PILOTS EMERGENCY PARACHUTES
You do not need a parachute to skydive.
You only need a parachute to skydive twice!

Wings & Wheels is the largest volume dealer for emergency parachutes in the USA!
AND the "ONLY SUPPLIER" to offer you a choice  from "NATIONAL", "PARA-PHERNALIA" or "STRONG" Emergency parachutes! Let Wings & Wheels help YOU select the parachute that’s right for YOU...not just the only one that is available to the seller.
These are NOT Just a nice seat cushion....Ask someone who has had their life saved by parachute! Tim Mara (owner of Wings & Wheels) is member of the Caterpillar Club!

ANOTHER LIFE SAVED!
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Good news!
The FAA is amending the regulations governing the packing interval for certain types of parachutes. Currently, the FAA prohibits  most parachutes from being used or carried aboard an aircraft and available for emergency use unless they have been packed within the previous 120 days. New reliability data from the parachute industry and other sources indicate that the packing interval should be increased; therefore, we are lengthening the interval from 120 to 180 days. This final rule revises the parachute packing interval and ensures safe use. The official release was November 19, 2008 as far as the register is concerned. It will be official 30 days from that date which puts it at December 19th, 2008.

NATIONAL PARACHUTES
MANUFACTURED OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY,VERY COMFORTABLE, WITH CANOPY SIZES SUITABLE FOR NEARLY ALL PILOT WEIGHTS.
NATIONAL PARACHUTES feature a fully adjustable harness to fit nearly all pilots as standard!
National Back-Pack parachutes
National Teardrop
360, 425 and 490 Backpack parachutes
The teardrop shape provides flexibility and maximum comfort even in the tightest cockpits.
The shape and size make this model the most all-around universal parachute.

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*360 = Recommended Pilot Weight is up to 177 lbs.
*425 = Recommended Pilot Weight is up to 208 lbs.
*490 = Recommended Pilot Weight is up to 241 lbs.

National "FLAT" Series Parachutes

* details on FLAT model followed below

"National Flat-Pack" Back parachute
In co-operation with design input from Wings & Wheels National has added yet another great new design. With a slightly wider and more rectangular shape rather than the "teardrop" already copied by most other manufacturers and sold as a "wedge" parachute
Compared to our original Back Parachutes, the new "National Flat" is slightly wider and higher...but much flatter.   
          "Fully Flat" is 2.25" average thickness top to bottom / side to side

            a)  Dimensions:  15" wide by 24" high.
            b)  Weight is 13.8 lb. (includes B-12 Snaps on leg straps).
            c)  Comes with a 22 panel steerable conical rated up to 220 lbs.

Special value added Premium Series parachutes.Red, Navy & Black only, Includes Standard hardware-- B-12 Snaps on leg straps, Thread-Thru chest strap
and Carry bag. No additional options are offered or allowed on Premium series Parachutes.

Includes National's Patented "Full adjustable Harness" at NO EXTRA CHARGE
Built especially by National Parachutes to W&W specifications in order to bring
you the very best design for fit, comfort and price value.
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Premium 360, 425, 490 and FLAT Backpack parachutes
Black or Navy or Red with black trim & harness & straight line quilting. No additional options are available on "Premium" series parachutes
all include  (2)B12 Snaps on leg harness Thread Tru on Chest Harness

No changes in hardware or options allowed on Premium models

 360 List Price $2240.00 W&W price ID: 3789 $1868.00 *
 425 List Price $2298.00 W&W price ID: 3792 $1908.00 *
 490 List Price $2369.00 W&W price ID: 3795 $1958.00 *
Flat List Price $2298.00 W&W price ID: 3798 $1909.00 *
Premium "National " monogram is Silver/Grey
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If additional options are desired please order
National SIGNATURE Parachute
"A" Harness Option for National Back and Seat parachutes
Purpose: To position leg strap hardware away from lap belt.
           "A" (Alternative*) Harness                                 "Standard" Harness
      
The snap and V-ring are moved 5" rearwards to position the hardware behind lap belt. The snap and V-ring are under the lap belt and may cause discomfort during intense aerobatics. * Serves the same purpose as the "Aerobatic" harness by relocating the hardware.
NOTE: We do not recommend the "A" Harness for glider use

includes (3) Thread-Thru adapters or (2) B-12 snaps and (1) Thread-thru adapter on chest strap.
Other options available at extra cost.


