About Silver Parachute Sales & Service
Silver Parachute Sales & Service is dedicated to providing in-depth, personal parachute service to aerobatic and glider pilots around the world. I specialize in pilot emergency parachutes and am the largest dealer of the SOFTIE line of pilot emergency parachutes by Para-Phernalia Inc. I also manufacture the popular AcroBelt a five-point ratchet seatbelt system and SMAK PAK parachute survival kits. Silver Parachutes Sales & Service also provides emergency bailout training and safety seminars for pilots.
I take pride in the Business code of 5F's and do my best to be:
Fast, Focused, Flexible, Friendly and have Fun.
Allen Silver owns and operates Silver Parachute Sales & Service located in Sonora California. It is located about 1 hour from Yosemite National Park. He relocated his business here in October 2012 after spending over thirty years in Hayward, CA. Don't get Sonora cofused with Sonoma, CA. Sonora is in the heart of where gold was first discovered in California in 1849. My license plate frame says: Sonora Not Sonoma. Gold Not Grapes.
I've been an FAA Master Rigger since 1974 and in 1991 was designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA. A position he held until moving to Sonora. I also served three terms as the chairman of the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Rigging Committee, a worldwide organization that represents the parachute industry.
Having spent 25 years with the California Air National Guard, I retired in 1991. Eighteen of those years were spent as a Survival Equipment Technician working with parachutes, rafts, and life support equipment. This background has been beneficial in obtaining contracts with NASA and other aerospace companies requiring services for sophisticated and specialized parachutes.
In 1962 at the age of seventeen, I made my first parachute jump in Southern California after watching the old television series Ripcord. I now have over 3200 parachute jumps as a sport and professional skydiver.
For three seasons I performed a wingwalking/skydiving routine at airshows throughout the western United States with Eddie Andreini on his Super Stearman. I returned to flying and have over 1900 hours of which more than 1200 are in a Marchetti SF-260. I also enjoy swimming, hiking, scuba diving, photography and a good glass of wine or two.