cable joining the locking pins and
the ripcord handle.
The process where
a machine with heated rollers is used
to finish fabric. The heat and pressure
process lowers permeability by forcing
the fibers between each other and
CANOPY RELATIVE WORK (CRW)
discipline, where the parachutists fly
their open canopies in a formation
formed by grasping the canopies or
lines using the hands or legs.
Devices which allow immediate
release of the parachute canopy. They
disconnect the harness main lift webs
from the risers.
surface of a parachute and its framework
of cords, called suspension lines, from which the load is suspended.
The drag surface of the
run from the risers to the apex of a
canopy and are used to pull the apex
down such as on a Para Commander.
design for chest parachutes.
parachute holding an FAA TSO certificate.
Also used to refer to other
FAA-approved parachutes, such as
Government surplus personnel models,
which were manufactured under
Cubic feet per minute. A
measure of permeability.
piece of webbing positioned between
the load bearing webbing and a piece
of hardware which acts as a buffer
between the two.
parachute worn on the wearer’s chest.
The upper part of the
tool used to install fastener or grommet
A contraction of the
term “parachute,” and used interchangeably
A medical hemostat
used by riggers for picking threads or
retrieving small objects.
cord loops used to secure the container
closed. Used in place of locking
A pliable fabric, woven,
felted, or knitted from any filament;
commonly fabric of woven cotton,
woolen, silk, nylon, rayon, or linen
A ripcord handle with a cloverleaf
shape. Commonly found on chest
Setting the collapsible
bridle for operation.
shaped metal device used in conjunction
with end tabs and ripcord pins to
hold the container flaps closed.
piece of webbing which wraps
around the confluence of two or more
pieces of webbing. Prevents the
stitching from splitting. Most common
use is on main risers and the
3-ring harness ring installation.
CONNECTOR SNAP, QUICK A large hook-shaped,
spring-loaded snap, two of which are
used to quickly attach the chest-type
parachute to the two D-rings on the
CONNECTOR STRAP, CROSS
A short length of webbing
sewn across a lift web assembly
between the snaps of a chest parachute.
This webbing is designed to
prevent a “streamer” if only one side
of the left web assembly is engaged
to the harness. Also known as a
That portion of
the parachute assembly which holds
the canopy in place after being
folded. This is not to be confused
with the term “pack.”
foreign materials or substances come
into contact with parachute materials
and possibly cause degradation or
weakening of the materials.
CROSS CONNECTOR STRAP
A webbing strap
attached between the risers to prevent the collapse of the canopy in the
event one riser becomes disconnected.
A seam joining
sections of a panel.
The cutting of risers
or suspension lines to release the
deployed canopy while the parachutist
is still in the air. Also known