Apco Aviation started manufacturing the Mayday in 1984, and since then put over 20’000 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 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.
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. All four of the of Mayday parachutes are of the flat circular pulled down apex 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 zero porosity ripstop nylon, and the skirt and apex skirt is reinforced with 1mm 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.