BRITISH PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION ―
APPROVED TANDEM PARACHUTE MODIFICATIONS

STRONG-TNT 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
Dec 99Any Tandem Main into any Tandem Container IMPORTANT See full wording in Part 2 - Tandem - General section.
Feb 14Initial clearance of Strong Enterprises TNT Tandem system
Apr 16Formal approval for 'all mains into all containers' for Strong TNT

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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

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 06th Feb 14

6. INITIAL CLEARANCE OF THE STRONG ENTERPRISES (TNT) TANDEM CONTAINER SYSTEM

A proposal from George Panagopoulos together with supporting paperwork had been circulated with the Agenda requesting that the Strong Enterprises (TNT) Tandem Container System be accepted for use.

George Panagopoulos provided further details of his request and presented the full system for inspection by those present. George stated that the system was similar to the Strong Dual Hawk Tandem Container, but that it had been upgraded to a one pin instead of a 2 pin. He also highlighted a number of other differences with the system.

George reported that the Owner’s Manual for packing and maintenance of the TNT system was also available on the manufacturer’s website.

Following further consideration, those Riggers present stated that they were happy with the equipment from a rigging aspect. However, they did not feel that they could accept the equipment for use by all Tandem Instructors at this time until the equipment had been evaluated and checked out operationally.

It was therefore, proposed by George Panagopoulos and seconded by Rick Boardman that the Strong Enterprises (TNT) Tandem Container System be accepted from a rigging point of view, but that STC may wish to consider the position from an operational perspective, as there may be a need to look at producing a different set of emergency drills for the equipment.

Carried Unanimously

STC 06th Feb 14

3. RIGGERS’ SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE 21 NOVEMBER 2013

Paul Applegate reported on the meeting held that afternoon and stated the Committee had considered a request from George Panagopoulos for the Strong Enterprises (TNT) Tandem Container System to be accepted for use.

Paul reported that the full system had been available at the meeting and had been inspected by those Riggers present. He stated that the Committee had accepted the equipment from a rigging point of view, but that STC may wish to consider the position from an operational perspective.

George Panagopoulos was present at STC and provided further details of the equipment in question. George reported that the system was similar to the Strong Dual Hawk Tandem Container, but stated that it had been upgraded to a one pin instead of a 2 pin. He also highlighted a number of other differences with the system.

Following further consideration on this matter, it was proposed by Pete Sizer and seconded by Ray Armstrong that the Strong Enterprises (TNT) Tandem system be checked out operationally by a ‘Strong’ rated Tandem Instructor Examiner, as there may be a need to look at producing a different set of emergency drills for the equipment.

Carried Unanimously

Jason Thompson agreed to carry out a couple of jumps on the system and to also produce a written report on his findings to the Committee.

STC 03rd Apr 14

2. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE STC MEETING OF THE 6 FEBRUARY 2014

Page 2. Item 3 - Riggers’ Subcommittee Meeting of the 21 November 2013. The Chair reported that the Strong TNT Tandem system had now been jumped and cleared for general use.

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RIGGERS 07th Apr 16

5. CORRESPONDENCE FROM BILL SHARP

The Committee discussed correspondence from Bill Sharp, which had been circulated with the Agenda.

Bill Sharp had reported that he had been updating the BPA Tandem Mods website and he had noted that the manufacturers (Strong Parachutes) had published on their website (Strong), an approved list of components that are permitted and compatible to be used with the TNT Tandem system. Bill had pointed out that this list had included the unusual step of approving the use of two other manufacturers main canopies into their equipment apart from their own.Bill had stated that in the past, no other Tandem container manufacturer had ever formally approved other manufacturers main canopies to be used in their systems. However, the BPA had taken it upon themselves to allow this, via various clearances and the Riggers Subcommittee had many years ago established a policy that Tandem systems may accept ‘all mains into all containers’ provided that the canopy had been inspected (for size and compatibility) and signed off by a BPA Advanced Rigger.

Bill Sharp had asked for the Committee’s comments and thoughts of how this information may affect the BPA.

Following discussion, it was agreed by those present that the BPA’s well established policy, as set out above should be applied to Strong TNT containers when looking at the compatibility of various types of main canopies.

Carried Unanimously

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