Tandem Pilot

Paragliding Harness

Simply named Pilot harness and Passenger harness these harness set is APCO’s foot mark in the tandem harness market.
Specially designed for professional use by tandem pilots and their passengers.

Each harness is designed to be used as part of an integrated set for Pilot and Passenger. Synergized to work perfectly together.

Of course each harness can be used on its own, but they work best when combined.

Pilot harness

Extremely comfortable, safe, and light, the pilot harness was designed for ease of use with maximum protection. The seat plate is flared outward to accommodate the passenger. The Pilot Harness provides excellent ergonomics on the ground and in flight. Many special features have been built in to make the pilot’s job easier, and more comfortable.

One feature deserves special attention: The harness set is equipped with a special, unique pilot stirrup – which helps provide for automatic transition of passenger into sitting position. This is pilot operated on take-off (original solution developed by APCO. Credit to Matthieu Arlettaz). The stirrup doubles as a foot rest, supporting pilots legs during flight and relieving leg strain during flight. (see video under Features tab)

The harness has multiple adjustment points to fit a wide range of pilot sizes – thus it can be offered in one size only.

Getting in and out of harness is extremely easy.

The Pilot Harness integrates together perfectly with the matching Passenger Harness and at its best when coupled with the Passenger Harness

  • Only 2.9kg. without seatplate and airfoam (add 600gr. for plywood seatplate)
  • Maximum protection – APCO’s standard airfoam protector with lexan plate
  • Automatic passenger transition into sitting position on take-off (pioneered by APCO)
  • Pilot leg rest stirrup (APCO unique) – see video here below
  • Low volume – easy to fold and pack
  • Foolproof chest T-lock system
  • Emergency parachute under the seat
  • Deployment handle highly visible and accessible for right or left hand deployment
  • Optimal back support with APCO exclusive load spreading semi-rigid elements and thick airmesh lining for breathability and comfort.
  • New, lightweight Quick Lock Buckles
  • Reflective piping for better visibility in the air and on the ground
  • Plenty of space in the back pocket
  • Two extra mesh compartments in the back pocket
  • Additional pocket for notes and documents
  • Two mesh side pockets for easy access in flight
  • Water bladder ready
  • High density cloth – light, strong and durable
  • Cloth covered shoulder straps
  • Integrated channelling for emergency parachute connection
  • Loop and slide adjusters for one handed in-flight adjustment
  • 7075 T6 Aluminum aviation grade hardware
  • Designed for use with APCO’s new 3 Ton forged karabiner (harness designed specially to be coupled with this karabiner)
  • + much, much more…
Weight of Pilot Harness2.9 [Kg]
Standard seatplate0.6 [Kg]
Airfoam Protector+lexan plate (optional)1.0 [Kg]

Foam Protector and Lexan Sheet (optional)

Foam Protector and Lexan Sheet (optional)
The pilot protection system, combines the usual airfoam type protector with a lexan sheet (47143) which aids in spreading the load over the absorbing area of the airfoam offering the maximum protection available to a paraglider pilot today.

Test results conducted by DHV confirm that our standard 15cm Airfoam protector is fully in line with DHV requirements when used in combination with harness.

Mayday Emergency Parachute

Accumulated experience from APCO’s immensely successful Mayday range was implemented into the Pilot harness. The integrated emergency parachute compartment is perfectly located under the pilot seat, providing extra protection as well as having the emergency deployment handle intuitively positioned at close reach (and highly visible) and suitable for left or right hand deployment. The integrated emergency parachute compartment is ideally suited to accept the range of APCO Mayday parachutes which have proven themselves time and time again, saving hundreds of pilots over the years.

Q: Where should I connect the reserve?


Why are the bridles routed from both sides?

