Silver Parachute Sales & Service


LAST UPDATED: 2 Oct 2014



NOTICE:  As of 2 Oct 2014  All of my demo model parachutes have been replaced. I now have over fifteen Softie parachutes in stock that are ready for immediate delivery. Several are out in the field being tried out in customers aircraft and several are back in my shop awaiting new homes. They all are in like new condition and most are less than six months old. They all come with a matching carry bag, free shipping in the US and of course a current repack. The harnesses and containers of the four Softie seatpacks I have in stock are either charcoal grey in color or OD for that warbird look. The base color of the harnesses and containers of the many Mini Softie back style parachutes I have in stock are some combination of red or charcoal grey. For example the harness and container may be charcoal grey with navy blue trim and stripes or red with charcoal grey or navy blue trim and stripes. If you're interested I can take a photo and send it to you.   






Ask about the liberal trade-in policy.  If you own a Para-Phernalia Softie pilot emergency parachute and it's reaching (or has reached) the end of it's twenty year service life it's worth $300.00 towards the purchase of a new Softie pilot emergency parachute. All you have to do is return your overaged Softie (to me) and I'll credit you $300.00 towards the purchase of a new Softie parachute, of your choice.




Click on "Photo Gallery" on the left to see my most recent photos from Sun N Fun 2014 and Arlington WA IAC judges school seminar. I want to thank all those who attended my bailout safety seminars. Remember all it takes is a phone call or email to set up a seminar for your group. Check out the photo of Sean D. Tucker giving me a special hello at Sun N Fun.



If you’re familiar with the Columbia Airport you know it’s a jewel of an airport. It has a grass strip and a very nice 4600 foot paved runway and is non-towered. Many fly-ins are held here each year. A lot of pilots walk the short distance from the airport, into old town Columbia, which is designated a California State Historical Park, for a bite to eat(see photos below). The official transportation in downtown Columbia is walking, horseback or stagecoach. Look it up on line, It’s also a great place to bring the family for a day trip. All the shops are open for business. They just look like something from the 1850's. Click on my "Photo Gallery" on the left for more photos of Columbia and of my shop on the Columbia Airport.



 On the left click on "Photo Gallery" for my latest seminar pictures.

     It's also never to late to book a bailout seminar for your group.


If you missed my Emergency Bailout webinar in January 2012  you can log on to www.eaa.org/webinar and follow the instructions. It's free. You do not have to be an EAA member to view the seminar.



"Ask Allen" the Bi-Monthly Column

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View past issues of the popular Q & A column in the Ask Allen Archive. Click bold underlined type to go to archive.




Silver Parachute Sales & Service is dedicated to providing in-depth, personal parachute service to aerobatic and glider pilots around the world. 



Silver Parachute Sales & Service offers complete rigging services including repack & recertification, major repair & alteration. Allen Silver, the owner, has been an FAA Master Rigger for over 40 years.  Silver Parachute Sales & Service specializes in pilot emergency parachutes and is the largest dealer for the SOFTIE line of emergency parachutes, by Para-Phernalia, Inc. 


Allen also designed and manufactures AcroBelt a five-point ratchet seatbelt system and SMAK PAK. These are small survival kits that attach to your parachute or can be carried on you. (click on SMAK Pak Survival Kits for more information)


Silver Parachutes Sales & Service also provides comprehensive emergency bailout training and safety seminars for pilots worldwide. (Click on Safety Seminars for details)


Upcoming Seminars
All presentations are open to the public. Go to the seminar page for more details. Click bold underlined type to go to archive.



Deadly Mistakes Pilots Make During a Bailout
Learn how to avoid them here. Click bold underlined type to go to archive.




Incorrectly attaching Survival Kits (like my SMAK Paks) PLBs, SPOT units, knives, kitchen sinks or any other item to your parachute harness can cause serious problems. Learn more details by clicking important notice below:


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Freefall Deceleration Chart

This is the graph mentioned in the Ask Allen column that shows how quickly you will slow down after a bailout. See it here. Click the image below to enlarge.

Parachute Deceleration Chart: Click on photo to enlarge





                             SILVER PARACHUTE SALES & SERVICE

                                    1000 Technology Dr. Suite B

                                          Columbia, CA 95310


I'm located in the back of the large hangar (135'x100') that says Aero Resources. Just walk into the hangar. I'm located in the back, in the northeast corner. You'll see my sign on the door. If you're lost ask anyone in the hangar. Make sure you pet Abbey the hangar dog she would appreciate that. If you drive up you'll see my sign on the east side of the hangar. If the hangar is locked walk around to the NE corner of the hangar and knock on the window of my shop or call me (209) 532-7070



Those of you who are new to shipping and not sure how to properly box up your parachute can call and I’ll explain it to you. I always tell everyone to use plenty of tape on both the top and bottom of the box. Please NO loose Styrofoam chips. Place your parachute in its carry bag, if you have one then put everything into a plastic garbage bag for additional protection, in case the box gets wet. Make sure the box is not too big and your parachute rattles around in it. Any box that is to large can get crushed. Just fill out the box with your chute. It won’t break. Also put your contact information in the box. I suggest you insure your parachute, even though I’ve never had anything lost, I still think it’s a good idea. 


If you need additional packing tips. Go to the menu on the home page of my website and click on "Ask Allen Column". Once there I have discussed packing your parachute in my February and April 2007 columns, June 2008 and again in August 2010.