What Is A Parachute Rigger?

In the United States, Parachute Riggers are rated by the FAA under FAR part 65.

A parachute rigger is someone who inspects, repairs, maintains and packs parachutes. 

Type Ratings:

There are three types of ratings, back seat and chest, referring to where the parachute container is mounted on the user. Most parachutes are back type. 

Senior Rigger / Master Rigger

After initial certification, riggers are certified as Senior level, with the type rating (back, seat, chest) they tested for. Senior riggers are responsible for inspection and packing of emergency parachutes under their type rating. Minor repairs (those which do not affect airworthiness) are conducted by Sr. Riggers. 

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