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Mayday Paraglider

Price: $479.00

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Mayday Emergency Parachute for Paragliders

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 availabe 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.

The Mayday 20 passing the high speed (160daN at 50 knots) deployment test


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 [m2] 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


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?

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Price includes: Mayday folded inside standard internal deployment bag


Action Camera Magnetic mountParamotor container (size L) for Mayday 16, 18, 20 and Bi

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AllAPCO  (Thursday, 23 July 2015)
Rating: 5
My review is based on owning and flying with a mayday 18 reserve but I have never had to use it other than to practice throwing it before
repacking.rnI have this on the right side of my chairbag harness and even though there are lighter reserve parachutes offered I do not notice the
weight.rnI fly with it but never think about how much it weighs or that it is bulky.rnI would guess if I bought the light or super light this feeling
would be even more so. I do not notice it and that is a good thing. rnAlso specs are excellent. Lower sink than the competition. rnI plan of buying a
20 light for my powered paraglider. It is awesome they have a large selection of reserve chutes for all applications. The light version has a faster
opening rate and is less bulky and lighter in weight. With powered paragliding weight is something I am concerned with because the paramotor already
weighs so much.rnThe 18 mayday is perfect for me with paragliding because I am not worried about the extra weight and even though there are lighter
less bulky reserve chutes offered I do not need it.rnThe faster opening of a lighter chute is appealing but at the time I bought the 18 mayday I do
not think the lt and slt were offered.rnOnce this chute is no longer usable I will surely buy another apco mayday. Next one will be a 18 light for
paragliding and for PPG 20 light.rnI have 2 Apco wings and for both ppg and paragliding I use Apco harnesses. With the Apco reserve chutes I guess
that says it all for me about Apco. Great products that make me feel safe and secure when I am in the air!!

a0911438686  (Saturday, 11 July 2015)
Rating: 5
Its Mayday is good price.Mayday are a power paraglider essential equipment.Having a parachute with a straight down descent trajectory with minimal
oscillation makes the pilot feel safer and in better control of the situation.

cohnjona  (Monday, 12 April 2010)
Rating: 5
Dear Sirs, Your Mayday reserve is a beautiful piece of equipment. It did everything as advertised and saved my life this weekend - THANKS!!!!!rnrn

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