Riggers

A LOT OF EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM SUCCESSFUL. THERE ARE VARIOUS PARACHUTE SIZES THAT ARE UTILIZED FOR VARIOUS STAGES OF TRAINING. 490 STUDENTS JUMP WITH A 300 SQUARE FOOT CANOPY. WINGS OF GREEN UPGRADERS USE A 280 SQUARE FOOT CANOPY, WHILE THE WINGS OF BLUE CADETS USE CANOPIES OF EITHER 253 OR 235 SQUARE FEET DEPENDING ON THEIR WEIGHT. 

98 FTS PARACHUTE LOFT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The 98 th FTS Parachute loft is an integral part of the 98 Flying Training Squadron and their mission to develop Airmen through flight in it's purest form...Stand in the door.

The primary goal of the Parachute Loft is to support the 98 FTS mission by providing specialized and complete parachute system maintenance and packing for all 49X airmanship programs.

The 98 th FTS Parachute loft is responsible for the inspection, repair, maintenance, and re-packing of over 550 complete non-standard parachute systems. These systems are not typically found in the military inventory and include ram-air type main parachutes, ram-air type reserve parachute, single harness-dual parachute harness/container systems, dual harness-dual parachute harness/container systems, and cybernetic and pneumatic automatic parachute activation devices

The main everyday jobs are:

packing main parachutes in support of AM-490; over 3500 main parachutes packed annually
performing the required 120 day inspection, repack, and recertification of over 550 parachute system; over 1500 performed annually
parachute system components repair
inspecting, repairing, overhauling, and calibrating the FXC model 12000 automatic activation device, only military facility in US authorized to perform this function
Local manufacture of unit specific support items, flag bags, gear bags, flags, etc...