Parachute Rigging and Buy-Sell Services Effective Jan 1, 2023
add 5% to all labor charges for materials and consumables, plus Virginia sales tax as applies
FAA-Required Periodic Inspection and Parachute Repack: Beyond what jumpers expect from the average 180-day I&R. Lots of extras--elastic harness-end keepers, main and reserve closing loop, 3-ring service, all updates researched, detailed records for main and reserve, minor cleaning. We have all the equipment to take care of those little problems NOW before they become big ones!
I&R $98 (return unused for $10 off!)
with main--includes attentive repack: $18
add $30 for full main inspection, recommended every 150 jumps, comes with complete report
NOTE: Per loft policy, any reserve canopy older than 20 years is subject to an annual PIA TS108 strength test ($25).
Shave five bucks off your bill for pulling your emergency handles in the loft!
Escrow and Pre-Buy or Sell Evaluation and Price Estimate: We accept equipment as an intermediary for people buying and selling equipment (escrow). With international recognition, our clients are sure of what they're buying and get the most value for what they're selling. Our clients often benefit HUNDREDS of dollars on a sale. A complete report accompanies each transaction, including our best estimate of fair market value.
complete system: $68; main canopy only: $42
Equipment Instruction for Students and Fun Jumpers
USPA A-License Packing Course: Two-sessions with master rigger Marty Martin on your schedule, weekdays or weekends. Graduates get USPA Instructor sign-off to qualify for the U.S. Parachute Association A License!
Packing Tune-Up: For experienced jumpers who need assistance after a long layoff, after buying new equipment, or just interested in developing more efficient and better packing habits. Tailored to each individual's needs.
Advanced Equipment/B Course: A unique course for gear owners. Six hours of instruction on the packing and maintenance specifics of YOUR rig. Tips and tricks, FAA rules on packing, maintenance and repairs. Hardware, materials, and AAD basics. Navigating your owner manual. How to get the most from your packer and rigger. Graduates earn an Advanced Equipment Specialist certificate.
Pre-requisite: Rig ownership and USPA A-License Packing Course or ability to pack your own main.
See the Course Schedule for the next available offering.
Professional Development Courses
Advanced Equipment/Packer Course: Two six-hour days for preparing upcoming professional to pack for other jumpers under FAA rigger supervision. Curriculum based on the Parachute Industry Association TS105 standards for main parachute inspection. Includes training on a variety of popular rig and tandem systems. Learn the rules of rigging and how to prepare for a rewarding and profitable position on the drop zone!
Pre-requisite: Ability to pack a main parachute system in common use in under 20 minutes.
Advanced Equipment/Pre-Rigger Course: Prepare and qualify to sign up for the Rahlmo's Rigging FAA Rigger Certification Course. Two six-hour days on how to inspect and pack a reserve parachute (your first of the required 20). Industrial sewing machine operation. You actually learn to sew! Demonstration and discussion of materials, hardware, and rigging loft processes. Introduction to books, downloads, manuals, and other resources. Overview of the FAA rules and certification process. How to navigate the examinations. Counts as the first two days of the full rigger certification course if continuing within 60 days.
FAA Rigger Training Courses
FAA Senior Rigger Certification Course (Back Type, Initial Rating): Prepares the candidate to take the test for the FAA Senior Rigger Certificate to pack sport reserves and pilot emergency parachutes. Flexible schedule, typically 10-12 days total. Can be scheduled as a group or individually. Includes a basic rigger tool kit worth approximately $400.
Pre-requisite: Advanced Equipment/Pre-Rigger Course
Added rating taken with Back Type, Initial Rating course
chest: $650 seat: $850
FAA Senior Rigger Certification Course (Chest Type, Initial Rating): A legal and more efficient way to prepare a professional main parachute packer for the FAA Senior Rigger Certificate, chest type only. This certificate qualifies to pack mains for others, supervise packers, and meets most military main packing contractor requirements.
Typically five days. Does not include tools or testing.
Pre-requisite: Advanced Equipment/Pre-Rigger Course (chest-type specific)
FAA Senior Rigger Certification Course (Back Type Rating added to existing certificate): Seven to ten days on packing (20) and maintenance of piggyback and pilot emergency equipment. Qualifies chest- or seat-rated FAA riggers to pack sport reserves and pilot emergency parachutes. Includes a basic rigger tool kit worth approximately $400.
FAA Senior Rigger Certification Course (Chest Type Rating added to existing certificate): Three to four days on packing (20) and maintenance of chest-type emergency parachutes. Includes the initial FAA Oral and Practical Exam for an added rating.
Individualized preparation for FAA Senior and Master certificate (inquire for pre-approval): This is completion training for the candidate who has already completed much of the training for these exams. Conducted according to the individual's needs. Perfect for experienced FAA senior riggers going to Master, sport packers who have prior training under an FAA Rigger, or military riggers converting to the FAA certificate but less familiar with civilian equipment.
ALL RIGGER TRAINING AND TESTING IS PAID IN ADVANCE AND NON-REFUNDABLE.
Designated Parachute Rigger Examiner Testing:
Oral/Practical Examination for FAA Senior Rigger, Initial Rating: For candidates qualified with FAA Form 8610-2 independently or through the Rahlmo's Rigging courses. Follows the FAA Rigger Knowledge ("written") Examination taken independently at an FAA-approved testing center (not included in price).
Oral/Practical Examination for FAA Master Rigger: Candidates qualified with FAA Form 8610-2.
Oral/Practical Examination for FAA Senior Rigger, Added Rating: For candidates qualified with FAA Form 8610-2 independently (test included with Rahlmo's Rigging added type-rating courses).
Retesting failed areas of FAA Oral/Practical Exam.