Silver Parachute Sales & Service




Check out April 2016 Bailout Seminar photos at Arlington WA airport below. For more photos click on Photo Gallery on left. Below is a great shots of the pilot chute deploying out of the container.



Important Announcement to My Customers a[...]
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To all my valued customers. I'm semi-retiring. After almost 40,000 repacks my hands are telling me enough.The above letter explains what I will be doing. I'm just giving up the packing portion of my business. I will still be a dealer for the Softie line of pilot emergency parachutes manufactured by Para-Phernalia Inc. I will continue to manufacture my 5pt. AcroBelt and my SMAK Pak survival kits for your parachute harnesses and I will still be available for Bailout Seminars worldwide. I now offer a new seminar titled the "Ups and Upside Downs of an Airshow Performer". Look under seminars for details.


The letter explains who I have chosen after almost an 18 month search to continue packing your pilot emergency parachutes.

I hope you will take the time to read it and will support

Robert Marshall as he takes over that part of my business.

Thank You for putting your trust in me for so many years.


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 the links to Survival Kits and Parachutes on the left.    




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.
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NOTICE:  As of 1 May 16. I now have over 15 demo 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. To be fair to my many overseas customers I deduct the cost of shipping a parachute across the US from what it costs to your overseas address.




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.




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 have 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.


"Ask Allen" the Bi-Monthly 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.



 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.




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


As of May 1st 2016

After over 40 years of packing pilot emergency parachutes I have turned that portion of the business over to Roberts Air Service 760-533-0341 or email: robertsairservices@gmail.com. 

Silver Parachute Sales & Service will continue to specialize in pilot emergency parachutes and is the largest dealer for the SOFTIE line of pilot emergency parachutes, by Para-Phernalia, Inc. 


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


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



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 the photo above to enlarge