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NATIONAL PARACHUTE CANOPIES

Color photo of open Parachute & jumper, showing steering / drive vents.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY PARACHUTES were developed with the pilot in mind.  Our high quality parachutes don't require unnecessary hardware or pack stiffening plates to maintain their shape.  Efficient engineering went into all models right from the start.  They feel and work great and will continue to for years. An investment in SAFETY, COMFORT and STYLE will pay off now.. and may someday SAVE YOUR LIFE!
In our 30th anniversary year, National is pleased to announce we have manufactured and sold over 16,000 parachutes! 

Air Speeds & Parachutes
UPDATE: In recent years, aerobatics aircraft have seen a vast increase in performance and speed.  During various maneuvers it is common to exceed 200 knots. 
Parachutes, on the other hand, have not kept up with this increase. The typical "modern emergency parachute" (of various makes) manufactured in the 80's and 90's is rated up to a maximum deployment speed
of 140-150 kts.

BACKGROUND:

n 1981, National set out to design and successfully market a parachute to meet customer demands & requirements in the following areas:

  • Small volume
  • Light weight
  • Comfortable
  • Competitive Price
  • Meet TSO Requirements
With the above parameters in mind, we developed the National line of emergency parachutes. Over twenty-five years and 15,000 parachutes later, we earned numerous letters of appreciation for saved lives.

The question some pilots now ask is "what will happen if I bail out and open the parachute at 200+ knots?  The answer is "we can not predict the results." Although testing requires a margin of safety, we have no way to determine the breaking point.  Our parachutes are rated at and clearly display a placard indicating 140 knots is the maximum deployment speed. 
Emergencies come in different varieties.  In a "high air speed" situation (beyond 140-150 kts.) the aircraft may become "aerodynamically dirty" and slow down considerably.  If circumstances require an immediate "high air speed" bail out, we strongly advise the pilot to delay pulling the ripcord for 3-4 seconds after bailing out. In that short time, the human body in free fall will decelerate rapidly to air speeds falling within design parameters.
From a development & manufacturing standpoint, time will determine if a broad demand exists for parachutes designed to withstand increased air speeds. Given current parachute materials and technology, this design would be heavier, bulkier and considerably more costly.                          (END)

 

NATIONAL 360/24 Foot
Total Weight ............................10.8 lbs.
Canopy ...........................24 Ft. Conical
Area ....................................362 Sq. Ft.
Fabric ................................F-111 Nylon
Lines ................................400 lb. nylon
Reinforcing Bands .......Laminated Kevlar
Deployment System .............Full Diaper
Recommended Pilot Wt. ...Up to 177 lbs.
Maximum Gross Wt. ....188 lbs. (85 kg.)
Rate Of Turn ...........180in 4-5 seconds

TSO C23b ................Standard Category
Maximum Deployment Speed ...140 kts.*

NATIONAL 425/26 Foot
Total Weight ...........................11.8 lbs.
Canopy .......................... 26 Ft. Conical
Area ....................................425 Sq. Ft.
Fabric ...............................F-111 Nylon
Lines ................................400 lb. nylon
Reinforcing Bands ......Laminated Kevlar
Deployment System .............Full Diaper
Recommended Pilot Wt. ...Up to 208 lbs.
Maximum Gross Wt. ...220 lbs. (100 kg.)
Rate Of Turn ...........180in 4-5 seconds

TSO C23b ................Standard Category
Maximum Deployment Speed ...140 kts.*

NATIONAL 490/28 Foot
Total Weight .......................12.8 lbs.
Canopy ......................28 Ft. Conical
Area .................................492 Sq. Ft.
Fabric ..............................F-111 Nylon
Lines ...............................400 lb. nylon
Reinforcing Bands .......Laminated Kevlar
Deployment System .............Full Diaper
Recommended Pilot Wt. ...Up to 241 lbs.
Maximum Gross Wt. ...254 lbs. (115 kg.)
Rate Of Turn ...........180in 4-5 seconds

TSO C23b ...............Standard Category
Maximum Deployment Speed ..140 kts.*