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Student Rig Gear check


The gear check must  be executed every time before you jump.  Most malfunctions can be prevented on the ground with a good gear check!  If you have any questions, ask your instructor.  If you're interested, you can also view  this after jump checklistClick on any picture below to show an enlarged version.

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You may select your own check order, but always execute your gear check in the same order each time. Check the main release pin (cord).  Make sure the cable slides smoothly and there are no kinks or burrs that might hang up.  Check the loop to make sure it is not frayed or worn.   Make sure enough length is through the loop.  Check the release knob (handle) to ensure there is enough room to grip it Check under the reserve flap.  Check that the pin is fully through the loop and is seated properly. Feel with your finger that the pin is not bent or kinked.   
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Check that the cables and connectors are in good condition and able to pull freely.  The rounded connector should be finger tight.   Make sure the reserve seal is intact.  If you find anything out of order, you should notify your instructor or rigger. The middle cable is connected to the cutaway handle on the front of the rig. Reach around to the other side of the rig and pull on the reserve cable to make sure it pulls smoothly.
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Check the paperwork (data card) for the rig to make sure the inspection and repack is within 120 days. Follow the RSL strap. Make sure it has a clean run to the front of the rig and is not looped around anything that might tangle.
Check the left side three-ring system.  The rings should be properly looped and have metal against metal.  The RSL connector should be in good condition.  The loop should not be frayed or worn.   Check underneath the loop.  It should be properly routed and you should see grommet to grommet.  Check the length of the excess cable in the reserve release.  There should be about six inches of excess cable.
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Check the cutaway handle condition.   Peel back the Velcro cover and check that the strap is properly attached to the reserve cable. Check the right side three ring system in the same way.  The excess cable should be about four inches long. Just as with the left side, make sure the right side cables and loops are in good condition and the cable moves smoothly.
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Check the AAD.  It should be set to the proper altitude and set for jump.  Have the instructor adjust it if necessary.
Check the leg straps and all connectors.  All closing connectors should be firm and give a good "metal to metal" click when closed. Check the front of the rig.  All of the straps and cables should be in good condition.  There should be no cuts or tears in the fabric. You've completed your gear check!  You should feel confident jumping with this rig.  Be sure to complete another quick check when on the plane.

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