Jul 18, 2001, 9:10 AM
Post #1 of 11
Could someone tell me a little about keeping a Cypres up to date. First how often do you replace the batteries and how much do new batteries cost. Second, about how much does a 4 year check cost, and does Cypres do this themselves or can a rigger do it for you? Thanks,
To keep up with Cypres maintenance, you have to replace the batteries every 2 years. This can be done by your local rigger and costs $70 to $100 depending upon international monetary exchange rates. When it is 4 years and 8 years old, it goes back to the factory for inspection. All Cypri - what is the plural anyways? - in the Western Hemisphere go to SSK in Ohio for inspections, all the rest of them return to Airtec's factory in Germany. Inspections cost about US$150 plus shipping. Technically, anyone can remove a Cpres from a rig, but it must be installed by a licensed parachute rigger. Finally, when a Cypres reaches 12 years old it is scrap. SSK has promised some sort of rebate when you trade in your 12-year-old Cypres, but they have not published any dollar figures yet.
I am looking at purchasing a used cypres. If someone tells me that they have just had the batteries replaced, or they have had the 4 year check done, is there a way for me to verify that this is true? Is there some kind of log sheet that goes with the unit, or do I just have to trust the person I am buying from?
Jul 18, 2001, 12:54 PM
Post #4 of 11
That brings up an interesting question. Does SSK or Airtek keep serial number records so that you can check the background of a particular unit before buying? There are some very unscrupulous people in the world and I wouldnt always be inclined to trust my life to a small piece of paper with scribbling on it. Not that I own a Cypress....yet....
Going back to one of the questions in this, if you buy a used cypres how do you know weather it's batteries have been changed and when the last 4 year check it was done. If there some sort of a log or a service card that is updated. Thanks.
Every time Cypres batteries are replaced, the rigger is supposed to record the date on a chart inside the battery compartment. He is also supposed to affix a new orange label - with the new date - on the outside of the box. Finally, he is supposed to record his work on the reserve packing data card. Any fewer written records are a violation of Federal Air Regulations. As for the Rigger who keeps the same set of batteries in his personal Cypres for 4 years. Again, this is a violation of Federal Air Regulations. The FAA recently slapped a rigger for "failing to follow manufacturers' instructions." Airtec reminds us to replace old batteries becasue old battereis are far more likely to leak. Legalities aside, remember that a woman died with 3 1/2 year old Cypres batteries on her back! As for calculating the price of used Cypri ...here is one formula: the last time I did the calculations, a new Cypres cost US$1200. Expect it to depreciate at $100/year so it is worth $0 at 12 years old. These values only hold if you have followed the maintenance schedule. Overdue batteries or missed inspections reduce the value of used Cypri.