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




Thank you John Smutny and IAC Chapter 67 for inviting me to present my Bailout Seminar at your Judges School on 21Apr18 at the Arlington, WA Airport (AWO).





Just a reminder for those who still are not sure. 


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


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.


At the bottom of this page I'll introduce you to the person who now packs parachutes for my customers.


This is my new 400 sq. foot shop finished August 2016 on our 3 acres.

The landscaping is now green.



Attention Parachute Riggers: I still 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.





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.     



"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 attend one of my seminars, 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.



Of course I'll continue to provides comprehensive emergency bailout training and safety seminars for pilots worldwide.

(Click on Bailout  Seminars on the left for details). You can also click on and download a copy of my handout material below.


Bailout Procedures and Survival Equipment for pilots
This is the handout material, what I teach, and the order I follow in my power point bailout seminars
March 2017 Bailout Seminar Handout .doc
Microsoft Word document [699.0 KB]




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:


How to correctly attached a survival kit to your parachute harness.
Adobe Acrobat document [365.8 KB]



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. Below is my Feb 2017 Trip to Virginia Beach Virginia and the 2017(NWOC) National Warbird Operator Conference. I want to thank all those who have attended my bailout seminar and especially Bill Fischer for inviting me to be a presentor.   

                       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 (O22) you already 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, or longer. All the shops are open for business. They just look like something from the 1860's. Click on my "Photo Gallery" on the left for more photos of Columbia.




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: