OWNER`S MANUAL AND PACKING

OWNER`S MANUAL AND PACKING
OWNER’S MANUAL AND PACKING INSTRUCTIONS
Para-Phernalia, Inc.
19018 59th Drive N.E.
Arlington, WA 98223
Voice: 360-435-7220 * Fax: 360-435-7272
www.softieparachutes.com
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WARNING !
1.
Training and/or experience are required to lower the risk of serious bodily injury or death.
NEVER use this equipment unless you have:
A. Read the warning label and completed a “controlled
program of instruction” in the use of this parachute
assembly.
- OR -
B. Read the warning label and all appropriate owners / flight
manuals, packing instructions.
2. Lower the risk of death, serious injury, canopy damage
and hard openings by never exceeding the limits shown
on the TSO label.
Warning labels, serial numbers, and placard information may be
found in the following locations:
Ram-air parachute- center cell top skin at trailing edge.
Circular reserve canopies- rear panel.
Harness/container system- TSO label.
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DISCLAIMER - NO WARRANTY
Because of the unavoidable danger associated with the use of the parachute system,
the manufacturer makes NO WARRANTY, either expressed or implied. The system is
sold with all faults and without any warranty of fitness for any purpose. Manufacturer
also disclaims any liability in tort of damages, direct or consequential, including personal injuries resulting from a defect in design, material, workmanship or manufacturing
whether caused by negligence on the part of the manufacturer or otherwise. By using
this system, or allowing it to be used by others, the buyer WAIVES any liability of or by
the manufacturer for personal injuries or other damages arising from such use.
If the buyer declines to waive liability on the part of the manufacturer, buyer may obtain a full refund of the purchase price by returning the system, before it is used, to the
manufacturer within 15 days of the date of the original receipt of said system with a letter stating the reason for its return.
WARNING !
You can substantially reduce risk by assuring that each component of the system has
been assembled and packed in strict compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions,
by obtaining proper instruction in the use of this system, and by operating each component of the system in strict compliance with owner’s manual. However, parachute
systems sometimes fail to operate properly even when properly designed, assembled,
packed and operated so that you risk serious injury or death each time you use the system.
Do Not Purchase or use any parachute equipment designed, manufactured or sold by
Para-Phernalia, Inc. unless you fully understand and voluntarily accept these risks.
Do Not Purchase or use any parachute equipment designed, manufactured or sold by
Para-Phernalia, Inc. unless you agree to read completely, understand and follow all
manufacturers instructions, recommendations, requirements and limitations.
Do Not Purchase or use any parachute equipment designed, manufactured or sold by
Para-Phernalia, Inc. unless you have fully read , understand and accept this “Disclaimer
- No Warranty - Waiver”
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Owner’s Record
Name:___________________________________________
Street:___________________________________________
City, State, Zip:____________________________________
Country:_________________________________________
Softie Model:_____________________________________
Serial Number:____________________________________
Date of Manufacture:________________________________
Date of Purchase:__________________________________
Canopy Mfg.
Model and Serial Number:___________________________
Date of Manufacture:_______________________________
Date of Purchase:__________________________________
Note:
1. Serial numbers for both Softie and Canopy can be found as described in the Warning Placard
found on page 1 of this manual.
2. If you receive your Softie assembled and packed by either the manufacturer or a properly
licensed Parachute Rigger, you will find the appropriate information listed on the Packing Data
Card located in the pocket on the TSO label in the open area between the backpad and the top of
the Softie container just behind the wearers neck.
3. The Packing Data card is your key to properly planning your repack schedule and requirements. Refer to Section 2.1.3 of this manual, for further information regarding these requirements.
4. A separate copy of this page should be kept on file by the owner. Do not complete the form
above until you have fully read and understand the instructions, policies and limitations contained in this manual.
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Table of Contents
Warning Placard ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1
Disclaimer - No Warranty- Warning------------------------------------------------------------ 2
Waiver ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2
Owner’s Record ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3
Table of Contents ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4
Customer Service Policy and Limits ---------------------------------------------------------- 5
1.0 General Information ---------------------------------------------------------------- 6
1.1 Ally in the Sky ------------------------------------------------------------- 7
1.2 SOFTIE letter of TSO authorization --------------------------------- 9
1.3 SOFTIE TSO authorization ------------------------------------------- 10
1.4 Service Life --------------------------------------------------------------- 10
1.5 Rigger qualifications ---------------------------------------------------- 10
1.6 SOFTIE parts list -------------------------------------------------------- 11
2.0 User Information ------------------------------------------------------------------- 12
2.1 Pre-flight procedures ---------------------------------------------------- 13
2.1.3 180 day maintenance ------------------------------------------------- 13
2.2 Wearing the SOFTIE ---------------------------------------------------- 14
2.3 Rig cleaning --------------------------------------------------------------- 16
3.0 Compatibility of Components --------------------------------------------------- 18
3.1 Canopy compatibility ---------------------------------------------------- 19
3.2 Volume ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 19
3.3 SOFTIE volume chart --------------------------------------------------- 19
3.4 Optimum canopy selection -------------------------------------------- 19
3.5 Canopy volume chart --------------------------------------------------- 20
3.6 Deployment type --------------------------------------------------------- 21
3.7 Deployment bag and bridle -------------------------------------------- 21
3.8 Industry weight / deployment speed limitations ------------------ 22
4.0 Rigger Information ----------------------------------------------------------------- 24
4.1 Parachute assembly inspection forms ------------------------------ 25-27
4.2 Round canopy packing instructions --------------------------------- 28
4.3 Assembly ------------------------------------------------------------------- 29
4.4 SOFTIE closing loop lengths ------------------------------------------ 30
4.5 Flaking and folding the canopy --------------------------------------- 30-33
4.6 Placing parachute in container ---------------------------------------- 33
4.7 SOFTIE Back -------------------------------------------------------------- 33
4.8 SOFTIE Wedge ----------------------------------------------------------- 33-45
4.9 SOFTIE Seat (Standard Flat) ----------------------------------------- 45-50
4.10 SOFTIE Seat Pack (Wedge) ---------------------------------------- 51-55
4.11 SOFTIE Seat Pack (S-1 Wedge) ------------------------------------ 56-60
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Para-Phernalia, Inc.
Customer Service Policy and Limits
Harness and Containers
Para-Phernalia, Inc. (PPI) will provide at no charge, repair service for repairs determined to be
the resultant from defects in material or workmanship for a period of SIX MONTHS from the
DATE OF RECEIPT OF PRODUCT. Date of receipt and proof of purchase must be supplied to
PPI by the customer with the item in order to be repaired free of charge.
Service Bulletins
PPI will perform all MANDATED Service Bulletins repairs or modifications due to SAFETY
concerns free of charge. A fair market charge will be made for recommended Service Bulletin
repairs or modifications.
Unauthorized Modifications/Alterations
PPI will charge for repair service when the damage is determined to be caused by unauthorized
assembly, packing, modification, alteration or shipping of PPI products. PPI also reserves the
right to refuse to repair any product so handled.
Improper Use or Abuse
PPI will charge for repairs that result from improper use, or from abuse such as exposure to
chemicals, saltwater, improper washing, improper packing, excessive exposure to sunlight, or
negligence on the part of the user.
Product Limitations
PPI reserves the right to refuse to service equipment for which material and / or manufacturing
patterns and specifications no longer exist.
Shipping of Returns for Repairs
Articles sent in for repair should be sent in with all original components as purchased from PPI.
PPI may request and require additional information pertaining to the components sent. PPI will
not be responsible for compatibility of components not sent with system for repair and or evaluation.
Replacement Parts - Recommendations
PPI will recommend replacement of harness and container component parts based on inspection
when safety is a factor due to normal wear and tear or maintenance of the product.
Product Improvement
Product improvements are available as a cost option to customers.
