Hang-glider Mayday Rescue Parachute

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One Day, Maybe, Mayday…

The Time-Proven Rescue System (since 1984)

Never fly without one!

Info

Saved Pilots

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).

The Mayday is available in four sizes, all available with a short or long bridle, for paragliding or hang gliding. Apco also manufactures a wide range of accessories for the Mayday range. This includes front and side mounted external containers for paragliding as well as external containers for hang gliding, split bridles, long bridle extensions, UV-sleeves and much more.

  • Dependable
  • Fast Opening
  • Low Sink Rate
  • High Strength
MaydayMD 16MD 18MD 20MD Bi
TypePDA - (Pulled Down Apex / Inverted Apex Round Parachute
Area [m2]2330.43748
Gores16182018
Weight [kg]**1.8902.2202.6903.250
Packed Volume [cc]4000495054006100
Packed Size [cm]
Length x Width x Height
28.5x23.0x14.032.0x22.5x15.032.0x23.0x13.033.5x27.0x13.5
Max Load[kg]106120160200
Sink Rate m/sec*6.35.45.45.4
Stability (1 - 5)5555
Gr. per kg. load17.8318.516.8516.25
Canopy MaterialPN4PN4PN4PN4
LinesNylon 180kgNylon 180kgNylon 180kgNylon 180kg
CertificationDHVSHVAFNOR/CENAFNOR
* As measured by Air Turquoise test laboratory
Stability rating by Air Turquoise (1 bad - 5 excellent)
** Excludes weight of long bridle on Hang-glider version.
Add 550gr for bridle
Packed Size vs. Volume:
The volume is measured by water displacement, and represents the smallest recommended packed volume, or the volume of the smallest recommended container to be used for the reserve. The specified volume is therefore far lower than the calculated volume that would be derived from the specified measurements.
The Packed Size measurement represents the measurements of the factory packed, but not compressed reserve, ie. the max dimension for each axis, and in its specified deployment bag, as shipped from apco.

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.

MSM – stands for Military Spec Monkey and confirms that our reserves are made from fabrics, designed and manufactured in accordance to the strictest Military Specifications. This adds another level of quality assurance.

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 amoungst 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?

INCLUDED:

Each MayDay reserve parachute is supplied in a kitbag. Which is a useful to keep other equipment in once your mayday is installed in your harness.

Options & Accessories

Product Codes

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Mayday HG 16
  • 81399: Canopy Only, not folded
  • 81301A: Folded in deployment bag 81303
  • 81301B: Folded in deployment bag 42499, Jetstream
  • 81301C: Folded in deployment bag 42497, Jetstream Race
  • 81300: Complete in outer container 81305, to be mounted on harness
Mayday HG 18
  • 82399: Canopy Only, not folded
  • 82301A: Folded in deployment bag 81303
  • 82301B: Folded in deployment bag 42499, Jetstream
  • 82301C: Folded in deployment bag 42497, Jetstream Race
  • 82300: Complete in outer container 81305, to be mounted on harness
Mayday HG 20
  • 83399: Canopy Only, not folded
  • 83301A: Folded in deployment bag 81303
  • 83300: Complete in outer container 81305, to be mounted on harness
Mayday HG Bi (Tandem)
  • 81978: Canopy Only, not folded
  • 81977: Complete
  • 81976: Folded in deployment bag 44120T
MaydayArea [m2]GoresWeight* [kg]Volume
[cc]
Packed Size [cm]
Length x Width x Height
Sink Rate [m/s]
(@ max Load)
Max Load [kg]gr / kg (Load)***Certification
MD2
Mayday Squared
MD 16 SLT
Super Light Round
23161.220310024.5x18.5x11.56.1510012.20EN Load/Drop Test by Air Turquoise
MD 16 LT
Light Round
23161.490355027.0x21.0x10.06.1510014.90EN Load/Drop Test by Air Turquoise
MD 16
Regular Round
23161.890400028.5x23.0x14.06.310617.83DHV
GS-02-0004-88
MD 18 SLT
Super Light Round
30.4181.597395028.5x22.5x12.05.1**11513.89EN Certification EP021.2009
MD 18 LT
Light Round
30.4181.922480031.0x22.5x13.05.112015.6LTF
RG 061.2012
MD 18
Regular Round
30.4182.220495032.0x22.5x15.05.412018.50SHV
PS0992.003
MD 20 SLT
Super Light Round
37.5202.083475031.0x22.0x12.54.48**13014.80EN Certification
E.P022.2009
MD 20 LT
Light Round
37.5202.300500032.0x23.0x12.54.48**14016.43EN Certification
EP056.2012
MD 20
Regular Round
37.5202.690540032.0x23.0x135.416016.85AFNOR/CEN
200143AP
GMD SLT
Superlight Rogallo
36161.950500030.5x22.0x13.54 m/s@(90kg)
4.9m/s@(130Kg)
60-13015.00EN Certification
EP057.2012
GMD
Steerable Rogallo
39162.900595033.0x24.0x15.52.8 m/s@(90kg)
3.2m/s@(130Kg)
60-13022.31EN Certification
EP009.2007
MD Bi
Round Tandem Reserve
47183.250610033.5x27.0x13.55.420016.25AFNOR
PS98228AP
MD 28UL
High Capacity Round Reserve for Trikes
64284.0001260037.0x23.0x20.06.334011.76EN Load test
12491:2001
Packed Size vs. Volume:
The volume is measured by water displacement, and represents the smallest recommended packed volume, or the volume of the smallest recommended container to be used for the reserve. The specified volume is therefore far lower than the calculated volume that would be derived from the specified measurements.
The Packed Size measurement represents the measurements of the factory packed, but not compressed reserve, ie. the max dimension for each axis, and in its specified deployment bag, as shipped from apco.
* Weight Excludes weight of long bridle on Hang-glider version.
Add 550gr for bridle
** Sink Rate as measured by Air Turquoise test laboratory
Stability rating by Air Turquoise (1 bad - 5 excellent)
*** Gram per Kilo Load
This is a unit that makes it easy to compare Reserves.
The unit is calculated by dividing the weight of the reserve, by its max load rating. The lower the number, the lighter the reserve is for its carrying capacity.

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.
Use this bag for your instruments, shoes, as a shower bag, as a lunch box, or whatever you like and be reassured your life is in good hands.
Mayday Prices remain unchanged 😉

 

FEATURES

    • Looks great
    • Extremely useful
    • Made from light materials
    • Detachable carry-strap, can also be used to buckle up folded wing.
    • Designated, clear-cover slot for owner’s details card.
    • Owner’s details card included. Just fill up and slide in.