BRITISH PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION ―
APPROVED TANDEM PARACHUTE MODIFICATIONS

ULTRA NEXT Tandem

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In Brief

'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
Sep 97

Acceptance of Tandem Ultra Next
Jun 98

Approval for 'Wings Unlimited' canopies to be used in Tandem Next systems. (Cleared for all)
Oct 99

Relative Workshop Vector Tandem Drogue into a Tandem Next system. (Cleared for all)
Dec 99Any Tandem Main into any Tandem Container IMPORTANT See full wording in Part 2 - Tandem - General section.
Dec 00

To use a Vector 360 Tandem Reserve in a Paratec Tandem Next system. (Cleared for all)
Jun 01

Red Devils to use yellow reserve handles on their Tandem Next systems. (NOT CLEARED for general use)
Nov 09

Acceptance of 'small' version of Tandem Next (c/w Paratec 373 reserve), with differences to the RSL and Collins Lanyard area.
Feb 10

Removal of plastic bellyband buckle on the Next Tandem harness and replace it with a chest strap adjustable metal buckle
Aug 10

Acceptance of Next Century Tandem container as a manufacturer's upgrade.
Sep 12To add a 'Y' strap to a Paratec Tandem Student Harness (Not cleared for all)
Sep 13To retrofit leg strap bungees to Next Student Harness (Cleared for all)
Feb 15That all Aircare Tandem Student Harnesses (made to Paratec design) be cleared for use with all Vector, Paratec and Aircare systems (Cleared for all)
Feb 15That the Sigma Student harness be used with all Next Tandem systems (and vice versa) (Cleared for all)
Jul 15General info about Velcro on Next secondary release handles
Feb 17Clearance for 'Y' strap mod to Paratec Tandem Student Harness as per Sept 12 meeting. (Cleared for all)
Apr 17New updated clearance for 'Y' strap mod to Paratec Tandem Student Harness as per Feb 17 meeting. (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 4th Sep 97

4. REQUEST FOR ACCEPTANCE FOR USE OF THE ‘ULTRA NEXT’ TANDEM SYSTEM FOR USE IN THE UK

A request from Kim Newton had been circulated with the Agenda for acceptance of the Ultra Next Tandem system for use in the UK.

The Committee were informed that the system is approved by the German Government, a copy of the certificate, which approves the safety of the system according to German regulations was circulated to those present.

Stefan Ertler from Paratec, the German manufacturer of the equipment was present at the meeting and able to answer any questions by the Committee.

Kim gave the meeting details of her request, and also details of drop tests that had been carried out on the equipment. A set of the equipment was also available for inspection.

It was proposed by Kim Newton who had inspected the equipment prior to the meeting and seconded by John Harding that the “Ultra Next” Tandem equipment be accepted for use in the UK.

For: 5Against: 0Abstentions: Abstentions: 1 (John Curtis)

Carried

Stefan Ertler was asked if he was happy to have other canopies of a suitable pack volume installed in the equipment . He stated that he was quite happy with this.

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RIGGERS 11th Jun 98

6. TANDEM CLEARANCE (Cleared for all)

Mr Morris gave the meeting details of his request for Wings Unlimited canopies (main and reserves) to be used for Tandem in the UK in the Next system. He stated that the Next Tandem container and harness was currently accepted for use in the UK.

Mr Morris advised the Committee that these parachutes had full clearance from the German authorities with the appropriate TSO equivalents and had undergone strenuous testing.

Stefan Ertler the designer of the canopies and whose company manufactures them was in attendance at the meeting and was able to answer any questions from the Committee.

Following further discussion on this matter, it was proposed by Dave Morris and seconded by John Harding that the above request be accepted.

For: 11Against: 0Abstentions: 1 (John Curtis)

Carried

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RIGGERS 7th Oct 99

9. A.O.B. (Cleared for All)

  1. A request had been received from Dave Ballard, which was circulated to those present requesting permission to fit a Relative Workshop Vector Tandem Drogue into a Next Tandem system.