NATIONAL 360 (24' Conical parachute)
NATIONAL 425(26' Conical parachute)
NATIONAL 490(28' Conical parachute )
 color choice(s) are BLACK, NAVY or RED


National Parachute Options
Removable Gravity Retainer Flap Option *
*designed by Wings & Wheels in conjunction with National Parachutes
converts backpack to chair type in seconds)
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Gravity Retainer Flap (GRF) ID: 3827 $149.00
"A" Harness.................No added cost

Matching carry bag...................ID: 3775 $50.00
Quick ejector snaps (each).......ID: 3831 $80.00

Detachable back pad................ID: 3817 $99.00 *
ELT pocket...................................ID: 3778 $45.00 *
Sheepskin back pad.................ID: 3837 $145.00 *
* these "options" are available on both Premium and Signature parachutes. Items in red available ONLY on Signature parachutes


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National "Signature Series" Seat Pack
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The SEAT harness / container has undergone an "updated fabrication" process and is again available in the 360 / 425 / 490 sizes.  We hope you appreciate the time and effort taken to ensure these changes meet and/or exceed your expectations.
Note: the SEAT comes standard with the A-Harness configuration (outward hardware position).
SEAT COLOR CHOICES:
The SEAT harness container is now available in a choice of four solid colors as follows:  1) Black, 2) Navy Blue, 3) Red, or 4) Royal Blue.  All four color choices are available with matching binding and harness (or) black binding and harness.

National's Seat Pack is especially desirable when the cockpit has more vertical space than horizontal. For added comfort, the seat pad has one inch of "Astronaut Foam" above the parachute container (user accessible/adjustable via Velcro closure).
Signature
 SEAT Parachute prices:
NATIONAL 360 (24' Conical parachute)
360 List Price $2260.00 W&W SALE PRICE $1895.00
NATIONAL 425(26' Conical parachute)
425  List Price $2379.00 W&W SALE PRICE $1995.00
NATIONAL 490(28' Conical parachute )
490 List Price $2437.00 W&W SALE PRICE $2149.00
options prices are the same as Signature backpack parachute options
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National Emergency Parachute Manual

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Para-Phernalia
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The Mini Softie is an extremely small, lightweight and comfortable backpack parachute system designed for use in today's restricted cockpit enviroments. The Mini Softie is for use by persons weighing up to 240 lbs. It is available with your choice of Conventional Harness or Aerobatic Harness.
The container is 2.25" thick x 15" wide x 24" long.
Canopy Type: Steerable Conical. Total weight: 14 lbs.
MSRP ID: 3846 $2,335.00
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16" MINI SOFTIE
The 16" version is the same except the container is 16" wide at the shoulders. This reduces the thickness to about   1/2" to 2" thick. Ideal for cockpits with limited room fore and aft.



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A narrower and shorter version of the Mini Softie, the Micro Softie is designed to fit and stay secure over the shoulder of smaller individuals. The Micro Softie can be used by persons weighing up to 180 lbs. It is available with either our Conventional or Aerobatic harness.
The container is 2.25" thick x 13" wide x 21" long.
Canopy Type: Steerable Conical*.
Total weight: 13 lbs.
MSRP ID: 3864 $2,335.00
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240 MICRO SOFTIE
The 240 version is the same, but has the larger 24' Preserve 1C canopy good for up to a gross weight of 220 lbs. The container dimensions are the same except the container is aproximately 3" thick. I like this version because most smaller individuals need more behind them and you come down slower with the larger canopy.

 




A wedged shaped version of our popular Mini and Micro Softies, the Wedge Softie is designed specifically to add lumbar and sacral support during high, positive G maneuvers. It is ideal for the upright seating found in Pitts style seating. The Wedge Softie is available in either 180 lb. or 240 lb. versions. It is available with either our standard H harness or our unique crossover style Aerobatic Harness. The container is 3" thick at bottom, 1/2" thick at top x 14" wide x 24" long. Canopy Type: Steerable Conical*. Total weight: 14
MSRP ID: 3885 $2,335.00
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180/240 MICRO WEDGE SOFTIE
This is also designed to offer you added lumbar support. The container specifications are: 3" thick at the bottom, 1/2" thick at the top x 13" wide at the top and 14" wide at the bottom x 22" tall (top to bottom). This container will accept either the 24' Preserve III or 24' Preserve 1C canopy. The Preserve III will be slightly thinner at the bottom, but is only rated up to 180 lbs gross weight.

 

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The chair style Long Softie is designed to conform to and maximize the comfort of the contoured seating found in today's high performance gliders and aerobatic aircraft. The Long Softie is available in either 180 lb.(13" wide) or 240 lb. (15" wide) versions. It is available with either our standard H harness or crossover style Aerobatic Harness.
Container specifications: 2.25" thick x 13" or 15" wide x 35" long. Canopy Type: Steerable Conical.
Total weight: 15 lbs.
MSRP ID: 3858 $2,385.00
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The Seatpack Softie is designed for use in aircraft that simply have no room for a backpack style parachute. The Seatpack Softie is designed for use by persons weighing up to 240 lbs. The container is 14" wide 11" fore & aft 3" thick. Canopy Type: Steerable Conical. Total weight: 16 lbs.
MSRP ID: 3875 $2,435.00
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Available special order configurations for Seapack Softie

DECATHLON/CITABRIA SEATPACK
This model is specially designed to fit the special dimensions of those seats. The container is trapezoid in shape and the specifications are: 13" wide across the back 16" wide across the front x 14" fore and aft.
and
WEDGE SEATPACK
This model is great for people with limited headroom. The container specifications are: 15" wide x 14" fore and aft. It's approximately 3" thick under your thighs and 1 1/2" thick at the back under your tailbone giving you additional headroom.

