d. Markings and stenciling. Inspect each assembly and components for faded, illegible, obliterated,
or missing informational data and identification numbers.
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, pitch,
resin, or contamination by salt water.
2. Detailed inspection. In addition to the overall inspection performed in step 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.
c. 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.
d. Pressure-sensitive (adhesive) tape. Inspect for burns, holes, cuts, tears, weak spots; and
looseness and deterioration.
e. Rubber and elastic. Inspect for burns, cuts, holes, tears, weak spots, loss of elasticity and
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
subsequently be repaired, modified, or condemned, as appropriate. Equipment that is uneconomically
reparable (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: