Reserve PC update for Vector 3 Micron

UPT has changed the size of the reserve pilot chute cap for Vector 3 Micron. The reason they give is to improve the esthetics of the rig. With the "old" RPC you only had just a bit more than 1,5 inch to each side of the reserve container. And while that didn't matter for the skilled rigger, for many other riggers that was a nightmare. With the new cap size, the distance now is more than 2 inches, and that should make difference. Time will tell! This is not a Service Bulletin and it doesn't require any action to be taken. It's just that new rigs ( Micron ) will be delivered with this reserve PC, and if you have a reserve ride and loose your RPC, the new one you order will be the "new" one. Safe weekend everyone! ...
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The reserve canopy limitations explained

Let's talk about the TSO for a second...woops, half of you just left the building :) For the rest of you still here TSO stands for Technical Standard Order. It’s basically the quality and performance standards for parachutes since year 1949. I'm not gonna go through all different variation and their requirements. For most of you it’s gonna be just boring! The reason I'm doing this post is to help you understand what the numbers on your new logcarts mean. When we've got the new forms from KNVvL, the instruction was to write the TSO Weight and Speed for the reserve canopy. That’s the CERTIFIED MAXIMUM. Now that’s changed and we have to write the “RECOMMENDED” weight and speed, which for most manufacturer is much lower. A little example here; Decelerator 120 reserve from Parachute systems is certified to 275 lbs (125 kg) and 150 knots. (275 km/h), but the recommended weight is 183 lbs and 130 knots. See the picture . Manufacturers are...
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Hybrid Valkyrie

PD has made changes on their Valkyrie and you can now order it with ribs from sail material! Here is what they say: Hybrid Valkyrie (Sail) You love your Valkyrie. You’ve been jumping her for the past two years. She gives you the buttery smooth openings, responsiveness, and power you crave! But you’re ready for more…and we’re ready to give it to you! Introducing the Hybrid Valkyrie – everything you love about the Valkyrie but more. We incorporated sail fabric into the ribs to give her more power, more responsiveness, and longer swoops than a standard construction Valkyrie. Think of her as a “Valkyrie on steroids” with more sensitivity in the harness and more stopping power than ever before. Available as an option when purchasing a custom wing, the sail ribs are a great addition for a seasoned or first-time Valkyrie owner. When choosing between the All ZP and Hybrid Valkyrie, keep in mind that the sail ribs will increase pack volume...
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CYPRES service lifetime

We've just received this email from out friends at AIRTEC   "CYPRES extends the service life ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ The CYPRES lifetime has been 12.5 years since the beginning in 1991. Starting in 2002, we began testing longer maintenance intervals on the Ripcord CYPRES family. With the knowledge and experience over an entire service life period we are now comfortable to extend the service life (which has technically been impossible in earlier years) for all CYPRES units manufactured from January 1st to 15.5 years. For this longer service life we offer a maintenance at 5 years and 10 years after date of manufacture. The units will remind their users. This service is recommendable because it corrects wear and tear, fixes defects, provides improvements, adds new features, integrates better handling solutions, establishes applicable adjustments to new developments in skydiving, supplies applicable adjustments to changed conditions of the environment, contains all applicable hardware upgrades and includes all applicable software updates." ...
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