Light Mayday Rescue Parachute

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The Time-Proven Rescue System (since 1984)

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Light (LT) Mayday range – Mayday 16 LT, Mayday 18 LT, Mayday 20 LT – The LT shares the same construction as the SLT, but uses PN1 cloth which is slightly heavier.

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.

The Mayday is available in three 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.

  • Light weight
  • Low packed volume
  • Dependable
  • Fast Opening
  • Low Sink Rate
  • High Strength
MaydayMD 16 LTMD 18 LTMD 20 LT
TypePDA - (Pulled Down Apex / Inverted Apex Round Parachute
Area [m2]2330.437.5
Gores161820
Weight [kg]1.4901.9222.300
Packed Volume355048005000
Packed Size [cm]
Length x Width x Height
27.0x21.0x10.031.0x22.5x13.032.0x23.0x12.5
Max Load[kg]100120140
Sink Rate m/sec*6.155.14.48
Stability (1 - 5)555
Gr. per kg. load14.915.616.4
Canopy MaterialPN1PN1/similarPN1
LinesNylon 120kgNylon 120kgNylon 120kg
CertificationEN Certification by Air TurquoiseLTF Certification by Air TurquoiseEN Certification by Air Turquoise
* As measured by Air Turquoise test laboratory
Stability rating by Air Turquoise (1 bad - 5 excellent)
Since APCO's Mayday range is certified and no design parameters were changed, there was only the need for an additional load test to have the light versions confirmed.

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

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:

The Mayday SLT and LT chute design is exactly the same as the classic, DHV certified , Mayday – with  pull down, flat circular canopy – same area, same performance same design.

Weight reduction for was achieved by using state of the art, latest materials. The SLT canopy cloth is from PN9 – the last word, most sophisticated development in parachute cloth. The LT is exactly the same as SLT, but uses the PN1 cloth which is slightly heavier.

Lines and tapes for both the SLT and the LT are made of high tenacity Nylon 6.6 with Teflon sheath interlocked to prevent friction and direct line connection to the harness – allowing for maximum reduction in weight.

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 1700kg Dyneema Webbing. 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.

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).

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.

CANOPYMax. loadCanopy WeightGram per kilo load*
APCO MD 16 SLT100kg.1,220gr.12.2
Nervures L110kg.1,378gr12.5
Sup'Air M95kg.1,197gr.12.6
Sky lite L95kg.1,210gr.12.7
MCC L110kg.1,423gr.12.9
* 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.

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

Mayday PP 16 LT

81199 LT: The chute (canopy only)
81101 LT: In deployment bag
81140 LT: Complete in external container (not incl. Y-Bridle)
81142 LT: Complete in Paramotor container (not incl. Y-Bridle)

Mayday PP 16 SLT

81199 SLT: The chute (canopy only)
81101 SLT: In deployment bag
81140 SLT: Complete in external container (not incl. Y-Bridle)
81142 SLT: Complete in Paramotor container (not incl. Y-Bridle)

Mayday PP 18 LT

82199 LT: The chute (canopy only)
82101 LT: In deployment bag
82140 LT: Complete in external container (not incl. Y-Bridle)
82142 LT: Complete in Paramotor container (not incl. Y-Bridle)

Mayday PP 18 SLT

82199 SLT: The chute (canopy only)
82101 SLT: In deployment bag
82140 SLT: Complete in external container (not incl. Y-Bridle)
82142 SLT: Complete in Paramotor container (not incl. Y-Bridle)

Mayday PP 20 LT

83199 LT: The chute (canopy only)
83101 LT: In deployment bag
83140 LT: Complete in external container (not incl. Y-Bridle)
83142 LT: Complete in Paramotor container (not incl. Y-Bridle)

Mayday PP 20 SLT

83199 SLT: The chute (canopy only)
83101 SLT: In deployment bag
83140 SLT: Complete in external container (not incl. Y-Bridle)
83142 SLT: Complete in Paramotor container (not incl. Y-Bridle)

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.