Misassembled Reserve Soft Links
During a routine reserve canopy and container inspection and repack, a Federal Aviation Administration Master Rigger discovered that all of the soft links used to attach the reserve canopy’s suspension lines to the four risers were assembled incorrectly. The looped end of the soft link was slipped over the metal loop but had not first passed through the other end of the soft link and formed a lark’s head locking loop around the metal ring. Without the security of the lark’s head locking the assembly together, a soft link can come apart because the metal ring can easily slip through the loop. The rigger who discovered the error corrected the routing for each soft link following the manufacturer’s instructions. Parachute riggers must carefully follow manufacturer’s instructions for the assembly and packing of the harness and container, as well as the reserve parachute. Attention to detail is crucial for all aspects of parachute rigging.
Jim Crouch | D-16979 | USPA Director of Safety and Training