[edited: Others beat me to these points but anyway:]
There's one important thing the letter states, but which can easily be overlooked.
Note that it says "and sold before a service life was established."
Although the grammar of the whole sentence is slightly messed up, this suggests that if you bought a parachute AFTER a service life was put in the manual, that life does apply.
So an old Softie pilot rig has a potentially unlimited life, but a new one would have whatever limit is now in their manual.
Although it isn't spelled out, the letter seems to imply something else important -- which I wish had be clarified:
Changing the manual doesn't seem to affect the original limitations on the gear. So if a new manual shows a different packing method, the packing method in the old manual is still legal, because that's how the gear was certified. If the manufacturer thinks it is dangerous, they can apply for an AD.
Whether new manuals complement or supersede old manuals, that's a huge issue that riggers have argued about in the past.
(This post was edited by pchapman on Sep 28, 2012, 11:48 AM)
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