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Safety Bulletin: EASINESS and EASINESS 2 reversible harnesses

http://www.advance.ch/en/home/news-pages/sicherheitsmitteilung-retter-ve...

The connection between the V-lines and the reserve on all EASINESS and EASINESS 2 reversible harnesses must be changed at the next opportunity. A replacement connection line can be obtained from ADVANCE free of charge.

A routine spot check of ADVANCE incoming goods has revealed that the connection between the V-lines and reserve on the EASINESS and EASINESS 2 reversible harnesses does not conform to the French manufacturer Techni Sangle’s guaranteed quality, in other words it is not strong enough. Because it cannot be assured beyond doubt that all the already-built connection lines conform to the required strength based on the inspection sample, ADVANCE have instigated a precautionary recall for all reserve V-connection lower lines for the EASINESS and EASINESS 2 harnesses. Other harnesses conform to their specifications and are not affected. Because of the measured values discovered on the spot check it is possible that a reserve thrown with such a connection at maximum load (120 daN) and at a speed approaching that of free fall might experience a strength problem. Even though such a set of circumstances is extremely unlikely to occur in practical use, we advise all owners of EASINESS and EASINESS 2 reversible harnesses to order the free replacement kit and refit this connection line as soon as possible. Ordering the replacement kit and a guide to how to fit it is online on www.advance.ch/easinessrecall For all of their almost 30 years ADVANCE have put the highest priority on good workmanship and excellent products. This is why we get the greater part of our prepared raw materials and fittings from high quality European manufacturers. Nevertheless, even with the greatest diligence and foresight technical problems with materials can, unfortunately, not be completely ruled out. We apologize to all EASINESS customers for any concerns or inconvenience raised by this safety notice. If you have any questions or are uncertain what to do please contact your ADVANCE dealer.
FAQ
Which connection line on which EASINESS/EASINESS 2 reversible harness is affected?
It is only the main line (the strap that actually connects to the reserve) of all EASINESS (delivered from 2012 till 2016) and EASINESS 2 (delivered from 2016 till May 2017); not the top V-section which leads to the shoulder mountings. How can I see if my EASINESS/EASINESS 2 already has a new connection strap that does not have to be changed?
The new section is black – not red, as previously. Furthermore the new one is a bit longer than the old one. What exactly must I do?
The reserve must be taken out of its container in order for a new connection to be made. You can download the instructions for retrofitting and repacking your reserve parachute here: Instructions (PDF) How long does this take?
Depending on the type of reserve bridle to V-connection (Quicklink or loop on loop), the procedure should take between 9 and 15 minutes. What can I do if I would prefer some help?
Please go to your nearest ADVANCE dealer. He will change the strap as a professional.

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Today's Mid-Air Collision...

If anyone has any video of the mid-air collision at Mount Caburn today please would you send it to Dave Thompson at the BHPA. Please also let me have a copy if you would.

By a complete miracle nobody was fatally injured, but one of pilots was hospitalised (edit) with what transpired to be very serious injuries that will put him out of action for most of this season.

This is a warning to all pilots to be vigilant whenever they are flying and to remember to break right, i.e. pull the right brake hard, if a head on collision seems imminent. Preferably don't fly in such a manner that avoiding action is ever necessary, but be ready to perform it at all times...

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777 Brake Pulleys

Apparently a number of 777 Rooks have had issues with pulleys jamming.
Don't assume that other 777 gliders are unaffected.

Please check yours and keep checking them.

777 are offering a fix.

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Jojo wings Instinct Paraglider

BHPA safety notice attached.

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Spring has sprung 2017

I'm sure there's an echo in here? here? here?

WILL ALL MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NEED TO CONFIRM CLUB MEMBERSHIP, AND THUS PILOT QUALIFICATION AND INSURANCE, RESIDES WITH EACH AND EVERY MEMBER NOT SOME IMAGINARY SITE POLICE - TO SIMPLIFY THIS, ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THEIR SHGC HELMET STICKER.

Do not spend £200 on an EN1077 class B helmet as that is far too much for a chamber pot and that is the only real use for such an artefact. Meager head fairings are the sole preserve of those with meager heads...

When did YOU last pack your reserve? I recommend a 3 month cycle – it makes a huge difference! If you fly a two-liner I strongly suggest that you fit two reserves, repack them frequently and practice the twin handle swimming stroke every time you fly.

Land on your feet. No other part of your anatomy is designed for this and therefore anything else is an unnatural act.

Once upon a time in the Southern Club there was gentlemanly behaviour in the sky and it was Good:

Pilots on the ground were aware that they are the lowest form of aviation and justly gave way to all those above them, even if they were actually below them. They even looked to check.

Pilots thermalling were conventionally given right of way and ridge soaring pilots would turn back before interrupting the thermalling pilot's 360. The thermalling pilot would however not impact upon the soaring patterns of the ridge soaring pilots as he would know that he was more skilled and was better placed to avoid them.

When it was seen to be getting too busy, pilots would either thermal away or gracefully bow out after a few minutes ridge soaring to allow others the chance to do so. We would often land unbidden to allow a waiting group of hang glider pilots free use of the sky. It would usually take only a few minutes before they were high enough to permit usual service to resume.

Fly predictably and telegraph your next move as clearly as possible. I'm not saying give hand signals, though that is not a bad idea, just make it obvious where you are planning to go and try not to make erratic course changes when other are in close. Also try to predict what other pilots may want to do.

Avoid flying line abreast and thereby creating a wall of cloth (a curtain?) which oncoming traffic struggle to avoid.