    Mr Ballard advised those present that he had trial packed and deployed on the ground the Next Tandem rig with a Vector Drogue and had found no problems, the two drogues being identical in most respects.

    It was proposed by Dave Ballard and seconded by Rick Boardman that the above Tandem modification be accepted.

    For: 8Against: 0Abstentions: 2 (John Curtis, Pat Walters)

    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 7TH DEC 00

This request was originally submitted to the Riggers Committee Meeting of the 28th September 2000. Due however, to application procedural errors, various options were given to Mr Wheatley to be actioned at a future meeting.

1. MINUTES AND MATTERS ... (Cleared for All)

Page 2, Item 5 ― Tandem Modification. At the previous meeting the Committee had accepted a request from Richard Wheatley for permission to use a Vector 360 Tandem reserve in a Paratec Tandem Next container on proviso that the equipment was inspected by an independent Advanced Rigger.

The meeting was advised that a letter had been received by John Curtis confirming that he had inspected the equipment in question and in his opinion, he was satisfied that the two systems were compatible.

There being no further matters arising from the previous Minutes, it was proposed by Kim Newton and seconded by Pat Walters that the Minutes of the Riggers Committee Meeting of the 28th September 2000 be accepted as a true record.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 15th Feb 01

(Please Note: For ‘full’ story on below, see Riggers 7th Dec 00 under Tandem Vector section)

Note:

  • Item i. below: Already ‘cleared for all’ at Dec 00 Riggers Meeting.
  • Item ii. below: ‘NOT CLEARED for general use’.
Page 3, Item 8 ― AOB (i). Paul Applegate advised those present that at the previous meeting a number of Tandem clearance requests put forward by Andy Guest had been discussed by the Committee. A letter had been received by Andy Guest concerning this matter, which had been circulated to those present. Mr Guest had stated that the Minutes had not accurately recorded that the following Tandem clearance requests had been accepted by the Committee:
  1. Permission to be able to put a Vector Tandem reserve in a Next Tandem system subject to getting an Advanced Rigger confirming that this was ok.
  2. Permission to have his Vector Tandem systems altered to the Paratec cutaway with secondary handle attached.
The Committee agreed that the above wording confirmed the correct Minute.

The Committee was advised that a letter had been received from Chris Thomas confirming that the Next Tandem container belonging to Mr Guest will accept the EZ 384 main parachute and the Vector 360 reserve.

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RIGGERS 7th Jun 01

2. EQUIPMENT MODIFICATION REQUEST ― RICK BOARDMAN (NOT CLEARED for general use)

Rick Boardman had submitted two proposals concerning Tandem modifications, which had been previously circulated with the Agenda. A letter from Bill Sharp had been received concerning these requests and had been circulated to those present. (Note: The second of Rick's two proposals was not cleared, therefore it is not recorded)

The Committee was advised that Mr Boardman was unable to attend the Riggers meeting that evening, but Dave Ballard was able to put forward the two proposals on his behalf:

i) The first request was for the Red Devils to use a yellow reserve handles on their Tandem Next system. In September 1997, clearance was given for the Red Devils Tandem Vectors to have the colour changed, if there is a blend between jumpsuit and cutaway handle colour.

The Committee was advised that at a subsequent meeting this clearance was given for general use, but only if jumpsuit/cutaway handle blends in colour.

Dave Ballard advised those present that the Red Devils have a colour blend problem, between their jumpsuits and their reserve handle on their Tandem Next. The request was that the permission of September 1997 be extended to encompass the Tandem Next system.

Following discussion on this matter, it was proposed by Rick Boardman (proxy) and seconded by Allan Hewitt that the above request be accepted. The Committee wished to make it clear that this request was for the Red Devils Tandem Next equipment only.

For: 7 (incl. 2 by proxy)Against: 0Abstentions: 2

Carried

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RIGGERS 26th Nov 09

8. A.O.B

  1. Kim Newton reported that she recently had in a brand new set of Next Tandem kit, which was one of the smaller ones fitted with a 373 reserves. She pointed out that there were a number of differences to the equipment, in particular to the RSL and that it had also been fitted with a new type of Collins Lanyard. She stated that she had made sure the equipment owner was aware of the differences for their reserve drills.

