Here you will find instructions on some of the steps involved in operating the paraglider.
Fasten the chest buckles correctly
The chest buckles used on the Techno 2023 B and Combo 2023 harness require some care when fastening. They usually close smoothly, but in some situations it may be necessary to correct the alignment of the frame when it is inserted into the buckle. It is useful to press the red button when closing the buckle. Pay attention!
The problem is shown in the video:
During long storage in unfavorable conditions, the plastic rods of the wing structures may deform. Usually, it is not a permanent and strong deformation and usually the shape returns to normal by use of the wing. The degree of bend of the rods after removal from the bag should not be assessed.
In exceptional cases, if the bend is permanent, we can replace the rod – contact your distributor.
Acting upon notices of problems encountered in speed-system operation in some of our PPG canopies, we’ve prepared a bulletin on this matter, containing assembly instruction for the covers positioning the pulleys.
Trimmer buckle and strap replacement
Sometimes after long use the trimmers cease to operate correctly, i.e. they slide away of their intended position. In some cases it is just a matter of accumulated grease on the tapes, so first you can try to clean them with kleenex for example.
Currently all these canopies are produced with some “steps” sewn on the trimmer tapes which stop the sliding buckles, thus minimising possible asymmetry.
If the trimmer tapes are worn out and tend to keep sliding away, they should be replaced. For this we prepared a dedicated replacement set, including:
two new trimmer buckles with removable cross-bar for easy exchange
two new trimmer tapes with “steps”
some glue to prevent the screwes from getting loose.
Below you can see an instructional video on replacing the buckles. To put it short: the old buckles are sawed in half (they have a fixed bar), removed and replaced with new ones.
What to do with releasing trimmers?
We have received signals concerning the independent trimmer releases. We noticed that there could be two reasons for this:
Worn, hard-used trimmer tapes and/or buckles – self-release may then happen in flight, especially under heavy loads. The trimmer is most often released to the nearest bolt stitching, which is made about every 3 cm. When this is occurring repeatedly, such a tape should be replaced by yourself or at the workshop, depending on the wing you have (some paragliders, such as WARP, DriftAir or Cabrio should be delivered to us, in other wings it is possible to replace just the trimmer tape or the whole replacement kit including a new buckle).
Accidental release, sometimes complete, during take-off. The problem here may be the starting technique, which causes pressing the forearm on the plate extending the trimmer buckle lever. In this case, you should either change the starting technique or unrivet the plate extending the trimmer buckle lever. However, be aware that the lack of this plate can later make it more difficult to release the trimmer (you need more of force for this).The change of the starting technique consists in careful arranging the risers on your arms so that the release trigger stays on top (not pressed against the shoulder):
Theoretically, it may also happen that the buckle itself is faulty, but at the moment we run four-stage quality checks during risers production, so this shouldn’t be occurring.
How steering lines should be attached to steering toggles
The pictures show the way steering lines should be attached to steering toggles. Such a knot cannot go untied – on the contrary, every pull on the steering line (i.e. every steering input) strengthens it.
Showed knot is used by our assemblers on each wing leaving Dudek Paragliders, and in case of any alterations (mainly steering lines length adjustment) please take care to have it fixed exactly the same way afterwards.
Speed line replacement
HOW TO REPLACE A SPEED-SYSTEM LINE WITH A NEW ONE (THICK)
Sometimes it is necessary to exchange speed-system line for a new one. You can do it yourself, as shown here: english version.pdf
HOW TO REPLACE SPEED-SYSTEM LINE OF OLDER TYPE (THIN)
When a line of older type (thin) breaks, attaching hooks to the new one can be troublesome. Thanks to Clive Bunce there is some guidance here HERE