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Removing an AAD

 


jimmurt  (C 40326)

Aug 27, 2012, 3:00 AM
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I have a Vigil AAD which I need to send to Belgium to get checked out.

Is this something I can/should do or is it a task for a rigger?

Do you need to take out the reserve before you can remove it?

Thanks.


(This post was edited by jimmurt on Aug 27, 2012, 3:02 AM)


padraigbrowne  (E 507)

Aug 27, 2012, 3:17 AM
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Reserve has to be opened to access and remove the AAD .
You could do it yourself , but why bother , you will need a rigger to repack it anyway .
I would suggest you get a rigger to do it but watch him .
Its a great way to learn about your gear


mark  (D 6108)

Aug 27, 2012, 4:35 AM
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You could do it yourself , but why bother , you will need a rigger to repack it anyway.

Does your rigger charge for this service? He (or she) should. Removing a Vigil or Cypres is something you can do for yourself, and you are asking someone else to do it for you.

Mark


-ftp-

Aug 27, 2012, 9:06 AM
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In reply to:
You could do it yourself , but why bother , you will need a rigger to repack it anyway.

Does your rigger charge for this service? He (or she) should. Removing a Vigil or Cypres is something you can do for yourself, and you are asking someone else to do it for you.

Mark

Yeah, but what about packing the reserver after?


Premier NWFlyer  (D License)

Aug 27, 2012, 9:21 AM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
You could do it yourself , but why bother , you will need a rigger to repack it anyway.

Does your rigger charge for this service? He (or she) should. Removing a Vigil or Cypres is something you can do for yourself, and you are asking someone else to do it for you.

Mark

Yeah, but what about packing the reserver after?

That's not what the person asked about. It's quite possible they don't want to repack the rig until the AAD comes back from its service.

I've taken my own AAD out to wash my rig. It's really not that difficult, just be careful about it and pull carefully on wires - they'll come out easily so long as you pull in the right direction.


(This post was edited by NWFlyer on Aug 27, 2012, 9:21 AM)


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Aug 27, 2012, 9:37 AM
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Also if its a Mirage talk to the rigger about some tricks to make the install a LOT easier on them prior to removal! Wink


jimmurt  (C 40326)

Aug 27, 2012, 9:53 AM
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Thanks for the replies. To confirm, I will not be getting it repacked until the ADD is back from Vigil.

I do have someone (not a rigger) lined up to help with the removal


pchapman  (D 1014)

Aug 27, 2012, 10:34 AM
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First, remove the main canopy. With a sharp surgical knife or similar cutting knife, make an incision through the main to reserve wall at the non-cable end of the Vigil, carefully entering the AAD pouch. Extract the body of the Vigil through the cut. Follow the Vigil manual to open the case and disconnect the control unit and cutter cables. Tuck cables back inside the pouch, optionally sear the fabric ends to prevent ravelling, and carefully hand tack the incision shut, finishing with a surgeon's knot plus an extra overhand knot.

No repack required and the seal remains intact!

Some stuffy old riggers probably disagree but this laparascopic style rigging is the new way to do things.

[This advice is worth what you paid for it and you waive all liability if following my advice.]

I'd better add a lot of smileys. SmileSmileSmile


jimmurt  (C 40326)

Aug 27, 2012, 11:14 AM
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First, remove the main canopy. With a sharp surgical knife or similar cutting knife, make an incision through the main to reserve wall at the non-cable end of the Vigil, carefully entering the AAD pouch. Extract the body of the Vigil through the cut. Follow the Vigil manual to open the case and disconnect the control unit and cutter cables. Tuck cables back inside the pouch, optionally sear the fabric ends to prevent ravelling, and carefully hand tack the incision shut, finishing with a surgeon's knot plus an extra overhand knot.

No repack required and the seal remains intact!

Some stuffy old riggers probably disagree but this laparascopic style rigging is the new way to do things.

[This advice is worth what you paid for it and you waive all liability if following my advice.]

I'd better add a lot of smileys. SmileSmileSmile

Thank God you added the smileys, I woulda done all of that Wink



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