 



A seat pack that is designed to fit into the older style “bucket” seats found in warbird aircraft. The Warbird Softie is exactly the same as our standard Seatpack Softie other than the container is an additional 3" thick. The Warbird Softie is designed for use by persons weighing up to 240 lbs. The container is 14" wide 11" fore & aft 6" thick.
Canopy Type: Steerable Conical. Total weight: 17 lbs
MSRP $2,435.00
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Conventional Harness
(normally recommended)
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By using a unique high strength webbing loop at the hip rather than the normal connecting hardware we are able to eliminate the possibility of the connecting hardware being forced into the pelvic bone (very painfull) by the lap belt during high negative G aerobatics. The aerobatic harness is connected by having the legstrap pass through the loop and then cross over and connect on the opposite side of the harness

quick_ejector.gif (4254 bytes)Quick Ejectors allow for fast, easy, one hand disconnection of the harness attach points. Quick ejectors offer a nice convenience, however, it is important to know they are bulkiest and heaviest of all the connector hardware we offer.
Quick Ejector on Chest Strap: ID: 3872 $75.00
Quick Ejectors on leg straps or on Aerobatic harness
upcharge from B-12 snaps (2):
ID: 3874 $100.00

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B-12 Chest snap ID: 3848 $50.00 extra

 


ADDITIONAL POPULAR OPTIONS:
Matching storage/carry bag
ID: 3851 $50.00
Detachable sweat pad: ID: 3882 $75.00
Sheepskin pad:
ID: 3878 $150.00
Additional Para-Phernalia Options available

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Strong Enterprises
ANOTHER LIFE SAVED!
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Pilot Emergency Parachutes
NO ONE SELLS THEM FOR LESS!

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Most popular models ship direct from
"IN STOCK" Inventory!

26' Mid-Lite steerable conical canopy STRONG Parachutes come equipped with leg and chest snaps and carry bag STANDARD All Strong 303, 305 and 311 Parachutes we stock will include the Fully adjustable harness
at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE the Fully adjustable harness
Strong Enterprises quote: Fully adjustable harness - Allows wearer to adjust the harness using seven adjustment points for a perfect fit. Works very well for clubs where different people will be using the system, also works well for the non-pilot seat in two seat airplanes where different passengers will be carried.

NEW from STRONG!!
Para-Cushion Acro-Pro parachute

The AcroPro, measures 21” (53 cm) tall by 13” (33 cm) wide by 3.5” (9 cm) thick and weighs approximately 14 lbs (6.4 kg). 
The AcroPro was designed with aerobatic pilots in mind. It has a contoured container and backpad with extra padding at the shoulders to keep it comfortable while performing. The aerobatic harness is designed to be unrestrictive while ensuring the safety of the pilot. In addition we have extended the riser covers to protect the harness webbing from UV exposure and wear. 
The AcroPro is recommended for use in airplanes where head room is at a minimum and comfort is desired such as: Extra, F-1 Rocket, RV, Sukhoi, Zivko Edge, MXS, MX2, and the Super Blanik.

MRSP $2449.00 Wings & Wheels price at ID: 3892 $2014.00


Para-Cushion 305 Chair Parachute
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The Model 305 parachute assembly completes the Strong Enterprises line of emergency parachutes. The Model 305 is truly a chair-parachute, covering the back of the body from shoulders to just above the knees. The patented chair-type container conforms to the curve of your back. It is especially popular among sailplane pilots flying for hours in the supine position, it is literally a "parachute-cushion" beneath the pilot. It is 42" (105 cm) long by 16" (40 cm) wide and varies from 2.5" to less than 1" (6.5 to 2.5 cm) thick, designed specifically for use where space is minimal. The complete system weighs approximately 16.5 lbs. (7.5 kg.).
Full adjustable harness (a $100.00 option)Included!

W&W 2014 SALE PRICE ID: 3896 $2049.00
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Para-Cushion 311 Wedge Backpack
This special back mounted container measures 24" tall by 16" wide by 1" thick at the shoulders and 3" thick at the lower back. This unique configuration allows for maximum comfort of the pilot by using the shape of the parachute system to put you in a slightly reclined, comfortable position. The model 311 is recommended for use in airplanes where head room is at a minimum and the back rest is at a straight upright angle with the seat bottom, such as a Pitts S1, Pitts Model 12, Christen Eagle, RV-4, RV-6, Harmon Rocket, and many others.
Full adjustable harness Included!

