Further safety aspects:
- There are no potential hazards in consequence of the steerability: The twisting of the lines, which often is unavoidable when using a controllable rescue system, doesn’t cause any special risks. The TARGETcross ST can also be controlled in twisted condition. The red colour marking on the front head indicates clearly visible the flight direction for the pilot.
- No risks can arise by excessive pulling or by non-use of the brake handles. There is no risk of stall. A pulling of the brakes is not required when landing, as the canopy already is trimmed at minimum sink rate. The forward speed also reduces significantly the risk of spine compression during the landing.
- The long suspension lines of the TARGETcross and the symmetric shape of the canopy lower the risk of causing a collapse with the rescue system and the glider.
- Forward movement and low sink rate reduce in addition the risk of a side slip between the rescue system and the glider, and therefore higher sink rates.
- A short stall phase of the TARGETcross after opening prevents the formation of a “downplane”-position. The TARGETcross merges without the help of the pilot after a short independent stall phase in an easy, very stable and swing-free forward flight.
- The special design of the inner container, optimized with the help of Tom Grabner’s G-Force trainer ensures a safe deployment of the TARGETcross with low effort needed. Especially with regard to inconvenient pulling directions when deploying the rescue system. Therefore we absolutely recommend to use the original approved container with the rescue system and to adapt the rescue handle of the harness to the container by an authorised service company.
- The inner container has a separate space for the suspension lines. The canopy will only be deployed after aspect ratio of the suspension lines, which enables a fast and controlled opening. The risk of a cravat of rescue system and glider is therefore reduced.
- The superlight cruciform canopy from Charly’s product designer Tom Grabner has been registered for patent and certified in four sizes.
|Weight* (kg)||Certification||Volumetric value (ccm)||Flat surface (m²)||Sink speed (m/s)||Max. load (kg)|
|TC ST LIGHT 100||1.17||EN, LTF||3900||25.2||4.7 (100 kg) | 3.6 (70 kg)||100|
|TC ST LIGHT 125||1.39||EN, LTF||4700||30.7||4.5 (125 kg) | 3.5 (85 kg)||125|
|TC ST LIGHT 160||1.78||EN, LTF||5300||41.0||4.5 (160 kg) | 3.5 (110 kg)||160|
|TC ST LIGHT 220||2.25||EN, LTF||7300||59.2||4.5 (220 kg) | 3.5 (160 kg)||220|
* the weight includes the connection to the harness, as the V-line is not necessary
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Do I have to disconnect my glider when opening the TARGETcross?
Although if the pilot reacts in a passive way, the TARGETcross works perfectly. The risk of a side slip is very low for a TARGETcross. Nevertheless, the glider should be disconnected – if possible – from all rescue systems, no matter whether they are steerable or not. The disconnection can be made by separating the glider from the carabiner, as in this case, an automatic separation system for the speed system is absolutely essential. Further opportunities are rapid separation carabiners or cutting off the main lines by means of a jack knife.
With the Finsterwalder Quick-Out carabiners, the disconnection is very simple.
As you can’t make general statements about how the glider reacts after rescue deployment and every rescue system is always influenced by the residual resistance of the glider, a complete disconnection of the glider can only be an advantage – also if a disconnection is not absolutely necessary for the TARGETcross.