Figure 1-17.Suspension line damage.
of twists in individual lines; and the proper
sequence of lines on the connector links. To help
you decide on the various types of damage, see
the examples in figures 1-16 and 1-17.
2. Be sure that each of the suspension lines
is in proper rotation at the connector links and
through the canopy.
3. On an original issue inspection, you must
measure the suspension lines for proper length.
Apply a 20-pound tension to each line. The length
of the shortest line and the length of the longest
line must not vary more than 2 inches.
4. Inspect the attachment at the skirt hem for
thin spots at the V-tabs; also, check the condition
of the V-tabs.
5. Inspect the four line release system. The
four line release system permits four of the
suspension lines on one side of the parachute to
be detached from the connector links during a
parachute descent. This permits the parachutist
to dampen oscillations and to have some control
over the direction the parachute travels when
6. Other defects should be noted on the
Parachute Configuration, Inspection and History
Card. If a defective line is found that would affect
the safe operation of the assembly, the line must
be replaced at a depot-level maintenance activity.
CONNECTOR LINK INSPECTION
To inspect connector links, you should
proceed as follows:
1. First, examine the connector links for
proper part numbers, signs of corrosion, dis-
tortion, bends, dents, nicks, burrs, sharp edges,
breaks, and if applicable, defective yoke and plate