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1.0 General Information
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1.1 Ally in the Sky:
Your Pilot Emergency Parachute
by: Dan Tarasievich
President, Para-Phernalia, Inc.
There is no question that a parachute can save
your life during an emergency bailout situation.
But, before you strap on that life-saving device,
you need to familiarize yourself with your system. It is important to insure the proper fit of a
system, know how to store the system, familiarize yourself with riggers who will maintain your
system on the ground, and understand how to
use the system in an emergency situation.
The size of a parachute is very important. Your
parachute system should be a size that can handle your weight, and not specifically the stated
size of the parachute canopy. Some of today’s
24’ and 26’ canopies will descend at a slower
rate than the older and larger military parachutes. The correct size is absolutely mandatory
when insuring safety.
Another important factor in familiarizing yourself with your system is knowing how to store
the parachute. The longevity of your parachute
is your responsibility and is almost entirely dependent on the proper maintenance and storage.
When not in use store the parachute in a bag in
a well ventilated area away from direct exposure
to sunlight, oils, and or acids. If you find that
your parachute has come in contact with any
unsafe conditions including wetness, have it
inspected by a qualified riggerr immediately
While on the ground, besides good storage
habits, get to know your parachute rigger. If
you don’t have a local rigger get referrals from
a fellow pilot or the manufacturer of your
system. Make sure that the rigger is familiar
with your parachute system and has the proper
packing and instructions manual before having
it repacked. At the time of the repack ask your
rigger to go over your parachute with you. Put
it on and pull the ripcord. This will insure
your awareness of the force it requires. (A
22 pound pull is all that the TSO allows.)
Establish a preflight routine of inspecting
your parachute. The condition of the parachute can be directly related to your safety.
A small oversight could create a safety
hazard. Check the fabric for stains or wear
and mildew. Inspect the hardware to be
sure snaps function properly and check for
corrosion. Look for fraying or knicks in the
webbing and inspect for broken or missing
stitches. Do a pin check on the ripcord by
lifting the pin protector flap and making sure
the pins are straight, and extend through the
closing loop at least 1/2” inch. Make sure
that the handle extracts from the pocket
easily. There should be no kinks or dents
in the housing. Finally inspect the packing
data card. Check the last date of the inspection and repack. FAA regulations require a
parachute in use to have been packed within
the last 180 days. This preflight routine is
mandatory to maintain the safety of your
parachute.
During an emergency is not a good time to
start thinking about emergency procedures.
Plan in advance and know the three most
important variables in the decision to leave
your aircraft: attitude, altitude, and airspeed.
Attitude is not only the attitude of your
aircraft but also your personal attitude can
effect your egress. A tumbling aircraft can
be difficult to exit. Altitude is important
because a higher altitude means a better
chance of having a fully deployed parachute
before impact. A general rule of thumb is if
you have pack opening above 1000 ft. AGL,
you will have a fully deployed parachute
before hitting the ground. Airspeed will also
determine your exit. 100 MPH is ideal for a
fast parachute opening, however if you can
trade off airspeed for altitude do so.
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The primary cause of most unsuccessful bailouts are waiting too long to make the decision
to bailout and not being prepared. Using your
parachute is most obviously your last option.
Be familiar with your particular aircraft escape
procedures and practice them often until they are
second nature. You must be able to react instantly to save valuable time, altitude, and your life.
If you don’t have an emergency egress procedure for your aircraft the best time to develop
one is before your next flight.
Once you have exited the aircraft, you will most
likely be tumbling. The most important thing
to do is pull the ripcord immediately and throw
it away. It takes approximately 2-3 seconds
for the parachute to fully deploy. Altitude used
for complete deployment at terminal velocity
is approximately 300-500 feet. That is not the
altitude to initiate emergency procedures, but the
distance required for deployment and opening.
Once the parachute is open, it is time to think
about steering. Guiding an open parachute
safely to the ground is a two fold operation.
The newer parachutes on the market today are
steerable and they have control toggles installed
on each riser. To turn left, pull down on the left
toggle and to turn right pull down on the right
toggle. The forward speed of a round parachute
is approximately 3-5 MPH and the 360 degree
turn rate is about 6-10 seconds. First, use this
forward speed and control of heading to maneuver away from any life threatening obstacles
such as power lines or water hazards. Second,
use the forward speed of the canopy to reduce
ground speed at landing; by facing the canopy
into the wind. Your rate of decent will increase
during a turn, be careful not to make radical
turns below 100 ft. AGL. Make only small corrections below that altitude to maintain heading.
Square parachutes have a much higher turn rate,
faster forward speed and are more manuverable.
They require that you face into the wind and
flare (similar to an aircraft) for landing. Handled properly they land much softer than a round
parachute.
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Landing is the final act in the bailout and it
is important to follow these instructions in
order to avoid injury. Steer into the wind
and don’t attempt any radical turns below
100ft. Look out towards the horizon and
hold your knees and feet together tightly.
Keep your knees slightly bent with your toes
pointed down. Put your arms above your
head holding on to the risers and as you contact the ground, roll in the direction you are
moving when you land.
Try to avoid obstacles if possible. If you are
going to land in a tree or power lines keep
your knees and feet together and present
the smallest possible profile to the obstacle.
Also, turn your face to the side. In the event
of a water landing, prepare for a regular
landing except land downwind so your parachute will land out in front of you and not on
top of you. Unfasten the leg and chest straps
and swim upwind away from the parachute
so as not to get entangled in the lines. If you
land during high winds, after landing roll
onto your back and deflate the parachute by
pulling in one; or two adjacent lines hand
over hand to spill the air from and collapse
the canopy. Also jettison the parachute
harness and cover the parachute as to not
re-inflate it. There is a lot to remember in a
bailout so it is important that you plan ahead
and review your plan of action in case of an
emergency.
Parachute systems may seem like expensive
cushions that we carry needlessly on our
back or sit on without regard. That cushion,
however is a highly specialized life saving
device and is vitally important to your air
safety. Get to know your parachute system
and soon you will realize what an ally that
cushion can be and why you should never
leave the ground without it.
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1.2 Softie Letter of TSO Authorization
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1.3 SOFTIE TSO Certification
The SOFTIE harness and container systems are approved under FAA TSO-C23b, Standard Category and certified for use in a variety of weight and speed combinations. Use limitations will
depend on the canopy weight and speed limitations and the TSO category under which canopy
certification was achieved. See section 3.8 for information concerning limitations of the canopy
which has been assembled with the users SOFTIE. For questions regarding limitations and certifications consult a qualified FAA Rigger or call Para-Phernalia, Inc. at 360-435-7220 or FAX at
360-435-7272. Monday - Thursday 07:00 - 17:00 Pacific Time (GMT -8).
1.4 SERVICE LIFE
Independent testing of aged nylon materials has proven that its strength degrades over time,
therefore, Para-Phernalia, Inc. and Free Flight Enterprises have established a 20-year service life
from the date of component manufacture for the Softie Pilot Emergency System and the Preserve
line of emergency parachutes.
1.5 Rigger Qualifications
In order to pack and maintain this parachute system, the FAA Senior or Master Rigger - or foreign equivalent - must possess an appropriate rating endorsement to their certificate. All SOFTIE
models require a Back rating except the Seat model which requires a Seat rating endorsement.
Because the Back models are also certified compatible with ramair parachutes when assembled
with the Para-Phernalia ramair parachute deployment bag, the Rigger should be appropriately
trained in the assembly and packing of these canopies prior to certifying the Softie for emergency
use.
FAR 65.129 - No certificated parachute rigger may (e)
Pack, maintain, or alter a parachute in any manner that deviates from the procedures approved by an FAA administrator OR the manufacturer of the parachute; or (f)
Exercise the privileges of his certificate and type rating unless he understands the current manufacturer’s instructions for the operation involved.
Note:
ANYONE who circumvents Para-Phernalia, Inc., assembly and packing instructions, or the
packing instructions of the manufacturer of any of the component parts assembled with the Softie
harness and container system, is in violation of FAR Part 65.129 and is therefore performing an
illegal procedure.
