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Sunpath - SPS B009 (23 May 2013)

DATE: May 23, 2013
SERVICE BULLETIN# SPSB009

SUBJECT: SUPPLIER/VENDOR RECALL OF PS70104 HOUSINGS (METAL FLEX HOSING INC)

STATUS: MANDATORY INSPECTION AND REPLACEMENT OF RECALLED HOUSINGS

SERVICE BULLETIN: MANDATORY INSPECTION (COMPLIANCE WITH METAL FLEX HOSING MATERIAL RECALL)

IDENTIFICATION: ALL JA101 XX HARNESS CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES (JAVELIN ODYSSEY) WITH METAL FLEX HOUSING BATCH #33234 A AND 33227, .375ID PS70104 HOUSINGS.

SEE SERIAL NUMBER LIST BELOW.

38159 38891 38901 38912 38959 38973 38987 38997 39027 39037 39047
39061 39165 38231 38892 38902 38913 38960 38975 38988 38999 39028
39038 39048 39063 39419 38453 38893 38903 38923 38961 38976 38989
39013 39029 39039 39049 39064 39499 38523 38894 38904 38924 38963
38978 38990 39014 39030 39040 39050 39066 39527 38589 38895 38905
38925 38964 38979 38991 39021 39031 39041 39051 39070 38753 38896
38906 38943 38967 38980 38992 39022 39032 39042 39054 39076 38799
38897 38907 38945 38968 38982 38993 39023 39033 39043 39055 39083
38800 38898 38908 38946 38970 38984 38994 39024 39034 39044 39056
39087 38860 38899 38909 38947 38971 38985 38995 39025 39035 39045
39058 39089 38890 38900 38910 38953 38972 38986 38996 39026 39036
39046 39060 39118

BACKGROUND: Metal Flex Hosing (supplier of flexible metal housings) has recalled 195 total PS70104 .375” ID SS housings due to the ability of the coil to separate. 155 of these housings were received by Sun Path Products, Inc., 124 of which were installed in harness container assemblies, 27 pulled from inventory prior to use and 4 damaged/discarded. (Note: this is not a failure mode. Separating of the coil does not impede normal operation or function of the system)



Who can inspect: Anyone can inspect this area. See photos below.

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What to inspect: All JA101 XX harness container systems listed in table above. Inspect Reserve Ripcord housing.

PROCEDURE: If the serial number is listed in the above table, inspect the available exposed reserve ripcord housing. Locate the lower end of the housing, which is clamped to the Main Lift Web, just above the reserve ripcord pocket. Inspect the exposed length of housing from the clamp upwards; ensure that the coil has not separated/unraveled. Be sure to inspect the section that is routed through the chest strap.

Inspection Results:

A. HOUSING FOUND TO BE INTACT (GOOD): The rig may continue to be jumped with periodic monitoring until the next repack cycle or earlier elective replacement. However this housing must be replaced at the next repack cycle. See http://www.sunpath.com/support/HousingReplacement.pdf for instructions for your rigger to complete the replacement of the housing.

B. HOUSING FOUND TO BE SEPERATED/UNRAVELLED (BAD): The housing must be replaced before the next jump by a certificated senior or master parachute rigger (or foreign equal) or the manufacturer. See http://www.sunpath.com/support/HousingReplacement.pdf for instructions for your rigger to complete the replacement of the housing or instructions to send your system back to the manufacturer.

Resolution:

A: Housing is intact and will be monitored and replaced at the inspection/repack cycle.
1. NOTE ON PACKING DATA CARD, SPSB009 COMPLETED
2. AT TIME OF REPLACEMENT, FILL OUT WEB FORM AND SUBMIT at http://www.sunpath.com/MetalFlexRecall.html and add “–Replaced“ after SPSB009 COMPLETED from step 1 above.
3. NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED

B. HOUSINGS ARE SEPERATED/UNRAVELLED:
1. GO TO http://www.sunpath.com/support/HousingReplacement.pdf FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON REPLACEMENT OF THE SUBJECT HOUSINGS.
2. AT TIME OF REPLACEMENT, FILL OUT WEB FORM AND SUBMIT at http://www.sunpath.com/MetalFlexRecall.html ;NOTE ON PACKING DATA CARD AND RIGGER LOG BOOK, SPSB009 COMPLETED REPLACED.
3. NO FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED.

COMPLIANCE DATE: INSPECTION BEFORE NEXT JUMP (BY ANYONE) AND MANDITORY HOUSING REPLACEMENT AT NEXT REPACK CYCLE BY FAA SENIOR OR MASTER PARACHUTE RIGGER OR FOREIGN EQUAL.

AUTHORITY:
DAVID L. SINGER
Sun Path Products, Inc.
Director of Engineering
404
West Edinborough Ave
Raeford NC 28376 USA
Telephone: 910 875 9002
FAX: 910 875 9272

DISTRIBUTION:
1. All Sun Path Products Dealers
2. PIA Technical Committee
3. PIA Rigging Committee
4. National Aero Clubs, Parachuting Section
5. All Parachuting publications
6. Military Parachute Organizations
7. FAA MIDO SAVANNA
8. FAA FISDO, GREENSBORO, NC
9. FAA ACO, ATLANTA, GA
10. DGAC, FRANCE


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