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           Flying High becomes Canadian Authorized Repair and Recertification Center for Strong Dual Hawk Tandems

After many years as a Strong Enterprises product distributor, negotiations between our two companies have resulted in Flying High Manufacturing becoming authorized to perform recertification of Dual Hawk Tandem Parachute Systems, as of March 5th 2009.   This includes the DHT harness & container system, the Master reserve and SET main canopies.  The recertification process includes complete physical inspection, checking for correct completion of all prior service bulletins, upgrades and repairs as required, proper markings on the equipment and paperwork forwarded on to Strong Enterprises.  As well, the Master Reserve can be updated to the approved higher speed rating of 174 kts.  Parts for your DHT are now available through Flying High, and many common parts are kept in stock.  And because your DHT is used for your business, ongoing repairs are always done as quickly as possible.  We can also assist with your AAD needs. 

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Flying High is very pleased to announce that Canadian Strong Enterprises Dual Hawk Tandem owners can now get their mandatory 8 year, 13 year and 18 year recertifications done in Canada without the cross border hassles and expensive shipping!

Jun 2010.  After more than 3 months of effort and waiting we have finally acquired a porosity tester, so we can measure how much air goes through (or doesn't go through) your canopy or pilot chute.  This is a requirement for Strong Master Reserve recertification, but can be an excellent aid in diagnosing opening or landing problems on your main canopy.

Spring 2011.  New pilot emergency parachute system now available from "Aerosport USA."
   One in stock.

In stock:  PD low volume OPTIMUM reserves in sizes 126, 143, 160, 176 and 193.  These pack up one size smaller, so if you have gained weight you can upgrade to a larger reserve in the same sized container.  Also a PD143R and PD160R reserve in stock.

Just in:  batch of m2 1pin Experts

PAPER SEALS.    Since June of 2014, in conjunction with CSPA's Technical and Safety Committee (TSC) we have initiated a test program of using paper seals (instead of lead seals) for all of our reserve repacks.  We will monitor the effectiveness of the paper seals throughout the season and report back to TSC at the end of this year.

Paper seals have some benefits over lead, and from what we have seen so far, no negatives.  Aside from the obvious: less lead in the environment, they are safer..... according to Airtec there have been instances in the past where the lead seal got caught up in the ripcord pin and closing loop.    T he paper seals have much more information on them then just

the riggers alpha-numeric characters.  Our paper seals are signed and dated, which will coincide with the packing data card and carry contact information of the rigger.  Photos show the paper seals printed on Avery labels and the seal affixed to the safety tie thread.  The seal is covered in clear packing tape before trimming.  Tests show the label is extremely difficult to get off the safety tie thread without breaking the thread, and impossible to reinstall to original condition.

While doing my homework prior to implementing the paper seals, one US rigger (ex-military) told me the entire US airforce fleet of F-4 Phantoms were temporarily grounded while lead seals were taken off their parachutes..... apparently several instances of lead seals getting caught in the rudder pedals seriously reduced directional control.  I have seen a number of rigs that had the lead seal come off, especially under high G conditions, but often during normal jumping.

We are looking for feedback, including from others using paper seals, and those who have questions -- please feel free to contact me:  inquiry@flyinghigh.net