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1.6 SOFTIE
Parts list
QUANTITY
DESCRIPTION
1 HARNESS/CONTAINER ASSEMBLY
1 SOFTIE RIPCORD - BACK (OR)
1 SOFTIE RIPCORD - SEAT
1 FREEBAG AND BRIDLE (SQUARE CANOPY ONLY)
1 PILOT CHUTE BRIDLE
2 STEERING LOOPS - (OR)
2 SQUARE CANOPY STEERING LOOPS (SQUARE CANOPY ONLY)
1 SAFETY STOW LOOP (SQUARE CANOPY ONLY)
1 CLOSING LOOP
1 PILOT CHUTE GROMMET STRAP
1 OWNER’S MANUAL AND PACKING INSTRUCTIONS
1 PILOT CHUTE - SUPPLIED ONLY WITH SOFTIE PURCHASED COMPLETE WITH PARACHUTE DIRECT FROM MANUFACTURER. PARA-PHERNALIA SUPPLIES COMPLETE SOFTIES WITH THE NATIONAL PARACHUTE INDUSTRIES - 357 MAGNUM PILOT CHUTE (OR EQUIVELENT). ONLY PILOTCHUTES
WITH SIX (6) INCH DIAMETER BASE AND CAP ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE
SOFTIE SYSTEM.
NO SUBSTITUTION OF COMPONENT PARTS IS AUTHORIZED
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2.0 User Information
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2.1 Pre-flight Procedures
The Softie harness and container system is designed, tested, manufactured and delivered according to the highest possible industry standards. It is up to the owner to maintain it in top
condition. Below are certain areas that you and/or your rigger should check on a regular basis to
ensure proper operation and long life of your equipment.
2.1.1 Before Each Flight You Should Check:
1.
Ripcord and housing for tackings, damage, proper seating and / or obstructions.
2.
Ripcord pins, cable, handle and pocket for proper seating, wear and / or damage.
3.
All harness webbing and hardware for wear or damage.
Note:
If any wear or unusual condition is found, consult Para-Phernalia, Inc. or a
qualified parachute rigger immediately!
2.1.2 After Putting Your Rig On, Check:
1. 2. 3.
Ripcord handle secure in its pocket.
Chest strap is properly threaded and running end secured
Leg straps are properly threaded and running ends are stowed.
2.1.3 180 Day Maintenance
FAA Regulations require that: If you wear a parachute while operating an aircraft in US airspace
or allow a passenger to wear a parachute while you are operating an aircraft in US airspace;
which has not been certified as airworthy by an appropriately certificated FAA Senior or Master
Rigger, you are in violation of the pertinent FAA Regulations.
NOTE:
In countries other than the United States the routine maintenance and repack interval shall be in
accordance with the pertinent regulations or 1 year (whichever is shortest).
During original assembly and packing and / or recertification, your rigger should thoroughly
inspect your Softie to ensure that all components are in airworthy condition. This inspection
should include but is not limited to:
1.
Pilot chute, grommet strap, bridle and tackings, (deployment bag and safety stow if square canopy is employed),
2.
Canopy fabric and lines (including orientation and continuity check).
3.
Connector links tight.
4.
Ripcord pocket secure.
5.
Harness and container (including ripcord housing and tackings, and ripcord assembly) in good airworthy condition.
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2.1.4 Major Alterations / Repair
Para-Phernalia, Inc. does NOT authorize major alterations or repairs to the Softie harness and
container system. Any major alterations or repairs must be made by the manufacturer or a designated representative. Contact Para-Phernalia, Inc. at 360-435-7220 for the name of a properly
certificated FAA Master Rigger in your area.
2.2 Wearing the SOFTIE
There are five points of adjustment on the SOFTIE harness
1.
Shoulder adapters (two): Factory preset at medium adjustment. should be adjusted prior to donning the harness.
2. Chest strap (one): With either adjustable v-ring and snap hardware or thread through adapters.
3. Leg straps (2): With either v-ring and snap hardware or thread through adapters.
Note:
Conventional Harness: The pad on the left side of the conventional harness is designed to prevent the chest strap from being threaded through the ripcord handle. When threading the chest
strap with the buckle on the right side of the harness, be aware that improper threading could
result in it being impossible to pull the ripcord. See photo 2.1
Aerobatic Harness: The SOFTIE is also available with an Aerobatic harness option. In this
configuration, no chest strap is present but the same cautions regarding ripcord handle involvement when making harness connections apply. See photo 2.2
2.1 Conventional Harness
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2.2.1 Fit
Your SOFTIE should be, above all else, comfortable. But, the real reason any pilot or passenger in an aircraft is wearing a parachute is
in case an emergency bailout becomes necessary. If that should happen, the person using
the parachute will reduce the risk of problems
during egress and opening if the harness is
worn snugly around the body. Take the time
to properly adjust the fit of your Softie whether for yourself or for a less experienced passenger. The following steps should be taken
to insure proper fit.
Putting on the Conventional
Harness
1. Place the harness over the shoulders and
hold each of the two (2) leg strap snaps
snugly at each hip. If the main lift webbing is
correctly adjusted, the shoulder adapters will
sit just in front of the shoulder below the collarbone. The wearer should be able to stand
erect and the container should not sit low on
the back.
2. If necessary, remove the SOFTIE to make
any adjustments to the shoulder adapters and
be sure to stow any additional riser exposed
during adjustment.
3. With the SOFTIE back on your shoulders
bend forward and grasp the bottom of the
container; raising the container so that it rests
high on the back.
4. Reach between your legs and take hold of
one of the leg straps.
5. Identify that it is either left or right. Remove any twists and fasten the leg strap
v-ring adapter to the appropriate snap. The
snap should “Snap” shut. Be sure that no
clothing or other obstructions are caught in
the snap.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the opposite leg
strap.
7. Now stand erect and fasten the chest strap;
either with the thread through buckle or with
snap and adjustable v-ring. Tighten the chest
strap but not so much as to distort the main
lift webbing. Stow any free-end excess in the
elastic band.
8. Reach down and grasp both leg strap free
ends and tighten the leg straps. Stow any
excess leg strap free-end in the elastic keeper.
Snug while standing erect is sufficient.
When you sit down in the aircraft the harness will now feel loose and comfortable.
Putting on the “A” Harness
1. Place the harness over your shoulders and
hold each of the leg strap loops at each hip.
If the main lift webbing is adjusted correctly,
the shoulder adapters will sit in front of your
shoulder just under the collarbone.
2. If necessary, remove the SOFTIE to make
any adjustment to the shoulder adapters. To
make the main lift web longer - pull about 1”
of the riser webbing out of the riser protector
(velcro) flap and extend it thru the shoulder
adapters. To make the main lift web shorter
- run the main lift webbing up thru the shoulder adapters and stow the excess in the riser
protector (velco) flaps.
3. With the SOFTIE back on your shoulders
bend forward and grasp the bottom of the
container, raising the container so that it rests
high on the back.
4. Reach between your legs and take hold of
the left leg strap, remove any twists.
5. Bring the left leg strap between your legs
and thread it thru the loop on your left hip
(inside to out), then continue across your
chest to the snap on the right side of your
chest.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the right leg
strap. The harness configuration should look
as it does in Photo 2.2 (cont.)
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Putting on the “A” Harness (cont.)
2.3 Rig Cleaning - CORDURA®
7. Stand erect and tighten the harness by pulling on the ends of the harness webbing. Stow
any excess webbing in the elastic keepers.
8. When you sit down the harness will feel
much looser due to the geometry of the “A”
harness. When seated in the aircraft snug up
the harness and restow the excess webbing.
If you have any questions regarding proper fit
consult a qualified rigger or parachute dealer or
call Para-Phernalia, Inc. at 360-435-7220. Or
FAX at 360-435-7272.
