- Street: 6215 Okanagan Landing Road
- City: Vernon
- Province/State: British Columbia
- Country: Canada
- Postal Code/Zip: V1H1M5
- Listed: June 29, 2013 2:50 am
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|Why should you have this system? This is very personal decision to make and not an easy one at that. We believe that a parachute system should be as simple as possible. You pull a handle, two pins move, a pilot chute flies out and drags the canopy out. We believe that parachutes made for ultralights should be made to the same high standards as any other parachutes. Ours are!!!!
The ASAP RPS consists basically of 3 parts; the parachute with deployment system, the main bridle and bridle sling and the activation or opening device.
RPS-950 and RPS-700
Complete RPS-950, Attachment clamps, Bridle and Rip Cord.
Parachute – The canopy is manufactured to a standard high quality parachute manufacturing practices. The construction is the same on all our parachutes, skydiving parachutes, emergency parachutes for pilots and ultralight parachutes.
The fabric is 1.1 oz 0-3 cfm low porosity nylon rip-stop fabric, and Dacron lines. The RPS features kevlar reinforced upper and lower lateral bands, and utilizes a 20’ 9000 lb. type XX bridle. The RPS is intended for staged but fast deployment.
Deployment is effected by means of a spring loaded pilot chute. Deployment, at 60 mph is between 1.5 and 2 seconds. Deployment means the time from ripcord pull to a fully opened canopy. This system depends on the speed of your aircraft for inflation of the canopy. Whatever stretches your canopy and lines, pilot chute, drogue gun or whatever, your plane will have to move through the air in order for the canopy to inflate. At speeds of less then the stated above, the deployment is somewhat slower. At higher speeds, it’s a bit faster.
The pilot chute, when the rip cord is pulled, extracts the canopy from the container. This is the same system used on all emergency parachutes for pilots as well as reserve parachutes for sky divers.
Wing Strut Mounting
These are general instructions for wing strut mounting of the ASAP RPS, if you are considering another mounting location, this is not approved or recommend by ASAP.
On most types of wing strut mountings, the ASAP RPS is attached to the wing struts at a point just outside of the jury struts. In any case, the ASAP RPS must be attached at a point that allows the parachute to deploy in a straight line behind the aircraft without getting entangled in the tail or any wires or tubing.Do not install this parachute if there is any chance that the canopy can become entangled.
ATTENTION: Please read the following instructions completely.
AIRCRAFT SALES AND PARTS RPS INSTRUCTIONS:
Congratulations on the purchase of your ASAP Recovery power chute. The chute was designed to be mounted on your wing strut and to provide added protection in the event you will find it necessary to bring yourself and craft to safety. However, remember if you have pulled the rip cord you are already sitting in a disabled plane and you are trying to save your life.
Please read the enclosed directions and follow them carefully to assure the proper mounting of your RPS is done correctly.
Install parachute on RIGHT wing struts(right side is when you are sitting in the pilots seat looking forward). Due to the many different wing and airplane configurations the actual affixing of the RPS canister is left up to the owner operator. Whatever configuration is decided on, you must insure that the support tube or brackets are strong enough to fully support and maintain the weight of the RPS canister. This weight or load consideration is not only to support the canister under flight loads but also under hard landings and even rough taxing conditions. This is also why the canister and routing cable needs to be inspected during each and every pre-flight. The actual location of the canister should be approximately 6″ out towards the wing tip from the jury struts. See enclosed photo for an example of a common mounting configuration.
Routing of main bridle and bridle sling:
Consider the following when routing the bridle. You are trying to create a clear path from where the canopy deploys to where you decide to attach the bridle sling. Remember to pick a bridle sling location that will be able to withstand the extreme shock load that the canopy deployment will create.
The ideal attachment point of the bridle sling is on your root tube or bodytube, if you have some down tubes attached at or near this point, loop your bridle around them as well.
The ideal routing for the main bridle is to go from the canister along the trailing edge of the rear strut to the root tube or main bridle sling location which is slightly ahead of your C of G. Be sure that the steel cables are fastened securely. It will do your propeller no good if a loose cable gets tangled up in it or, do you want the canopy to deploy when it is not required. This will happen if cables are loose and or the canister comes detached from it’s support or someone accidentally pulls the rip cord handle.
Locate the main bridle and begin to route the main bridle from the RPS canister. Then go along the trailing edge of the rear strut with your end result being the location just forward of the normal C of G of your airplane. On most UL’s the bridle sling can be wrapped around the main root tube, or tube/structure that your wings are affixed to. Secure both main bridle and bridle sling with supplied links. Stay clear of aileron push rods, stay behind bell cranks and do not wrap around wing struts or wing spars. Secure bridle all along the way with nylon ties or tape. (they will break or pull away on deployment).
There must be no slack cable along the trailing edge.
You may also angle the canister at the rear somewhat to the outside so that it points a bit away from the tail. However there is no need for that if the attachment point is far enough out on the struts.
Ripcord routing and installation:
Locate the rip cord and start from where you have decided to install the rip cord handle. You can feed your rip cord casing through a small hole if required. You are not securing the rip cord in it’s final location at this time, what you are trying to do is determine rip cord handle location and rip cord length. If you start from the other end, you will not be able to get the ripcord handle through a small area or holes if required. Once you have determined handle location and casing length, you can pull out the inner cable part way and cut the outer casing to your desired length. Reinstall the inner cable using supplied cable end, cable thimble and nicos and install these on the end of your rip cord cable. Now you can secure the outer casing permanently along your chosen route location. Once again plastic ties work well, but be careful not to squeeze the outer casing so much that you restrict the inner cable movement.
With the rip cord routed and installed you must secure the outer case that is closest tot he rip cord handle. If you do not do this and you go to pull the rip cord the outer casing will move and not the inner casing which is required to pull the release pins at the canister. A hose clamp with the proper tension around the outer casing is an easy way to insure that the inside cable moves freely while keeping the outer casing secure and in place.Make sure your rip cord is not yet attached so that you can test your rip cord movement, pull it a couple times to insure you can reach it and that it moves freely and properly. Then if you are satisfied with the location and movement now you can install the small link which attaches the rip cord cable to the release pins on the canister. When you connect the steel sling to the Quick Link on the parachute, you may use some Locktite. Be sure to use the type that will allow you to remove it again. If you forget you will pull the rip cord and nothing will deploy. Put inspecting this link on your normal walk around list.
On the canister, insure the Velcro wraps around the canister and the ripcord at the point where the quick link connects the pin assembly and the cable. Wrap the Velcro wrap around the link and the canister. Do not install the wrap through the link. You do not want them to rattle around.
If you have to use the RPS parachute:
In all probability, you will not have much time. Once you decide to go for your parachute, do it quickly. Kill the engine and pull the ripcord. Use two hands and pull. It will take only about 5 lbs of pull, but make sure to use two hands any way. Pull the ripcord as far as you can. Grab some tubing and hang on. Then, if you can, relax. You are much less likely to get hurt on landing if your body is relaxed. Always remember any landing sitting in an airplane hanging on a parachute, is a controlled crash. But there is a good chance without a parachute, the crash could be fatal.
ASAP does not accept responsibility for property damage, injury or death relating to the use of this product, as the assembly, mounting and use of this product are beyond our control.
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