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1521 E McFadden
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 972-8186
FAX: (714) 972-1430
rev. 8-95

High Energy Sports
HANG GLIDER
Quantum Series
Parachute Manual

Warrantees Disclaimer

It is expressly understood and agreed that by the use hereof by the buyer or any subsequent user that the manufacturer and/or seller shall in no way be held liable or accountable, upon or under any guaranties or warranties, express or implies, statutory, by operation of law or otherwise beyond that expressed herein. The merchandise is SOLD WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY INCLUDING THE WARRENTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Manufacturer also disclaims any liability in torts for damages, general or consequential, including personal injuries, resulting from a malfunction or from a defect in design, material, workmanship or manufacture whether caused by negligence on the part of the manufacturer consumer or seller.

There are no tests, standards, or certifications for hang gliding parachutes manufactured in the United States.

"Limited warrenty" High Energy Sports will warrent all goods against defects in materials or workmanship for 6 months, provided that the consumer follows all inspection, maintanence, registration and use procedures. Any deviation from manufacturer's specifications concerning maintenance, repair, and alteration or modifications constitutes willful negligence and will be done at the operator's own risk and result in waiving the above limited warrenty.

The period of limited warrenty is limited to 180 days because beyond that period of time normal use by purchaser without inspection by certified rigger or manufacturer may have deleterious effects on it. Damages of buyer and/or user shall be deemed liquidated in the costs of replacement as above. Manufacturer and/or seller shall in no event be held liable for personal injuries or for other damages, whether general or consequential to any person, caused by any use of this merchandise, or by lack of use, or by misuse, and shall have no other liability in connection with this device. Manufacturer and seller hereby DISCLAIMS and purchaser and user hereby WAIVES any such liability.

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for selecting a High Energy Sports parachute system. This manual will provide you with information on the installation, operation, and maintenance of your High Energy Sports Quantum Series parachute. It must be remembered that this is an emergency reserve canopy designed to slow your rate of descent and reduce your chance of death. When you contemplate the use of this system, you will probably be in a life threatening situation, therefore to reduce your risk of serious bodily injury or death it is critical that you follow the instillation and maintenance instructions outlined in this manual. The information contained in this manual is not intended to replace qualified instruction in the care and use of emergency hang gliding parachutes, nor is it intended to replace the packing and inspection duties of a qualified rigger. We encourage you to attend as many parachute clinics as possible and practice simulated deployments on the ground prior to each repack. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

OWNER'S RESPONSIBILITIES

To read and understand this manual before installing and/or using this parachute system.
To read all warning labels.
To fill out and return owner's registration & instillation page.
Not to deviate from manufacturer's instructions or from standard practices in the instillation maintenance of the system.
Never allow abuse or misuse of the parachute in any manner.
Never exceed the operational limits of your hang glider or of yourself.
Contact High Energy Sports immediately upon emergency use of this system.

Operational Limitations
QS 330: Maximum total suspended weight= 325 lbs
QS 440 Maximum total suspened weight= 440 lbs
QS 550: Maximum total suspended weight= 500 lbs
Maximum speed=100 mph

Placing your QS parachute in your Harness

1. Completely open the 3-sided Velcro closure on the parachute container located on your harness.

2. Fold the hook side of the Velcro on your parachute container away from the inside of the parachute container so it cannot snag any part of your deployment bag..

3. Place your parachute into your harness parachute container with the handle facing up. The handle will extend out of the container and lay over the Velcro with the grommets. If your parachute container does not have grommets pre-installed in your harness please contact the harness manufacturer or give us a call.

4. S-fold the parachute bridle into the bottom 1/3 of your parachute container. Leave enough bridle extending out of the parachute container side (just above the bar tack) to have the covered loop reach your carabiner. Make sure there are no twists or knots in the bridle.

5. Push the parachute into the container and secure the safety lock system.

To secure the safety lock system line up corresponding grommets located on the Velcro flap.

With the parachute deployment handle on the outside of each grommet thread the bungee loop through both grommets.

Insert the curved pin located on your parachute deployment bag handle through the bungee loop peaking through the grommets on the outside of your parachute container..

Repeat this process to secure the second safety lock.

If you have any question as to whether your system is secured properly, try to open the Velcro closure without pulling on the parachute deployment bag handle. If the parachute container opens freely, your safety lock system is not properly installed. Next try to open the Velcro by pealing the parachute deployment bag handle away from the deployment bag. The curved pins should slide out of the bungee loop and allow the Velcro to open.

If your curved pins slide out of the bungee loops before you exert pressure on the handle you may need to shorten the bungee loop. To do this simply slide the knot in the bungee towards the looped end.

6. Secure the top and sides of the Velcro on your parachute container. The more force you apply to the Velcro the better it will close.

Attach the looped end of your bridle to your carabiner. Make sure that your bridle is opposite the carabiner gate. Secure the bridle to your harness as prescribed by your harness maker. Make sure you do not have excess bridle that may get caught on anything.