Note:
These cleaning tips are for container only
and are to be used for spot cleaning only.
Para-Phernalia, Inc. does not recommend
attempting to clean major stains without the
assistance of a qualified rigger. Furthermore
Para-Phernalia, Inc. does not in any way
recommend the end user attempt to clean the
harness or the parachute components of the
Softie system.
Table IV - CORDURA
Recommended Stain Removal
Methods*
STAIN
Coffee, Fruit Juice, Milk, Soft Drinks,
Tea, Tabasco Sauce, Wine, Urine
Detergent1 /blot/water/blot
Ketchup, Chocolate, Blood
Mustard
Detergent/blot/ammonia2/blot/water/blot
Detergent/blot/vinegar3/blot/water/blot
Spicy mustard (turmeric), Kool-Aid®
Solvent4/blot/detergent/blot/vinegar/blot/water/
blot
Solvent4/blot/detergent/blot/vinegar/blot/water/
blot
Freeze with ice cube/ scrape/solvent/blot/
detergent/blot/ water/blot
Paint remover5/blot/solvent/blot/detergent/blot/
ammonia/blot/vinegar/blot/water/blot
Seek the help of a professional upholstery
cleaner
Cooking oil, Crayon, Lipstick,
Mayonnaise, Motor oil, Shoe polish
Chewing gum
Furniture polish, Permanent Ink
Furniture polish, Shoe polish
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REMOVAL METHOD
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Notes on Cleaning Agents
The following procedures should be used with
all cleaning agents. A clean, white cloth dampened with the recommended cleaning agent
should be used in an inconspicuous place to
test for colorfastness. Optimum cleaning will
be achieved by not overwetting the cloth and
by turning it frequently to keep it clean. Rings
can be avoided by working from the outer edge
of the spot toward the center. This process
should be repeated until the spot is removed or
there is no further transfer to the cloth.
Detergent - One teaspoon neutral powder detergent (e.g. Tide or All) in 1 pint warm water.
Note:
Oily and greasy stains — In addition to the
recommended method, some stains (e.g.
perspiration/body oils) respond well to dry
cleaners such as “HOST” (Racine Industries), “CAPTURE” (Milliken) and “K2R”
(Texize). Carefully follow directions on the
label.
* Recommendations based on fabrics
finished with Du Pont Teflon® WBC Soil
and Stain Repellent for CORDURA®. The
methods were effective on stains that were
allowed to sit untreated overnight. Removal
is usually easier when stains are cleaned immediately.
Ammonia - A 3% solution.
2
Vinegar - White vinegar or a 10% acetic acid
solution
3
Solvent - Dry cleaning fluid - preferably 1.1.1
trichlorethane
4
Paint remover - Paint remover with no oil in
it.
5
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3.1 Canopy Compatibility
In order to determine whether a particular
canopy is compatible with a Softie harness/
container assembly, there are several requirements that have to be met. They are volume,
deployment type, TSO certification, and
placard limitations.
3.2 Volume
The volume of a canopy is determined by using the standard Parachute Industry Association
(PIA) volume measurement as determined by
PIA technical standard 104 in its most current
edition. By cross referencing this measurement
to Para-Phernalia, Inc. Container Volume chart,
section 3.5, compatibility may be determined.
3.3 Softie Volume Chart
SOFTIE Model
Minimum Volume
Maximum Volume
180 Back (Micro)
275 / 4506400 / 6555
240 Back (Mini)375 / 6145525 / 8603
275 Back (Mini)475 / 7784700 / 11471
180 Wedge (Micro Wedge) 275 / 4506400 / 6555
240 Wedge (Mini Wedge)375 / 6145525 / 8603
275 Wedge (Mini Wedge475 / 7784700 / 11471
180 Seat (Seat)375 / 6145525 / 8603
240 Seat (Seat)375 / 6145525 / 8603
275 Seat (Seat)475 / 7784700 / 11471
180 Chair (Long Micro)
275 / 4506400 / 6555
240 Chair (Long)375 / 6145525 / 8603
275 Chair (Long)475 / 7784700 / 11471
Original550 / 9013
825 / 13520
Note:
Volume references are in cubic inches / cubic centimeters (cm)
1 cubic inch = 16.387 cubic centimeters
3.4 Optimum Canopy Selection
A large percentage of Softies are delivered
complete, packed, and ready to use in your
aircraft. However because an FAA licensed
Parachute Rigger is authorized to “mix and
match” approved components, there are many
different parachutes which may be assembled
with and which will fit in each of the many
styles and sizes of Softie containers offered by
Para-Phernalia, Inc. The name of each Softie
container is based on the maximum allowable
suspended weight of the canopy which best
fits in that style and size. Example: Back 240 assembled and packed with a Free Flight Enterprises - Preserve 1A provides optimum pack density
and has a maximum suspended weight of 240 lbs
with a maximum deployment speed of 150 knots.
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3.5 Canopy Volume Chart
Note:
The volume references in this table are furnished by voluntary testing on the
part of members of the Parachute Industry Association in accordance with
PIA Technical Standard 104. Due to variations in materials and design, these
volumes are subject to change without notice and can in no way guarantee
any accuracy in regards to your specific canopy. Generally speaking these
volumes will be accurate only to within about 20%.
Manufacturer
Free Flight Enterprise
Flight Concepts
International/ Glide Path International
National Parachute
Industries Para-Flite
Performance Designs
Precision Aerodynamics
Strong Enterprises
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Model
Amigo 134
Amigo 152
Amigo 172
Amigo 206
Preserve 1A
Preserve III
Preserve V
Firelite Reserve
Fury Reserve
Maverick Reserve
Sharpchuter Reserve Phantom/Aerostar 24
Phantom/Aerostar 26
Phantom/Aerostar 28
Swift Reserve
Swift Plus 145 Main
Swift Plus 175 Reserve
Swift Plus 225 Reserve
PD-126R Reserve
PD-143R Reserve
PD-160R Reserve
PD-176R Reserve
PD-193R Reserve
PD-218R Reserve
PD-235R Reserve
PD-253R Reserve
Microraven 120
Microraven 135
Microraven 150
Super Raven 1
Super Raven 2
Super Raven 3
Super Raven 4
Lopo Lite
Lopo Mid-lite
Lopo (Military)
Volume
365
380
408
481
440
384
550
426
538
468
503
386
435
472
413
330
410
524
296
363
388
447
470
496
521
551
268
308
375
401
429
515
570
405
443
487
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3.6 Deployment Type
There are currently 5 different canopy deployment methods in common use. The following is a list of these types with a description and examples. (See Note)
Type 1: Canopy first deployment. Lines are
stowed vertically / horizontally in the container. Example: T-7A chest pack.
Type 2: 2 bite diaper, Strong diaper, half
diaper: Split line group - one or two stows
lock diaper, compensated by off-setting stows
of other line group in ontainer with remainder
of lines stowed in the container. Example:
Early Strong Lopo Diaper, Pioneer “K”
series reserves.
Type 3: Ascuitto diaper, Piglet diaper: Full
diaper with line stows horizontally across
diaper left to right, perpendicular to radial
seams. Example: Piglet Featherlite, Phantom Series Reserves.
NOTE:
Para-Phernalia, Inc does not support
the use of Type 1 or Type 2 deployment
devices in the SOFTIE container system.
Type 4 diapers are recommended and
supplied with round parachutes from
Para-Phernalia, Inc. These packing
instructions assume a Type 4 diapered
round canopy to be installed in the
SOFTIE.
3.7 Deployment Bag and Bridle
Only Para-Phernalia, Inc. or Free Flight Enterprises deployment bags and bridle assemblies of the
correct size and that are properly labeled for volume are compatible with the SOFTIE . No other
deployment bags are approved for use with the
SOFTIE system.
Type 4: Handbury, Preserve or Strong Full
Diaper: Wraps around skirt of canopy with
two or three locking stows and remainder
of line stowed vertically, parallel with radial
seams. Example: Preserve 1 & 3, Strong
Lopo Lite, and Hobbit Reserves.
