SST/Racer/Elite RSL System
How it works
This system comes as standard equipment on the “Trainer” (optional on other models) and is used to back-up the manual reserve system. The reserve ripcord housing is joined by a retainer channel at the top of the shoulder. A cross connector lanyard crosses from the right riser, routes under the rear section of the reserve ripcord and housing, and to the left riser. After both of the risers separate from the harness, the lanyard slides along the housing to a dynamic topmost point of suspension. The lanyard extracts the housing from its channel or AAD housing clamp. When all tolerance is taken from the ripcord/housing system, the ripcord pins are extracted, and the lanyard slides free over the remainder of the housing and the ripcord. The spring-loaded pilot chute launches and deploys the reserve canopy.
NOTE: The attachment of a spring less pilot chute, w/bridle, to the apex of the main canopy is required to positively assure the activation of the Main/Reserve Interlock. The force required to pull the ripcord is the same as the force required to activate the interlock. Adequate force may not be generated, during a streamer (high speed/low drag) malfunction, when utilizing a direct bag static line system w/o the spring less pilot chute. Likewise the function of an RSL cannot be depended upon when used with a collapsible main Pilot chute.
This system is the only one in the industry which employs a full time cross connector on the main risers as standard equipment.
The cross connector/reserve lanyard may be optionally assembled to a single riser. This assembly method is preferred by some operators as it eliminates the cross connector feature. However, this method does make the system sensitive to the connected side. If the connected side of the main releases first a main reserve entanglement could occur, as with other systems. (See “What you should Know about RSL’s”)
Note: To preclude the possibility of inadvertently routing the static line under the top reserve flap we recommend that the reserve be packed and sealed before taking the following steps.
A. Pass one end under the back half of the reserve ripcord housing, BUT NOT UNDER THE RESERVE RISERS OR THE TOP FLAP OF THE RESERVE CONTAINER.
B. Connect the shackle to the small ring located on the side of the riser.
C. Repeat for the other side.
D. Stow the reserve static line in the channel over the wearer’s shoulder and mate the Velcro on the yoke or top flap.
This familiarization should take place in a suspended harness. Locate the red pillow type handle on your right main lift web below your chest strap. Peel the handle off the Velcro and thrust the handle down and away.
Jumpers using the “ Stevens System” should keep their head forward and down to prevent the cross connector from hitting their head, additionally they should select helmets that do not have a “snagable” edge which might catch a suspension line, riser, or cross connector.
You might want to locate and grip your reserve handle before activating the cutaway but don’t take it out of the pocket until your main has released.
Jumpers should be additionally trained to release both sides of the cross connector, from the main risers, upon confirmation of a fully inflated and functioning canopy over their head. That canopy will hopefully be the main. However, if an AAD misfire occurred at precisely the wrong moment or the reserve were activated in any manner at that critical time, it could be the reserve canopy. By deactivating the cross connector, the main, which would be inflated and trailing behind the reserve, could be cutaway safely. This deactivation procedure would also prepare the main for cutaway, during ground drag, after landing. (See “Recommended Procedure for Dealing with 2 Squares Out and Double Sided RSL’s”)