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Lightweight Emergency Parachute

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Apco Aviation started manufacturing the Mayday in 1984, and since then put over 30 000 pieces into service in the Paragliding and Hang Gliding markets. The Mayday has hundreds of life saving deployments to its name, from beginners to world champions ( Read letters from saved pilots).

In line with the market appetite for lightweight equipment, APCO  announces  fresh, cool additions to our emergency parachute range -

  • Mayday 16 Light (LT)
  • Mayday 16 Superlight (SLT)
  • Mayday 18 Superlight (SLT)
  • Mayday 20 Superlight (SLT)

designed for pilots who wish to keep their equipment extremely light. The time proven classic DHV certified Mayday 16, as well the MD 18 and MD 20 from APCO have undergone an intensive diet !!!  Keeping the performance and quality the same, but slimming down the weight and bulk to the incredible numbers specified in the table below:

 

Mayday

Weight [kg]

Load tested for Max Load[kg]

Mayday SLT

16 Superlight (SLT)

1.220

100

Mayday 16 Light (LT)

1.490

100

18 Superlight (SLT) 1.597 115

20 Superlight (SLT)

2.083

130


For full comparison test results by FFVL/SHV click here»

 

 

MD GIFTEach MayDay reserve parachute will be supplied in the new "Presentation gift bag" external package. This is a small aesthetic upgrade, a nice addition and gift for the pilot.



MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION


The Mayday 16 SLT and LT chute design is exactly the same as the classic, DHV certified , Mayday 16 -with  pull down, flat circular canopy - same area, same performance same design. Also Mayday 18 SLT and 20 SLT precisely follow the design of the regular Mayday 18 and 20 respectively.

Weight reduction for SLT was achieved by using state of the art, latest materials - canopy cloth is from PN9 (the last word, most sophisticated development in parachute cloth)

 Lines  and tapes from  High tenacity Nylon 6.6 with Teflon interlocked to prevent friction and direct line connection to the harness - allowing for maximum reduction in weight.    

 The LT is exactly the same as SLT, but uses the PN1 cloth which is slightly heavier.

 Line protector (serving as slider too) Teflon interlocked center line
Spliced line connection detail
Line protector
(serving as slider too) 

Teflon interlocked center line
(connection detail)  

Spliced line connection detail

It was a difficult project and we broke many chutes, testing again and again, polishing the deployment, but finally we got it right - see short video clip showing some drop tests and problems encountered on the way:

 

SPECIFICATIONS MAYDAY 16 RANGE

Mayday

MD 16

MD 16 LT

MD 16 SLT

Area [m2]

23

23

23

Gores

16

16

16

Weight [kg] 1.890 1.490 1.220
Max Load[kg] 106 100 100
Sink Rate m/sec* 6.3 6.15 6.15*
Stability
(rated from 1 to 5)
5 5 5
Gr. per kg. load 17.83 14.9 12.2
Canopy Material PN4 PN1 PN9
Lines Nylon 180kg Nylon  120kg Nylon 120kg
Construction V-tab + radial nylon tape reinforcement Light construction, spliced lines Light construction, spliced lines

Certification

DHV

EN Certification by Air Turquoise

* As measured by Air Turquoise test laboratory
Stability rating by Air Turquoise (1 bad - 5 excellent)

 

SPECIFICATIONS MAYDAY 18 RANGE

Mayday

MD 18

MD 18 SLT

Area [m2]

30.4

30.4

Gores

18

18

Weight [kg] 2.220 1.597
Max Load[kg] 120 115
Sink Rate m/sec* 5.4 5.1*
Stability
(rated from 1 to 5)
5 5
Gr. per kg. load 18.5 13.8
Canopy Material PN1 PN9 / similar
Lines Nylon 180kg Nylon  120kg
Construction V-tab + radial nylon tape reinforcement Light construction, spliced lines

Certification

SHV

     EN Certification by Air Turquoise

* As measured by Air Turquoise test laboratory
Stability rating by Air Turquoise (1 bad - 5 excellent)

 

SPECIFICATIONS MAYDAY 20 RANGE

Mayday

MD 20

MD 20 SLT

Area [m2]

37

37.5

Gores

20

20

Weight [kg] 2.690 2.083
Max Load[kg] 160 130
Sink Rate m/sec* 5.4 4.48*
Stability
(rated from 1 to 5)
5 5
Gr. per kg. load 16.85 14.8
Canopy Material PN1 PN9 / similar
Lines Nylon 180kg Nylon  120kg
Construction V-tab + radial nylon tape reinforcement Light construction, spliced lines

Certification

AFNOR/CEN

     EN Certification by Air Turquoise

* As measured by Air Turquoise test laboratory


Stability rating by Air Turquoise (1 bad - 5 excellent)




CHUTE COMPARISON


APCO's Mayday 16 SLT is the lightest chute on the market, in terms of canopy weight for the maximum load it can carry (12.2gr. of canopy per each kilo load)

Mayday 16 SLT(on left) vs MD16
Mayday 16 SLT(on left) vs MD16

There are lighter chutes on the market, but they are certified for very small loads - 80kg. and sometimes less.

When you compare the weight of the chute against the load it can handle, APCO Mayday 16 SLT emerges as the clear winner.

CANOPY

Max. load

Canopy Weight

Gram per kilo load

APCO MD 16 SLT

100kg.

1,220gr.

12.2

Sky lite L

95kg.

1,210gr.

12.7

MCC L

110kg.

1,423gr.

12.9

Sup'Air M

95kg.

1,197gr.

12.6

Nervures L

110kg.

1,378gr

12.5


A Grand Comparison test of rescue chutes conducted by SHV and FFVL jointly, proves once again the superiority of APCO's Mayday!

  • Mayday 20 SLT ranked no.1. Is at the top of all 41 chutes tested - Stability 5 and the best sink rate (4.48 m/sec.)

  • Mayday 18 SLT rated Stability 5, with sink rate 5.1 m/sec is on of the few best. It is the lightest chute per kg. of load (see table attached)

    for the full test click here




CERTIFICATION

Since APCO's Mayday range is DHV certified and no parameters were changed, there was only the need for an additional load test to have the new chutes confirmed.

The light version of APCO's Mayday 16 was load tested by EN laboratory of Air Turquoise.

Also Mayday 18 SLT and 20 SLT fully certified to EN standard by Air Turquoise.

Click here to see load test report »

 

 

MD GIFTEach MayDay reserve parachute will be supplied in the new "Presentation gift bag" external package.
This is a small aesthetic upgrade, a nice addition and gift for the pilot.



OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES


42485: MayDay Presentation Bag
Each MayDay reserve parachute will be supplied in the new "Presentation gift bag" external package. This is a small aesthetic upgrade, a nice addition and gift for the pilot.


44120SLT: Internal T-Type Deployment Bag for Loop Through Handle Universal deployment bag.
Fits both Mayday LT and Mayday SLT.


81155SLT: External Container for Mayday LT and SLT


80020: Mayday Repacking charge
Have your Mayday emergency parachute repacked at APCO's factory »


43003: Rubber Packing Loop





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