MC-6 PERSONNEL PARACHUTE SYSTEM
RESERVE CANOPY SKIRT HESITATOR TIES
92R (10) Parachute Rigger
Replace Skirt Hesitator Ties
If the reserve canopy has been involved in a known high-
speed malfunction and deployed, it must be removed from
service immediately. Failure to do so could cause a
catastrophic failure on any subsequent re-use. If the reserve
canopy has been deployed for any reason, the reason for the
deployment MUST be ascertained to determine the continued
serviceability of the reserve parachute.
If the canopy has been deployed, the skirt hesitator line attachments must be removed
and replaced with new 80 lb. cotton webbing.
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
Hesitator Lines" and aid in inflation of the canopy. During high-speed deployments the
skirt hesitator 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 hesitator attachments should be inspected but it is not necessary to
replace them unless the canopy has been deployed.
1. Remove cotton webbing (figure 1, item 1) from skirt hesitator line attaching loops (figure 1, item 2).