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Eight-Day Senior Rigger Course to prepare you for the Senior Rigger Written, Oral and Practical tests for the Back-type certification. Additional ratings for Seat & Chest type are available but will require extra preparation or time and additional training/testing costs.
ChutingStar's Mike Gruwell is the Designated Parachute Rigger Examiner for the Atlanta-area. Mike, and the staff of ChutingStar riggers, teach senior rigger candidates all the basic rigging skills. At the end of the 8-Day course, you will leave with your completed FAA 8610-2 Forms, which can be taken to your local FSDO for final inspection and signature. You can then take the FAA Senior Rigger written test followed by the Senior Rigger Oral & Practical test.
If you are able to stay an extra 1-2 days, you can complete all the testing and leave with your rigger certification (if you pass the testing). We will have the local FSDO inspector at ChutingStar to sign-off the completed 8610-2 forms at the end of the school. Then you can take the written test at an FAA testing facility approximately 40 minutes away. Once the written is passed, we will start the Oral & Practical testing here at ChutingStar, administered by DPRE Mike Gruwell. Cost for the written test is approximately $150, which is paid directly to the testing facility. Cost for the Oral & Practical is $250, which is paid to ChutingStar.
Topics covered in the school include:
Square Reserve Assembly, Inspection and Packing: Container/parachute/AAD inspections, compatibility, assembly procedures, line trim, flaking, packing, closing techniques and paperwork. A variety of rigs and parachutes will be available.
Round Emergency Parachute Inspection and Packing: Round canopy assembly, inspections, compatibility, TS 108 testing, closing loop manufacturing, owner’s manual overview, flaking, packing, closing techniques and paperwork.
Basic Sewing Machine Operation and Maintenance: Machine types, thread types, bobbin winding, threading, needles, tension, stitch locking, materials, feeding, jumpsuit repairs, small parts manufacturing and trouble-shooting.
Minor Parachute and Container Repairs and Maintenance: Basic sewing machine class must be completed first. Topics include container washing, parachute cleaning, hand tacking, container repairs, grommet removal/setting, line replacements, canopy repairs and canopy patching.
All tools, books and testing extra. All tools can be ordered through ChutingStar prior to attending the course or picked up during the course.
To learn more on the process to become a parachute rigger, read the article from DPRE and Master Rigger Mike Gruwell on the ChutingStar Blog at this link.
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- This is the must!
I attended the course in 2011. It was just amazing ... lovely instructors, Mike, Jack, Warren, William ...
They keep the tradition of good teaching style and family-like support.
Diving into rigging, you will become a part of the family.
Now, I'm one of the instructors ... everyone will be shown not just packing but a bit more! You will get the full cycle of providing the unbiased service, from the call by support onboard ...
Join our family!
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