When you are using the container to return
parachutes to supply or to transfer the assembly
to another activity, ensure that th eold tags and
labels on the container are removed or marked
out. Ensure that the proper tags and labels are
attached and properly filled out on the trans-
ferring container. Tags and labels are shown in
To place a parachute assembly into temporary
storage, proceed as follows:
NOTE: This procedure is for parachute
assemblies that are in a ready-for-issue
(RFI) status only.
1. Inspect the parachute assembly, ensuring
that it is in an RFI status. Check the nameplate
information with the recorded information on the
parachute history card. Fill out an Aircraft
Equipment Condition Tag, indicating the as-
sembly name, serial number, and part number.
2. Remove and disarm the automatic
actuator. (This is an explosive device used to
automatically pull the ripcord on certain
3. Remove cartridges from all other car-
tridge-actuated devices (these are other explosive
devices used to assist in opening certain types of
parachute canopies). Store the cartridges from
explosive devices in accordance with existing
4. Release all snap fasteners, open all slide
fasteners, and remove one end of each of the
parachute container spring opening bands.
5. Chain the parachute suspension lines.
6. Remove the manual ripcord cable as-
sembly and place it in a small paper or plastic bag.
7. Examine the shipping container for con-
dition. Remove or mark out all old tags or labels
on the container.
8. Place the ripcord assembly in a side
pocket of the parachute bag or at the bottom of
the container. Spread one-eighth pound of
naphthalene flakes on top of the parachute
container. Insert the suspension lines loosely and
fold in the canopy; then sprinkle one-fourth
pound of naphthalene flakes into the canopy fold.
Lay the pilot parachute into the shipping container
9. Close the shipping container; if a card-
board box is used, tape the flaps closed.
10. Place the parachute into storage according
to local requirements.
As a PR you have one of the most important
jobs in naval aviation. The type of equipment you
will be working with is lifesaving equipment.
Unlike the other components that make up the
naval aircraft, the parachute has no backup
system. If all other parts fail, the parachute must
function to prevent serious injury or death to the
Parachutes are primarily designed to allow
pilots and aircrewmen to escape from disabled
aircraft. The nature of this lifesaving system leaves
no margin for error in the work of the PR.
Parachute inspections must be carefully
conducted, ensuring security, rapid positive
functioning, airworthiness, and comfort of the
Procedures for working with parachutes are
different from other types of work because
whenever a critical operation is performed, the
riggers work must be inspected and his per-
formance verified and recorded by a designated
inspector before work continues. Continuing with
a procedure without obtaining the required
inspection is prohibited. Although this constant
interruption of work may seem inefficient, you
must appreciate how important it is to the
parachute user that every step is done exactly
REASONS FOR INSPECTING
Depending on its use, a parachute is exposed
to a large number of potentially destructive forces
and agents. A parachute consists of many parts
and is a complex and sometimes fragile assembly,
so there are many chances for something to go
wrong. Once a parachute has been inspected,
repacked, and placed in service, it is moved
around, sat on, leaned against, and in many ways
subjected to forces that can cause chafe and wear.
When installed in an aircraft or being worn, the
parachute may be contaminated by a number of
potentially harmful fluids such as perspiration,
lubricants and hydraulic fluids, chemicals, and
salt water. Dampness can also get into the
components from humid conditions.
Aside from inspecting for damage, new
parachutes are inspected before being placed in
service because it is possible for a mistake to be
made when many persons are involved in a
manufacturing process. A parachute may also