Last several months we have become aware of a number of Cypres units installed in Flexon container systems that have become inoperative. Upon examination by Airtec, the manufacturer of the Cypres, it has come to light that the control unit cable has failed adjacent to where it enters the control unit itself. It was our theory that this was a result of the installation peculiar to the Flexon. The Flexon and '94 Talon both route the control unit over the shoulder and mount it adjacent to the inside of the right 3-Ring location. The control unit is held in place with a small band of elastic.
In recent months there have been reports of hard pulls during cutaways. In researching this further we have found that we have not always been able to duplicate the hard pull on the ground. We believe that this is due to the aerodynamics of the malfunction such as severe spinning contributing to the pull force. At the same time we have found that most of the Talons and Flexons do not exhibit the hard pull syndrome. However, as a service to our customers, RI has developed a retrofit of hard housings for those who wish to modify their systems.
Prior to May 1, 1992 the reserve bags manufactured by Rigging Innovations were made from F-111 type fabric with 1" TY-3 tape reinforcing. Its P/N was 2111-( ) and was refered to as our MK-1 bag. During April 1992, the reserve bag was redesigned as P/N 2113-( ) and refered to as the MK-3 bag. It incorporated the following: