Galaxy GRS UK dealers
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It is important to check the expiry date of your system, see label for the date stamp and expiry date.
In the event of an issue with your GRS or an accident
Emergency contact Steve Pike 07746 373637
Recovery systems are used in many aircraft these days, we are able to arrange maintenance of existing systems or provide equipment for new installations.
The current service interval on GRS systems is 'six years'. Prolongation of this interval may result in higher cost of revision, because according to our experience from previous years, the parachute can be damaged by leaking of water into container causing damp and moulding. It can be caused by heavy rains, especially when the system Soft is not perfectly protected against weather elements by a cover. The cost of repair may be then higher than the price of revision in proper interval.
Further, to any system sent for revision later than 1 year will be automatically added extra charge of 10%, later than 2 years 20% for higher cost of repacking + additional repairs from standard revise.
NOTE POST BREXIT INFORMATION
Since the UK left the EU there are more customs procedures and costs to follow. We have tried to make this as straight forward as possible and to reduce costs as much as possible.
Up to December 2020 we were able to have the equipment shipped to Abbeville France where I would go and collect, I had an arrangement with P&O ferries to transport dangerous goods in my car. Galaxy would invoice with Czech VAT added at 21% but there were no other taxes at this stage.
Post Brexit (from 1st Jan 2012) this changed and the current system meant that goods shipped to France still had the 21% VAT but there would be additional 20% UK VAT and Import duty on new goods on entry to the UK. This was not sustainable.
To resolve this LSFS has now become VAT registered, this means that Galaxy do not have charge the Czech VAT on their invoice. However it means that the goods have to be shipped direct to the UK and not the EU. Galaxy have now found a shipping agent that will deliver to me in the UK which to date had been restrictive on cost. There are still some import fees and UK VAT to pay but overall will be cheaper than me collecting from France. Please check at the time of having your system serviced or ordering new equipment for any changes in circumstances.
We will constantly be looking for alternatives for cost savings where we can. Note that shipping dangerous goods without declaration carries heavy fines.
The B.M.A.A have a TIL (technical information leaflet) No. TIL 063 issue 2.1 for Ballistic recovery systems.
A couple of key notes…
Mandatory maintenance. A GRS installation should be maintained in accordance with the approved maintenance requirements (the maintenance requirements that were approved by the BMAA or CAA when the BPRS installation was approved). These will normally be based on the BPRS system manufacturer’s maintenance requirements, but might include some installation-specific maintenance actions (specific to the particular aircraft, or aircraft type, the system is installed in). The BPRS system manufacturer’s maintenance requirements normally involve inspecting and repacking the parachute after a specified number of years, and reconditioning or replacing the rocket after a specified number of years (which may not be the same as the parachute repacking period). Maintenance actions that affect the rocket of the BPRS installation are mandatory and must be carried out. An aircraft with a time-expired rocket may not be flown until the rocket has been reconditioned or replaced (as required), or alternatively removed from the aircraft. The reason for rocket maintenance being mandatory is that a time-expired rocket could be unstable and is therefore a potential hazard in normal flight (not only when the system is activated in an emergency). It therefore no longer meets the basic requirement of UK approval.
Flight with a GRS system temporarily removed If a BPRS system is temporarily removed (or partially removed) for a short period of time for maintenance, the aircraft may still be flown subject to the following:
● If the BPRS activation handle remains in place it must be clearly marked as unserviceable.
● A BMAA Inspector must generate new weight and balance forms for the aircraft with the system removed. If the aircraft is a Microlight with a MAUW exceeding 450 kg (e.g. 472.5kg), MAUW must be reduced to 450kg for the period the system is removed. The new weight and balance forms must be submitted to, and be signed-off by, the BMAA Technical Office.
● Placards (including the cockpit load versus fuel trade-off placard) must be updated for the new empty weight and any change in MAUW.
LSFS Steve Pike approved service agent for Galaxy systems
GRS for Gyrocopers
Yes it is possible, Galaxy have designed a unique system that will allow the installation of a recovery system to Gyrocopters and Helicopters. best explained in this video by the Gyrocopter flying club.
Drones and UAVs
Drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be fitted with the Galaxy GBS10/650 or similar system for the safe recovery in an incident. See the Galaxy web site for more details