Silver Parachute Sales & Service

Silver Parachute Sales & Service has been dedicated to providing in-depth, personal parachute service to aerobatic and glider pilots around the world since 1972





I'm just semi-retired. After over 40,000 repacks my hands are telling me they've had enough repacking parachutes.

This is my new 400 sq. foot shop finished this past August on our 3 acres.

The landscaping is now turning green.



Attention Parachute Riggers: I have a lot of rigging tools and equipment for sale. Click on the link on the left for more info.


I'm still a dealer for the Softie line of pilot emergency parachutes. I'm also their largest dealer and now keep about 20 parachutes in stock for immediate delivery.




Thank You for putting your trust in me for so many years packing your parachutes. You're not getting rid of me I'm just slowing down a bit.




If you own a Para-Phernalia Softie pilot emergency parachute and it's reaching (or has reached) the end of it's 20 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.





I will also continue to manufacture AcroBelt a five-point ratchet seatbelt system and SMAK PAK survival kits.


These are the small survival kits that attach to your parachute or can be carried on you. (Click on SMAK Pak Survival Kits or AcroBelt 5pt. Restraint on the left for more information about either one).






 Think Survival! I have a lot of my SMAK Pak Survival Kits shown below that attach to your parachute harness in stock. For more details click on SMAK Pak Survival Kits on the left.    




Of course I'll continue to provides comprehensive emergency bailout training and safety seminars for pilots worldwide. (Click on Safety Seminars on the left for details)






Are you looking for something to cover your aircraft, boat, car or anything else? Have you thought of an old parachute canopy? They make excellent covers for something stored indoors. They are not good for outdoor covers like patio shade covers or anything else that will be left outdoors. The rot and start coming apart typically within about 4 weeks from UV damage. I have a lot in stock ranging in size from 22' to 28' in diameter. They are parachutes that have reached their twenty year service life and have not been used. They were expensive cushions. Now you can have one for $50.00 plus shipping. They come in various colors like orange/white, red/white, blue/white and other colors. All have about four feet of line left on them for tying them down.


They are also ideal for schools, churches or for families who want an outdoor fun game. Several people take grips around the parachute. Go up and down with it and the kids, young and old, have fun running under it. Remember when done do not leave it lying out in the sun.


Call Allen at 209-532-7070 if your interested in one.





After a search of almost two years I found a highly qualified parachute rigger familiar with pilot emergency parachutes. I highly recommend Robert, owner of

Roberts Air Services

760-533-0341 or email:




                                 Now meet Robert Marshall




Incorrectly attaching Survival Kits (like my SMAK Paks) PLBs, InReach, 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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"Ask Allen" Column

Featured in Sport Aerobatics Magazine

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




Emergency Bailout Procedures for Pilots and Survival Equipment

This is a great opportunity for you or your group to gather for my seminar. Many of you have wanted to view my seminar, but due to time and location that has been impossible.  Now there is no excuse.


GO TO: (www.eaa.org/webinars). Once there scroll down a bit and just below the word WEBINAR in bold black letters click on "View the EAA Webinar archives". Then in the search box in the upper left corner type in "Emergency Bailout Seminar" and my seminar will pop up at the top of the many great seminars. You can also print out below a copy of my seminar handout material that follows along with my webinar. Sit back and enjoy! I'm told it goes down well with cold beer or a glass of wine.



Bailout Seminar Handout Material
This is what I teach and the order I follow at my power point bailout seminars.
Jan 2015 Bailout Seminar Handout .doc
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Deadly Mistakes Pilots Make During a Bailout
Learn how to avoid them here. Click bold underlined type to go to archive.


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 the photo above to enlarge


Click on "Photo Gallery" on the left to see my most recent photos. April 2016 Arlington WA IAC judges school seminar. I want to thank all those who have attended my bailout safety seminars. Remember all it takes is a phone call or

email to set up a seminar for your group.



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.