Attach Skirt Hesitator Lines
If the reserve canopy has been deployed in a known high-speed
malfunction, the reserve canopy will be removed from service.
Continued use may cause the canopy to fail resulting in serious
injury or death to the parachutist.
If the reserve canopy has been deployed for any reason, ascertain the reason for
deployment. In any event, the skirt assist line attachment points shall be inspected to
determine if the type I, 1/4-inch cotton webbing broke. If any skirt assist lines are broken,
and it has been determined the reserve canopy was NOT involved in a known high speed
deployment, remove and replace the skirt assist ties with 1/4-inch Type I cotton webbing
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Ensure that all skirt hesitator ties are secured properly.
Each suspension line is cascaded near the skirt of the canopy. The continuous lines
attach to the skirt and the cascaded lines are attached to loops on the corresponding
seam 19.5-inches on the inside of the canopy. The cascaded portions are called "Skirt
Assist Lines" and aid in inflation of the canopy.
During high-speed deployments the skirt assist lines break free of the canopy to dampen
the opening shock. During low speed deployments they remain attached and assist in the
deployment. During normal repack, the skirt assist attachments should be inspected but it
is not necessary to replace them unless the canopy has been deployed.
1. Starting with line 1, follow the inside radial seam until you run into the skirt assist line attaching
loop (figure 11, item 1).
2. Route one end of a 12-inch length of Type I, 1/4-inch, cotton webbing, one turn single, through one
end of the skirt assist line attaching loop, through the looped end of the skirt assist line (figure 11,
item 2), and back through skirt assist line attaching loop.
3. Secure the ends of the Type I, 1/4-inch cotton webbing (figure 11, item 3), over the skirt assist line
attaching loop (figure 11, item 1), with a surgeon's knot and locking knot.
4. Trim the excess to within 1/2-inch.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 with the additional 19 suspension lines.