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  • SURVIVOR SERIES AIRCREW FLOTATION VEST PACKING INSTRUCTIONS

    Applicable Part Numbers: AMTC-V1126-BL AMTC-V1130-BL

    SURVIVOR LITE SURVIVOR (With Extraction Harness)

    Capewell Aerial Systems LLC 105 Nutmeg Road South South Windsor, CT 06074

    [email protected] P: 860.610.0700

    www.capewell.com

  • Capewell Aerial Systems LLC Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing Instructions

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. INTRODUCTION 3

    1.1 Survivor Vest Components 4

    1.2 Survivor Bladder Components 6

    2. PREFLIGHT INSPECTION 7

    3. FITTING PROCEDURE 9

    3.1 Survivor Lite Vest Fitting Procedure 9

    3.2 Survivor with Harness Fitting Procedure 11

    4. MAINTENANCE 12

    5. STORAGE 12

    6. SERVICE LIFE 12

    7. ANNUAL INSPECTION 14

    8. FUNCTIONAL INSPECTION 18

    9. BLADDER PACKING INSTRUCTIONS 19

    APPENDIX A. SPARE PARTS LIST 31


    The following symbols are used throughout this manual: ! WARNINGS indicate a procedure or situation that may result in serious injury or death if instructions are not followed correctly. ! CAUTIONS indicate any situation or technique that will result in potential damage to the product, or render the product un safe if instructions are not followed correctly. ! NOTES are used to emphasize important points, tips, and reminders.

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  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing InstructionsCapewell Aerial Systems LLC

    1. INTRODUCTION: The Survivor Aircrew Vest is Capewell’s latest in vest and flotation design. This new design series integrates the vest and flotation collar into one assembly providing an extremely low profile light weight vest. The vests are made of robust, fire resistant cloth providing superior wear resistance and flash fire protection. Current available models are: !

    AMTC-V1126-XX Survivor Lite (No built in harness) AMTC-V1130-XX Survivor (Hoisting harness version) ! NOTE: XX denotes color. When ordering specify BL for black or FG for green !!

    The bladder provides a minimum of 44 pounds of buoyancy using one 40g, 1/2 inch thread CO2 cylinder actuated manually. There are two versions of the Survivor Bladder: !

    • Single cell bladder with permanently mounted FAA commercial inflation valve. This version has one oral inflation tube and inflates manually with CO2.!

    • Dual cell bladder with replaceable military type inflation valve. This version has one cell which inflates manually with CO2 and a back up cell inflated orally. This version has two oral inflation tubes; one black and one red. The red oral inflation tube is for back up cell. Dual bladder does not include locator light or whistle unless requested.!

    ! WARNING: You must use a 40 gram CO2 inflation cylinder with half inch threads. Failure to use proper cylinder will prevent bladder from reaching design shape, decrease buoyancy, and damage valve. !!

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  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing InstructionsCapewell Aerial Systems LLC

    ! 1.1 Survivor Vest Components

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    Survivor Lite Survivor, with Extraction Harness

    COMPONENT LIST FRONT VIEW

    ! Burst Zipper

    ! Hoisting Loops

    ! Vest Closure Zipper

    ! Burst Zipper Closure

    Pin and Loops !

    Beaded Inflation Handle !

    Leg Straps Hoistable !

    Leg Straps Not Hoistable

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    ! 1.1 Survivor Vest Components (Continued):

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    Survivor Lite Survivor, with Extraction Harness

    COMPONENT LIST BACK VIEW

    ! Tether / MURA

    Attachment Loop !

    Rear Torso Adjustment Straps

    ! Back Panel With Waist Belt Height Adjustment Slots

    ! Waist Strap

    ! Front Waist Buckle

    ! Leg Straps Hoistable !

    Leg Straps Not Hoistable

  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing InstructionsCapewell Aerial Systems LLC

    1.2 Survivor Bladder Components !

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    Survivor Locator Light (1) !! Oral Inflation Tube (2) ! Note: Single cell models will have one oral inflation tube. Double cell models will have two. !! 40g CO2 Cylinder (3) 1/2 inch thread ! Reflective Tape (4) !! Survival Whistle (5) !! CO2 Inflation Valve (6) ! NOTE: Military models will have a legacy model 840 rep laceab le in f la t ion valve. Single cell vests h a v e a p e r m a n e n t l y mounted FAA approved inflation valve. ! Main Bladder Cell (7) !!

