Skydiving & Emergency Parachute Rigging Services

FAA Master Parachute Rigger

Headshot of Bo Babovic, smiling
Bo Babovic, FAA Master Parachute Rigger – Back, Seat, Lap Rated

Welcome to Wisconsin Skydiving Center – your destination for skydiving and parachute rigging services! Owner Bo Babovic is passionate about the craft of rigging and maintaining the gear and equipment for Wisconsin Skydiving Center, the local skydiving community, and pilots in need of a trustworthy rigger to maintain their emergency parachute systems.

Bo has over 45 years in the sport of skydiving and military parachuting operations having made over 16,000 parachute jumps. Bo has over 200 jumps on round parachutes and holds the rating as a Skydive Instructor Examiner with the USPA (he teaches, the teachers).

Additionally, Bo is an instrument-rated commercial pilot with 2500+ hours and is an FAA Certified Mechanic with Inspection Authorization.

Bo’s Parachute Rigging Bio
  • FAA Master Parachute Rigger – Back, Seat, Lap Rated
  • 40 years of parachute rigging experience
  • 3000+ emergency parachutes inspected and packed
  • 200+ confirmed saves
Proficient on:
  • Pilot emergency equipment
  • Skydiving reserve parachutes
  • Military equipment
  • Paragliding emergency parachutes

Emergency Parachute Rigging Services

Emergency Parachute Bailout System

INSPECTION AND REPACK

As per FAR Part 91.307 and 105.43, all Emergency Parachutes must be inspected and repacked every 180 days.  We offer an average turnaround of 2 days.  Pilots can also fly into the rigging shop at the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport (61C), taxi to the hangar for drop off and pick up.

REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS

As an FAA Master Parachute Rigger, Bo is authorized to perform repairs on TSO Equipment.  The most common alteration is to redistribute the bulk of the canopy to make it more compatible with the seat of the aircraft and increase the pilot’s comfort.  I can also adjust the harness to better fit your body size.

USE OF EMERGENCY PARACHUTES

We proudly host emergency bailout workshops to train you on how and when to bail out, how to deploy the parachute, and most importantly, how to land it safely.  These workshops typically include an actual orientation skydive (not mandatory). Call Bo directly for more details.  (941)744-7766

RIGGING SERVICES AND PRICE LIST

Parachute Rigging and Services Prices
SERVICE DESCRIPTION PRICE
Pilot Emergency Parachute Inspection & Repack The FAA mandates that the reserve parachute be inspected and repacked every 180 days. $80
Military Emergency Parachute Inspection & Repack The FAA mandates that the reserve parachute be inspected and repacked every 180 days. $90
Sport Reserve Parachute Insp & Repack The FAA mandates that the reserve parachute be inspected and repacked every 180 days. $70
AAD removal/service/shipping/installation AAD’s can be added/removed between repacks only by the rigger that did the repack. Removal or reinstalling requires opening of the reserve pack and resealing. $240
Sport Rig Assembly Whether buying a new rig or piecing together different components - allow a Master Rigger to assemble your gear and review the system with you. This includes assembly and repacking of both reserve and main. $140
Main/Reserve parachute inspection only If you've had a recent cutaway or purchasing a new or used canopy, it's important to have a Master Rigger inspect the parachutes to ensure they are free of damage. A main canopy inspection report is issued identifying any issues found. $30
Pre-purchase inspection If purchasing second hand gear, it's always a good idea to have the gear inspected by a Master Rigger before making that big investment! $30 - $60
48 hours expedited service Need it faster than the normal turnaround time - we can get it done quickly! $25
Overnight expedited service Need the work done immediately? We can handle that too! $40

SKYDIVING SPORT EQUIPMENT PARACHUTE RIGGING SERVICES

Being a certified FAA Master Parachute Rigger, Bo is authorized and capable of doing repacks, repairs, and maintenance of all TSO and non-TSO skydiving equipment. 

Bo offers innovative modifications on main parachute, containers, and accessories that make skydiving equipment safer and easier to use. Common things such as BOC replacement, riser/toggle retrofit, rebuilds of pilot chutes, leg strap comfort pad replacements, deployment bag modifications, and more. 

Being passionate about parachute rigging, Bo is always excited about custom modifications and designs.

Bo also specializes in repairs, repacks, and rigging of Tandem Parachute equipment.

Parachute Repair Prices
SERVICE DESCRIPTION PRICE
Pilot chute pouch (BOC) replacement Bottom of container (BOC) pouches will wear out over time and need to be replaced. If the BOC pouch begins to lose its elasticity, get holes in it or if the pilot chute isn't secure, it's time for a replacement! $80
Risers/Toggles retrofit At a minimum we recommend replacing toggles every 200-250 jumps.
prices start at $20
$20
Deployment bag repairs As in all things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (and savings on your wallet). Repairs include damaged grommets (which can tear the bag) leading to greater expense.
prices start at $20
$20
Elastic keeper replacements Minimize damage to the webbing by replacing elastics with keepers just like the keepers you received from the manufacturer when your rig was brand new.
price per elastic keeper
$3
RSL Installation If needing to install an RSL, installation requires a rigger as the reserve will need to be opened. If your rig is not setup for an RSL, a modification may be required at an additional charge.
prices start at $100
$100
Canopy patches A small hole only gets bigger which can lead to a much greater expense. Price varies depending on the size of the hole and location on the canopy. Please consult with Bo for a cost estimate.
prices start at $60
$60
Canopy Reline The shrinking of line sets can effect canopy flight performance. Refresh your canopy with a new line set from the manufacturer. Please allow 1-2 weeks for receiving line sets from the manufacturer.
New slinks are are required at time of reline for an added cost.
$130
Lower/Mid Brake line replacement The most common wear point on main parachutes is the lower brake lines. Be on the watch for “fuzz” or any fraying. $30 / $50
Shop Hour On occasion some repairs are uncommon and require additional time for completion. These cases will be billed as an additional "shop hour." $80
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