Type 5: Free Bag: Canopy stowed in bag
and lines stowed on/in bag. Example: PD
reserve Canopies, Super Raven M series,
Tempo, Preserve V.
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Note:
The following data, section 3.8 Industry Weight/Deployment Speed Limitations, covers only current production parachutes and only those manufacturers who placard their products. For those canopies not listed, it is
suggested that you contact the canopy manufacturer directly or Para-Phernalia, Inc. for an update to this list.
3.8 Parachute Industry Weight / Deployment Speed Limitations
Manufacturer
Model
Free Flight Enterprise
Amigo 134
Amigo 152
Amigo 172
Amigo 206
Preserve 1A
Preserve III
Preserve V
Flight Concepts International/ Firelite Reserve
Glide Path International
Fury Reserve
Maverick Reserve
Sharpchuter Reserve National Parachute Industries Phantom/Aerostar 24
Phantom/Aerostar 26
Phantom/Aerostar 28
North American Aerodynamics NAA 22
NAA 26
Swift Main
Swift Reserve
Swift Plus Reserve
Safety Flyer
Safety Star
Performance Designs
PD-126R Reserve
PD-143R Reserve
PD-160R Reserve
PD-176R Reserve
PD-193R Reserve
PD-218R Reserve
PD-235R Reserve
PD-253R Reserve
Precision Aerodynamics
Microraven 120
Microraven 135
Microraven 150
Super Raven 1
Super Raven 2
Super Raven 3
Super Raven 4
Strong Enterprises
Lopo Lite
Lopo Mid-lite
Lopo (Military)
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Max. Deployment
Speed (knots)
150 150
150
150 150
150
150 150
150 150
150
140
140
140
130
130
130
130
150
130
130
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
150
130
150
130
130
130
130
130
140
140
140
Max. Gross
Weight (lbs.)
145
164
185
225
240
180
275
190
200
195
235
145
180
200
190 250 180
180
200
160
180
151
171
192
211
232
254
254
254
131
137
153
185
222
254
254
175
225
225
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4.0 Rigger Information
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4.1 - Parachute Assembly Inspection Forms
! Note: Count all Tools Before Starting Assembly
Manufacturer:
Model:
Date of manufacture:
Qty:
4.1.1 - Harness and
Container Inspection
Checklist
Serial No.
Initial After Each Item If No Discrepancies Are Found
Initials
1.
Main lift web and Risers
2.
Chest, diagonal and leg straps
3.
Harness hardware and connectors
4.
Ripcord, handle pocket, cable housing and tacking
5.
Container flaps and grommets
6.
Closing loop length
7.
Grommet strap
8.
Comments:
4.1 - Parachute Assembly Inspection Form
! Note: Count all Tools Before Starting Assembly
Manufacturer:
Model:
Date of manufacture:
Qty:
4.1.2 - Round Canopy
and Pilot chute
Inspection Checklist
Serial No.
Initial After Each Item If No Discrepancies Are Found
Initials
1.
Connector links
2.
Suspension lines
3.
Steering lines and Toggles
4.
Canopy
5.
Diaper and rubber bands
6.
Apex lines
7.
Bridle and tacking
8.
Pilot chute and grommet strap tacking
9.
Packing card and information
10.
Comments
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4.1.3 - Assembly of Round Canopy
Inital After Each Item If No discrepancies Are Found
Initals
1.
Inspection of canopy and Container completed (sections 4.1.1 & 4.1.2)
2.
Continuity of all lines
3.
Connector links tightened properly
4.
Steering lines tied to toggles on mark
5.
Steering line length equal to each other
6.
Packing card filled out
7.
Pilot Chute and grommet strap
8.
Packed according to manufacturers instructions
9.
Ripcord pin sealed
10.
Comments:
Manufacturer:
Model:
Date of manufacture:
Serial No.
Initial After Each Item If No Discrepancies Are Found
Initials
1.
Risers
2.
Connector links
3.
Sliders & Grommets
4.
A-lines and attachment points
5.
B-lines and attachment points
6.
C-lines and attachment points
7.
D-lines and attachment points
8.
Steering lines and toggles
9.
Canopy cells and cross ports
10.
Slider stops (on canopy)
11.
Deployment bag and safety stow
12.
Bridle line
13.
Pilot chute and grommet strap
14.
Packing card and information
15.
Comments:
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Canopy, Bag and Pilot
Chute Inspection Checklist
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4.1.5 - Assembly of Square Reserve Canopy
Inital After Each Item If No discrepancies Are Found
Initals
1.
Inspection of canopy and Container completed (Sections 4.1.1 & 4.1.2)
2.
Continuity of all lines
3.
Slider on correctly
4.
Rapide link barrels tightened properly
5.
Steering lines tied to toggles on mark
6.
Steering line length equal to each other
7.
Safety stow on deployment bag installed
8.
Pilot chute and grommet strap attached and tacked
9.
Packing card filled out
10.
Packed according to manufacturers instructions
11.
Ripcord pin sealed
12.
Comments:
Note:
Recount all tools used after assembly and packing is completed to
ensure that none were left in the canopy or container.
Signature:
Print Name
Qty:
Date:
Seal Symbol:
General Comments:
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4.2 Round Canopy Packing Instructions
Prior to installing and packing any canopy into the Softie, the rigger must thoroughly read and
understand these instructions. The Rigger must also make the determination of proper compatibility regarding volume, deployment type and placard information. Only those canopies that have been
assigned a weight and speed limitation by the manufacturer are approved for use in the Softie. Refer
to Section 3.3 - Softie Volume Chart and Section 3.8 - Parachute Industry Weight / Deployment
Speed Limitations for installation of proper canopy for customer needs.
If you should have any questions as to compatibility or weight and speed limitations, call Para-Phernalia, Inc. at (360) 435-7220 or FAX (360) 435-7272.
Note:
Minimum qualification; FAA Senior or Master Parachute Rigger or foreign equivalent.
4.2.1 Inspect the Canopy (Preserve I or Preserve III)
A. Check for any damage to canopy material or suspension lines. Check for any stains or possible
soiling by chemicals. Check to make sure there are no foreign objects inside the canopy or entangled with the suspension lines. Assure that the canopy is assembled properly, in accordance with
Section 4.1.3. Check the connector links for proper tightness. Make sure that the steering toggles are
installed.
B. It is mandatory that the pilot chute bridle be installed through both of the positioning loops on
two vent lines and around all of the other vent lines. It must be secured with either a bowline knot or
stitching at least equal to the strength of the bridle material. The loop must be adequate too prevent
the bridle from tightening on the vent lines.
2. Repairs
A. No major repairs or alterations are authorized. Any repairs accomplished in the field must be of a
nature that no dis-assembly of any portion of the canopy is required. ANY SUCH MAINTENANCE
MUST BE RETURNED TO THE FACTORY.
B. Repairs such as a small patch (less than 9” dimension of the largest damaged area) may be accomplished by an appropriately certified senior or master parachute rigger with the facilities to do
so. The repairs must be accomplished in accordance with the procedures in the “Poynter’s Parachute
Manual” . Any damage with a maximum dimension of ½” or less may be repaired using a single
inside patch with MIL-C-44378 or equivalent. The patch to be a minimum of 2”, sewn with a single
needle sewing machine, a single row of 301 stitch, 7-11 S.P.I., with VT-295 T/2, C/A, Size “E”.
C. Both repairs identified in section 2B limited to 1 per gore, 3 per canopy.
4.2.2 Softie and Components
Inspect according to checklist, section 4.1.1
4.2.3 Parachute
Inspect according to checklist section ­­4.1.2 (Round) 4.1.4 (Square)
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4.3 Assembly - Assemble an approved type and size parachute to the Softie harness and container system ensuring the following:
4.3.1 Canopy and container are face down on an appropriately sized and surfaced packing table.
4.3.2 Line continuity is correct.
4.3.3 Connector links assembled and tightened according to manufacturer’s instructions. If Maillon links are used, tight is usually considered to be finger tight plus one
quarter turn of the barrel. WARNING: If Maillon Rapide links are too tight, barrels will crack.
