Ten-Year Service Requirement On CAPS Systems
Cirrus Aircraft has been preparing for the upcoming 10-year
service requirements on the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS)
to ensure the overhaul process was defined, and so that owners
could meet the requirements through a timely, organized and
The following items are part of the process:
- ATF licensing logistics (and similar entities outside of the
- Shipping and hazardous materials logistics
- Cirrus training on repack process allows expertise and ensures
additional supply source and timeliness of supply
- Testing of G1 and G2 aircraft styles to establish/validate the
process and determine expected labor times
- Life limit data analysis to support possible life limit
extension of different components
- CAPS Qualified Authorized Service Centers
Knowing the delivery dates of the aircraft sold in 2000 and the
expected month of service should determine the 2010 CAPS 10-year
overhaul schedule, however, the actual replacement schedules do not
exactly match the expected schedule. There are instances of owners
performing the CAPS overhaul service early. There are also
instances of aircraft that are overdue for the CAPS 10-year
overhaul requirements. Cirrus encourages owners to validate their
Time Limited Parts replacement schedules. The CAPS
(parachute/rocket) information can be found in the front pages of
your original airframe logbook.
Additionally, the Cirrus Authorized Service Network has been
preparing to support the initial and increasing need for the
10-year CAPS service requirements. CAPS is uniquely specialized and
therefore requires a qualified service center to have an ATF
license, specific curriculum for training, a qualified storage
magazine and the ability to ship and receive hazardous materials.
An Airframe and Powerplant license alone is not sufficient
credentials for performing maintenance on the Cirrus Airframe
Cirrus Aircraft provides assistance through the paperwork and
qualification process to assist its Authorized Service Centers
preparing to support this program. There are currently 24 service
centers approved in the US and four outside of the US. The current
list of CAPS qualified Authorized Service Centers is available from
Cirrus. This network will be growing rapidly to support field
requirements, and at this time, there are an additional nine
service centers pursuing the CAPS qualification process.
Initial kit pricing was set at $9,385.00 for an overhauled
exchange parachute and new rocket along with a few other kit parts.
Line-cutters are not included in the overhaul kit as they have up
to six years in-service life, which does not align with the rest of
the CAPS components. Approximately 30 hours of labor are required
to complete the removal and replacement of the CAPS components on
G1 style aircraft. On G2, and subsequent aircraft, the installation
is expected to be fewer than 20 hours of labor since the
replacement can be accomplished from the cabin with no need to
Due to process expansion of its in-house capabilities, Cirrus
says a kit price reduction to $8,682.00 is effective immediately.
For owners who have completed the service requirements at original
pricing, the company is coordinating a $703.00 coupon good toward
merchandise at the Cirrus Connection Store or part purchases with
your Cirrus Authorized Service Center.
In addition to the overhauled exchange parachutes currently
available, there is now an option to purchase a new parachute for
$13,182.00. All prices reflect a core exchange.
Cirrus Aircraft was integrally involved with the development of
the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System by participating in the rocket
and parachute testing. Over the last year, the company has been
establishing parachute packing capabilities at the Cirrus worldwide
headquarters in Duluth, MN, and are now packing new parachutes for
production and overhauling parachutes for current owners. The same
established supplier is still being used to make the parachute,
however, Cirrus personnel are now trained by the master rigger who
developed the CAPS parachute pack.
Cirrus Aircraft now owns the rocket design and produces rockets
and igniters under guidance of the CAPS rocket designer.
Additionally, they have begun operating the facility where CAPS
rockets were designed and have been produced for over a decade. All
efforts have been coordinated with the appropriate experts and
businesses to ensure consistency and quality of the products.
These kit components are specialized and time-limited and,
therefore, will not be in stock at any of the CAPS qualified
Authorized Service Centers at this time. Cirrus is requesting a
4-week notice of the scheduled date to have the overhaul service