Parasential (Marjorie Hobby) obtained the UK Agency for Softie Parachutes in 2007 - knowing them to be the best in the world.
Marjorie has been involved with aviation for many years, and has flown gliders and power. Several people in the gliding world will know Marjorie from Flow Technology, Yorkshire (in partnership with George Burton) and then Hobbies, Shropshire (the mobile shop), when she was the sole UK Agent for Strong Parachutes, along with other aviation items.
Marjorie has also been involved in organising various Conferences and Exhibitions for the British Gliding Association. i.e. The Belfry, West Midlands; Long Mynd hotel, Shropshire; Cirencester Agricultural College, Gloucestershire; Keeble College, Oxford; and the Anughria, near Winsdor, and was in fact the first person to introduce the concept of the week-end Conference with Exhibition
In 2005 Marjorie raised enough money and with volunteer help erected a long overdue WW2 memorial for Lasham Airfield (1942 - 1944).
One thing Marjorie has always prided herself on is giving a good, courteous, committed and reliable service, and will endeavour to do so with Parasential.
About Softie Parachutes
Without doubt the most comfortable parachute I've ever used, looks great in black too!"
Tim Lean, Nimbus 998
Para-Phernalia Inc. has designed and manufactured the Softie line of pilot emergency parachutes since 1979. Their emergency parachutes are known world wide for being of the highest quality, the most comfortable, and reliable emergency parachutes available.
Whether you fly gliders, powered aerobatics, warbirds, or any other type of aircraft, we have an emergency parachute system designed for your application. With a range of six models available, you can chose from three models suitable for use in gliders and three suitable for powered aircraft.
All US FAA TSO'd Emergency Parachutes must completely open within 3 seconds of ripcord pull. The SOFTIE opens within 2 - 2.5 seconds. (the ripcord is positioned for ease of visibility and use).
The pilot is the limiting factor in the operation of a parachute system, so we always recommend that a hard deck of 1000 feet above the ground. This will give the pilot a very safe scenario when using an emergency parachute.
Depending on airspeed and attitude an emergency parachute may take over 400 feet to operate. We have tested the SOFTIE deployment against all other systems and have found the SOFTIE pilot chute deploys further than any other system. Typically the SOFTIE pilot chute will cleanly launch to the full extent of the bridle (approximately 6 feet). The better pilot chute launch gives the parachute system a much better chance of a clean opening in a shorter time.
The SOFTIE also offers a much slower rate of descent than the competition should the parachute have to be used - which gives the pilot a better chance of a softer/safer landing.
There have been 32 pilot/aircrew saves with the SOFTIE Pilot Emergency Parachute Systems in the past 30 years.