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techno 155


5kyd1vergav  (D License)

Feb 15, 2011, 9:19 AM
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im buying a 155 techno with no rides. its ten years old.

the question- im wondering how long this reserve is certified for?? im desperately hoping for 20 !

i thought all reserves were 20 years but i have an e mail from aerodyne saying the smart is only 12 years, not so smart! are pdf the same?

so any riggers out there who can help on this q?!

many thanks , gav.

Premier likestojump  (D License)

Feb 15, 2011, 9:26 AM
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Re: [5kyd1vergav] techno 155 [In reply to] Can't Post

way to open up a can of worms.

I cannot find any mention of Smart Reserve life limit on Aerodyne website. can you please validate the info ?

and the "most" reserves being life limited to 20 years is bullshit. Unless of course you mean by various countries parachute associations.

as far as the Techno - sorry, cannot help.


Feb 15, 2011, 9:57 AM
Post #3 of 5 (1748 views)
Re: [5kyd1vergav] techno 155 [In reply to] Can't Post

There is no official time limit on the Technos.
Riggers used to the PdF products start looking at it very closely after 15 years, and most of the time stop packing them after 20 years.

If it's a good deal, go for it.

riggerpaul  (D 28098)

Feb 15, 2011, 10:02 AM
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Re: [likestojump] techno 155 [In reply to] Can't Post

Smart manual says the canopy needs "porosity" testing after 20 repacks.

Their wording is a bit confusing

11. POROSITY: Check porosity in the following cases
-After 10 uses
-After immersion in water once the canopy is dry
-After 20 repacks (based on a 6month repack cycle)
-After any use in abnormal conditions

1) it is permeability testing - nylon is not porous, that is, it does not absorb water.
2) After immersion? How much immersion?
3) After 20 repacks (based on a 6 month repack cycle) - does that mean 12 years, or 20 repacks, or either or what?
4) No definition of "abnormal condition".

I tried in October of 2009 to get clearer information from them, and to have them clarify the manual, to no avail.

Whatever the tests, it doesn't say this is a life limit. If it passes the test, you should be able to keep using it.

5kyd1vergav  (D License)

Feb 15, 2011, 10:55 AM
Post #5 of 5 (1717 views)
Re: [5kyd1vergav] techno 155 [In reply to] Can't Post

this is a copy and paste of the email i was sent when asking about shelflife of aerodynes prods.

Hi Gavin

The 12years shelf life applies to both
The Smart and Main Canopies.

The Shelf life of the Container is a little more difficult to. Comment. 12 years (as like the canopies) is my general advice, however they can last a lot longer, really because the harness webbings and components see very little load compared to their strength.

But if you have to ask me a safe life for containers, I would again say 12years.

Hope this helps

Dom ...

i guess it was them who opened this can of worms!

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