Friday, October 19, 2018

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Keep an Eye Out | Closing-Loop Length

Keep an Eye Out | Closing-Loop Length
Monday, October 1, 2018

A senior parachute rigger received this harness and container for some work, and when he closed the rig following the repairs, he discovered that the main closing loop was more than two inches too long. The main closing pin had no tension on it at all in this configuration. He shortened the loop to the correct length and helped the owner of the rig understand why it is essential for everyone in the airplane and on the skydive to have the proper tension on the closing pin to prevent an inadvertent container opening.

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Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider

Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider
Saturday, September 1, 2018

A jumper experienced a main-parachute malfunction when the slider remained at the top of the lines after deployment and would not allow the parachute to inflate. He released the main parachute, deployed his reserve and landed safely.

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Keep an Eye Out |  Setting the Brakes

Keep an Eye Out |  Setting the Brakes
Sunday, July 1, 2018

After landing, a jumper set his brakes and left the rig for a packer. The packer noticed that the jumper had stowed the left brake incorrectly by placing the toggle through the cat’s eye above the metal guide ring, which will not secure the brake line. The brake line would have released during deployment and resulted in a spinning main parachute if the other brake remained stowed. This common packing error is easily preventable by paying attention and stowing your brakes correctly.

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Keep An Eye Out

Keep An Eye Out
Friday, June 1, 2018

A Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger found excess wear on the top and bottom of this reserve parachute closing loop during an inspection.

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Keep an Eye Out | Hung Slider

Keep an Eye Out | Hung Slider
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

While it generally does not cause a malfunction, a stuck slider can greatly affect the performance of the canopy. Following a main canopy deployment, jumpers should perform a thorough visual inspection followed by a controllability check immediately after ensuring that the airspace is clear around them. 

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