Safety Notices

Safety Notice: Charly Finsterwalder Quick-Out assembly

The faulty assembly of a Quick-Out carabiner led 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! In the instruction manual, the manufacturer points 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.

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SAFETY NOTICE: Ozone Forza Harness

Concerning the first production Forza harnesses manufactured in 2015 with the serial numbers: Forza-(size)-Q-31A-(???) to Forza-(size)-Q-49E-(???). There have been several cases of a reserve loop failure on the Forza harness. In all cases, one of the loops holding the reserve pin failed completely. There have also been some reported failures of loops that had previously passed the safety notice checks at 15kgs.

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Safety Notice: Gin GENIE LITE 2

Earlier production batches of the Genie Lite 2 have been noted to have issues with the rescue handle. The rescue handle loop is too short for some models of rescue parachutes. This may cause the plastic wire pins to get stuck during deployment.

To rectify this, Gin have produced a loop extender (13cm). All current GIN stock has the loop extender included with the harness. Previously shipped harnesses did not come with this loop. If you require the loop extender, please contact your GIN distributor.

In addition, please ensure that your rescue has been installed according to the instructions in the Genie Lite 2 product manual. If in any doubt, please seek professional advice.

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SAFETY NOTICE: Harness buckles

The DHV issued a safety notice for paraglider harnesses equipped with Finsterwalder CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles in the chest strap. Finsterwalder has reduced the service life to only four years!

The following harness manufacturers have used the mentioned buckles in one or more of their models: Advance, AVA Sport, APCO, Finsterwalder & Charly, Independence, KARPO FLY, SKY Paragliders, SkyTrekking, SOL, Woody Valley. The buckles are also used by several other manufacturers.

Read the ADVANCE Safety Notice and their useful Quick Fix For Harnesses With Click-Lock Buckles. See also the WOODY VALLEY Safety Notice.

Whichever your harness brand, it's worth doing regular checks.

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Safety Notice: Gin Combi Container

A few handles have been found to have insufficient stitching which could result in the handle tearing during use, so Gin Gliders are recalling the entire production batch to ensure that the safety of pilots is guaranteed. If you bought one from us after June 2014, contact us for a replacement rescue handle (free of charge).

Read the full safety notice >

More info on the Gin Combi Container >

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Safety Notice: Gin Genie Race 3

A pilot reported that the main rescue bridle failed at the shoulder connection points following a rescue parachute deployment on a Gin Genie Race 3 harness. Although the harnesses exceed the certification minima, Gin Gliders recommends connecting each main rescue bridle to the front rescue bridle connection point for added safety.

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Safety Notice: Kortel Kolibri harness

27/04/2015 Kortel Kolibri Harness rings

There is a potential problem on the forged rings of the Kolibri harness, which may break under load. The ring is not used in the main structure of the harness, it supports the lumbar and pelvic setting only.

For more details and serial numbers concerned, see the full safety notice.

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Safety Notice: Sup’Air reserve handle

31/03/2015 WALIBI² and EVASION² reserve parachute handle extraction

Sup'Air have issued a safety notice regarding extraction problems for the rescue handle.

Although it relates to their EVASION² and WALIBI² tandem harnesses, it's worth considering the recommended solution if you have long hook and loop fastener strips on your reserve handle system.

Simply blocking off some of the excess hook and loop fastener reduces the gripping force and prevents it from becoming a problem.

The bonding can also be overcome by removing the reserve handle and replacing it gently during every Daily Equipment Inspection. 

Download the full safety notice here

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