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image:APF_Logo_Small_Colour.jpg Rigging Advisory Circular RAC501A

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Subject APF Policy for the use of 'Blast Handles' on personal parachutes
Issue 01 November 1985
Status Recommended
Effective date Immediately
Compliance Date
Authority Director (Rigging) Australian Parachute Federation
Distribution All APF Packers

All APF Riggers

Australian Parachute Manufacturers & Importers

APF Packing Manual Owners

All APF Instructors

Identification

Part No 5705081

Part No 62B4253

Background

The ‘Blast Handle’ is correctly identified as ‘The Anti-Wind Blast’ handle. It was developed as a parachute release handle for manual release on military ejection seat parachutes. It clips directly onto a MS70104 ripcord housing.

The handle is designed to be difficult to remove from the housing (15 - 20 lbs pull).

For sport parachuting use it became necessary to modify the handle by drilling out the centre post to allow it to be pulled at an angle to the housing. The following sectional views show how the housing should be modified for sporting use.

While blast handles have not directly caused a fatality they have been cited in a number of fatalities where parachutists seemed unable to locate or pull a blast handle ripcord.

There are ripcord handles available which are easier to identify, easier to grasp and easier to pull from any direction than the blast handle.

APF Policy

The blast handle post MUST be drilled out for it to be suitable for sport parachuting use.

The use of blast handles is to be discouraged on personal parachutes.

Where possible a blast handle is to be replaced with a Martin Baker or Trapezoidal handle.

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