BRITISH PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION ―
APPROVED TANDEM PARACHUTE MODIFICATIONS

STRONG-DUAL HAWK Tandem

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'PLEASE NOTE: Some previously recorded clearances have been removed. For the full wording, go to ‘PART 2 - TANDEM - GENERAL’ and see RIGGERS 15th Feb 01, Item 5, TANDEM MODIFICATIONS

DateBrief Description
May 94

Protective pads sewn on to the Tandem Strong container at the side of passenger attachment points to prevent damage. (Cleared for all)
May 94

Change made to Tandem Strong drogue release riser as per drawing supplied. (NOT CLEARED for general use)
Jun 99

Strong Tandem system with the drogue release position as per Tandem Vector system. (NOT CLEARED for general use)
Dec 99Any Tandem Main into any Tandem Container IMPORTANT See full wording in Part 2 - Tandem - General section.
Aug 06

To reposition the Strong Dual Hawk Tandem secondary drogue release handle from the right hand lift web position to the left hand lift web, as per drawings supplied. (Cleared for all)
Aug 09

Changes made to Tandem Strong in Vector configuration (see May 94 above) with additional changes to cutaway pad and RSL area (NOT CLEARED for general use)
Feb 12

Change to RSL stitch pattern on Dual Hawk Tandem. (Cleared for all)

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In Detail

PLEASE NOTE: Some previously recorded clearances have been removed. For the full wording, go to ‘PART 2 - TANDEM - GENERAL’ and see RIGGERS 15th Feb 01, Item 5, TANDEM MODIFICATIONS

RIGGERS 5th May 94

  1. WESTON ON THE GREEN TANDEM MODIFICATION (Cleared for All)

    Allan Hewitt presented some photos of a modification to a Tandem Strong owned by Weston on the Green: 2 protective pads were sewn to the underneath of both side passenger harness attachment rings, this will prevent damage occurring to the main harness again as it has just been repaired.

    After some discussion it was proposed by Lofty Thomas and seconded by Paul Applegate that the above modification be accepted.

    Carried Unanimously

  2. SCOTTISH PARACHUTE CLUB TANDEM MODIFICATION (NOT CLEARED for general use)

    Ian Robertson presented a drawing of a modification he had made to a Tandem Strong drogue release riser, the modification removed the student deployment option.

    This was discussed by the Committee and a request by Ian Robertson for the continued use with the Tandem Strong equipment rigged as detailed in his drawing was made.

    After some further discussion it was proposed by Richard Atherton and seconded by Lofty Thomas that the above modification be accepted.

    For: 6Against: 1Abstentions: 1

    Carried

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RIGGERS 10th June 99

8. TANDEM MODIFICATIONS (NOT CLEARED for general use)

  1. Allan Hewitt requested permission to use a Strong Tandem system with the drogue release position as per the Tandem Vector system. Allan presented the equipment to those present.

    Allan advised the meeting that he had carried out a great deal of research into this and stated that he had spoken to many CCI's and Advanced Riggers. He had also spoken to the manufacturers concerning this matter and could see no reason why this modification could not be carried out.

    It was proposed by Allan Hewitt and seconded by John Rix (proxy) that the above Tandem modification be accepted.

    For: 5 (incl. 1 proxy)Against: 0Abstentions: 3 (J. Curtis, B Whitaker, P. Walter)

    Carried

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RIGGERS 2nd Dec 99 & STC 10 Feb 00 (Safety Information 1/00)

Any recognised Tandem Main canopy into any BPA accepted Tandem Container. IMPORTANT: See full wording in Part 2 - Tandem - General section.

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RIGGERS 3rd Aug 06

3. EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL ― ANDY PAGE

A Student Parachutist Equipment Change proposal application from Andy Page had been circulated with the Agenda, together with related paperwork and drawings.

Andy had asked for a modification on the Strong Dual Hawk Tandem harness to move the secondary drogue release from the R/H lift web position, (which is adjacent to the primary drogue release) and reposition it on the L/H lift web, which will allow for L/H operation in the event of R/H arm or hand injury or student interference.

