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Recommended Lifetime on Tandem Components

Uninsured United Parachute Technologies has established a recommendation of the "lifetime" of tandem canopies and other components:

  • Suspension Lines: 350 - 500 jumps
  • F-111 Main Canopy: After 600 jumps, or if porosity level exceeds 12 CFM
  • ZP Main Canopy: 1400 - 1600 jumps (Depends on environment)
  • Drogue Centerline: 300 jumps
  • Drogue Assembly: 600 jumps
  • Harness / Container: Inspection every 25 jumps
  • Harness / Container: 1000 jumps
  • Main Risers: 600 jumps
  • Replace old RSLs with brass shackle & welded pins

  • Mandatory Recertification

  • For information on mandatory Reserve Canopy recertification, see this document.

These recommendations are based on years of observing tandem malfunctions and equipment failure reports. Tandem system owners should maintain a log for each component mentioned above. Different geographical areas present problems that can contribute to accelerated wear-n-tear. (such as Dz's located near salt water and sand) Due to this fact, certain components may degrade quicker than the above recommended lifetimes.

Contact Info

  • Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC
  • 1645 Lexington Avenue,
  • DeLand, Florida, 32724-2106, USA
  • Tel: +1 (386) 736-7589
  • Fax: +1 (386) 734-7537
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