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Posted 19 October 2008 - 03:08 PM

Last updated: 30-Sep-11
Manufacturer: Aviacom (Argus)
Address: Avenue Lavoisier 18, Wavre, Belgium, B-1300
Telephone: +32 (0)2 7850280
WWW: http://www.argus-aad.com/
Email: 30-Dec-99


Manuals are available from this link
Safety bulletins are available from this link


BPA Index Relevance Date Model Component Overview File Notes
1 30-May-06 Argus AAD Recall of units manufactured May-06. sbamm290506.pdf Serial numbers listed in PDF.
2 11-Dec-06 Argus AAD Old style cutters (with plastic insert) must be replaced with new style cutter (with holographic seal). SBAMM021206_2.pdf Issued in response to damage occurring to the closing loop in (but not limited to) a Mirage.
Not in index 29-Aug-06 Argus AAD Approved for use with Aerodyne containers. aerodyne.pdf Official letter.
Not in index - Argus AAD Approved for use with RWS/UPT containers. UPT.pdf Official letter.
Not in index - Argus AAD Approved for use with Mirage containers. mirage.pdf Official letter.
Not in index - Argus AAD Approved for use with Sunpath containers. sunpath.pdf Official letter.
3 30-Jun-10 Argus Cutters Cutters dated Jan-07 are recalled. Cutter_recall.pdf Issued in response to a fatality where the cutter did not cut the closing loop.
Not in index 05-Sep-10 Argus AAD Systems that have a cutter of the manufacturing date August 07 or earlier must have the cutter replaced with a later model Cutters_revised.pdf SB AMMO050910/2. Update to DOM of recalled cutters. Supersedes SB AMMO050910/1.
Not in index 11-Nov-10 Argus AAD Australian Parachute Federation issued Argus event history. APF_event_history.pdf -
Not in index 15-Nov-10 Argus AAD Argus grounded for Australian Parachute Federation members. APF_grounded.pdf Lifted on 17-Dec-10
4 17-Nov-10 Argus AAD Argus AADs are grounded until further notice. SN76.pdf Issued in response to 2 incidents where the cutter did not sever the loop. Lifted by BPA SI99.
5 26-Nov-10 Argus AAD Argus AADs may now be put back into service provided the Argus AAD is fitted with a cutter manufactured after the beginning of Sep-2007 and may only be fitted to equipment authorised by both the AAD manufacturer and container manufacturer. SI99.pdf This lifts the grounding issued in BPA SN76.
6 02-Dec-10 Argus AAD Manual update – batteries must be replaced at every repack manual_v2.0.7.pdf -
Not in index 07-Dec-10 Argus Closing loops Systems fitted with Argus should have the closing loop discs replaced at each repack. The use of strong steel washers are recommended (secured with a figure-8 stopper knot). Packer also reminded that loop replacement at each repack is mandatory, and that 5kg of PC pressure is required. closing_loops.pdf -
Not in index 07-Dec-10 Argus Cutters Extensive testing shows that pre-Aug-07 cutters show no lack of performance, and portugal issue shows no immediate dangers if the manufacturer's guidelines are strictly observed. However these cutters must still be replaced. cutters_updates.pdf AMMO050910/3
Not in index 17-Dec-10 Argus AAD Australian Parachute Federation members may now use Argus AADs providing it complies with AMMO050910/3 and is approved by the relevant container manufacturer. APF_rescinded.pdf Lifts grounding issued on 15-Nov-10.
Not in index 21-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Rigging Innovations containers. Argus_unapproved_RI.pdf SB-1548.
Not in index 22-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in UPT containers. Argus_unapproved_UPT.pdf SB 20110322.
Not in index 22-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Parachutes Australia manufactured Talon or Telesis containers. Argus_unapproved_PA.pdf PA SB1101.
Not in index 22-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Javelins. Argus_unapproved_Sunpath.pdf SPSB006.
Not in index 23-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Parachute Systems containers. Argus_unapproved_PS.pdf PSSB003.
Not in index 24-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Mirage containers. Argus_unapproved_Mirage.pdf SB 03-11.
Not in index 24-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Altico containers. Argus_Altico1.pdf ASB_0324111. Superseded by Altico's 29-Mar-11 notice.
Not in index 24-Mar-11 Argus AAD All rigs fitted with an Argus AAD are grounded in New Zealand. NewZealand_grounding.pdf Issued in response to numerous container manufacturers rescinding authorisation to use the Argus.
Not in index 25-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Icons. Argus_unapproved_Aerodyne.pdf SB250311.
Not in index 25-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Firebird containers. Argus_unapproved_Firebird.pdf SM-Firebird 01/2011.
Not in index 25-Mar-11 Argus AAD All rigs fitted with an Argus AAD are grounded in the Netherlands. Netherlands_grounding.pdf Issued in response to numerous container manufacturers rescinding authorisation to use the Argus.
Not in index 28-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus grounding rescinded for Altico containers, as the failure mode will not prevent the normal operation of the reserve (using the ripcord). Argus_Altico2.pdf Supersedes Altico's 24-Mar-11 SB (ASB_0324111).
Not in index 29-Mar-11 Argus AAD Argus is no longer approved for use in Strong Dual Hawk Tandem system. Argus_unapproved_Strong.pdf SB #31.
Not in index 30-Mar-11 Argus AAD Paratec GmbH neither allowed nor denied the use of AADs in itʻs Next rigs. The compatibility has to be declared by the individual AAD manufacturer upon tests he conducts with our product to determine compatibility in every aspect of the matter Argus_Paratec.pdf This is a statement from Paratec, not a safety notice.
Not in index 31-Mar-11 Argus AAD Basik Air Concepts state that the compatibility has to be declared by the individual AAD manufacturer upon tests he conducts with our product to determine compatibility in every aspect of the matter. Argus_Basik.pdf This is a statement from Basik, not a safety notice.
Not in index 31-Mar-11 Argus AAD PIA statement regarding numerous container manufacturers responding to Argus issues. No action require – this is for information purposes only. Argus_PIA.pdf IN38250311
Not in index 08-Apr-11 Argus AAD Aerazur state that Argus is not approved for use in Parachute de France containers until further notice. Argus_unapproved_PdF.pdf BS-SPP/2011-01. Issued by Aerazur on behalf of PdF
Not in index 20-Apr-11 Argus AAD Sunrise Rigging state that currently there is no issue with the use of the Argus AAD on our Wings rigs. Argus_Sunrise.pdf This is a statement from Sunrise, not a safety notice. It is also stated that if the cutter partially cuts the loop the reserve can still be deployed using the reserve ripcord.
Not in index 06-Oct-11 Argus AAD Systems that have a cutter with a manufacturing date before Sept. 07 must have the cutter replaced with a model manufactured in September 07 or later before the next jump. Blade_hardness.pdf This service bulletin has been issued in response to the findings of the final report of the Polish Authorities and by recommendation of the USPA after incidents.



Disclaimer: The data presented here may contain errors and/or omissions: it is intended to be indicative only. For comprehensive details refer to the bulletins/manuals from the manufacturer and the relevant governing body (e.g. BPA).