Pilot Emergency Parachutes
In production since late 1970, the Free Flight Preserve line of parachute canopies offers the best reliability for a pilot emergency reserve parachute system. First introduced for skydivers, the Preserve saved hundreds lives. Today, aircraft pilots and personnel use the Preserve as their canopy of choice for an emergency parachute system. Pilots who use them and riggers that pack them know our parachute worldwide.
In 1986, Free Flight collaborated with Para-Phernalia, Inc. to use the Preserve canopies in their SOFTIE line of pilot emergency parachutes. Our Preserve being the only round parachute of choice, Para-Phernalia designed the SOFTIE product line, which includes the Mini, Micro and Wedge Backpacks as well as a seat-pack style.
The Preserves are a block construction with F-111 fabric, a low CFM (cubic feet per minute) material that provides ideal stability and performance. The canopy is available in two designs:
Preserve I and Preserve III
These are conical canopies, or cone-shaped. This is a popular choice in the parachute industry because of its high-drag coefficient. The reefing system is a full-diaper with a protection flap, which protects air from entering the wind channel.
The Preserve V
This is a hemispherical canopy and rated for pilot weights of 220-275 pounds. The hemispherical shape provides excellent stability and inflation driven by this weight and high-speed category.
The Preserve V is equipped with a unique deployment device that allows an orderly staged deployment. The device includes a Center Control Line, an Incremental Bridle with a lazy leg section, and a series of break tie wraps. During canopy extension on deployment, the brake ties prevent air from entering the wind channel until the canopy, lines, and bridle have reached maximum extension.
|Model / FAA TSO||Gores||Item Weight (lbs)||Diameter (ft)||Sq ft||Pilot weight max (lbs)||Manufacturer’s Recommended Maximum Limits||Suspension lines|
|22||7.0||19.3||420.0||220||150 knots||550 lbs|
|20||6.0||17.5||382.0||180||150 knots||400 lbs|
|20||8.0||19.1||580.0||275||150 knots||550 lbs|
Dealer Ordering Information
National Parachute Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 245
Palenville, NY 12463-0245
Tel: (888) 708-9585
Tel: (908) 782-1646
Fax: (908) 782-5638
P.O. Box 3468
Arlington, WA 98223-3468
19018 59th Dr. NE, Unit # 2
Arlington, WA 98223
Tel: (800) 877-9584
Int: (360) 435-7220)
Fax: (360) 435-7272