metal housing which supports the
moving parts and bearings of the
parachute assembly, excluding the
harness, that is used in conjunction
with a reserve parachute assembly as
the primary assembly for a remeditated
That which joins
two adjacent gores in a canopy. Also
known as a radial seam.
MAIN SLING, HARNESS
The main load-carrying member of
the harness formed by two lengths of
webbing, beginning at the shoulder
adapter or D-ring, continuing down
across the seat and up the other side,
ending at the opposite adapter or Dring.
overhaul, repair, preservation and
replacement of parts but excludes
that, if improperly done, might
appreciably affect weight, balance,
structure strength, performance,
powerplant operation, flight characteristics
or other qualities affecting
airworthiness; or that is not
according to accepted practices or
cannot be done by elementary operations.
Form 8330-2 used to report serious
defects or other recurring unairworthy
conditions of parachutes or aircraft.
T h e
complete or partial failure of the
parachute canopy to effect proper
opening and descent. Some malfunctions
are canopy damage, twisted
suspension lines, inversion or
semi-inversion of the canopy, a line
The quantity of matter in
An individual certified
by the FAA to pack, maintain
and alter parachutes. The highest
classification of parachute rigger.
The total weight of
the parachutist and all equipment that
exits the aircraft with the jumper.
A type of fungus or
mold which forms on fabric and leather
in damp environments. Mildew weakens
some materials and if it appears on
a parachute canopy, the areas must be
cleaned, repaired, or replaced.
(MIL-SPEC) set by military agencies
and used for the procurement of military
supplies and equipment.
other than a major repair.
1. A change.
2. Often refers to the removing of
canopy area to effect steerability and
which holds the mouth of the canopy
closed until the lines are deployed.
Miles per hour.
Mean Sea Level.
Military Specification under
the MS system.