Mar 21, 2001, 8:56 AM
Post #1 of 12
Cypres four-year check
The cypres on the gear I bought in Octoberish was due for a 4-year check in February. I kept MEANING to take it in, but the weather finally cleared up, and...well, you know.
I really want to jump it this weekend, but I'm a little worried. Is it safe to fudge the 4-year checks by a couple of months? It goes through the cycle just fine when I turn it on, and the batteries are still okay.
On a related note, must you have the reserve repacked THE VERY DAY four months have gone by? Is it a safety issue or a legal issue? (This is just rhetorical.)
I'm not trying to duck the rules or anything. I want to keep myself safe, but I also want to jump this weekend.
I'm not the difinitive source on this by ANY means but I recomend you send it in. You want to make sure its in tip top shape huh? I mean I have heard rare stories of leaking batteries and that alone would be enough to make me send it in. I wouldnt want to take the chance of having it not work properly either. If its not in tip top shape it would kind of ruin the reason for having one in the first place. It probably is still fine, I dont know-LOL
You dont have to get your reserve repacked EXactly the day it is due, but you wont be able to jump it if its out of date and some one saees it-LOL- I heard PD did a test on reserves being packed for different amount of times up to something like a year, and there was virtually no difference in openings. Anyone ever heard this too>?
I dont know about the PD tests but the major reason that they currently limit reserve repacks to 3 months is because of the old reserves. Silk had a higher degredation rate. Today with modern reserves, there isnt the need to pull these things out as often. That is why the USPA is looking to make a reserve repack 120 days. They are supposed to announce that rather soon I think.
That is why the USPA is looking to make a reserve repack 120 days. They are supposed to announce that rather soon I think.
I thought the USPA is waiting to get approval from the FAA for the 180 day repack cycle. 120 is what we have in the states already.
To answer the original questions it is illegal to jump an out of date reserve. This is set by the federal government. This is not to say you can't get it repacked early, it does not have to be repacked on the expiration date per say. Your DZO most likely would not be happy if he knew you were jumping an out of date reserve. Personally, I would turn the CYPRES off if it was mine and it was already due for it's checkup and finish out the weekend of jumping and get it taken out. Besides the checks are due every 4 years from the MANUFACTURE date until they expire, not the date you decided to turn it in. My understanding is that they keep it for 2 to 4 weeks for the testing?
I would send it in as soon as possible, or leave it turned off until you do send it in. I left mine off for a few jumps in December, I was not so much worried about it not firing on time, but missfiring when it is not supposed to. I just did my scheduled 4 year Cypres Maintenance last month, its very expensive, but, better safe than sorry. SSK sent my Cypres back with quite a bit of information, included was a sheet that tells me that you can be +/- 3 months on the maintenance dates, I would be scared to push it past there though.
I know it sucks to give up your rig for a few weeks just when the weather is becoming jumpable, but it is important maintenance. My baby is with my rigger right now for the same thing.
You can probably safely jump it this weekend, but if its your first trip to the dz this year, and your reserve is out of date, they probably won't let you jump it anyway. Most dzs have you renew your paperwork and waivers once a year and they will check your rig and reserve card at that time. Our manifest is all computerized, and we can't manifest with a reserve out of date. Yes, there are ways around that, but this is a safety forum so lets not go there....
Also, your rigger will not repack your reserve without sending the cypres in.
Please be safe and don't fudge it past this weekend! maybe you can rent or borrow gear? Not the best option, but anything to get your knees in the breeze, right!
-The current repack cycle is 120 days. One day longer and your rig is not legal to jump. -There is a movement afoot to increase the repack cycle to 180 days, confirmed by PIA at the last Symposium in San Diego. -Personally, I won't pack a reserve that has a CYPRES due for it's 4-year check during the next 120 days. Nor will I pack it if the CYPRES batteries expire in that 120 day period. Are there any other Riggers out there that agree/diagree? -You have a 6 month window (+/- 3 months from the date of manufacture) to get your CYPRES serviced. I talked to SSK last week, and they have a 10 working day turn around on 4-year service right now. -My strong but friendly recommendation is that you stop jumping the rig, get your rigger to send the CYPRES back to SSK for it's 4-year check (and probably new batteries too) -Jumping with your CYPRES turned off because it's past the 4-year service date could open up a whole can of worms that neither you or the other folks at your DZ want to be involved in. -Sangiro has even provided us with a handy-dandy repack calculator so you don't have to count the days on your calendar: http:// http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/reminder_new/reminder.cgi?calculator=1
I'm pretty sure tou can "fudge" the 4-year check by a couple of months EITHER WAY. I think its 3 months. For future reference the check is due on the "4th & 8th anniversary" of manufacture - so... If you send it in, say 3 months early then its good for 4 years & 3 months. If you send it in 3 months late then its good for 3 years & 9 months.