This is the most common question and we share your concern.
FFVL recommendation: "One round, I help"
No. The firing pin and the gas cartridge are easily placed in the emergency pocket. The entirety of the tests were carried out with ligtht saddles.
Similarly, pressing on one of the sides of the emergency parachute, its presence does not change the damping of the airbag of the saddle in case of fall
The weight estimate is 200 grams.
The airbag consists of simple elements in very small numbers. It is this simplicity that makes it reliable.
It should be reasonable in view of the added security it provides to the paraglider or para-motorist.
Paragliding.tech’s goal: to offer an inexpensive and simple security device.
No, the ejector will be manufactured by the world specialist of airbags.
This one will be proposed to the manufacturers of harnesses which will be able to install it on their harnesses.
We will also offer a pack (airbag and trigger to attach to the shoulder strap) and can be mounted on any harness.
Our goal is to make it available for Spring 2020.
The propellant gas is a neutral gas (nitrogen, CO2 or argon) with no impact on the equipment. Nothing to do with car airbags.
These types of gases are used in motorcycle airbags, riding and more recently fall prevention of the elderly, which is to say their safety.
In the vast majority of cases, it is sufficient to use CO2. For more severe conditions (high altitude, very cold weather), it is better to use Argon to avoid any icing. This only requires a cartridge change.
No None. The propellant is neutral and the initiator is sealed.
Yes, it is possible to fly with the mechanical ejector. The IATA standard allows two neutral gas cartridges per person to be carried in the hold. It is necessary to inquire with the company, the device being generally regarded as backup device.
It is not necessary to disassemble the device to put it in the hold.
Yes, the parachute can be pulled by the emergency handle without effort or extra gesture.
In addition, the device allows to better position the handle and reduce the risk of accidental draft. For the anecdote, the day of my last tests, a relief was opened then the takeoff of a paraglider causing a return to the slope. I did not hear anything from the paraglider, but the witnesses described a significant shock.
No, the energy transmitted to a third party is set to the energy standard transmitted by a drone connected to a parachute required by Civil Aviation.
Yes, the ejector can be connected to a remote control. This is certainly one of its main advantages.
This can avoid a situation (which has ended well) as in the small video opposite.
At an accelerometer, why not? But the flight parameters of a paraglider are very extensive and their analysis is complex.
It may be possible to detect a clearly abnormal acceleration in rotation.
Avec autorisation de M. - Parapentiste
No. Once the device inserted in the bottom of the emergency pocket, there is no more to worry about it.
Check in early flight:
The life of the battery is about 5 years. At each annual folding of the aid, the cartridge must be weighed. Its lifespan is more than 10 years.