SEPARATOR, SUSPENSION LINEA tool
used to aid in keeping suspension lines and canopy
skirt in order while packing a parachute.
SERVICE LIFEThe time period during
which the item can be maintained in service
cleaning, repairing, and repacking parachutes at
periodic (calendar) intervals. Periodic intervals for
parachutes should correspond either to the aircraft
calendar inspection or to the phased maintenance
inspection cycle program, as directed by
applicable MRC or Special Inspection Card Deck.
SERVINGA method of wrapping or
binding the ends of a cord or a line so it will not
ravel. Sometimes referred to as whipping.
SEWING MACHINEA machine with a
used for sewing and
SHEARS, PINKINGShears with a saw-
toothed inner edge on the blades for making
SHROUD LINESlang for suspension line.
SKIPPED STITCHESThreads that are not
SKIRT, CANOPYThe lower edge of a
SLMIPSuspension line mandatory
SLUBAn abruptly thickened place in cloth
caused by manufacturers defect.
SM&R CODESAbbreviation for source,
maintenance, and recoverability codes. Comprised
of three parts; a twoposition source code, a two
position maintenance code, and a oneposition
SMASHAbrasion damage that causes
broken warp and filling threads and weave
SNAP, QUICK-CONNECTORA large,
hook-shaped, spring-loaded snap used to attach
the chest-type parachute to the two D-rings on the
SNAP, QUICK-EJECTORA harness snap
that attaches to the V-ring to secure two parts of
the harness together. The ejector arm releases the
V-ring when the finger-grip lever is pulled
SOCKET, AUTOMATIC PARACHUTE
RIPCORD RELEASEThe part of the
automatic parachute ripcord release that engages
the ball on the power cable. This socket is attached
to the piston by a rivet.
SPECIFIC GRAVITYDensity of fluid
compared to density of water.
SPEED LINKSlang for connector link.
SPLICEThe joining of two strands for core
ends by interweaving or mechanical joint.
SPREADER BARA type of tension hook,
used to hold connector links in position during
parts of the packing procedure.
SPREADING GUN, BALLISTICA device
attached to suspension lines just below the skirt
hem on the parachute assembly. Just before full
suspension line stretch, the gun discharges and,
by explosive force, spreads the skirt of the canopy.
C O N T A I N E R O P E N I N G
BANDSStretchable bands composed of a series
of springs installed in a cloth case with a hook
at each end. They are installed under tension on
the pack, to pull apart the end and side flaps after
the ripcord is pulled. Also called pack opening
band or bungee.
SQUIDDINGA state of incomplete canopy
inflation in which the canopy has a squid- or pear-
STAND, CONTAINERA rigid stand used
to hold some parachute containers, such as the
Martin-Baker horseshoe container, during part of
the packing procedure.
STATIC LINE CUTTERA device used to
cut the static line to free the parachutist and
STIFFENER, CONTAINERA piece of
metal or fiber glass or phenolic fiber placed in the
container to stiffen the flaps. These strips are also
used for stiffening and shaping the bottoms of
several back-type containers.