    Kim stated that this may be a one off because of its smaller size, but felt that jumpers should be aware that there may be slight variations to the equipment in relation to its size.

    NOTE: See Riggers 5th Aug 10 below for further information about this item.

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RIGGERS 11th Feb 10

6. STUDENT EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL

A Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal application request had been received from Paul Hollow, a copy of which had been previously circulated with the agenda, together with the relevant paperwork and drawings. The request had been supported by Nick Johnston.

The request related to the new type of Next Student Tandem Harness and the proposal was to remove the plastic bellyband buckle and replace it with a chest strap adjustable metal buckle.

The manufacturers (Paratec) had raised no objection to this modification. A copy of an e-mail from Paratec had also been circulated with the agenda.

Following some discussion, it was proposed by Pat Walters and seconded by Dave Major that the above request be accepted.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 5th Aug 10

4. STUDENT HARNESS & CONTAINER SYSTEM ― INITIAL CLEARANCE REQUEST

A Student Harness & Container System ― Initial Clearance application request had been received from Kim Newton, a copy of which had been previously circulated with the Agenda, together with the relevant paperwork.

Kim presented the equipment to the meeting, which was the Next Century Tandem Container. Kim reported that the container had a number of differences from the Next Tandem and whilst she felt those differences may be described as minor, in order to prevent future misunderstandings, she believed it was necessary to accept the Next Century on its own merits. Kim had also advised that Mike Rust had examined the container and he had confirmed that there were no differences in the operation and drills for the Tandem Instructor/operator.

There then followed some discussion on this request. It was felt by those present that the equipment presented was in fact a manufacturers upgrade and therefore, it did not require acceptance for use by the Committee. Kim stated that she understood this, but had submitted the necessary paperwork out of courtesy to the Committee and asked for formal acceptance of this equipment by those present.

Following further discussion, it was proposed by Kim Newton and seconded by Pete Sizer that the above equipment as presented be accepted for use in the UK on the basis that it was a manufacturers upgrade.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 27th Sept 12

3. TANDEM EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL

A Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal from Noel Purcell had been circulated with the Agenda together with the relevant paperwork and drawings. The proposed change was to add a Y strap to a Paratec Tandem Student Harness to keep the legstraps in place and to prevent his student slipping out of the harness. Noel reported that the manufacturers of the harness had stated that they were happy with his proposed modification.


 The Committee were advised that Noel had presented his proposed mod to the previous meeting, and those Riggers present could see no problem with his a proposal. However, a decision could not be taken then, as the related paperwork had not arrived in time for it to be included on the outgoing agenda for that meeting. This item had therefore been deferred until this meeting.

Noel Purcell once again presented the harness and proposed mod to those present.

Following further discussion and consideration, it was proposed by Noel Purcell and seconded by Dave Major that the proposed change to the Paratec Tandem Student harness as presented with the type 7 back strap and belly band (this was not the original which did not have a back band or belly band, nor the newest model which has a type 17 back band and no belly band) be accepted for use at Target Skysports.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 26th Sept 13

9. STUDENT PARACHUTIST EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL

A Student Parachutist Equipment change proposal from Chris Gilmore had been circulated with the agenda and had included the relevant paperwork and drawing. The proposed change was to retrofit leg strap bungees to Next Student Tandem Student harness, copying the manufacturers’ new Student Tandem harness.

Chris Gilmore presented a new Next Student Tandem harness and explained the proposed modification to those present.

Following some discussion, it was proposed by Chris Gilmore and seconded by Paul Stockwell that the above modification be accepted for use on any Next Student Tandem harness with the proviso that the mod is carried out by at least a Parachute Rigger.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 05th Feb 15

5. STUDENT PARACHUTIST EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL

A proposal from Nicky Johnston together with supporting paperwork had been circulated with the Agenda requesting that the Tandem Student Harnesses manufactured by Aircare to the Paratec Next design be accepted for use on all Relative Workshop Dual Container Tandem Vector Systems.

