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LAST UPDATED: 20 Nov 2014
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE
The Holiday Season is here. Have you decided what to get that
special person? I have numerous parachutes in stock ready for immediate delivery. A gift certicicate is another idea and let that
special person choose exactly what they want.
I also have a lot of my SMAK Pak Survival Kits that attach to your parachute harness in stock. They make great stocking stuffers.
For more details click on the links to Survival Kits and Parachutes on the left.
Act quickly the year is almost over and supplies are limited.
If you buy a new parachute between now and Christmas I'll also include a free Mini SMAK Pak valued at $50.00
NOTICE: As of 20 Nov 2014. I now have approximately 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 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 and of my shop on the Columbia Airport.
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.
If you missed my Emergency Bailout webinar in January 2012 you can log on to www.eaa.org/webinar and follow the instructions. It's free. You do not have to be an EAA member to view the seminar.
Silver Parachute Sales & Service is dedicated to providing in-depth, personal parachute service to aerobatic and glider pilots around the world.
Silver Parachute Sales & Service offers complete rigging services including repack & recertification, major repair & alteration. Allen Silver, the owner, has been an FAA Master Rigger for over 40 years. Silver Parachute Sales & Service specializes in pilot emergency parachutes and is the largest dealer for the SOFTIE line of emergency parachutes, by Para-Phernalia, Inc.
Allen also designed and manufactures AcroBelt a five-point ratchet seatbelt system and SMAK PAK. These are small survival kits that attach to your parachute or can be carried on you. (click on SMAK Pak Survival Kits for more information)
Silver Parachutes Sales & Service also provides comprehensive emergency bailout training and safety seminars for pilots worldwide. (Click on Safety Seminars for details)
"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.
All presentations are open to the public. Go to the seminar page for more details. 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
MAILING and SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
SILVER PARACHUTE SALES & SERVICE
1000 Technology Dr. Suite B
Columbia, CA 95310
Those of you who are new to shipping and not sure how to properly box up your parachute can call and I’ll explain it to you. I always tell everyone to use plenty of tape on both the top and bottom of the box. Please NO loose Styrofoam chips. Place your parachute in its carry bag, if you have one then put everything into a plastic garbage bag for additional protection, in case the box gets wet. Make sure the box is not too big and your parachute rattles around in it. Any box that is to large can get crushed. Just fill out the box with your chute. It won’t break. Also put your contact information in the box. I suggest you insure your parachute, even though I’ve never had anything lost, I still think it’s a good idea.
If you need additional packing tips. Go to the menu on the home page of my website and click on "Ask Allen Column". Once there I have discussed packing your parachute in my February and April 2007 columns, June 2008 and again in August 2010.