Mayday Rounds Regular | Apco Aviation


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Available in Regular, Light and Superlight Versions for Paragliding, Paramotoring and Hang-gliding as well as a Tandem version.
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 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.

Fast Opening
Low Sink Rate
High Strength

Mayday MD SQ MD 16 MD 18 MD 20 MD Bi
Type Square Parachute PDA – (Pulled Down Apex / Inverted Apex Round Parachute
Area [m2] 25 23 30.4 37 48
Gores N/A 16 18 20 18
Weight [kg]** 1,010 1.890 2.220 2.690 3.250
Packed Volume [cc] 3000 4000 4950 5400 6100
Packed Size [cm] Length x Width x Height 20.0 x 19.0 x 8.0 28.5×23.0x14.0 32.0×22.5×15.0 32.0×23.0x13.0 33.5×27.0x13.5
Max Load[kg] 120 106 120 160 200
Sink Rate m/sec* 5.4 6.3 5.4 5.4 5.4
Stability (1 – 5) 5 5 5 5 5
Gr. per kg. load 9.16 17.83 18.5 16.85 16.25
Canopy Material PN9 PN4 PN4 PN4 PN4
Lines Dyneema Nylon 180kg Nylon 180kg Nylon 180kg Nylon 180kg
Bridle Type Short Dyneema Short Dyneema Short Dyneema Short Dyneema Long Double Bridle to connect to Spreaders
Compatible with Light Hang Glider Reserve Bridle (43006) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
(Instead order 43002L)
* 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.


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