The brake handles of the type PARATECH “Evolution” as shown
in picture 1
which have been supplied after May 1, 2007 have a manufacturing
defect in their swivel links: the two holes
of this swivel link have been badly rounded off and deburred.
The black cord fastening it to the handle and the colored main
brake line can be damaged and considerably weakened where
they pass through the swivel link holes, which might lead to
failure of the link between the brake handle and the main brake
A sign indicating the beginning of this process even after slight
use is the partial fraying of the lines where they pass through
the swivel link holes, as shown in picture 2 and 3.
In agreement with the DHV the manufacturer PARATECH takes
the following safety measures:
Before the next flight, the brake handles have to be inspected
for possible damages as described above:
- If any damage to the lines is detected, the handles have
to be replaced before the next flight.
- If no visible damages are apparent but the brake handles
or the paraglider were purchased after May 1, 2007,
they may still be used until the replacement handles arrive,
but they have to be checked before each flight.
The brake handles can be exchanged by the pilot him- or herself.
For this purpose, we would like to ask the pilots concerned to
PARATECH AG, Telefon +41 (71) 787 30 31 oder firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Maurer, Geschäftsführer
Uwe Bernholz, Entwicklung