INSPECT - Continued
e. Foreign material and stains. Inspect each assembly and related components for the presence of
dirt or similar type foreign material. Also check for evidence of mildew, moisture, oil, grease,
2. Detailed inspection. In addition to the overall inspection performed in 1., above, a detailed inspection
will be performed on the materials that constitute the assembly or component construction using the
following criteria, as applicable:
a. Metal. Inspect for rust, corrosion, dents, bends, breaks, burrs, rough spots, sharp edges, wear,
deterioration; damaged, loose or missing grommets, safety pins, connector snap, eye hook, pack
fastener; improper swaging or welding; loss of spring tension; and missing or loose screws.
b. Cloth. Inspect for breaks, burns, cuts, frays, holes, rips, snags, tears; loose, missing, or broken
stitching or tacking; and weak spots, wear, or deterioration.
Fabric tape, webbing, and cordage. Inspect for breaks, burns, cuts, frays, holes, snags, tears,
incorrect weaving, and sharp edges formed from searing; loose, missing, or broken stitching,
tacking, whipping, and weaving; weak spots, wear, and deterioration.
An in-storage inspection is a physical check conducted on a random sample of air delivery equipment that
is located in storage. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that the equipment is ready for issue,
that the item is properly identified and segregated from other types of equipment, that no damage or
deterioration of equipment has been incurred, and that all modifications or similar action requirements
have been completed. The inspection shall also concern the methods and procedures applied to the
storage of air delivery items, the adequacy of storage facilities, efforts of pest and rodent control, and
protection against unfavorable climatic conditions. Air delivery equipment that is in storage will be
inspected at least semiannually and at more frequent intervals if prescribed by the local parachute
maintenance officer. The frequency of inspection may vary according to the type of storage facilities and
local climatic conditions. Only parachute rigger personnel designated by the local parachute
maintenance officer will conduct in-storage inspections.
Air delivery equipment may be rendered unserviceable by either normal fair wear or by aging, and will be
subsequently be repaired, modified, or condemned, as appropriate. Equipment that is uneconomically
repairable (outdated) will be condemned. Disposition of air delivery equipment that is condemned,
unserviceable, or for which the serviceability is questionable, will be accomplished using the following
procedures, as applicable:
1. Item requiring repair or modification. An air delivery item that requires repair or modification will be
tagged in accordance with DA PAM 738-751. Subsequent work on the item will be performed at the
maintenance level specified for the maintenance function in the applicable supporting technical
2. Parachutes with exhausted age or service life. Any parachute component or air delivery equipment
whose age or service life has expired as specified in TB 43-0002-43 will be removed from service,
condemned and tagged as prescribed by DA PAM 738-751.
3. Disposition of condemned air deliver equipment. Condemned equipment, other than fatality
parachutes, will be removed from service and disposed of in accordance with current directives listed
in this WP.