Since the bridles are connected to the spreader bars (infront of the pilot head) and not to the shoulder (behind the pilots head)
If routing only from one side, when the reserve is deployed there is a chance that the bridle will get caught on the pilots head/helmet!!
This would be the opposite bridle from the side of the handle.
We just had a incident, during regular checking, where bridles were routed
as instructed, both sides. Handle on the right. When reserve thrown
backwards, the left bridle got stuck, probably partly under backprotector. 
So in real emergency, when reserve would have inflated, it would most likely
have turned pilot hardly forwards, hitting pilots face against passenger. 
You have a good point but we would prefer any type of injury over a broken neck…
Hope this is now clear
Pilot answer:

Thanks, yes, I think you are right.

The reserve was not Apco’s, and we think jamming may be partly because of bridles, that probably are too short.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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The Tandem Pilot harness is supplied as standard, complete with:

Plywood Seat-plate, and emergency parachute deployment handle

Optional Accessories

57007: Tandem Spreader Bars


Redesigned Spreader bars to attach a second harness to your tandem paraglider incorporating An automatic B-stall mechanism integrated into the spreader bar

Mayday Paraglider


Apco Aviation started manufacturing the Mayday in 1984, and since then put over 40,000 pieces into service in the Paragliding and Hang Gliding markets. The Mayday has hundreds of life saving deployments to its name, from beginners to world champions ( Read letters from saved pilots).



Harnesses – Sizing Table

HarnessSizeCodeHarness Weight (kg)Pilot Size (cm)Back Length (mm) - ASeat Length (mm) - BSeat Width (mm) - CDist. between Karabiners (mm)- DSupported Back (mm) - EHook-in Height (mm) - FPod Length - G
First IIIMultisize with
zipper expander
Hikeone size470301.300160 to 190610430230 x 2295 - 490320420
Chairbag Integral Vone size460302.950160-185700390380385 - 575450430
RitmaS/M450503.200Up to 170680400390420 - 615360420
RitmaL/XL451003.200170-185750435400420 - 615400415
RitmaXXL451503.200180 and up750435400420 - 615400405
Spark IIS/M431024.550Up to 170740370350375 - 575400390
Spark IIL/XL432024.600170-185775410390375 - 575420415
Spark IIXXL433024.700180 and up790470400375 - 575420440
Swift RaceM/L446105.950up to 190640410320395 - 540360440900 - 1000
Swift RaceXL446206.150185 and up700460340360 - 5353704801000 - 1100
Swift SportM/L446305.310up to 190640410320395 - 540360440900 - 1000
Swift SportL/XL446355.510185 and up700460340360 - 5353704801000 - 1100
Swift ZeroM/L446404910up to 190640410320395 - 540360440900 - 1000
Swift ZeroL/XL446455.110185 and up700460340360 - 5353704801000 - 1100
Tandem Pilot Harnessone size424003.500Up to 195
Tandem Passenger Harnessone size425002.700a wide range
of passenger sizes
Split Legs Paramotor
HIGH Hook-In points
S/M with
zipper extender
434001.500Up to 185
Split Legs Paramotor
HIGH Hook-In points
L/XL with
zipper extender
434101.500185 and up
Split Legs Paramotor
LOW Hook-In points
S/M with
zipper extender
435001.500Up to 185
Split Legs Paramotor
LOW Hook-In points
L/XL with
zipper extender
435101.500180 and up
Universal ParamotorMultisize with
zipper extender
410152.700Up to 190
SLT Paramotor Harness
High Hook-Up points
Multisize with
zipper extender
280152.000Up to 190
SLT Paramotor Harness
Low Hook-Up points
Multisize with
zipper extender
4204151.980Up to 190
Trike Pilotone size491002.850160-190
Trike Passengerone size492502.100160-190

The Pilot Harness is supplied standard with seatplate and emergency parachute deployment handle (does not include Airfoam protector and Karabiners)

  • 42400 – Pilot Harness
  • 42150 – Airfoam Protector for Pilot
  • AP-100/2T – Al. karabiner 3 Ton double safety
  • AP-100/3T – Al. karabiner 3 Ton triple safety