ABOUT SILVER PARACHUTE SALES
I take pride in the Business code of 5F's and do my best to be:
Fast, Focused, Flexible, Friendly and have Fun.
I DISCONTINUED THE MANUFACTURE
OF MY 5PT. ACROBELT SYSTEM
I NOW HAVE A LARGE SELECTION OF NEW TYPE XXIV (2") SEATBELT WEBBING, WN1845 (2") WEBBING AND SOME HARDWARE
CLICK ON ACROBELT 5pt. ON THE LEFT FOR MORE DETAILS
Allen owned and operated Silver Parachute Sales & Service, located in Sonora California, until August 2022. It was located about 1 hour from Yosemite National Park. He relocated his business there in October 2012 after spending over thirty years in Hayward, CA. Don't get Sonora confused with Sonoma, CA. Sonora is in the heart of where gold was first discovered in California in 1849. In August of 2022 I relocated to Bellingham Washington to be closer to family.
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 USAF/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 made 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 plus 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.