4.3.4 You may mark connector links with a “tell tale” dot of nail polish or equivalent.
4.3.5 Steering lines are routed correctly.
4.3.6 Insert steering lines through guide rings on backside of rear risers.
4.3.7 Attach steering toggles to end of steering line.
4.3.8 Tack steering toggles to rear risers with double strand of seal thread and tie with surgeons knot.
4.3.9 Check closing loop length. (See section 4.4.).
4.3.10 Insert closing loop through grommets in pack tray stiffener plate.
4.3.11 Install ripcord. Insert ripcord into ripcord housing at left main lift web. Secure ripcord handle in ripcord pocket located on the left main lift web above the rip
cord housing.
4.3.12 Install rubber bands on canopy diaper.
4.3.13 Straighten apex of canopy.
4.3.14 Attach upper end of bridle (small loop) to loop at base of pilot chute with larks head knot.
No tacking is required at upper end of bridle.
4.3.15 Attach long loop end of bridle to apex of canopy with larks head knot and tack with five (5) wraps single strand of heavy duty tacking thread . Tack at center of large loop with single (1) wrap double strand of tacking thread.
4.3.16 If square parachute is being assembled, attach Pilot chute to large loop at top of bridle (opposite deployment bag). Tack at center of large loop with single (1) wrap double strand of tacking thread.
4.3.17 Install grommet strap (provided) on pilot chute cap. Be sure the grommet strap is centered and one end is on Pilot chute canopy reinforcement tape nearest the spring swage located on the top coil of the spring. Use double wrap, double strand of heavy duty tacking thread four (4 ) places.
Note:
Tacking thread may be nylon 5 cord coated with beeswax or resin coated braided tacking thread
or equivalent.
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4.4 SOFTIE Closing Loop Length Chart
Note:
All length references are in inches. Tolerance is +/- 0.25
Do not tie a knot to shorten the closing loop
SOFTIE Model
180 Back (Micro)
240 Back (Mini)
270 Back (Mini)
180 Wedge (Micro Wedge)
240 Wedge (Mini Wedge)
275 Wedge (Mini Wedge)
180 Seat (Seat)
240 Seat (Seat)
275 Seat (Seat
180 Chair (Long Micro)
240 Chair (Long)
275 Chair (Long)
Original
Loop Length
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
10.5” /27 cm
10.5” / 27 cm
10.5” / 27 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
8.5” / 22 cm
10.0” / 25.4 cm
4.5 Flaking the Canopy & Stowing Lines
4.5.1 Place the canopy on the packing table and connect tension devices at both container and
apex. Inspect the canopy in accordance with procedures from the Poynter’s Parachute Manual.
Check the skirt band and the apex band to assure that they are straight. Check each gore to assure
that they are properly flaked and not tucked into themselves or another gore. See Photo 4.5.1
4.5.2 Align the tapes
at the skirt and fold 45
degrees, parallel with
the main seams.
See Photo 4.5.2
4.5.1
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4.5.3 Fold the canopy lengthwise in thirds. See Photo 4.5.3
Fold the canopy once more to the center ( into fifths).
See photos 4.5.3 A & 4.5.3 B
Separate the canopy folds at the first radial seam to thirds.
See photo 4.5.3 C.
Place shot bags or packing weights on the canopy to hold in
place.
4.5.3
4.5.3 A
4.5.3 B
4.5.3 C
4.5.4 Offset the diaper so the
rubber bands match up with the
grommets on the opposite side of
the canopy.
See photo 4.5.4
4.5.5 Pulling the container towards the canopy, form a loop of
suspension lines above the top of
the diaper. Leave enough room to
close the diaper.
See photo 4.5.5
4.5.4
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4.5.6 Form a loop of suspension lines, no more than 1 ½”
long. Close the diaper, starting with the top grommet, then
close the center grommet. See photos 4.5.6 A & 4.5.6 B
4.5.7 Bring the rubber band from the bottom stow
through the bottom grommet on the inside flap.
4.5.6 A
4.5.6 B
4.5.8 Close the end flap over both of the side flaps using a
stow no more than 1 ½” long.
See photos 4.5.8 A & 4.5.8 B
4.5.8 A
4.5.8 B
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4.5.9 Finish stowing the remainder of the
suspension lines. Use stows no longer than 1
½” long. See photo 4.5.9
4.5.9
4.5.10 When finished stowing the lines the
end view should look like photo 4.5.10 to
create a flat pack job.
4.5.11 Complete the packing procedures
using the instructions for the appropriate
SOFTIE Container.
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4.5.10
4.6 Placing Parachute in Container - Place parachute in container according to
the following steps:
Note:
1. Refer to Volume for Container (section 3.3) and Canopy (section ) to ensure proper fit.
2. Refer to Label on Data card Pocket for Softie model information.
4.7 SOFTIE BACK (MINI, MICRO & LONG)
NOTE A: The MINI & MICRO can be packed left to right (shown) right to left (opposite) diaper
up (top of container shown) or diaper down (bottom of container) for customer comfort & fit.
NOTE B: The canopy should lay outside the sides of the container during installation and will
be contained when closing the container.
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4.7.1 Lay the risers in and along the side of
the container See photo 4.7.1
4.7.1
4.7.2 Insert pull-up cords into each end of
the closing loop (two required). Turn the
diaper end of the canopy 90 degrees and
lay the edge of the diaper even with the top
edge of the container inside the pack tray.
See photo 4.7.2
4.7.2
4.7.3 Holding the canopy fabric at the top
right corner, fold the canopy down the right
side of the container to the bottom edge.
See photo 4.7.3
4.7.3
4.7.4 Make a short fold (W) up to the bottom grommet and back down to the lower
left corner. NOTE: The circumferential
seam will lay into the lower left corner of
the pack tray. See photo 4.7.4
4.7.4
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4.7.5 Take the canopy up to the lower edge
of the diaper (The next radial seam will lay
even with the “W” fold and lower grommet)
See photo 4.7.5 A & 4.7.5 B
4.7.5 A
4.7.5 B
4.7.6 Make a short “S” fold back down
even with the lower grommet and back up
to the diaper. (The next radial seam will nest
just below the diaper) See photo 4.7.6
4.7.6
4.7.7 The final folds go to the bottom left of
the container, across to the bottom right, finishing just under the diaper on the right side.
This will even the pack thickness on both
sides of the container and create a pocket
for the pilot chute to nestle. There should be
no canopy fabric underneath the pilot chute
spring! See photo 4.7.7
4.7.7
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4.7.8 Pull out the canopy protector flaps
(type 12) to keep the canopy fabric away
from the grommets & closing loop.
See photo 4.7.8
4.7.8
4.7.9 Thread the pull up cords through the
top flap & bottom flap grommets.
See photo 4.7.9
4.7.9
4.7.10 Before closing the left top flap assure
the diaper & lines extend about 1” beyond
the side of the container. Close the Velcro
over the diaper & lines.
See photo 4.7.10
4.7.10
4.7.11 On the right side at the top of the
container roll the canopy fabric of the first
fold in toward the lines of the diaper.
See photo 4.7.11
4.7.11
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4.7.12 Containing the canopy fabric, close
the Velcro of the right top flap, then velcro
close the left bottom flap.
See photo 4.7.12 A & 4.7.12 B
4.7.12 A
4.7.12 B
4.7.13 Assuring the top radial band is even
with the lower left side of the container
Velcro close the right bottom flap.
See photo 4.7.13
4.7.13
4.7.14 Pull out all canopy protector flaps
around the closing loops.
