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Apco - Mayday Reserve (P.O.A)


Over the years the basic design and construction techniques
have remained the same - there is not much to improve on a
winning design and best seller as Mayday, even though it is
continuously perfected and polished, insuring that it is updated
on even the smallest details. All four of the of Mayday parachutes
are "Flat Circular Pulled Down Apex" in design. In 1998 the
Mayday Bi was released in a Pulled down Apex version, and
soon after the Mayday 20 hit the market.



The Mayday boasts superior construction and materials. The canopy cloth is F111 "zero porosity" ripstop nylon. The skirt and apex skirt is reinforced with 1'mil spec nylon tape, neatly wrapped and stiched with a precision four-needle machine. The line attachments have V-Tab reinforcements, sewn in place with a computerized machine, ensuring consistantly high quality and strength.

The Bridle is made from 6000 pound Nylon Webbing
(UV Resistant). The attachment loop is covered with a
Teflon sheath, to protect it from dangerous friction which
may occur during deployment. Finally the bridle has a
line sheath attached, to protect the lines where they link to it.


Mayday Area [m 2 ] Gores Weight [kg] Sink Rate [m/s] Max Load [kg] Certification
16 23 16 1.863 6.3 (at max load) 106 DHV
18 30 18 2.220 5.4 120 SHV
20 37 20 2.690 5.4 160 AFNOR/CEN
Bi 47 18 3.250 5.4 200 AFNOR


Comparison Tests
The Mayday has been compared for a long time with some
other rescue systems, but according to the findings of the Italian
Free Flight Federation (FIVL), it still comes out on top. A series
of tests, made from a fixed balloon in November 1997, attended
amongst others by Swiss Federation expert Alain Zoller.
Over 20 modern reserve systems were tested.

Many vital properties of an emergency parachute were assessed,
such as opening speed at high and low velocity, sink rate and
stability during descent. The Mayday 16 was the second smallest
parachute on test and yet it consistently performed at the top even
in sink rate and stability. The only systems with a better sink rate
were; 31.7m2, 34.1m2 and 43.4m2, all at least 10m2 larger than
the Mayday's 22.1m2 and in the case of the Trekking F22 at 43.3m2
nearly twice as big. The Mayday is a pulled down apex reserve
parachute, which possesses the one thing that wasn't tested -
reliability. But over the years the reliability of the system has been
well proven. Anatoly Cohn recalls that the system has saved
hundreds of pilots around the world. At a time when trends and
gimmicks regularly come and go the Mayday has been saving
pilots since 1984. What other system can boast a fact like that?

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43120: Internal Deployment Bag with
Single Handle

44120T: Internal T-Type Deployment Bag for
Loop Through Handle Universal deployment
bag. Fits all current range APCO harnesses
with integrated emergency parachute compartment.

44120LT: Internal Tandem Deployment Bag
for Loop Through Handle

81133: Internal Deployment Bag for 16/18 -
Flat Pack with Double Handle

81954: Internal Tandem Deployment Bag -
Single Handle

81155: External Container for Mayday 16/18 -
Flat Packed

81955: External Tandem Container - Flat Packed
for Mayday 20 and Mayday Tandem

80015: Mayday Front Container
Can be fitted to any certified harness on the market today.
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80020: Mayday Repacking charge
Have your Mayday emergency parachute repacked
at APCO's factory

43003: Rubber Packing Loop

42004: Y-Shaped Bridle for Flat Packed Mayday

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