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Security cap allows safe operation of the Paralock

A security cap over the release button reliably prevents the Paralock from being opened unintentionally. The protective cap is attached to the screw at the belt chamber with a heavy-duty nylon wire and can be easily clipped on and off again. The opening of the Paralock is still possible without difficulty even with gloves, and is only slightly delayed (see video).
The security cap weighs only 4 g and can be easily installed. When used with the security cap, the airworthiness of the Paralock is given. For customers who have not yet returned the Paralock due to our recall, we will send the caps free of charge upon request.

 

The use of Paralock carabiners instead of conventional paragliding carabiners is recommended for safety reasons. In certain situations, the ability to disconnect the harness-to-glider connection under load can be life-saving. Apart from that, it is highly recommended to disconnect the paraglider after a rescue parachute deployment for the following reasons:

  • According to the LTF, the maximum allowed sink rate for paraglider rescue systems is 6.8 m/s, corresponding to 24.5 km/h. However, many pilots are not aware that in the reserve parachute certification process, the sink rate is determined without the main glider. Interactions between paraglider and rescue system can increase the sink rate substantially – for example, by increased swinging or due to a resulting shear position. The risk of injury increases accordingly.
  • Although modern reserve parachutes usually reach maximum sink rates of "only" 5.5 m/s, corresponding to approx. 20 km/h, these values are often only achieved by a lateral drift that generates lift. A main glider that is not separated or only separated on one side impedes this drift and thus substantially increases this sink rate.
  • The possibility to choose the landing site with a steerable rescue system is a significant safety plus. If the main glider is not separated, this safety advantage is foregone.
  • It has shown that a separated paraglider usually collapses very quickly and that its salvage is easier. In the case of a tree landing, there is also a much lower risk of damage to the glider when it does not carry the full pilot weight.

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