Andy had stated that this secondary release was originally intended to go on the student harness, but this was not generally used in the UK so Andy had said that it seemed sensible to have the R/H and L/H option rather than both on the same side. Andy presented the equipment to those present.

Following some discussion, it was proposed by Andy Page and seconded by Rick Boardman that the above modification is accepted for general use

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 6th Aug 09 (& STC 6th Aug 09 & RIGGERS 1st Oct 09)

8. A.O.B.

  1. John Page asked for some guidance on an equipment related issue. Following some discussion by those present, it was felt that this matter be referred to STC that evening for consideration.

    (STC 6th Aug 09)

    3. MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING FROM THE RIGGERS SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE 11th JUNE 2009

    The Chairman of STC then continued with matters arising from that evenings Riggers meeting. He stated that the meeting had discussed an equipment issue raised by John Page, which the meeting had agreed be referred to STC for consideration.

    John Page reported that the issue surrounded a Strong Tandem system in a Vector configuration that had been accepted as a Tandem mod in the past, but not for general use.

    He stated that of the several rigs he had seen, all had a loop from the cutaway pad around the secondary drogue release (the system as per the Next, not the Vector). He stated that he believed it should still not be given a general clearance for use as it required specific user briefings as the RSL was not on the same side as Next and Vector. He stated that Skydive London had been using the equipment in this configuration for some time and that an Advanced Rigger had also signed it off.

    The meeting was also advised that Hinton and UKPS had also been using equipment in same configuration .

    Following further discussion, John Page proposed, seconded by Stuart Meacock that Skydive London, UKPS and Hinton Skydiving be permitted to continue using equipment in this configuration, until the next Riggers meeting when he would submit a proposal including the necessary paperwork and Emergency Drills for the acceptance of these rigs.

    For: 11Against: 0Abstentions: 1

    Carried

    (RIGGERS 1st OCT 09) (Continuation of above item)

    2. MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING FROM THE RIGGERS MEETING OF THE 6 AUGUST 2009

    Page 4, Item 8 ― AOB (vii). A Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal application had been received from John Page together with a set of Emergency Drills, copies of which had been circulated with the Additions to the Agenda.

    Mr Page presented the equipment in question to the Committee and gave further details of his request, which was a move of handles on a Strong system to a similar configuration as the Next Tandem system including a ring around the secondary drogue release. Because of the location of the RSL he proposed that only Tandem Instructors (qualified on Next) who had been briefed and had their log book endorsed by a CCI from Skydive London, UKPC or Skydive Hinton were permitted to jump the equipment. The serial numbers of which were: 601537, 009178, 203028, 102032, 402728, 310284 and 704122.

    Following some discussion, it was proposed by Pete Sizer and seconded by Kim Newton that the above equipment with the stated serial numbers be accepted for use at the listed Centres.

    Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 9th FEB 12

4. STRONG DUAL HAWK TANDEM EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL

A Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal application had been received from Andy Page, a copy of which had been circulated with the agenda, together with the relevant paperwork and drawings.

At the previous meeting, Andy Page had reported that following a cutaway on a Strong Dual Hawk Tandem system where the RSL was suspected of causing a hang-up of the cutaway main and near main and reserve entanglement. On inspection it was found that the RSL tuck tab had broken stitches at the point of strain where it should pull free. This may have been exacerbated by the Tandem pair dropping away back to earth, which causes the tuck tab to be pulled at the wrong angle to release easily.

Andy Page had made a change to the stitch pattern on the RSL, which allowed extra flexibility and easier release of the RSL in the back to earth position. Andy had informed the manufacturers of this and they had approved this modification. The manufacturers had also stated that they would conduct further tests to check out the possible problem. The Committee had accepted the modification for use by Andy Page only on the basis that the modification had been approved by the manufacturer.

The Committee had asked that Andy Page submit the appropriate paperwork and drawings to enable the modification to be considered by the Committee for inclusion on the list of BPA approved Tandem modifications.

It was proposed by Andy Page and seconded by Dave Major that the above modification be accepted for general use.

Carried Unanimously

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