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Silver Parachute Sales & Service has been dedicated to providing in-depth, personal parachute service to aerobatic and glider pilots around the world since 1972
LAST UPDATED: 27 Jun 16
Many of you have my old cell phone number in the 510 area code. If you call it you'll find it's been disconnected and the calls may not be forwarded. If the following cell phone number looks familiar that's because it has been my office number for the past four years.
(209) 532-7070. Please delete the 510 number.This is all part of my semi-retiring and going wireless.
This new change is effective as of 4Jun16
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'll remain 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.
Thank You for putting your trust in me for so many years.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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
Services 760-533-0341 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: I will continue to specialize in the SOFTIE line of pilot emergency parachutes manufactured by Para-Phernalia, Inc. I am also their largest dealer and keep about 15-20 parachutes in stock for immediate delivery.
I 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 provides comprehensive emergency bailout training and safety seminars for pilots worldwide. (Click on Safety Seminars on the left for details)
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.
IF YOU MISSED MY WEBINAR ON 21MAY15
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.
This is what I teach and the order I follow at my power point bailout seminars.
Jan 2015 Bailout Seminar Handout .doc
Microsoft Word document [698.0 KB]
NOTICE: As of 24 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.
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 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. 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.
"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.
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:
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