About Silver Parachute Sales & Service Updated: 20 MAY 20
I take pride in the Business code of 5F's and do my best to be:
Fast, Focused, Flexible, Friendly and have Fun.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT AS OF 29 FEB 2020
I WILL BE DISCONTINUING THE MANUFACTURE OF MY 5PT. ACROBELT SYSTEM AS OF 29 FEB 2020. RETIREMENT IS TAKING UP TO MUCH OF MY TIME. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE INTERESTED IN A SEVEN CLASS (7-33) HARNESS SEWING MACHINE (USED FOR SEWING MY ACROBELT) LET ME KNOW. I ALSO HAVE A LARGE SELECTION OF SEATBELT WEBBING AND HARDWARE. ITS BEEN FUN, BUT A VERY TIME CONSUMING JOB AND IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON.
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 I 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, liferafts, and other 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.
After 55 years of jumping, and not missing a year, I decided to retire, in 2017, and spend more time inside the aircraft. It was a GREAT JOURNEY.
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.