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JUNKERS Profly GmbH - MAGNUM – New Generation Rescue System

August 2008

Category: GA Buyer Europe Magazine

Author: Featured Manufacturer



New Generation

Rescue System

The Junkers Profly GmbH company is following the tradition of Professor Hugo Junkers, the legendary aircraft-designer involved in designing the famous Junkers Ju 52 transport and many other aircraft types.

Junkers Profly GmbH was founded 1986 in Herrsching, Germany
Junkers Profly GmbH was founded 1986 in Herrsching, Germany. In the beginning, jump-parachutes were developed and produced for the military and also for Paraplanes. In cooperation with Professor Dr. Brenkmayr the company developed the first rescue-system for drones and aircraft. At this time the parachute was opened with a spring, which could not be utilised in civilian use.

MAGNUM – The European Market Leader
In 1993 both Junkers Profly Ködnitz and Junkers Profly Prague were founded by partners, Heiner Junkers and Gerald Haselmann. First projects for the company were the development of propellers and rescue-systems and their development has been the company’s main focus since 1995. During this period the production-companies were changed to contract-companies. The production and the distribution of the Magnum rescue-systems became very successful, and in a short period it has become the European market leader.

Junkers Profly GmbH has been active as a distributer for 15 years in the German and wider European markets. Our main focus until now, lies in the manufacture and distribution of rescue-parachutes for glider pilots, rescue-systems for microlight planes and propellers for General Aviation aircraft. In addition, we represent and sell instruments from leading companies, including Becker, Sennheiser and Winter. Our main purpose is to be able to offer our European customers an increasing number of high quality products.

From the outset, co-owner, Gerald Haselmann considered the development of a total-rescue-system for gliders as his main focus. In cooperation with the University of Aachen in Germany, the first successful attempts were started in 1999. By 2001 all developments were completed and from June 2001 a mounting into gliders for sail-aerobatics Swift and Fox was introduced. Co-partner Heiner Junkers transferred his main-residence during this time to Chile, and a South American service-centre near Santiago, in Chile was built.

MAGNUM is a new generation rescue system, activated by a rocket motor
The MAGNUM is a new generation rescue system, activated by a rocket motor. The system is intended for the rescue of the crew including the aircraft. The MAGNUM rescue system is intended for 1-2 seats hang-gliders, motor-paragliders, ultralight aircraft, ultralight gliders, the experimental class and S-Light Sport Aircraft. The product is certificated by LAA CZ, USA, DULV and DAEC Germany, Ssec of the French Association UL and fulfills the requirements for the sale of rocket systems. As there are different types of microlight airplanes on the market, we are able to offer the rescue system to suit the technical data of different microlight types.

The MAGNUM 450 rescue system uses parachutes without a slider and with a middle line, and are designed for aircraft with a low maximum speed and are packed in an aluminium container, especially for trikes. They open very quickly and are effective at rescuing even at a very low altitude. However, it is necessary to be aware that the rescue success at low altitude will always depend on the horizontal and vertical speed at the moment that the MAGNUM rescue system is deployed.

MAGNUM 300 SPEED and MAGNUM 450 HIGHSPEED use parachutes with a slider and a middle line both are available either in an aluminium container or softpack. MAGNUM LIGHTSPEED SOFTPACK or MAGNUM 601 S-LSA are parachutes designed for higher speeds, especially those without the middle line, for a maximum speed of 260km/h, 300km/h and higher. These will deploy longer, to slow the aircraft down more gradually, allowing it to fall from high speed and not to exceed permissible g-forces that could cause stress to the anchorage points in the aircraft.

There are many documented rescues from even lower altitude using MAGNUM rescue systems
It is necessary to bear in mind, the critical situations where you may need to activate the rescue system in time. Many of these occur quickly and combine a loss of altitude with a rapid increase in speed. These factors drastically reduce the chance of rescue. The recommended height to activate the MAGNUM rescue system is 200 metres above sea level. At even lower heights the MAGNUM rescue system has saved lives, their being many documented rescues from even lower altitude using MAGNUM rescue systems.

By using the MAGNUM rescue system your flying safety will be increased if it is deployed in time, depending on your altitude, speed and weather conditions and the type of landing terrain.

To increase your chance of survival, it is certainly better to choose a ballistic rescue system than any other type. For example, the non-ballistic system, activated by the manual releasing of the canopy as it is the case with the pilot parachute. Where a lot of activity is necessary before the pilot exits the aircraft and is clear enough from the aircraft to deploy the parachute. With this system the aircraft will always be destroyed. By use of the MAGNUM rescue system both pilot and aircraft are saved. Before returning to flight, with possibly only having to repaint the exterior, where the rescue ropes may have scraped against the sides before landing.

The service life of the MAGNUM 450 rescue system is 18 years for parachutes with slider and 15 years for parachutes without slider. After 5 or 6 years these systems require a service. The system has to be packed into the original transit packaging, certified for this type of transport and returned to the manufacturer or dealer for servicing. For the service, the whole system is unpacked, giving it an airing and a thorough check over. The rocket motor will be dismantled, important parts checked, and the engine re-assembled. It is possible that the engine will be changed or replaced by a new one after a minor repair. Likewise with the parachute, vital parts will also be changed if they have been in any way damaged. After this service, the customer has a functional rescue system, guaranteed for the time marked on the product label. 

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Magnum System               300                450                   501                      601
                                                                Speed       Light Speed Soft        S-LSA
Max. perm. loading (kg)    300              475                475                   620
Max. perm. loading (lbs)   662             1050              1050                 1365
Weight of system (kg)         7                13               9,65                  12,9
Weight of system (lbs)    15,4             28,7               21,3                  28,4
V max. (km/h)                 222              260                300                   220
V max. (mph)                  138              162                187                   138 Dimensions (mm)      280x280x150  can.560x200   360x245x200      430x200x250 Dimensions (inch)        11x11x5.9    can.22x7.9     14.2x9.7x7.9       16.9x9.9x8.3

Size (m2)                         66              102                 86                    130
Size (sq.ft)                     711             1098               926                  1387

Repacking period           6yrs             6yrs               6yrs                  6yrs

Ballistic device
Rocket type              450 Magnum  450 Magnum    450 Magnum      600 A Magnum

Mechanical dual ignition
Burn time (s)                  0,6               0,6                 0,6                   0,8

NOTE: For all above the inspection period is after 6 years, then every 5th year.


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