This operational handbook introduces the basic skills necessary for acquiring a parachute rigger certificate. It is
developed by the Flight Standards Service, Airman Testing Standards Branch, in cooperation with various aviation
educators and industry.
This handbook is primarily intended to assist individuals who are preparing for the parachute rigger airman knowledge
test and the oral and practical test. The material presented in this handbook is appropriate for senior and master
parachute riggers. The handbook contains information on regulations and human factors, design and construction,
materials, operations, inspection and packing, hand tools, sewing machines, the parachute loft, repairs, alterations,
This handbook conforms to training and certification concepts established by the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA). There are different ways of teaching, as well as performing specific rigging procedures, and many variations
in the explanations of repairs, alterations, and manufacture of parachutes. The discussion and explanations reflect
commonly used practices and principles. This handbook provides a basic knowledge that can serve as a foundation on
which to build further knowledge. Occasionally the word “must” or similar language is used where the desired action
is deemed critical. The use of such language is not intended to add to, interpret, or relieve a duty imposed by Title 14
of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR).
It is essential for persons using this handbook to also become familiar with and apply the pertinent parts of 14 CFR
and appropriate technical standards. Performance standards for demonstrating competence required for parachute riggers
are prescribed in the appropriate practical test standard.
This handbook is available to read online. (Parachute
Flight Standards Service airman training and testing material and subject matter knowledge codes for all airman
certificates and ratings can also be obtained from the Flight Standards Service web site, as well as information about
availability of printed copies.
The FAA greatly acknowledges the valuable assistance provided by many individuals and organizations throughout
the aviation community whose expertise contributed to the preparation of this handbook. This handbook contains
material and pictures of various products often used by industry. It is presented here as a means of communicating
information to be used for training purposes only. The FAA neither endorses nor recommends any specific trademark
item in this handbook.
This handbook is published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Airman
Testing Standards Branch, AFS-630, P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Comments regarding this handbook
should be sent in e-mail form to AFS630comments@faa.gov. AC 00-2, Advisory
Circular Checklist, transmits the current status of FAA advisory
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