Monday, January 17, 2022
Menu

News

Keep an Eye Out | Misconfigured Soft Links
Top News | Jan 07, 2022
Keep an Eye Out | Misconfigured Soft Links

USPA Staff

While a rigger was helping a jumper change a main closing loop, he noticed that the Precision Aerodynamics soft links on the main parachute’s risers were installed improperly. According to the manufacturer, the soft link should loop through the lines and riser three times, then pass through the metal ring and be secured to it via a lark’s head knot. This jumper had simply looped the links over the rings without using a lark’s head knot and had looped them through the risers only twice (like a different manufacturer of soft links requires).

Although the jumper had made about 100 incident-free jumps with the links incorrectly configured, the mistake made the links weaker than the manufacturer’s standard, and they also could have become disconnected during a violent opening since the rings were not secured with a knot. Jumpers should always look up instructions from the manufacturer when installing equipment that is new to them, because different products require different methods of installation to work properly.

Rate this article:
No rating
Print

Number of views (286)/Comments (0)

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment