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Silver Parachute Sales & Service

 

CELBRATING 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS

Last Updated: 29 JUL 22

 

I'll be closed from 5Aug22 until 15Aug22

I will answer calls and take orders,

but shipping will be delayed.

I'm relocating to Bellingham Washington

 

 

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

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 29 AUG 22 UPDATE ON SUPPLY ISSUE

The BIG issue is pilot chutes.

They are the spring loaded mini parachute that jumps out, when you pull the ripcord, and deploys your emergency chute. Many of my orders are complete, except they are awaiting the pilot chutes. There are only a couple of places that manufacture them. Combine that with supply shortages and a qualified labor force to manufacture them, we have a huge problem. This is not just the parachute industry. Delays are occurring in every type of industry. Please continue to be patient. We are doing the best we can,

in a situation out of our control.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PATIENCE IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING NOT KNOWING WHEN THEY WILL ARRIVE.

 

DUE TO MATERIAL SUPPLY ISSUES TO MANUFACTURE PARACHUTES THE PRICE OF A NEW SOFTIE & ACCESSORIES HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY. 

THE AVERAGE COST OF A NEW SOFTIE HAS INCREASED 

ON THE AVERAGE OF $350.00 AS OF 

1 APR 22

 

THE GOOD NEWS IS I HAVE IN STOCK OR ON BACK ORDER

OVER 40 SOFTIES AT LAST YEARS PRICES. 

THEY WILL NOT LAST LONG. I have about 15 parachutes on back order at last years prices left.

OVER 15 HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD

 

In additon to the above, the pre-pandemic wait for a new parachute was about 3-4 weeks.

It is now approximately 6 months or more.  

THE FACTORY MANUFACTURES ORDERS STRICLTY BY DATE RECEIVED.

THUS, I'M ABLE TO RECEIVE PARACHUTES MUCH FASTER THAN THE APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTH WAIT.

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29 JUL 22

NEW PARACHUTE AVAILABILITY UPDATE (WHAT I HAVE IN STOCK)

 

I NOW HAVE (0) MINI SOFTIE, (0) MICRO 240

AND (0) SOFTIE SEATPACK 

ALL READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY. 

IF YOU NEED SOMETHING YESTERDAY, I MAY HAVE IT!

BUT DON'T WAIT TO LONG. WHAT I HAVE IN STOCK

CAN USUALLY BE SHIPPED WITHIN ONE OR TWO DAYS.

 

MORE STANDARD SIZE 15" AND 16" WIDE 

MINI SOFTIES PLUS SEATPACKS ARE

ARRIVING EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS.

 

 MANY OF THOSE, ON BACK ORDER, HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD

BEFORE THEY'VE BEEN MANUFACTURED. I WOULD ACT QUICKLY.

 

IF YOU NEED A NEW PARACHUTE ASAP, THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PROCRASTINATE. TO SEE WHAT I TRY TO KEEP IN STOCK CLICK ON "FOR SALE - NEW AND USED PARACHUTES" ON THE LEFT. SCROLL DOWN A BIT AND YOU WILL SEE PHOTOS OF NINE PARACHUTES.  BETTER YET, EMAIL OR CALL ME AND WE CAN GO OVER YOUR OPTIONS.

 

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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.

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As of March 2022 I'm Back to in Person Seminars

Click on Seminar Information on the left for details

 

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                   UPDATED BAILOUT HANDOUT MATERIAL 

Bailout Procedures and Survival Equipment for pilots
This is my handout material. What I teach and the order I follow in my power point bailout seminars.
Sep 2020 Bailout Seminar Handout .doc
Microsoft Word document [704.5 KB]

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IAC WEBINAR OCT 20, 2020

 

Did you miss my EAA Webinar in October 2020?

It's available and can be viewed by going to <EAA.org/Webinars>

 EAA member login is not required.

In the upper right corner type in "Emergency Bailout Procedures" in the search box. Click it and up will pop my two webinars. Click on the second one down. That is the one dated Oct. 20, 2020.

It goes down well with a glass of wine or a beer.

ENJOY!

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"Ask Allen" Column

Featured in Sport Aerobatics Magazine

View past issues of the popular Q & A column in the Ask Allen Archive.

 

In the index on the left click on "Ask Allen Column" and it will take you all my past columns. If you have questions or concerns

please feel free to call or email me.

 

Just below "Ask Allen" click on Aricles

for additional articles that were publised elsewhere.

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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.

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Think Survival! I have in stock a lot of my SMAK Pak Survival Kits shown below, that attach to your parachute harness.

For more details click on SMAK Pak Survival Kits on the left.     

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT WHERE TO ATTACH

ANYTHING TO YOUR PARACHUTE

Incorrectly attaching Survival Kits (like my SMAK Paks) PLBs, InReach, 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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How to correctly attached a survival kit to your parachute harness.
Important_Notice_2009-07.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [365.8 KB]

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Deadly Mistakes Pilots Make During a Bailout
Learn how to avoid them here. Click bold underlined type to go to archive.

 

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SAFETY SEMINAR PHOTOS

click on any photo to enlarge

Dec 2019 ICAS Convention in Las Vegas

Three WWII Centurians being interviewed.

They were part of the "Greatest Generation"

and are now gone.

 

By: David Hartman

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