AWB 25-3 Issue 1 - Cirrus SR20/SR22 Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS)
AWB 25-3 Issue 1, 4 April 2003
Cirrus SR20/SR22 Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS)
Cirrus SR20/SR22 Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS).
The Cirrus SR20/SR22 aircraft has a General Aviation Recovery Device (GARD) fitted. The GARD is also referred to as Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). This device is a rocket-deployed parachute designed to control the descent of the aircraft to the ground in an emergency. This device is not included in the normal certification privileges of Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.
This Bulletin sets out the requirements for certification of maintenance on the GARD/CAPS.
Instructions (see below) in the relevant Cirrus Designs Maintenance Manual detail the qualifications for maintenance personnel performing maintenance of the GARD/CAPS.
Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) must be serviced and maintained by Cirrus Design trained and authorised parachute technicians only. Airframe and Powerplant licences are not sufficient credentials for performing maintenance of the CAPS.
Licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanics may visually inspect the parachute installation and activation handle system only, as specified in 5-20 (Scheduled Maintenance Checks)
For the purpose of certification of maintenance of Australian registered SR20/SR22 aircraft (or any other Cirrus aircraft fitted with a GARD/CAPS) only a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer who holds a Group 1 Airframe rating may perform and certify the visual inspection.
A Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer who holds of Airframe Groups 1 and 7 ratings and has been trained and authorised by Cirrus Design, and has been granted an appropriate Australian Maintenance Authority may perform and certify removal, maintenance and installation of the GARD/CAPS.
Due to the serious safety issues associated with accidental activation of the GARD/CAPS, owners, operators and maintenance organisations, as applicable, should inform all maintenance personnel performing ANY maintenance on the aircraft that GARD/CAPS is fitted to the aircraft and ensure they have sufficient knowledge of the system to avoid accidental activation.
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