Gravis1 / Safety Notice
Safety notice for paragliders ICARO Gravis1
GRAVIS1 XS, EAPR-GS-568/17
GRAVIS1 S, EAPR-GS-567/17
GRAVIS1 M, EAPR-GS-566/17
GRAVIS1 L, EAPR-GS-544/17
GRAVIS1 XL, EAPR-GS-565/17
After reports from the DHV of incidents and in the course of paragliding checks, it was found that older Icaro GRAVIS1 Wings can suffer from a shortening of the C and D Line sets, which changes take-off and flight characteristics.
As a result, the glider can go into deep stall with big ears, especially when:
• Not operating the speed bar in conjunction with BIG EARS.
• When reaching up past the riser maillion, and pulling in BIG EARS using the Outer A line. This reduces the area of the flying wing considerably more than in the conditions in the sample test. Resistance increases, the angle of attack is increased, the speed is reduced, risking a stall situation.
As a precautionary measure, ICARO is ordering a follow-up check for all GRAVIS1’s that were checked more than 12 months ago or that have been in operation for more than 75 hours.
Regardless of this, a review is required for GRAVIS1,
– who were found to be deep stall while using BIG EARS,
– or where the pilot has noticed an unusual hanging of the canopy when being Inflated on launch Before the next flight, these devices must be subjected to a check by the manufacturer or commissioned by Icaro.
Please contact Ascent paragliding for access to trim sets and fitting.