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Maintenance

 

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For all gliders the most important feature is safety, bad or insufficient care of your equipment can cause severe problems, for this reason MAC PARA provide after-sales service, maintenance and inspection facilities at our headquarters (see :::contacts:::) or by MAC PARA authorized dealers (see :::importers:::) 

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The glider's condition and long life depend on your careful maintenance and correct storage, so follow the rules:

Find a suitable take-off spot. Beware of roots, rocks or branches, which abrade the glider's lines or canopy or otherwise impact their integrity.

During and after landing, don't let the glider fall on its leading edge in front of you, this unfavourable case can bring about some damage to the canopy, ribs or seams.

Careless care and handling of your glider, for example pulling or tugging on lines to release snags or dragging over rough terrain, can decrease the life of your glider.

Take care not to stand on any part of your glider, mainly the lines, when preparing for take-off or during ground handling.

Beware of using parachute or reserve packing methods; in particular “mushrooming” the glider and carrying for any distance, it is not useful for paragliders. Paragliders should be protected from unnecessary exposure to sunlight and UV-rays, these can reduce the life-time of the paraglider material. For good maintenance do not bundle up a wet glider. Try always to keep it dry or at least dry it at the earliest possible time. If your glider accidentally comes in contact with sea water you must thoroughly wash down with fresh water and dry. For best storage use the inner protection sack. Do not expose your glider to excessively high temperatures (max 50 degrees of Celsius).  For example by leaving in closed cars on hot days. For maintenance and cleaning use only lukewarm water, do not use any chemicals. Do not fly with a wet or damp paraglider. Temperatures below 5 Celsius can lead to freezing of any moisture retained in the canopy fabric, this can, in-turn increase the porosity of the fabric. Beware when flying on sandy beaches. Sand and salt are abrasive materials which damage the coatings of the canopy fabric. When trapped inside the cells sand can cause abrasion and increase the porosity of the fabric. Do not bundle up your glider tightly when you plan to store it for long periods. Store in a cool, dry and well ventilated place. If you are unsure of the condition of your glider, especially after complicated landings or if you notice any changes to the flight characteristics, contact Mac service immediately. 

Carry out a complete inspection: After every 100 hours of flight or 1 year, whichever comes sooner. If you regularly lay out your glider in damp conditions checks on the lengths of “C” and “D” lines should be made at intervals of three months or less. 

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