Please don't sit just behind and outside a ridge soaring glider as this effectively prevents them from turning back, almost as if you were overtaking them on the outside. If you are closely following another ridge soaring glider, aim to be directly behind or better still towards the ridge, regardless of aircraft type.

When top landing, get your glider pointing into wind, even if you have already landed. This will slow your progress across the ground significantly and may save you having to explain yourself to an irate pilot who's laid out wing you just trashed. With a paraglider it is never too late to be able to turn into wind, just too late to choose to do so. By the way, hang gliders can cost the best part of £20,000 nowadays. You have been warned!

When slope landing, or actually any landing, if the ground speed seems high it is! Either turn out and fly to the bottom or make a 180 degree turn and land in the opposite direction. There have already been three broken limbs this spring, all to experienced but rusty pilots failing to do just this.

If it is too crowded for you, don't launch. If by launching you will make it too crowded for the pilots already airborne, don't launch. If it is too crowded for you and you are in the air, immediately make your way to a safe landing.

It is common courtesy for paragliders to slope land if there are hang gliders airborne and struggling to maintain height. The inconvenience of stopping your flight for a few moments hugely outweighs the inconvenience of being forced to bottom land a hang glider, with the attendant hour or so of de-rigging and rigging.

ANY pilot can call for a red ribbon half hour. You don't need to seek anyone's permission, though of course you will be expected to justify your actions to the growing angry mob of pilots waiting to launch. If in doubt, ask your Matt, your new red ribbon guruji.

Beware of the gust fronts associated with approaching rain showers and land in good time.

The biggest hazard, as always, is the human factor. You may have had a long lay off waiting for flyable conditions at the weekend. Consider watching the forecast and planning a midweek day flying. At this time of year the forecasts are pretty useless though, so be prepared for last minute changes of plan. In which regard, we are often subject to more wind than the Thames Valley, so do consider venturing further afield.

When you get to the hill, if it is too windy don't push your luck, the hill will still be there tomorrow! Remember, if you break yourself, you'll miss much more flying than a few minutes gale hanging... And the more experienced you are, the more it just becomes a numbers game.

The advancing sea breeze is often, though not always, betrayed by either a clearing of cumulus development towards the sea or by an advancing line of from curtain cloud to fracto-cumulus again with little or no cloud on the seaward side. The sea breeze can be very rough when it first arrives and is usually stronger when it first comes in, settling down after half an hour or so. As always, if you see a linear cloud feature approaching, if you are at all unsure, land and wait for it to pass.

At inland facing sites such as the Dyke or more so Ditchling, the advancing sea breeze will tend to back up behind the hill, then pour over in a big turbulent rush. No pilot who doesn't enjoy being tossed about like a cork in a storm wants to be in the air when this occurs so keep your mind open.

Air temperatures are still pretty low, so dress for altitude and fly far!

It is a pretty good idea to install Livetrack24 to your phone so that others can watch your epic XC flights online as they happen and would also know where you fell off the radar if the worst happened.

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Quick Out safety notice - Don't be an idiot...

https://finsterwalder-charly.de/images/stories/produkte/bauteile/karabin...

Quick‐Out carabiner safety notice ‐ 7. December 2016

Dear customers,

On 15 November 2016, the faulty assembly of a Quick‐Out carabiner lead to its accidental opening. The pilot had dismounted both of the Quick‐Out's release buttons and later re‐installed them in swapped positions.
Swapping the release buttons is dangerous to life. In our instruction manual, we hence point out that the release button located on the opposite side of the installation slot must not be dismounted when attaching the carabiner to the harness. It may only be removed for cleaning purposes after the carabiner had been exposed to salt water. However, to prevent swapping the release buttons, only one button at a time may be dismounted!
There are approx. 16.000 Quick‐Out carabiners in circulation. As unfortunately not all pilots are aware of the fact that non‐compliance with instruction manuals is dangerous ‐ particularly in aviation ‐ we would hereby like to point this out again. The Quick‐Out carabiner's instruction manual can be downloaded anytime from the "Downloads" section of our website.

The image on the left shows a Quick‐Out carabiner with improperly installed release buttons.

Wrong
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The release buttons have been swapped!

Correct
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To install the carabiner at the harness, only the button located on the side of the installation slot needs to be removed

Finsterwalder GmbH • Pagodenburgstr.8 • D‐81247 München

Tel.: +49 89 8116528 • Mail: office@finsterwalder‐charly.de • www.finsterwalder‐charly.de

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Gin Carabiners

A faulty gin carabiner has been brought to my attention.

The internal spring has become displaced or suchlike such that it appears to close but has not actually engaged with the locking pin. See picture.

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Lightness 2 Lumbar strap

A lightness two lumbar strap failed in flight recently.
The harness in question had been SIv'd and had a few hours on it but was not in generally worn condition.
Please check your lumbar straps where they pass through the adjustment buckles.

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Sup'Air harness buckles - no doubt other brands to follow. Different buckle to previous S/N

Unfortunately only in French at present:

http://www.supair.com/document/safety/Safety-note_boucle-alu-T_2016-06_F...

Approximately translated as 'the safety T lock buckles numbered in the S/N have opened unpredictably in flight. The fault is not visible. stop flying any harness so equipped now...'

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Acro in front of launch

Performing aerobatics over or in front of launch is a really great way to demonstrate that you are an incompetent muppet.

Take off, clear launch.

If you wish to perform acro, find an empty part of the sky well away from any launch or landing areas. Then confine yourself to that area until you wish to return to normal flight.

Check that the airspace is clear before approaching any landing area. join any landing pattern in an orderly manner. Do not spiral or wagga your way to the front of the queue.