See photo 4.7.14
4.7.14
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4.7.15 Close the pilot chute kicker flap,
temp pin the lower closing loop, and “S”fold the bridle between grommets.
See photo 4.7.15
4.7.15
4.7.16 Center the pilot chute between the grommets & side
bumpers. Compress the pilot chute taking care to keep the
pilot chute canopy fabric from being pinched between spring
coils. Wrap pilot chute canopy fabric protectors (Type 12)
around the pilot chute canopy fabric and between the spring
coil. See photo 4.7.16
4.7.16
4.7.17 Continue compressing the pilot chute
See photo 4.7.17
4.7.17
4.7.18 Temp pin the pilot chute.
See photo 4.7.18
4.7.18
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4.7.19 Stow the remainder of pilot chute
canopy fabric between the spring coils.
See photo 4.7.19
4.7.20 This is a good time to turn the
container over and check for pilot comfort
(dead ant test).
4.7.19
4.7.21 Close the right side flap and temp
pin. See photos 4.7.21 A & 4.7.21 B
4.7.21 A
4.7.21 B
4.7.22 Close the left side flap,
insert bottom ripcord pin first.
See photo 4.7.22
4.7.22
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4.7.23 Set the top ripcord pin.
See photo 4.7.23
4.7.23
4.7.24 Carefully remove pull-up cords and
seal the top pin with red seal thread & riggers seal. See photo 4.7.24
4.7.25 Make appropriate entries into packing data card and rigger log book.
4.7.24
4.7.26
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4.8 SOFTIE Wedge
NOTE:
For pilot comfort, pay attention to place the radial seams near the sides of the container where
practical.
4.8.1 Lay the risers in and along the side
of the container, close the riser covers on the
yoke and shoulder pads. See photo 4.8.1
4.8.1
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4.8.2Insert pull-up cords into each end of the closing loop (two
required). Temp pin the upper closing loop at the pack tray stiffener. See photo 4.8.2
4.8.3Turn the container 90 degrees so the top of the container
is toward you and the bottom of the container is away. Place the
diaper so the line stows are face up and at the bottom of the container. See photo 4.8.2
4.8.2
4.8.4 Make two (2) “S”-folds back &
forth across the container below the bottom
grommet. The first fold should extend 2+ “
beyond the side of the container, the second
fold should be even with the edge of the
container. This will provide a dense lumbar
support for the pilot’s comfort.
See photo 4.8.4
4.8.4
4.8.5 Pull out the lower canopy protector
flap (Type12), close the bottom flap with
the pull-up cord and temp pin the closing
loop. See photo 4.8.5
4.8.5
4.8.6 Fold 3 should extend about 4” beyond the right side flap (Note the location of
the first radial seam) Fold 4 will be between
the grommets and extend about 4” beyond
the left side flap. See photo 4.8.6
4.8.6
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4.8.7Continue “S” folding the remainder of the canopy to fill the
upper portion of the container. These folds should be even with
the sides of the container. See photo 4.8.7
4.8.7
4.8.8 Fold the canopy fabric extending beyond the container
(between the grommets) on top of itself forming a pocket for the
pilot chute. Pull out the canopy protector flaps (Type 12).
See photo 4.8.8
4.8.8
4.8.9Roll the canopy fabric at bottom of container (fold #1) to
be as thick as the diaper. See photo 4.8.9
4.8.9
4.8.10 Velcro close the bottom right side flap, Velcro close the
bottom left side flap See photo 4.8.10
4.8.10
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4.8.11 Velcro close the top and bottom flaps
and temp pin the closing loops.
See photo 4.8.11
4.8.11
4.8.12 Close the pilot chute kicker flap,
temp pin the lower closing loop, and “S”fold the bridle between grommets.
See photo 4.8.12
4.8.12
4.8.13 Center the pilot chute between the grommets & side
bumpers. Compress the pilot chute taking care to keep the pilot
chute canopy fabric from being pinched between spring coils.
Wrap pilot chute canopy fabric protectors (Type 12) around
the pilot chute canopy fabric and between the spring coil. See
photo 4.8.13
4.8.13
4.8.14 Continue compressing the pilot
chute See photo 4.8.14
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4.8.15 Temp pin the pilot chute.
See photo 4.8.15
4.8.16 Stow the remainder of pilot chute
canopy fabric between the spring coils.
See photo 4.8.16
4.8.17 This is a good time to turn the
container over and check for pilot comfort
(dead ant test).
4.8.16
4.8.18 Close the right side flap and temp
pin. See photo 4.8.18 A & 4.8.18B
4.8.18 A
4.8.18 B
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4.8.19 Close the left side flap - bottom ripcord pin first.
See photo 4.8.19
4.8.19
4.8.20 Set the top ripcord pin. See photo 4.8.20
4.8.20
4.8.21 Carefully remove pull-up cords and
seal the top pin with red seal thread & riggers seal. See photo 4.8.21
4.8.22 Make appropriate entries into packing data card and rigger log book.
4.8.21
4.8.23
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SOFTIE SEAT PACKS
The Container flaps will be named as determined by position on the pilot (wearers) body.
1. Front Flap, 2. Back Flap, 3. Left Side Flap (ripcord housing side), 4. Right Side Flap
There are various SOFTIE SEAT PACK configurations that are designed for different pilot/aircraft seat specifications. The wedge shapes must be packed softer and thinner in the back area to
help a tall pilot sit lower in the cockpit. The soft back-flap area should not have any lumps in the
tailbone area from the circumferential bands of the canopy.
4.9 SOFTIE SEAT PACK (Standard Flat)
4.9.1 Lay risers in channels along backpad & into the container. Close riser covers
on the yoke & shoulder pads.
4.9.2 Close riser channels along backpad.
4.9.3 Insert proper size closing loop (See
Section 4.4) Insert pull-up cords into both
ends of the closing loop.
4.9.4 Fold “back area” under the
container (optional) See photo 4.9.4
4.9.4
4.9.5 Turn container 90 degrees
4.9.6Place diaper across bottom
(front) of container, lines up, and
flat approximately 1½” beyond
the left side of container. See
photo 4.9.6
4.9.7
4.9.7 The first fold should lay approximately 4” beyond the right
side of the container and between the grommets of the pack tray
stiffener extending 4” beyond the left side of the container.
See photo 4.9.7
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4.9.8 “S”-fold the remainder of the canopy along the back wall,
leaving enough of the apex material to route back through the
grommets. See photo 4.9.8
4.9.9 Pull out canopy protector flaps (Type 12).
See photo 4.9.8
NOTE:
The excess canopy material outside the container perimeter will
be used as bulk to fill the corners and allow the pilot chute to
nest flat.
4.9.8
4.9.10 Route and temp pin the pull-up
cords through the top & bottom closing
flaps (top flap must lay under the bottom
(pilot chute kicker flap).
See photo 4.9.10
4.9.10
4.9.11 Fold-roll canopy fabric up and in – filling line stow gap
in the front right corner. See photo 4.9.11
4.9.11
4.9.12 Fold the remaining fabric
on the right side to nestle the pilot
chute & fill the rear right corner.
See photo 4.9.12
4.9.13 Repeat Instruction 4.9.12
for the left side of container.
See photo 4.9.13
4.9.12
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4.9.14 The container is now ready to compress the pilot chute. See photo 4.9.14
4.9.14
4.9.15 Center the pilot chute between the grommets & side
bumpers. Compress the pilot chute taking care to keep the pilot
chute canopy fabric from being pinched between spring coils.
Wrap pilot chute canopy fabric protectors (Type 12) around the
pilot chute canopy fabric and between the spring coil.
See photo 4.9.15
4.9.15
4.9.16Continue compressing the pilot
chute. See photo 4.9.16
4.9.16
4.9.17 Temp pin the pilot chute.
See photo 4.9.17
4.9.17
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4.9.18 Stow the remainder of pilot chute
canopy fabric between the spring coils.
