condition. A loose pocket can result in a premature deployment of the main parachute.

c. If repacking a pull-out parachute, check the pilot chute and bridle in the same manner of the throw-out parachute inspection. Check the lanyard and handle for wear.

5. If Velcro® is used on the main riser covers, be sure to check its condition. If plastic, check for breakage and deformation. If the plastic is excessively deformed, it is a sign that the covers do not fit properly and may open prematurely, causing problems.

6. For the container-closing loop, the same criteria applies as in the pilot emergency parachute. In addition, make sure the loop material is the same as specified in the owner’s manual, especially if an AAD is installed. With certain AADs, a particular type of knot and washer to be used is specified as well.

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