Attach a safety from your harness main strap directly to your parachute bridle bypassing the carabiner. This safety should be able to withstand 4000 pound load. It is your backup in the event of a carabiner failure during deployment.

 After you place your parachute into your harness:

Be sure the handle releases the safety pins before it pulls on the deployment bag. Be sure the harness has the appropriate size grommet to easily allow bungee or rubber restraining loop from binding and restricting the opening of the parachute container.

If your parachute is too small for your parachute container, the handle may not want to release properly. You can add foam to the bottom of your parachute container to help the parachute ride higher in your harness container.

Do the "knee test" to assure that your parachute is not going to pop out of the harness in flight.

Knee Test:

1. Place your knees on the back of the parachute container (inside the harness where your body would normally lie)

2. Hold the harness where the sides of your body would normally fit.

3. Pull the sides of the harness towards you while you push against the parachute with your knees in a manner that simulates your body weight.

4. If you hear Velcro opening sounds, reattach the Velcro and sit on your parachute container. Try to squeeze the air out of your parachute by rocking back and forth.

Check your bridle routing to make sure it will not get hung up .
Make sure the bridle is attached to the carabiner on the opposite side of the gate

Before Every Flight:

Preflight your parachute:

Check your safety pins
Be sure your handle loop is accessible.
Look at your bridle routing making sure "extra bridle" has not slipped out of your parachute container.
Be sure the bridle is on the carabiner opposite the gate.
Double check your parachute container Velcro. Be sure it is closed appropriately.
Repeat the Knee Test

If you have a Ballistically Deployed System :

Check to make sure your safety is off and your handle is available
Be sure your Ballistic Corner or velcro closure is tightly secured before launch.
On landing do not forget to secure your safety.

IN-FLIGHT SAFETY

Ballistic parachute manufacturers claim that on the average it takes about 7 seconds from the time a pilot reaches for his hand thrown deployment system until he/she has achieved full line stretch and is under an inflated canopy. You can help to reduce the time it takes to deploy your parachute by looking for your parachute handle and reaching for the handle during each flight. Under no circumstances should you ever practice full in-flight deployments. Even if everything was done perfectly, sometimes parachutes do not work.

DEPLOYMENT PROCEDURE: Memorize these steps!

If you need to deploy your parachute do not waste time...deploy fast.

1. Look for the deployment bag handle.
2. Reach and grasp the handle securely.
3. Look for clear air. Avoid throwing your parachute into cables or broken glider parts.
4. Peel the handle down and away from you. You should now be holding the deployment bag containing your parachute.
5. Throw the deployment bag towards the clear air. Throw the bag hard, as if your life depended on it, because it very well could. Your bridle should come to full extension followed by your lines and canopy.
6. Yank vigorously on the bridle. This will help to spread the suspension lines and open the wind channel if your canopy has not yet inflated.
7. If necessary pull your parachute back in with yanking movements and repeat steps #5 & #6.
8. If you are falling into your canopy do not pull it all the way in. Instead continue to yank on the bridle until it inflates away from the wreckage.

LANDING SUGGESTIONS

Once your parachute has opened:

If you have a POD style harness open the doors to let your feet out. If you have a cocoon, get your feet out of the harness and go to a feet down position.

If possible climb into the control bar and stand with your feet spread on the base tube.

Try to stabilize the glider. You may be able to steer your glider with control inputs from your feet. If possible try to face the glider into the wind for landing.

Once you are standing in your control bar, keep your head up and arms in. If possible evaluate the condition of your equipment, pull in any instruments that have become dislodged and secure them for impact. At this time be sure your hook knife is readily available.

Depending on your particular situation, you should attempt to let the glider take most of the impact of landing rather than your body. If you have good control and your glider is still flying, you may consider dropping into your harness for a good flair before impact.

If you are not able to climb into the control bar try to get into a feet-to-earth position. Prepare for a PLF (Parachute Landing Fall) by keeping your eyes focused on the horizon, bringing your legs together with knees slightly bent, and your arms in. Try to allow your legs to take the landing impact as you roll from the side of your legs to the side of your hip, to the side of your shoulder. If you are drifting while you are under canopy, prepare to roll in the same direction you are drifting.

Immediately upon landing, unhook from your glider and parachute to prevent the possibility of being dragged.

How to stop deployment problems before they begin

Repack often.

If there is any question about whether your parachute is properly placed in the deployment bag, hook the handle on a solid object and pull on the bridle. The bridle, lines then canopy should snake out of the deployment bag in a smooth orderly sequence. (DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPACK YOUR OWN PARACHUTE WITHOUT APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE OR TRAINING.)

Note: When you have your ballistically deployed parachute repacked ask the packer to disconnect the rocket and pull the lanyard to simulate the rocket pulling the parachute out of the container. It should pull out smoothly. This process should be repeated after repacking if there is any question about how the parachute is packed.

Preflight your Parachute

Follow proceedures outlined above.