See photo 4.9.18
4.9.18
4.9.19 Contain the canopy fabric, route,
and temp pin the pull-up cords through
the grommets on the right side flap. See
photo 4.9.19
4.9.19
4.9.20 Using the same technique close the left side flap, temp
pinning the second (front) closing loop first.
See photo 4.9.20
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4.9.21 Install the in-line ripcord
pin in the first (back) closing
loop. See photo 4.9.21
4.9.22 Install end ripcord pin
into second (front) closing loop.
See photo 4.9.22
4.9.21
4.9.22
4.9.23 Dress and snap the four corners of the container.
See photo 4.9.23
4.9.23
4.9.24 Carefully remove pull-up cords and
seal the top pin with red seal thread & riggers seal. See photo 4.9.24
4.9.25 Make appropriate entries into packing data card and rigger log book.
4.9.24
4.9.26
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4.10 SOFTIE SEAT PACK
(WEDGE)
4.10.1 Lay risers in channels along backpad
& into the container. Close riser covers on
the yoke & shoulder pads.
4.10.2 Close riser channels along backpad
4.10.3 Insert proper size closing loop (See
Section 4.4) Insert pull-up cords into both
ends of the closing loop.
4.10.4
4.10.4 Fold “back area” under the container (optional). See photo 4.10.4
4.10.5 Turn container 90 degrees.
4.10.6 Place diaper across bottom (front) of container, on its side
lines in, and approximately 1½” beyond the left side of container. See photo 4.10.6
4.10.6
4.10.7 The first fold should lay approximately 4” beyond the right side of the
container and between the grommets of the
pack tray stiffener extending 4” beyond the
left side of the container (there should be
two passes between the gromets).
See photo 4.10.7
4.10.7
4.10.8 “S”-fold the remainder of the canopy
along the back wall. See photo 4.10.8
NOTE:
The excess canopy material outside the
container perimeter will be used as bulk to
fill the corners and allow the pilot chute to
nest into flat.
4.10.8
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4.10.9 Pull out canopy protector flaps
(Type 12) See photo 4.10.9
4.10.9
4.10.10 Route and temp pin the pull-up
cords through the top & bottom closing
flaps (top flap must lay under the bottom
(pilot chute kicker flap).
See photo 4.10.10
4.10.10
4.10.11 Fold-roll canopy fabric up and in – filling line stow gap
in the front right corner. See photo 4.10.11
4.10.11
4.10.12 Fold the remaining fabric on the right side to nestle the
pilot chute & fill the rear right
corner. See photo 4.10.12
4.10.13 Repeat Instruction
4.10.12 for the left side of container. See photo 4.10.13
4.10.12
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4.10.14 The container is now ready to compress the pilot chute. See photo 4.10.14
4.10.14
4.10.15 Center the pilot chute between the grommets & side
bumpers. Compress the pilot chute taking care to keep the pilot
chute canopy fabric from being pinched between spring coils.
Wrap pilot chute canopy fabric protectors (Type 12) around the
pilot chute canopy fabric and between the spring coil.
See photo 4.10.15
4.10.15
4.10.16 Continue compressing the pilot
chute. See photo 4.10.16
4.10.16
4.10.17 Temp pin the pilot chute.
See photo 4.10.17
4.10.17
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4.10.18 Stow the remainder of pilot chute
canopy fabric between the spring coils.
See photo 4.10.18
4.10.18
4.10.19 Contain the canopy fabric, route
and temp pin the pull-up cords through
the grommets on the right side flap. See
photo 4.10.19 A & 4.10.19 B
4.10.19 A
4.10.19 B
4.10.20 Using the same technique close the left side flap temp
pinning the second (front) closing loop first.
See photo 4.10.20
4.10.20
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4.10.21 Install the in-line ripcord pin in the first (back) closing loop. See photo 4.10.21
4.10.22 Install end ripcord pin
into second (front) closing loop.
See photo 4.10.22
4.10.21
4.10.22
4.10.23 Dress and snap the four corners of the container.
See photo 4.10.23
4.9.23
4.10.24 Carefully remove pull-up cords
and seal the top pin with red seal thread &
riggers seal. See photo 4.10.24
4.10.25 Make appropriate entries into packing data card and rigger log book.
4.10.24
4.10.26
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SOFTIE SEAT PACK (S-1 WEDGE)
4.11.1 Lay risers in channels along backpad & into the container. Close riser covers
on the yoke & shoulder pads.
4.11.2 Close riser channels along backpad
4.11.3 Insert proper size closing loop (See
Section 4.4) Insert pull-up cords into both
ends of the closing loop.
4.11.4 Fold “back area” under the container (optional). See photo 4.11.4
4.11.4
4.11.5 Turn container 90 degrees.
4.11.6
Place diaper across
bottom (front) of container, on
its side lines in, and approximately 1½” beyond the left side
of container See photo 4.11.6
4.11.6
4.11.7 The first fold should lay
approximately 4” beyond the
right side of the container and
on top of and between the diaper
and the first grommet extending
4” beyond the left side of the
container. See photo 4.11.7
4.11.7
4.11.8 The next two folds should be between the grommets of
the pack tray stiffener extending approximately 4” beyond the
sides of the container. See photo 4.11.8
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4.11.9 S”-fold the remainder of the canopy flat along the back
wall. See photo 4.11.9
4.11.10 Pull out canopy protector flaps (Type 12).
See photo 4.11.9
NOTE:
A: The excess canopy material outside the container perimeter will be used as bulk to fill the corners and allow the pilot
chute to nest flat.
B: The circumferential bands do not lie in the center!
4.11.9
4.11.11 Route and temp pin the pull-up
cords through the top & bottom closing flaps
(top flap must lay under the bottom (pilot
chute kicker flap). See photo 4.11.11
4.11.11
4.11.12 Prior to setting the pilot chute
in place, shift the canopy fabric running
between the pack tray grommets toward the
diaper creating a smooth wedge shape.
See photo 4.11.12
4.11.12
4.11.13 Fold-roll canopy fabric up and in, filling line stow gap
in the front right corner.
See photo 4.11.13
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4.11.14 Fold the remaining
fabric on the right side to
nestle the pilot chute & fill
the rear right corner.
See photo 4.11.14
4.11.15 Repeat for the left
side of container.
See photo 4.11.15
4.11.14
4.11.15
4.11.16 The container is now ready to
compress the pilot chute.
See photo 4.11.16
4.11.16
4.11.17 Center the pilot chute between the grommets & side
bumpers. Compress the pilot chute taking care to keep the pilot
chute canopy fabric from being pinched between spring coils.
Wrap pilot chute canopy fabric protectors (Type 12) around the
pilot chute canopy fabric and between the spring coil.
See photo 4.11.17
4.11.17
4.11.18 Continue compressing the pilot
chute.
See photo 4.11.18
4.11.18
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4.11.19 Temp pin the pilot chute.
See photo 4.11.19
4.11.19
4.11.20 Stow the remainder of pilot chute
canopy fabric between the spring coils.
See photo 4.11.20
4.11.20
4.11.21 Contain the canopy fabric, route
and temp pin the pull-up cords through the
grommets on the right side flap.
See photo 4.11.21
4.11.21
4.11.22 Using the same technique close the left side flap, temp
pinning the second (front) closing loop first.
See photo 4.11.22
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4.11.23 Install the in-line ripcord pin in the first (back) closing loop. See photo 4.11.23
4.11.24 Install end ripcord pin
into second (front) closing loop.
See photo 4.11.24
4.11.23
4.11.24
4.11.25 Dress and snap the four corners of the container.
See photo 4.11.25
4.11.26 Carefully remove pull-up cords and seal the top pin with
red seal thread & riggers seal. See photo 4.11.26
4.11.25
4.11.26
4.11.27 Make appropriate entries into
packing data card and rigger log book.
4.11.28 When complete the S-1 Seat
Wedge should have a radical wedge shape.
See photo 4.11.28
4.11.29
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