N353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 895 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4380 times:
Just a random, somewhat unimportant question:
I know the FARs require aerobatic pilots to wear parachutes unless involved in flight training, but does any FAR require these parachutes to be functional or does it just say that a (any) parachute is required?
For example, could a pilot with a good lawyer (and a lot of money) successfully argue that carrying say, a plastic parachute from a model rocket is in full compliance of the FARs?
For the record, I'm not planning on doing any aerobatic flying and would never go without a GREAT parachute, and I don't recommend anybody else try it either, i'm just wondering!
Futurecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4356 times:
Well, with a good lawyer you can get out of most anything. But, where will a pilot find the money to hire that good of a lawyer?
I'd say if you did find the money to hire that good of a lawyer and got off the parachute charges then the FAA will slap some charge like "reckless operation of an aircraft" or something like that on you which would be much harder to argue yourself out of.
Then, remember, what is technically legal can be extremely stupid. Yes, you can takeoff under part 91 with 0 visibility. Yes, it is extremely stupid.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17365 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4322 times:
Doesn't this answer the question?
91.307 Parachutes and Parachuting
(a) No pilot of a civil aircraft may allow a parachute that is available for emergency use to be carried in that aircraft unless it is an approved type...-
Quoting Lemmy (Reply 2):
I'm surprised that parachutes have to be repacked every 120 days.
Indeed. Packing is very important for chutes. While a badly packed chute (just stuff it in the bag) will most likely deploy anyway as long as the cords are arranged properly, there is no way to know how it will deploy and the likelihood of a problem increases. Packing of reserves and such is only to be done by certified people and involves many more steps and checks than your typical sport parachute pack.
[Edited 2008-03-31 15:53:44]
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