Our love for skydiving gear and its owners shows in everything we do. It's we three riggers (one an accountant) who look forward to coming to work every day--and we're here almost all of the the time rain or shine at Skydive Orange! We spend a lot of time in the loft, so we make it a place where both we and our clients and students want to be.
Kevin Gibson ("Rahlmo"): AFF skydiving instructor and tandem skydiving instructor examiner, columnist for USPA Parachutist Magazine, member Parachute Industry Association Rigging Committee, author of several books on skydiving, 10,000+ jumps and counting. FAA master parachute rigger and Designated Parachute Rigger Examiner (DPRE).
Robert "Marty" Martin: 35+ years in the sport. FAA master parachute rigger, AFF and tandem skydiving instructor.
Niramon (Nira) Gibson: Accountant, FAA senior rigger. Parachute accessory equipment sales and manufacturing.
All the latest equipment and techniques to teach you real-world parachute packing and rigging. Our on-site FAA Designated Parachute Rigger Examiner means you can graduate with your rating in hand. And you join the Rahlmo's Rigging support network once you've completed your instruction.
We have decades of experience and remain continuously in touch with parachute manufacturers and other schools across the country. We're the place where other riggers come with questions. Rahlmo's Rigging raises the standard for parachute rigging and rigging instruction in the region.
Parachute Rigging and Buy-Sell Services
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 $85 (return unused for $10 off!)
with main--includes attentive repack: $15
add $25 for full main inspection, recommended every 150 jumps
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. A complete report accompanies each transaction.
complete system: $58; main canopy only: $38
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 our 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.
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 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.
FAA Master Rigger Certification Course: Conducted according to the individual's needs. Offered to sport riggers holding an FAA Senior Rigger Certificate or military riggers meeting FAA qualifications.
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.
Files coming soon.
During your the training for your FAA senior rigger, back type, you'll get the benefit of our knowledge and experience tailored to beginners. Check off this list of packs and skills necessary to pass the knowledge ("written"), oral, and practical exam. Rahlmo's "Practical Rigger" series --continuously building--provides you real-rigging-world information you'll use throughout your career as a jumper and a rigger!
Rahlmo's Rigging provides Skydive Orange with a full-service rigging loft and skydiving pro shop. We're the regional training and FAA testing center for parachute riggers.
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We coordinate with management and instructional staff at Skydive Orange to get you into gear everyone is comfortable with. For all newbies, we provide a detailed "How to buy gear" interview ("The Talk") that prepares you to buy from your local gear store or anywhere online and saves you from the dubious advice you'll get around the campfire! We support your gear purchase wherever you go, but you really should "shop local." We'll show you why.
Any two components you purchase from Rahlmo's Rigging include assembly.
Any new rig bought at the regular price gets free assembly and a Windline gear bag!
Staff and military discounts!
The first hangar you see as you come in on Bloomsbury Road is now Rahlmo Rigging's extension location. We train and test FAA riggers there, as well as our offsite storage.
May I take the FAA rigger test if I have not taken the Rahlmo's Rigging training course?
Absolutely! We recommend a practice test at our facility. But if you feel ready, go for it!
Do you offer discounts on new equipment?
Sure do! Talk to us directly for discounts on Vectors, staff discounts, military discounts, and special packages that include assembly. No matter what you pay or WHERE YOU BUY YOUR GEAR, we offer full support!
Can I get my gear packed quicker if I pay a "rush" charge?
No way! We don't charge "rush" (except at the Skydive Orange Cinco de Mayo or Big O Boogie). If we can get you back in the air sooner than our usual turnaround time between any two weekends, we're on it.
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