W&W 2014 SALE PRICE ID: 3902 $2014.00
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PARA-CUSHION 303 BACKPACK / Mini-Back
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The Model 303 Back parachute assembly is our most popular model and is used by warbird, sailplane and aerobatic pilots. The back-mounted container conforms to the curve of your shoulders, and is only 24" (60 cm) tall by 16" (40 cm) wide and less than 3" (7 cm) thick.  The Model 303 weighs approximately 15 lbs (6 .5 kg.). It is recommended when head space is at a minimum, such as Christen Eagle & Grob.Para-Cushion 303 Backpack Full adjustable harness Included! The Model 303 Mini-Back, measures 22” (56 cm) tall by 14” (36 cm) wide by 3.5” (9 cm) thick and weighs approximately 15 lb. (6.5 kg).
W&W 2014 SALE PRICE ID:3889 $2014.00
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STRONG L-39, L-29 Parachute System

This system is designed specifically for use in the L-39 and L-29 Trainer Jet. This design incorporates the Russian designed Parachute Harness / Pilot Restraint system found on the original parachute assembly. As designed, this System perfectly replaces the original equipment, while providing the pilot with absolute comfort found on the Strong Enterprises entire line of Parachutes for Pilots.
List price, Harness and container only $2299.00 + New Surplus C-9 Canopy (typically) $1000.00
Wings & Wheels selling price complete with Surplus C-9 Canopy $2900.00
 

THE SQUADRON SEAT

The Squadron Seat fits directly into a bucket style set

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Squadron Seat
The Squadron Seat Pack was designed specifically for the bucket style set pan used in Warbirds, such as the SN-J, T-6, Harvard, T-34, T-28, P-51 and many others. The pack and cushion combination are shaped to fit fully int the seat to provide a large, stable,comfortable base for the pilot to sit. The harness is fully adjustable in the main lift webs (vertical straps) as well as in the pilots lumbar area to ensure proper fit and support. The back and seat cushions utilize Confor Foam® padding for additional comfort and support.
PN 121108 with 26' Midlite canopy.

$2265.00

Para-Cushion 304 Seatpack


The Model 304 parachute assembly is designed specifically for emergency use by sport aviators flying aircraft utilizing a seat pan. The parachute container is a seat cushion 12"x 16" (30 cm x 40 cm) and less than 3" (7 cm) thick. Because the back pad is only a half inch (1 cm) thick, the system is also especially suited to aircraft with restricted stick or rudder travel, or when head room is not restricted, such as Stearman, Great Lakes and Citabria. The complete system weighs approximately 15 lbs. (6.5 kg.).
Full adjustable harness Included!
W&W 2014 SALE PRICE ID: 3893 $2119.00

Confor foam (several thicknesses) padded travel cushion is optional $165.00
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STRONG PARACHUTE MANUALS AVAILABLE ON
http://www.strongparachutes.com/Pages/inf_Strong_manuals.htm

"Time / Life" or service life
The formal determination of "Time / Life" or service life of a non-military personnel parachute is still open ended and non specific. Someone must take the initiative and make a judgment call to ground it. By comparison: "Personnel (military) parachutes have a determined service life (a maximum shelf life) without use of 16.5 years, and every personnel parachute is stamped with a manufacturing date that starts its life-cycle clock. A personnel parachute is also stamped with the date that it is first placed in service (PIS). From that point on, a parachute’s service life cannot exceed 12 years. The longer the unit sits on the shelf the less service life it has once placed in service."
The Parachute Industry Association (PIA) has visited this issue without conclusion to date. Until the PIA specifies or recommends otherwise, it is the opinion of the current management at National Parachute that the maximum service life is 20 years from date of manufacture.

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PREVIOUSLY OWNED PARACHUTES

National 360 Backpack parachute

Excellent condition! Only used (never jumped!) a very few times.(probably not much more than a dozen times) Purchased new in 2002, last use and I&R'd twice since new, last I&R was April 2006, has been stored in carry bag and stored in closet since!Needs I&R prior to use ((Guaranteed to pass!))** Add $65.00 pus shipping if you want it delivered with fresh I&R
HURRY! These don't stay here long especially at this price

Sorry.....sold
Please note: Wings & Wheels sets a very high standard for used parachutes offered for re-sale. Unless otherwise noted , No parachute will be offered here for re-sale if the parachute, container or webbing has any fraying, tears or staining, all hardware must be free of corrosion and any evidence of excessive exposure damage from UV will be so noted.

also see:
Seat pads and Foam cushion material
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Questions?

Ask someone who has had their life saved by parachute!
These are NOT Just a nice seat cushion......
Tim Mara (owner of Wings & Wheels) is member of the Caterpillar Club!
See: Soaring Magazine January 1991

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