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Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:25 pm

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!
 
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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:15 pm

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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:21 pm

I'd guess that, pretty much any time the FAA mandates something, they'll also come up with some sort of a certification procedure for whatever they mandate.

Quoting Vzlet (Reply 1):
Sounds like you need:
"Everything You Always Needed to Know About Emergency Parachutes"

I'm surprised that parachutes have to be repacked every 120 days. Does anyone know how often the Cirrus CAPS system needs to be serviced?
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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:35 pm

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.
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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parach

Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:52 pm

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.

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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:23 am



Quoting N353SK (Thread starter):
I know the FARs require aerobatic pilots to wear parachutes unless involved in flight training

Specifically, unless involved in spin training. IIRC, if you're going out to learn how to do hammerheads, loops and the like, you need a parachute.

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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:40 am



Quoting Mir (Reply 5):
IIRC, if you're going out to learn how to do hammerheads, loops and the like, you need a parachute.

Besides, I would think it's a wise precaution whether it's the law or not.  Wink
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RE: Question Regarding FARs, Aerobatics And Parachutes

Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:43 pm

Well, it looks like I should have read the reg more closely!

Sorry for starting a useless thread!  Big grin  duck 

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