31 Jul 2004 09:54:49
Steve Coker
Riggers - Jumping NonTSOed gear

Have a foreign national with non-TSOed gear. (it could be considered
an prototype rig - not made by a known manufacturer)

Question 1 - Can it be jumped in US.

Question 2 - can a rigger pack the reserve.

Have tried getting Answer from FAA but still waiting.

STEVE Coker
sslcoker@aol.com


31 Jul 2004 21:02:28
Tom Buchanan
Re: Riggers - Jumping NonTSOed gear

Please see: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/safety/detail_page.cgi?ID=96

The answer to your specific question depends on a few things. First, if BOTH
the rig and reserve are TSO'd, then in order to be used in the USA it must be
packed by a rigger on a 120 day cycle, regardless of who owns it or is jumping
it.

If the reserve AND/OR the rig are not TSO'd, AND the jumper is a foreign
national, AND the rig is approved for use in the other country by that jumper,
then it can be jumped in the USA by that jumper.

We had a recent case of a visitor with a South African rig, not TSO'd, and a
TSO'd reserve. Since one of the components was not TSO'd, the jumper could use
the gear in this country as long as it was packed and maintained according to
South African standards. South African regulations require that the reserve be
packed by a certificated SOUTH AFRICAN rigger, so allowing a US rigger to pack
it would not meet the requirements of the home country regulation. Accordingly,
he could not use the rig in this country. The remedy would be to find a rigger
who is certificated in both the USA and South Africa.

So, if at least one component is not TSO'd and the rig is approved in your
jumpers home country as it is now packed, then he can use it here. CAUTION:
Make sure you know the rules in the other country, many jumpers are known to
fib a bit assuming US drop zones will not know better, and will not check.

Hope that helps.

Tom Buchanan
FAA Senior Parachute Rigger
Author, "JUMP Skydiving Made Fun and Easy"


01 Aug 2004 13:33:48
Buddconner
Re: Riggers - Jumping NonTSOed gear

Have a foreign national with non-TSOed gear. (it could be considered
an prototype rig - not made by a known manufacturer)

Question 1 - Can it be jumped in US.

Steve, I know that some DZ's have a wavier so foreign nationals can jump their
gear here. Also that gear must be legal to jump & pass all safety requirements
in its home country.

As I see it that is a question best answered by the DZO


Question 2 - can a rigger pack the reserve.
You as a rigger have to make the choice to pack it or not. Is there a packing
manual available? While the repack cycle of the home country is honored, if
packed by a US rigger the pack job is only good for the 120 day cycle

I hope this helps, these answers are opinion not fact.

Budd Conner

Master Rigger