Rigging Course Preparation
A note on prior experience: There are no specific prerequisites for the Para Concepts Rigging Course. You can start with no background and learn a lot. Realistically, however, this course is intended for people starting with significant knowledge of parachutes. In recent years, candidates with limited preparation have increasingly failed their first attempt at the tests for the FAA Seenior Rigger Certificate. A candidate with no experience with parachutes may find that they need significant additional work before testing. Generally, the best candidates have some prior exposure to parachutes. This can be extremely helpful and permit you to gain the most from this course. Here are some recommended areas to explore before attending the course:
- General knowledge of parachute operation (e.g. being a skydiver)
- Proficiency in packing sport main parachutes.
- Some practice in packing reserve parachutes, with a few supervised reserve pack jobs already logged and signed off in your rigger logbook
- Some simple machine sewing practice
- Preparation for the written test using the written test study guide or software from Dauntless Aviatioin and the Parachute Rigger Handbook .
- Preparation for the oral and practical test using the FAA Practical Test Standard and the Parachute Rigger Handbook . Very nice, printed, and bound copies of the Parachute Rigger Handbook are available in our store .
- Study of Poynter Parachute Manual, Volumes I & II.
- Familiarity with manuals and safety bulletins available from manufacturer's web sites.
With good preparation before the course, we are able to spend more time with you making you a better rigger. In short, the more you put into this course, the more you get out of it .
Last Updated - 23 Jan 2012