Following consideration, Pete Sizer counter proposed, seconded by Kim Newton that the Tandem Student Harnesses manufactured by Aircare to the Paratec Next design be accepted for use on all Relative Workshop Dual Container Tandem Vector systems, Paratec systems and Aircare systems.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 05th Feb 15

8. STUDENT PARACHUTIST EQUIPMENT CHANGE PROPOSAL

A proposal from Kim Newton together with supporting paperwork had been circulated with the Agenda requesting that the Next Student harness supplied by Paratec be used with the Sigma Tandem Container supplied by UPT/Relative Workshop and that the Sigma Student harness supplied by UPT/Relative Workshop be used with the Next Tandem Container supplied by Paratec.

After consideration, it was proposed by Kim Newton and seconded by Dave Major that the above request be accepted.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 30th Jul 15

10. A.O.B.

10. A.O.B. Paul Applegate reported on a Tandem incident involving a Next Tandem system, where the instructor had difficulty locating the primary deployment toggle due to his student’s awkward position.

The instructor located the secondary handle and tried to pull it, which was very hard to pull. He pulled harder, succeeding, however this took out the cutaway pad, and as the main bag extracted from the container, the reserve deployed via the RSL.

It was later discovered that the secondary handle had Velcro on both sides of the securing tab, causing the hard pull which pulled both the secondary and cutaway pad.

Further investigation resulted in the discovery that some Next secondary release handles have Velcro on both sides of the tab and some (more modern ones) have Velcro on one side.

It had been decided by the Subcommittee that Velcro should only be fitted to one side of the tab – the harness side.

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RIGGERS 02nd Feb 17

5. 'Y' STRAP MODIFICATION FOR PARATEC TANDEM STUDENT HARNESS

Karen Saunders had submitted a Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal Application together with the relative paperwork and drawings, copies of which had been circulated with the Agenda and would be attached to the minutes for information.

Karen Saunders reported that at the Riggers Subcommittee on the 27th September 2012, a proposal had been accepted for Target Skysports only to add a Y strap to a Paratec Tandem Student Harness (this was the harness that had a Type 7 back strap and belly band). Karen had now requested that the above modification be given a general acceptance.

Noel Purcell was asked if he had any comments, as he had experience of using this mod. Noel stated that in his opinion, he would recommend keeping the buckle fastening higher so that there was less risk of the Student sitting on it during a sliding landing. He also suggested using Type 17 webbing, and therefore a small 1 inch buckle.

The Committee thanked Noel for his input, but noted that any alterations to the spec of the original Y mod would require acceptance by the Subcommittee at a future meeting.

Following consideration, it was proposed by Karen Saunders and seconded by Rick Boardman that the Paratec Tandem Student harness with a Type 7 back strap and belly band, and is fitted with a Y strap, previously only accepted for Target Skysports (see Riggers' Subcommittee Minutes of 27 September 2012) be accepted for general use.

Carried Unanimously

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RIGGERS 06th Apr 17

4. 'Y' STRAP MODIFICATION FOR PARATEC TANDEM STUDENT HARNESS

At the Riggers Subcommittee Meeting of 2 February 2017, the Committee had granted a blanket acceptance for the modification to add a 'Y' strap to a Paratec Tandem Student Harness.

Karen Saunders has now requested a number of variations to the original Y modification, and had submitted a Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal Application together with the relative paperwork and drawings, copies of which had been circulated with the Agenda.

Karen presented a mock-up of the proposed modification, and reported that she had improved the design slightly from the photos and drawings originally submitted.

Following consideration, it was proposed by Karen Saunders and seconded by Rick Boardman that the above modification be accepted.

Carried Unanimously

The relevant paperwork and photos for this modification, including a revised drawing and photographs would also be attached to the Minutes for information (Appendix A)

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