RIGGERS 02nd Feb 17
5. ‘Y’ STRAP MODIFICATION FOR PARATEC TANDEM STUDENT HARNESS
Karen Saunders had submitted a Student Parachutist Equipment Change Proposal Application together with the relative paperwork and drawings, copies of which had been circulated with the Agenda and would be attached to the minutes for information.
Karen Saunders reported that at the Riggers Subcommittee on the 27th September 2012, a proposal had been accepted for Target Skysports only to add a Y strap to a Paratec Tandem Student Harness (this was the harness that had a Type 7 back strap and belly band). Karen had now requested that the above modification be given a general acceptance.
Noel Purcell was asked if he had any comments, as he had experience of using this mod. Noel stated that in his opinion, he would recommend keeping the buckle fastening higher so that there was less risk of the Student sitting on it during a sliding landing. He also suggested using Type 17 webbing, and therefore a small 1 inch buckle.
The Committee thanked Noel for his input, but noted that any alterations to the spec of the original Y mod would require acceptance by the Subcommittee at a future meeting.
Following consideration, it was proposed by Karen Saunders and seconded by Rick Boardman that the Paratec Tandem Student harness with a Type 7 back strap and belly band, and is fitted with a Y strap, previously only accepted for Target Skysports (see Riggers’ Subcommittee Minutes of 27 September 2012) be accepted for general use.