The Apco mayday series of paragliding, hang gliding and paramotoring reserves are of legendary build quality.
Apco have been manufacturing reserves forever! I think they rank has the world’s mostly widely distributed rescue parachute. Certainly there have been countless successful deployments, so this reserve has a cracking track record. The Mayday 16 is unique in being manufactured from zero porosity cloth, this enables the Mayday 16 to achieve a brilliant descent rate with a comparatively small reserve.
Apco Aviation started manufacturing the Mayday in 1984, and since then put over 20,000 pieces into service in the paragliding and hang gliding markets. The Apco Mayday has hundreds of life saving deployments to its name, from beginners to world champions.
|Apco Mayday Specifications|
|Mayday||Area||Gores||Weight||Sink Rate||Max Load||Certification|
|16||23m2||16||1.863kg||6.3m/s (@Max Load)||106kg||DHV|
Apco Mayday Design:
Over the years the basic design and construction techniques have remained the same – there is not much to improve on a winning design and best seller as Mayday, even though it is continuously perfected and polished, insuring that it is updated on even the smallest details. All four of the of Mayday parachutes are “Flat Circular Pulled Down Apex” in design. In 1998 the Mayday Bi was released in a Pulled down Apex version, and soon after the Mayday 20 hit the market.
Apco Mayday Materials:
The Apco Mayday boasts superior construction and materials. The canopy cloth is F111 “zero porosity” ripstop nylon. The skirt and apex skirt is reinforced with 1’mil spec nylon tape, neatly wrapped and stiched with a precision four-needle machine. The line attachments have V-Tab reinforcements, sewn in place with a computerized machine, ensuring consistantly high quality and strength.
Apco Mayday Options:
The Apco Mayday is available in four sizes, all available with a short or long bridle, for paragliding, paramotoring or hang gliding. Apco also manufactures a wide range of accessories for the Mayday range. This includes front and side mounted external containers for paragliding as well as external containers for hang gliding, split bridles, long bridle extensions, UV-sleeves and much more.
Apco Mayday Bridle:
The Bridle is made from 6000 pound Nylon Webbing (UV Resistant).
The attachment loop is covered with a Teflon sheath, to protect it from dangerous friction which may occur during deployment. Finally the bridle has a line sheath attached, to protect the lines where they link to it.