Parachutes in Citabrias and Decathlons

Bartman

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Hi all,

Was wondering what works best in our planes. I think my seat cushions come out to make room for a parachute but I'm high-waisted and thought a seat pack would be best.

Confused.....Who's using what?

Thanks!
 

Bob Turner

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I bought a pair of Security chutes used - $500. About went broke repacking them. My rigger got replaced with a new guy who took them apart and threatened to cut the risers, because they were 20 years old. Nothing wrong with them; just old. Sold them for cheap.

Now my aero is solo, and gentle. No more force on the structure than there is in a steep turn.
 

aftCG

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My plane came with a Parapharnalia Lil' Softie. The backpack chute is Smurf blue just like the interior of my plane. I knew it hadn't been packed in a while and I assumed anything with "Lil' " in the name would be rated for lightweights. Turns out it can handle a 240lb meat sack attached to it, so I was fine.

I flew up to AWO because that is where Parapharnalia is located. Super nice people. The woman helping me checked the tag and gave me the (mostly expected) bad news: The chute was just over 20 years old and they won't repack one after that.

She did offer me $500 trade in, and told me they would spend time letting me sit in my plane with both seat pack and backpack types. She expected that I would probably like the seat pack style after I got over the loaded diaper feeling.
My "one size fits many" fixed seats came with cushions to be added/removed as needed to suit the crew. The seat pack type is what I would need for the T-6, so that is the way I've been leaning.

It hasn't been a priority for much of this season, but I'm now starting to explore flight that is not exactly straight and level.
 

Bartman

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Hi all, found a seven year old Para-Phernalia Softie seat pack that is specifically made for the Citabria/Decathlon seats. Paid $1300 for it and it's in excellent condition.
It's being repacked as I type by Master Rigger Shauna Finley at Sussex County Airport in NJ. How do I end this....wish me luck??
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aftCG

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Hi all, found a seven year old Para-Phernalia Softie seat pack that is specifically made for the Citabria/Decathlon seats. Paid $1300 for it and it's in excellent condition.
It's being repacked as I type by Master Rigger Shauna Finley at Sussex County Airport in NJ. How do I end this....wish me luck??
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Meh. What's the worst that could happen?

Good score
 

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She wasn't willing to dismiss packs older than twenty years. She emphasized that inspection can reveal most all flaws and a chute that passes inspection and tensile testing of the lines should be fine to fly with. Learned a lot from being there while she worked.