Parachute Rigging Course
We offer two formal courses per year. The next course is February 7 - 15, 2020
Instructors – Nancy LaRiviere, Bob "Fiesty" Fiesthamel, Jerry Coleman, Suzie Basse
~ Plus Guest Speakers
THEORY LECTURE TITLES
2. SEWING MACHINE ADJUSTMENT, MAINTENANCE AND TUNING
3. BASIC SEWING TECHNIQUES
4. MATERIAL IDENTIFICATION
6. GROMMET SETTING, REMOVAL, REPAIR
7. STRUCTURAL & FUNCTIONAL COMPATIBILITY
THEORY LECTURE CONTENT
• 1. SAFETY
Safety : brief on use of tools and of the potential for injury during the process, we can discuss and expand on what safety parameters we must have. Items such as hot knives, sharp blades, seam rippers, sewing machines can all pose the potential for injury.
• 2. SEWING MACHINE ADJUSTMENT, MAINTENANCE AND TUNING
Sewing Machine Basics: a section on the operation of the machine and what can go wrong and how to fix it is a good idea before the student actually gets behind the machine.
• 3. BASIC SEWING TECHNIQUES
Three or four projects will be assigned to each student, such as:
• basic patch
• slider kill line channel replacement
• Grommet Hole repair
• Main riser toggle keeper replacement
• BOC replacement
• 4. MATERIAL IDENTIFICATION
Material Identification: be able to identify common webbing, materials and hardware.
• 5. INSPECTION
The purpose of the 180 repack cycle is inspection. Developing a methodology; use of checklists; common wear points.
• 6. GROMMET SETTING, REMOVAL, REPAIR
Grommet Setting: basic removal and replacement and removal and replacement of stiffeners.
• 7. STRUCTURAL & FUNCTIONAL COMPATIBILITY
Determining compatibility between approved components, understanding
FAA Advisory Circular 105-2c, the importance of bag extraction forces vs. effective pilotchute size and drag.
• 8. KNOTS
Learn basic knots used in parachute rigging: Larks head, Bowline, Surgeons, Clove Hitch, Half Hitch, etc.
• 9. FAR’s
Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 65 governing parachute riggers and Part 105 governing parachute jumping; you’ll see questions pertaining to this on the written exam and the oral exam.
• Eight to ten course attendees
• Students will be required to show up for the course with the following items completed, there will be no extra time to accomplish these during the course):
• Have completed at least 10 reserve pack jobs under the guidance and supervision of a FAA licensed rigger. (bring logbook stating that this requirement has been met)
• Have read and completed the Parachute Rigger Study Guide.
• Have read and completed the Parachute Rigging Course.
Have completed 20 pack jobs of at least one Type.
Be prepared to take the Practical Rigger Exam.
Be prepared to take the FAA Written exam.
Leave more enlightened then when you came.
Course Cost: $1400
Deposit by January 5th: $300
FAA Practical Test following the course: $200. Only one student per day can be tested. You may need to stay on for additional days to get your test done. This is why it’s advisable to come to us with at least 10 pack jobs completed. The first candidates who qualify will test early, maybe even before the formal course has finished. Those folks will then rejoin the class to continue learning.
We will help you make an appointment for your written FAA Exam at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach (just 18 miles drive). The cost to be paid to ERAU is $135.
The cost of the books:
Poynter’s Parachute Manual Vol. 1 ($49.95)
Poynter’s Parachute Manual Vol. 2 ($49.95)
Poynter's Rigging Study Guide ($19.95)
We can supply all of these books.
Lodging is available at McLarty Farm (great place to stay: very clean, $25/day).