About ParaDry® Systems

InterAmerica Stage, Inc. is the premier manufacturer and installer of ParaDry® Systems, specially designed parachute servicing and maintenance equipment. Formerly known as SkyChute.

We pioneered this unique application, and have excelled in the development of well designed, impeccably engineered, quality manufactured and always professionally installed parachute service machinery and controls.

With our extensive experience behind us, we also offer superior maintenance and in-depth inspections of all overhead lifting systems.

Recognized throughout the industry for our high safety standards, we understand what it means to put your faith into a piece of equipment. Paratroopers put their lives in the hands of the parachute riggers every time they jump. The prime rule we follow is:  Safety above all else. Because Your Life Depends On It.

Raise wet parachutes with the push of a button

Raise several parachutes with the touch of a button.

ParaDry® Systems Offers a Huge Benefit Over Ropes & Pulleys

Parachutes Ready for Inspection

It takes 5 men to lift one wet parachute without ParaDry® Systems

Eliminate tangled ropes with ParaDry® Systems

Eliminate tangled ropes with ParaDry® Systems

Wet Parachutes Hanging to Dry

Efficient

Increase operational efficiency with ParaDry® Systems. The system is easy to operate and doesn’t require an extensive amount of personnel training.

A push of a button to operate a Paradry System

Reliable

ParaDry® Systems is designed and manufactured to withstand the elevated heat and humidity of a drying tower. The drying rack system will operate continuously within that severe environment for decades.

 

“The system has performed flawlessly, and there have been no malfunctions since installation two years ago. I highly recommend ParaDry® Systems and would not hesitate to subcontract with InterAmerica again.”
Brandon Warner
Project Manager
Thomas May Construction
Camp Blanding Joint Training Center

Parachutes drying off of a Paradry System

Safe

ParaDry® motorized lift bars prevent injuries commonly associated with inefficient manually operated parachute lifting systems. Eliminate strained back muscles, rope-burned hands, and other personnel injuries from uncontrolled "runaway loads" that can also damage delicate canopy fabric.

Professional

"The hoist way system is the heart of any parachute drying tower project.  No matter how effectively and efficiently the other functions may operate, if the hoist way system doesn't work as intended . . . the project is a failure.  As lead architect for the Camp Blanding Parachute Drying Tower, I took extra time to research the right type of hoist way system.  The ParaDry® System not only satisfied the project requirements, it was the only system within the budget. InterAmerica is my choice for all future Parachute Drying Tower projects."

D. Brent Sauser, AIA, LEED AP
President
dbsArchitectsPLLC

"The experience of working with InterAmerica Stage [was] educational. As one of the architects working on this project, we only had a preliminary concept of how the parachute hoist system should fit and operate inside of the building.  InterAmerica Stage went beyond our expectations and explained every detail.”

Zoran Aleksic, R.A., NCARB
Project Architect
Hanson
Camp Blanding Joint Training Center


The Process

All parachutes serve a critical life-saving function in personnel safety and overall mission success. Whether designed for deployment of live personnel; intended for delivery of cargo and equipment; or to provide the control and stability of a drogue; maintaining the highest level of operational reliability is imperative. All parachutes undergo meticulous servicing and maintenance procedures after every mission. Standard parachute maintenance consists of four primary steps.

Inspection

Every piece of the parachute - canopy, suspension lines, harness, and attachment points - must be visually inspected. The service staff must examine the entire parachute for rips, tears, or other damage to the delicate canopy fabric. It is vitally important to identify any evidence of deterioration from extended use, corrosion of the metal connections, or any impairment due to environmental sources such as exposure to mold or fungus. Any of these hazards compromise the overall reliability of the chute. 

Inspecting the parachute hanging from a ParaDry System

Careful inspection for tears, holes, etc.

A person shaking out a parachute

Shaking out any debris from the parachutes

Shake-Out

The parachute is lifted overhead and vigorously yet carefully shaken by hand to dislodge and remove any loose dirt, debris, and vegetation, which can accumulate and adhere to the canopy fabric and cords with each landing. It is imperative to remove any foreign objects that can damage the delicate fabric and lines, as they can impair the canopy’s deployment.

Drying Out

Dry-Out follows every water-landing, whether in salt or fresh water. The chutes are rinsed in large tubs filled with fresh water and then immediately suspended overhead to dry. If the canopies are not effectively dried before re-packing or storage, mold and mildew can rapidly develop, weakening the fabric strength and causing the entire parachute assembly to be condemned and removed from service.

Parachutes drying from a paradry system

Parachutes drying

Parachuted being pre-packed

Pre-packing of parachutes

Pre-Packing

Pre-packing is the final step prior to transporting the chutes to be packed into the deployment bags.   Each dry parachute assembly is gradually lowered in controlled descent and put into a flexible transport pack known as a  kit bag. The harness and lines are carefully gathered to prevent tangling and the delicate canopy is neatly folded into the kit bag. The entire assembly remains safely housed during transfer to the final re-packing area or long-term storage facility.


  • Configurations

  • Various military bases are designed around the unique requirements of specific service branches, each with their own specialized needs, operational applications, and maintenance procedures. Each different type of military base requires a specially designed ParaDry® System, formerly known as the Sky Chute, to best accommodate various parachute types with different parachute sizes, different weight capacities (either wet or dry), lifting combinations, building layout, and safe control systems. Rarely do different Parachute Drying Towers service the same exact sizes and types of parachutes and procedures, and so for optimal efficiency, each Drying Tower requires its own distinctive ParaDry® System designed and selected from one of the many types available.

  • Carefully considering parachute types, dimensions, quantity, weight, individual tower layout, and production service cycles, our team develops the optimal hoist configuration for any parachute drying tower.  To best address your operational needs, ParaDry®Systems offers three different hoist types for the parachute drying lift equipment: the ParaWind, the ParaLine, and the ParaDrum. 

    Our detailed preliminary design process ensures that ParaDry® Systems lift equipment and tower solutions will provide high-volume production efficiency and operational dependability in a clean, safe working environment.

Configuration Options for Paradry Systems  for a Parachute Drying Tower

Horizontal Lift Bar with Attachment Hooks

Wet parachutes hanging from a horizontal lift bar

Attachment Hooks for Each Parachute

Attachement hooks for individual parachutes

ParaLine Assembly

Photo of a ParaLine Unit

Parachute Drying Towers

A Parachute Drying Tower
Combat Wounded Coalition

InterAmerica Stage, Inc. supports the Combat Wounded Coalition.


Attachment hooks for a ParaDry system, formerly known as SkyChute

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