Section I. OPERATION UNDER USUAL CONDITIONS
assembly and inspect the recorded data to insure the
parachute has not exceeded the required 30-day
When an individual is issued an emergency type
inspection or 120-day repack.
personnel parachute there are certain inspection and
fitting requirements to be accomplished. The user should
2-3. Adjusting the Harness.
also acquaint himself with the use of the parachute to be
worn, the location and function of aircraft in-flight
a. General. The harness assemblies used with
emergency exits, and aircraft in-flight evacuation
the ejection seat, back and chest emergency type
personnel parachutes are adjusted in a similar manner.
The aircraft commander will insure that passenger
Each harness is designed to fit an individual that may
personnel are properly oriented on equipment use and in-
range in stature from 5-feet 2inches tall, weighing 110
flight emergency actions prior to flight. In the event a
pounds to 6-feet 4-inches tall, weighing 240 pounds. A
flight is to be conducted over a large body of water, an
person that reaches the upper portion of the stature range
underarm life preserver unit (LPU) should be worn under
may require the use of parachute harness leg strap
the parachute harness and will subsequently necessitate
extensions when wearing bulky clothing or equipment.
additional familiarization of parachute and life preserver
b. Adjustment Procedures. Each parachute
harness has several points of adjustment (figs. 2-1 and 2-
2-2. Inspecting the Parachute Assembly.
5). The two main lift web adjusting straps govern the
vertical distance between the harness saddle and the
shoulders. The two leg strap adjusters tighten the leg
Emergency type personnel parachute assemblies will be
straps and pull the harness saddle into position against
visually inspected prior to acceptance for use.
the buttocks. The two diagonal back strap adjusters draw
the main lift webs back toward the shoulders and inward
toward each other. The chest strap adjuster tightens the
chest strap. Fit and adjust a parachute harness as
emergency type personnel parachute,
avoid grasping the ripcord grip or grip
(1) Lay the harness on a flat dry surface
retaining pocket a. Visually inspect the
with the back pad facing upward.
entire parachute pack assembly for
evidence of oil, grease, or water
(2) Disconnect the chest and each leg strap
b. Check the pack opening spring bands located
(3) Loosen the two leg straps, chest strap,
on each side of the locking pin protector flap to insure that
and the two back straps (one back strap on the chest type
each band is secured.
harness) to a point within 2 inches of the running end of
c. Inspect the ripcord grip to insure the grip is
d. Visually inspect each canopy release (fig. 1-
Parachute harnesses with main lift web
10) to insure the canopy release safety cover is closed
index numbers shall have the same
and the male portion is securely latched in the female
index number located in each of the two
main lift web adjusters.
e. Remove the DA Form 3912 (Army Parachute
Log Record) from the log record pocket on the pack