emergency parachuteThe SK-94 back emergency parachute is intended for emergency jumping from rotary and fixed-wing, powered and unpowered aircraft, and balloons.
After necessary flight testing, on 9 April 1992 the SK-94 parachute has been introduced into service in the Polish Army by an Order no. 7 of the Head of the Main Combat Training Command.
At the same time certification in Britain has been completed on 3 July 1992 by the issue of Certificate of Registration of Design. Then on 20 December 1994 IKCSP issued the Decision no. BS-50/94, which forms the foundation for recognition of the SK-94 parachute airworthiness in the Polish civil aviation.
SK-94 emergency parachute is now used by units of the Polish Army and Interior Forces, many flying clubs, and innumerable private users both at home and abroad.
The SK-94 parachute has an 51 sq. m round canopy, made of two kind of ripstop fabric to ensure greater stability. In the central section it uses fabric with certain porosity, while the outer portion employs zero porosity fabric. The canopy is connected to harness by 24 lines. Thanks to provision of three cutouts in the canopy and adding two steering lines the parajumper can actively control the parachute. The cutouts and border of canopy is protected with net in order to prevent the possibility of throwing lines over the canopy or catching parajumper by canopy. Three-point harness with quick-release locks and the container provides an integral unit that overlapping the parajumper. The SK-94 parachute is opened manually, with the ripcord. The parachute service life is 20 years. After a jump the condition of the parachute is evaluated, and on that basis it is allowed for further use.
During operation, time of airing canopy is equal to: