b. While the system is disassembled, closely inspect it for wear. Check the white locking loops (the
ones that pass over the smallest ring and through the grommet) to be sure they are not frayed.
Do not mix the risers with different material locking loops, i.e. nylon cord and nylon fabric locking
loops. The locking loop may discolor (black) where it contacts the metal ring or grommets. This
c. Check the velcro on the release handle and main lift web to ensure that it adequately holds the
d. Check the stitching, including that which holds the base ring to the main lift web and the hand
tacking that prevents the release housing from sliding through the keeper (this keeper is located a
few inches above the padded release handle).
e. Take each riser and vigorously twist and flex the webbing where it passes through each ring. The
idea is to remove any set or deformation in the webbing. Failure to do this might make the
release hesitate when activated in response to a low drag malfunction such as a streamer.
Check the inside of the release housing for gravel or other obstructions. Use cable to do this.
Inspect the housing for dents or other damage.
Never lubricate the release cable with oil. Moisture only increases
the probability of foreign material adhering to the release cable.
g. Wipe the release cable with a dry, clean rag or paper towel to ensure it is clean.
h. Inspect the housing for dirt, dents, and debris. Any dents are cause for immediate grounding of
the system until a replacement housing is installed.
After repeated use, dents will appear in the cadmium plating. Rotate the rings periodically to
reduce the localized plating damage.
Do not allow the release assembly to become wet in cold weather.
It may freeze, stiffen the webbing, and fail in use causing death or
Inspect each release housing and assembly. Check release assembly for rust. Any rust is cause
for immediate grounding of the system until the hardware is replaced.
k. Inspect all grommets. Grommets must not be bent, dented, loose or burred. Replace the riser if
frayed webbing begins to show around the large No. 2 grommet.
Properly reassemble the system ensuring it is done IAW this technical manual. To ensure the
risers are not reversed, double-check them.