Safety Notices

Safety Notice: Independence deployment bags

At the seam-line of the isolated upper loop which is used to attach the deployment handle, a perforation could possibly cause a material weakening of factory delivered deployment bags.  Please check immediately whether your deployment bag is part of the concerned production lots. The affected deployment bags can be distinguished either by the year of manufacture (earliest 6/2016 – see table in PDF) or their serial number.

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Supair Strike Safety Notice

Supair have published an important Strike Safety Notice about the Strike ultralight pod harnesses bearing the "A1" index and produced before May 2017. Strike owners should read this and take action immediately.

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Safety notice: Ozone OZIUM reserve handle

This Safety Notice affects all original Ozium Harnesses (not the new Ozium 2). Ozone have received a report of a case of failure during a simulated deployment. The pins on the reserve deployment handles of all original Ozium harnesses may have been damaged during production. Action required: Mandatory Replacement of Reserve Handle

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Safety Notice: Advance EASINESS and EASINESS 2

The connection between the V-lines and the reserve on all EASINESS and EASINESS 2 reversible harnesses must be changed at the next opportunity. A replacement connection line can be obtained from ADVANCE free of charge from Advance. A routine spot check has revealed that the connection may not be strong enough. Other harnesses conform to their specifications and are not affected.

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Safety Notice: Skywalk Mescal 5

A pilot reported that the seam of the webbed strap that connects the brake pulley to the riser tore during ground handling his Skywalk Mescal5. The seam may not be strong enough if it was sewn with too few stitches. This can reduce the breaking load to approx. 35 kg. This is adequate for flying, but may not be enough for ground handling in strong conditions and large deflection angles.

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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: Finsterwalder CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles

On 4th June 2016 German manufacturer Finsterwalder, who supply buckles to many paragliding, paramotoring and hang gliding harness manufacturers, issued an important safety notice for all harnesses equipped with their CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles, potentially rendering them unairworthy. If these buckles are more than four years old then there is a risk of accidental opening, therefore any harness equipped with them should not be flown. Finsterwalder say that thousands of harnesses from many manufacturers are affected.

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