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Jun 17, 2011, 6:36 AM
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I received this last night from UPT and wanted to pass it on:


Attention all Tandem instructors please review this before making your next Tandem jump.

A similar notice was sent out last year and being that is the beginning of the season for most TI's, and because of a recent incident that has been reported to us we are sending this notice once again.

The incident that occurred is as follows:

An experienced TI was in the process of fitting the student harness onto a 85-year-old woman. He thought that he would do her a favor and leave the harness a bit loose. The TI thought that she was frail and did not want to make her uncomfortable or hurt her.

The result of this was that while they were exiting the aircraft she slipped down in the harness. This might have resulted in her being ejected from the harness. The fact that this harness had a Y-Strap, and that the TI managed to control the passenger by grabbing her, may have prevented a fatality.

What can we learn form this?

1. If you think you are doing your student a favor by doing something outside of your normal or recommended procedures you could be making a fatal error in judgment. Make sure the harness is fitted correctly.

2. Not everyone is capable or physically suited to make a tandem skydive. You can say no.


3. Always have the student harness fitted correctly and in a jumpable configuration before boarding the aircraft. No exceptions.


It is important to note that by not following the manufacturers and USPA's guidelines you could have your TI rating revoked or suspended.


It is apparent that on occasion the Sigma student harness is not fitted correctly during the initial gear set up prior to boarding the plane. It is then extremely difficult to correctly fit the harness once in the aircraft, as the passenger will not be in an upright position. If the student is 'wide', it is important that the main lift web be moved further to the sides of the passenger - if the main lift web is too far forward then it leaves a bigger hole for the butt to slide out. Make sure that all straps are tightened including the horizontal back strap and the diagonal back strap. It is imperative that the harness is fitted correctly prior to boarding the aircraft.

No parachute harness can safely contain all body types. The Sigma student harness is no exception. Certain body types require careful evaluation and extreme care before the decision to let them jump is made. These groups include but are not limited to: the frail, woman with a high body mass index, extremely large or small people, amputees and paraplegics etc. The Y strap does increase the utility of a poorly adjusted harness somewhat but there will still be body types that cannot safely make a tandem jump. The complete assembly of the Y-Strap mod is available from UPT for $120, or you can manufacture it yourself using the attached work instructions. We highly recommend that each dropzone using our systems have a least one of this type of harness.

Download the Student Harness Y-Strap Retrofit Modification
Please see the Sigma Student Harness Adjustment Guide

Please also see our guide on wheelchair dependent students.




Mark Procos

General Manager

uninsured United Parachute Technologies LLC


Rover  (D 241)

Jun 17, 2011, 3:29 PM
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Quote:
woman with a high body mass index
PC for fat Cool


Abedy  (D 10153)

Jun 18, 2011, 11:10 AM
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I like this part most: "leaves a bigger hole for the butt to slide out"
Huhu, they said "butt"!

back to topic: Thanks for sharing this article. The harnesses we use here are slightly different but most tips/hints given also apply and be it only to re-think the whole matter again.


theonlyski  (D License)

Jun 18, 2011, 8:07 PM
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In reply to:
I like this part most: "leaves a bigger hole for the butt to slide out"
Huhu, they said "butt"!

back to topic: Thanks for sharing this article. The harnesses we use here are slightly different but most tips/hints given also apply and be it only to re-think the whole matter again.

Warning and waiver DVD are in German? Tongue


Abedy  (D 10153)

Jun 19, 2011, 9:02 AM
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I referred to the article that started the thread. Wink

Most people here jump Next rigs (from Paratec, a German company) which are Vector-style. Thus, the abovementioned hints are worth a thought. Cool

And since most people here understand English fairly well, we do not have that many problems if a manual is provided in English. I dare say it's not that easy if vice versa? TongueAngelic


tkhayes  (D 18764)

Jun 21, 2011, 8:23 AM
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so let me get this straight. two people have fallen out of tandem harnesses and yet, tandem instructors still need to be reminded that the harness should be snugly fit?

I guess it is true - you can't fix stupid.

Start saying NO. Stop chasing the dollar. raise the bar a little for yourself and your dropzone.
Attachments: 10 Things to cover with your potential Tandem or AFF student.pdf (15.1 KB)


tonyhays  (D 26336)

Jun 21, 2011, 3:54 PM
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That's a nice list...thanks for sharing.

Years ago, I heard a TI say "If someone can't stand on an office style chair, jump off, and land standing...they have no business jumping".

Maybe a bit extreme...but definitely food for thought.


BobMoore  (D 13136)

Jun 21, 2011, 6:56 PM
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In reply to:
Years ago, I heard a TI say "If someone can't stand on an office style chair, jump off, and land standing...they have no business jumping".

I just went to my office and tried this. Damn, I twisted my ankle. I should have locked the wheels so it couldn't move.


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Jun 24, 2011, 11:19 PM
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In reply to:
I just went to my office and tried this. Damn, I twisted my ankle. I should have locked the wheels so it couldn't move.
LaughLaughLaugh

The best test of skydiving ability is how well you can fall off a bar stool. Wink


feuergnom  (D License)

Jun 27, 2011, 4:56 AM
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just curious: since when are UPT tandems retro-fitted with the y-strap?


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Jun 27, 2011, 10:48 AM
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It is an option, not mandatory. The Option came out about the same time Strong came out with their mandatory "Y" strap.

Matt


parachutist  (D 25468)

Jul 17, 2011, 9:40 PM
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"The complete assembly of the Y-Strap mod is available from UPT for $120, or you can manufacture it yourself using the attached work instructions. "

Does UPT actually provide these instructions, or are they expecting riggers to look at the pictures in the installation instructions and guess the best way to make these, guess how long the webbing should be, etc.? I had no instructions or template attached to the e-mail I received... if anyone did, please post them here.


parachutist  (D 25468)

Jul 18, 2011, 10:48 AM
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UPT e-mailed these instructions to me, but the file's too big to upload here. I submitted a copy to Parachutemanuals.com. so it may be there soon.



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