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  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing InstructionsCapewell Aerial Systems LLC

    2. Preflight Inspection: It is the responsibility of the air crewman to inspect the Survivor Flotation Vest and collar before flight operations. Perform a preflight inspection prior to each flight and at intervals not to exceed 30 days. If damage is found during an inspection, the vest must be grounded until repaired.

    ! 2.1 Inspect the vest and collar cover for:

    • Cuts, tears, and abrasion damage • Open seams and loose or broken stitching • Contamination damage • Hardware for cracks and corrosion!

    2.2 Ensure that the beaded inflation handle is attached with the one snap, that the other end of the inflation handle is stowed in handle stowage pocket, and the closure pin is fully engaged in all closure loops. ! 2.3 Ensure that the flotation collar quick burst zipper is completely closed and no zipper teeth are broken, missing, or separated. !! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Closure pin should be engaged in all vest closure loops

    B e a d e d I n f l a t i o n handle secured with snap and stowed in handle stowage pocket

    Ensure quick burst zipper is fully engaged around entire length with no broken or separated teeth.

  • Capewell Aerial Systems LLC Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing Instructions

    2. Preflight Inspection (Continued): ! 2.4 If vest has built in harness inspect all webbing and load bearing stitches. Inspect for:

    • Cuts, tears, and abrasion damage • Open seams and loose or broken stitching. No more than three stitches broken in a line are allowed. Repair must be done by manufacturer or authorized Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) Technician. • Contamination damage • Hardware for cracks and corrosion!

    2.5 Check that CO2 inflation cylinder is present by squeezing vest on wearer’s front left side. If no cylinder present remove vest from service until replaced.

    !!! ! END OF PREFLIGHT INSPECTION ! !

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  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing InstructionsCapewell Aerial Systems LLC

    3. Fitting Procedures: ! 3.1 Survivor Lite Vest Fitting The Survivor Lite vest is a very simple vest to adjust. Follow the steps be- low to ensure a proper fit.

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    Step 1. Don vest by pulling over arms and up to shoulders.

    Step 2. Fasten front chest buckle

    Step 3. Close vest by zipping front zipper

    Step 4 . Make sure vest is not riding up on back of neck and pull adjustment strap for a snug fit

  • Capewell Aerial Systems LLC Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing Instructions

    3.1 Survivor Lite Vest Fitting (Continued):

    ! NOTE: Leg straps are optional but highly recommended to hold flotation in proper position. !!

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    Step 5. Roll excess webbing towards adjustment buckle and secure with velcro webbing keeper.

    Step 6. Clip leg straps to back D rings and route end with adjuster through legs.

    Step 7. Clip leg straps to front D rings. Make sure end with adjuster is on front D ring.

    Step 8. Pull straps snug and wrap excess webbing around keep and secure around leg strap as shown.

  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing Instructions

    3.2 Survivor Vest with Harness, Fitting ! The Survivor Vest with extraction harness is a fully hoist capable with built in harness system. Therefore, the Survivor vest with harness requires a more complex fitting procedure. It is important to follow the steps below to achieve a proper fit. !

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    Step 1. Don vest by pulling over arms and up to shoulders and fasten front torso strap.

    Step 2. Pull torso strap excess until snug around waist.

    Step 3. Roll excess torso strap towards buckle and secure around strap with velcro keeper as shown.

    Step 4. Close vest by zipping front zipper to the top.

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  • Survivor Aircrew Flotation Vest Packing Instructions

    3.2 Survivor Vest with Extraction, Fitting (Continued)

    !!! END OF FITTING PROCEDURE !

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    Step 5. Measure one fist down from nape of neck to rear flotation collar seam as shown and adjust vest off back of wearer’s neck. NOTE: It is important that rear of flotation collar is off wearers neck. This prevents neck pain and fatigue.

    Step 6. Once vest is in proper position relative to the neck, adjust rear torso straps snug. Roll excess towards buckle and secure with velcro keeper strap.

    Step 6. Connect leg straps to cobra buckle female on front of vest. Pull excess until straps are snug.

    Step 7. Roll excess webbing towards buckle and secure to leg straps using velcro keeper strap.

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