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We shared this photo on our Facebook page yesterday, which sparked a great deal of discussion and comments. Some of them spot on, some of them incorrect or based on misunderstandings of what is going on.
Photo by Keith Creedy
The container in question is a Vector, so we contacted UPT to get some advice and tips specific to this rig straight from the manufacturer. Below is their response.
“We are happy to hear that the jumper landed uneventful after the pilot chute in tow!
Here are our observations from the photo:
The main side flap location and grommet offset is correct.
The UPT Vector 3 container is designed and constructed to have the top 2 main grommets offset. This allows a low profile and better pin protection, allows the main pin cover to close correctly, and cosmetically the container will look as designed. The correct offset is as pictured, with the binding tapes stacked touching the edge of the grommet.
The main bridle routing is not as per current UPT recommendations
UPT recommends routing the main bridle from the bottom up. What is pictured is the alternate older routing. The change was made in an effort to reduce the risk of bridle piercing.
Closing loop tension is unknown
When packing and/or jumping the container, care must always be taken to ensure that loop tension is sufficient to not allow the main closing pin to accidentally dislodge. Proper loop length, proper canopy configuration, and attention towards storage and use, all play into this matter.
It appears that the eye of the main pin has become trapped inside the main closing loop, from one of the following hypothetical scenarios:
- Accidentally pushing the pin too far through the main loop during closing of the container.
This has been observed and reported on rare occasions in the past, and has generally been caught on pre-jump inspections of the gear
- Excess bridle incorrectly routed under the main pin, causing the pin to instantly flip to a standing position during deployment which allows the main loop to slide over the eye. This is a very unlikely scenario, although possible in theory and with some practical application.
Either scenario is preventable by utilizing correct methods during packing, and performing gear checks prior to jumping.
Please refer to the Vector 3 container manual p. 60-61 for current main closing method and bridle routing for the Vector 3 container.
Love ’em or hate ’em – Tube Stows have been around in the skydiving community for a long time. The tubular (hollow) elastic bands have been popular for their durability. Sun Path Products, Inc have now taken over manufacturing – more information in the press release below.
Download or view the Sun Path Products, Inc Tube Stows Press Release.
Advanced Aerospace Designs, manufacturer of the Vigil AAD unit, has released a new service bulletin. This affects cutters manufactured between March 2015 and July 2015.
This service bulletin comes about due to a report of a severed closing loop. Inspection determined that a rough edge inside a cutter abraded the loop, causing it to fail.
The status of this bulletin is mandatory. Affected cutters must be returned to Advanced Aerospace Designs or Vigil America for inspection. Following inspection, cutters will be replaced or returned to each skydiver with an identifying blue paint dot placed on top of the cutter, indicating that it has passed inspection.
- For equipment with cutter located ABOVE the pilot chute, inspection must be completed PRIOR TO THE NEXT JUMP.
- For equipment with cutters not located above the pilot chute, inspection must be completed AT NEXT RESERVE REPACK.
For a complete list of serial numbers and instructions, read or download the entire bulletin: Vigil PSB 01-2015. The bulletin contains a link to form on the Vigil website, that the owners of affected units can use to begin inspection proceedings.