Inspect Bridle

Check the bridle for signs of damage that may have been caused by dirt, abrasion, or friction. Pay special attention to the carabiner loop since damage caused by friction from the harness is common. The point of bridle entry into the parachute container (about 5’ from the carabiner loop) may show signs of fraying due to Velcro damage.

Inspect Safety Pins

If they are rusty, clean them or replace.

Check Line Stowage

All lines should be enclosed in the deployment bag.

Inspect Safety Pin holders

Be sure the bungee (or rubber safety pin holder) is tight enough to hold the safety pin without slipping. The bungee should be secured around the safety pin shaft only. If the bungee slips above the shaft to the safety pin attachment on the handle it will not deploy. If your bungee is too loose just slide the knot towards the loop of the bungee and thus tighten it up.

Inspect Rubber bands

Be sure your rubber bands are strong. Replace rubber bands often. Do not double stow (wrap then around the lines more than once). Use only the appropriate size rubber bands (#30).

 Recommended Tools and Preparation for Packing

Rope or cord to secure both ends of the parachute to fixed points.
Weights to hold down folded canopy. (Telephone books work great!)
New rubber bands.
A clean dry area long enough to stretch out the canopy and lines.

1. AIR CANOPY. Open the canopy and allow it to "air" out of the sunlight for 4 to 6 hours. (This is an excellent opportunity to practice throwing your parachute in a simulated deployment.)

2. LINE CHECK. Check to see that radial seams (long seams with tape reinforcement) are on the outside of the canopy. Thread an independent packing rope through all the packing tabs in an orderly sequence. Packing tabs are located at the junction of the radial seam and the lateral band. Secure the rope to a fixed object. Stretch out canopy and lines by pulling on the bridle with mild tension. Check the lines for twists by following two adjacent lines from the skirt of the canopy to the bridle. Clear any twists. Secure the bridle to a fixed object so there is mild tension on the parachute.

3. INSPECTION. Inspect the canopy and lines as outlined in Chapter 9 of THE PARACHUTE MANUAL by Daniel Poynter. Check for tears, burns, broken stitches, abrasion, or other malformations. Pay special attention to the bridle. Look for snags at the point where the bridle goes into the parachute container, and for wear at the carabiner loop. Replace the bridle every 2 years or at the first sign of wear.

PACKING INSTRUCTIONS

1. Stretch out the canopy, lines and bridle. Secure rope that you threaded through the packing tabs to a fixed object. Secure the bridle end using mild tension.

2. Flake the canopy in the usual manner. (Grasp one line at the skirt of the canopy. With your other hand, lift the center of the gore at the skirt until the next line can be easily placed on top of the first line. Repeat this process until the entire canopy is pleated.) Go to the packing tabs and fold each gore neatly by pulling the center of the gore to the outside making sure the material is not inverted into the air channel.

3. Sight down the "air channel" to insure all gores are properly flaked.

4. Lay the canopy with half the gore to each side of the lines. Count the folded gores on each side of the lines. Count the gores on each side of the packing tabs. Make sure you have an equal number of folds on each side.

5. Fold the skirt up 45 degrees adjacent to the radial seams.

6. Long fold the canopy in thirds.

7. Long fold the canopy into thirds again and hold in place with weights. At this point you may want to squeeze air from the folded canopy.

8. Remove the rope from the packing tabs and place the packing tab end of the canopy into one corner of the large pocket in the deployment bag. Please note: Your parachute will not work with the packing tab rope in place. Always remove rope immediately after folding the canopy.

9. Close the short deployment bag flap. Thread the appropriate rubber band loops through the grommets on the short flap and lock by looping the lines through each of the rubber bands.

10. Starting at the top corner of the line pocket, "S" fold the remainder of the line into the line pocket.

11. Cover the first 2 locking stows with the long flap and thread the outside rubber bands through the appropriate grommets.

12. Lock the deployment bag closed by looping the bridle appropriately through each rubber band

Storage Recommendations

Always remember that this system is a potential life saving device and should be treated accordingly. Protect it from exposure to direct sunlight. Ultraviolet exposure can rapidly degrade your canopy fabric. Exposure to salt water, acids, gasoline and extreme heat can cause damage. If any of these things happen, clean the canopy in the prescribed manner according to Poynter's PARACHUTE MANUAL. After cleaning and drying inspect the canopy again. Always store your harness and parachute in a cool dry place. Do not leave your harness or parachute in the trunk of the car.

REPACKING

Your High Energy Sports parachute should be repacked every 6 months by qualified personnel. In addition you should have your parachute inspected and repacked any time you suspect that it may have suffered damage.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

(Return to High Energy Sports within 14 days of date of purchase)

    

   

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The parachute was installed and packed by a qualified and competent rigger or technician. Any deviation from the manufacturers instructions concerning the installation, maintenance, and use of the system, or any modifications or alterations, shall constitute willful negligence by myself and shall be done at my own risk.

By submitting this form to High Energy Sports, I agree to the above restricitons and stipulations.