Parachute The canopy is
manufactured to a standard high quality parachute manufacturing practices. The
construction is the same on all our parachutes, skydiving parachutes, emergency parachutes
for pilots and ultralight parachutes.
The fabric is 1.1 oz 0-3 cfm low porosity nylon
rip-stop fabric, and Dacron lines. The RPS features kevlar reinforced upper and lower
lateral bands, and utilizes a 20 9000 lb. type XX bridle. The RPS is intended for
staged but fast deployment.
Deployment is effected by means of a spring
loaded pilot chute. Deployment, at 60 mph is between 1.5 and 2 seconds. Deployment means
the time from ripcord pull to a fully opened canopy. This system depends on the speed of
your aircraft for inflation of the canopy. Whatever stretches your canopy and lines, pilot
chute, drogue gun or whatever, your plane will have to move through the air in order for
the canopy to inflate. At speeds of less then the stated above, the deployment is somewhat
slower. At higher speeds, its a bit faster.
The pilot chute, when the rip cord is pulled,
extracts the canopy from the container. This is the same system used on all emergency
parachutes for pilots as well as reserve parachutes for sky divers.
Attachment sling This bridle sling
and main sling is made of stainless steel aircraft cables with a t.s. of 6400 lbs. It is
Rip Cord - The activation, or opening device
is a ripcord/cable, all mechanical, no wires or charges. Just a SS cable of 900 lbs. T.S.
The activation, or opening device
is a ripcord/cable, all mechanical, no wires or charges. Just a SS cable of 900 lbs.
General Installation Instructions
for ASAP RPS:
These are general instructions
for wing strut mounting of the ASAP RPS, if you are considering another mounting location,
this is not approved or recommend by ASAP.
On most types of wing strut mountings, the ASAP RPS is
attached to the wing struts at a point just outside of the jury struts. In any case, the
ASAP RPS must be attached at a point that allows the parachute to deploy in a straight
line behind the aircraft without getting entangled in the tail or any wires or tubing.Do
not install this parachute if there is any chance that the canopy can become entangled.
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ATTENTION: Please read the following
AIRCRAFT SALES AND
PARTS RPS INSTRUCTIONS:
Congratulations on the purchase of your ASAP Recovery power chute.
The chute was designed to be mounted on your wing strut and to provide added protection in
the event you will find it necessary to bring yourself and craft to safety. However,
remember if you have pulled the rip cord you are already sitting in a disabled plane and
you are trying to save your life.
Please read the enclosed directions and follow them
carefully to assure the proper mounting of your RPS is done correctly.
Install parachute on RIGHT wing struts(right side is
when you are sitting in the pilots seat looking forward). Due to the many different wing
and airplane configurations the actual affixing of the RPS canister is left up to the
owner operator. Whatever configuration is decided on, you must insure that the support
tube or brackets are strong enough to fully support and maintain the weight of the RPS
canister. This weight or load consideration is not only to support the canister under
flight loads but also under hard landings and even rough taxing conditions. This is also
why the canister and routing cable needs to be inspected during each and every pre-flight.
The actual location of the canister should be approximately 6" out towards the wing
tip from the jury struts. See enclosed photo for an example of a common mounting
Routing of main bridle and bridle sling:
Consider the following when routing the bridle. You are
trying to create a clear path from where the canopy deploys to where you decide to attach
the bridle sling. Remember to pick a bridle sling location that will be able to withstand
the extreme shock load that the canopy deployment will create.
The ideal attachment point of the bridle sling is on
your root tube or bodytube, if you have some down tubes attached at or near this point,
loop your bridle around them as well.
The ideal routing for the main bridle is
to go from the canister along the trailing edge of the rear strut to the root tube or main
bridle sling location which is slightly ahead of your C of G. Be sure that the steel
cables are fastened securely. It will do your propeller no good if a loose cable gets
tangled up in it or, do you want the canopy to deploy when it is not required. This will
happen if cables are loose and or the canister comes detached from its support or
someone accidentally pulls the rip cord handle.
Locate the main bridle and begin to route the main
bridle from the RPS canister. Then go along the trailing edge of the rear strut with your
end result being the location just forward of the normal C of G of your airplane. On most
ULs the bridle sling can be wrapped around the main root tube, or tube/structure
that your wings are affixed to. Secure both main bridle and bridle sling with supplied
links. Stay clear of aileron push rods, stay behind bell cranks and do not wrap around
wing struts or wing spars. Secure bridle all along the way with nylon ties or tape. (they
will break or pull away on deployment).
There must be no slack cable along the trailing edge.
You may also angle the canister at the rear somewhat to
the outside so that it points a bit away from the tail. However there is no need for that
if the attachment point is far enough out on the struts.
Ripcord routing and installation:
Locate the rip cord and start from where you have
decided to install the rip cord handle. You can feed your rip cord casing through a small
hole if required. You are not securing the rip cord in its final location at this
time, what you are trying to do is determine rip cord handle location and rip cord length.
If you start from the other end, you will not be able to get the ripcord handle through a
small area or holes if required. Once you have determined handle location and casing
length, you can pull out the inner cable part way and cut the outer casing to your desired
length. Reinstall the inner cable using supplied cable end, cable thimble and nicos and
install these on the end of your rip cord cable. Now you can secure the outer casing
permanently along your chosen route location. Once again plastic ties work well, but be
careful not to squeeze the outer casing so much that you restrict the inner cable
With the rip cord routed and installed you must secure
the outer case that is closest tot he rip cord handle. If you do not do this and you go to
pull the rip cord the outer casing will move and not the inner casing which is required to
pull the release pins at the canister. A hose clamp with the proper tension around the
outer casing is an easy way to insure that the inside cable moves freely while keeping the
outer casing secure and in place.Make sure your rip cord is not yet attached so that you
can test your rip cord movement, pull it a couple times to insure you can reach it and
that it moves freely and properly. Then if you are satisfied with the location and
movement now you can install the small link which attaches the rip cord cable to the
release pins on the canister. When you connect the steel sling to the Quick Link on the
parachute, you may use some Locktite. Be sure to use the type that will allow you to
remove it again. If you forget you will pull the rip cord and nothing will deploy. Put
inspecting this link on your normal walk around list.
On the canister, insure the Velcro wraps around the
canister and the ripcord at the point where the quick link connects the pin assembly and
the cable. Wrap the Velcro wrap around the link and the canister. Do not install the wrap
through the link. You do not want them to rattle around.
If you have to use the RPS parachute:
In all probability, you will not have much time. Once
you decide to go for your parachute, do it quickly. Kill the engine and pull the ripcord.
Use two hands and pull. It will take only about 5 lbs of pull, but make sure to use two
hands any way. Pull the ripcord as far as you can. Grab some tubing and hang on. Then, if
you can, relax. You are much less likely to get hurt on landing if your body is relaxed.
Always remember any landing sitting in an airplane hanging on a parachute, is a controlled
crash. But there is a good chance without a parachute, the crash could be fatal.
ASAP does not accept responsibility for property
damage, injury or death relating to the use of this product, as the assembly, mounting and
use of this product are beyond our control.