SEALING THE PARACHUTE
As stated in 14 CFR, section 65.133, “Each certificated
parachute rigger must have a seal with an identifying
mark prescribed by the Administrator, and a seal press.
After packing a parachute, he shall seal the pack with his
seal in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation
for that type of parachute.” Most manuals simply say
to “seal the parachute.” The following describes a commonly
Take a length of seal thread approximately 20 inches
long. Fold in half and make two lark’s head knots around
the ripcord cable adjacent to the shank of the ripcord pin.
[Figure 5-65] Pass one end of the thread through the seal
and then under the pin on the opposite side of the locking
loop or cone. [Figure 5-66] Bring the end back through
the second hole in the seal and tie a knot with the other
end of the thread. [Figure 5-67] Leave enough slack in
the thread to allow for movement of the pin without breaking the thread. However, make sure the pin cannot
be extracted from the locking loop without breaking the
thread. Slide the seal over the knot and compress the seal
with the seal press. [Figure 5-68] Trim the excess thread.
Count all of your tools. Fill in the appropriate information
on the packing data card and the rigger’s logbook. Place
the data card in the packing data card pocket.