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Brake loop caught between lines on takeoff

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Age: 52
Weight: 190
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Model: Momentum
Paramotor Frame: he120 with

Incident Details

November 20, 2012
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I did a forward launch in lite winds. Somehow, during inflation, the brake loop in my left hand (the hand which also held the throttle) came out of my two fingers and wedged in between two lines on my front left A risers. I did not notice until I was taking off as I was looking up to check my wing and at the time was also making sure I didn’t hit the building far in front of me. I was about 10 feet off the ground when I noticed the stuck brake loop. Since there were no control issues with the stuck brake loop, I chose to ascend to 500 feet where I could safetly work on the stuck brake. It took about 30 seconds to figure out how to safetly untangle the brake from the two lines. I checked the function of the brakes and noted they both worked fine and that the length of the brakes had not changed at all, indicating it was safe to continue flying, which I did. I landed uneventfully after flying for 1.5 hours. If I had to do it all over again I would land and double check to make sure there was no wear or nicks on the brake or paraglider lines. Subsequent review of both did not show any damage to either the brake loop, the brakes, or the paraglider lines.

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