Precision Aerodynamics was originally founded in 1975 by George W. Galloway as Southeast Parachute Exchange. SPE operated drop zones in Dalton and LaGrange, Georgia, with loft facilities located in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. SPE developed numerous pieces of prototype parachute equipment, but began manufacturing ram air parachute canopies in 1981 as a subcontractor to Django Enterprises, Inc of Atlanta, Georgia, makers of the wildly popular Pegasus and Firefly canopies that dominated the skies in the 1980s. In early 1981, SPE began work on the Seraph S-24, a backup system for hang gliding and early ultra lights. In January, 1983, Galloway founded Precision Parachute Company, which introduced the Skyhook™ in May of 1983, designed as a tertiary parachute for jumpers in the early days of CRW. Precision Parachute Company moved to Dunlap, Tennessee in June 1983 and began work on the Raven Series of ram-air parachutes. The Raven Series was unique to the skydiving industry, because up to that point, no other manufacturer has ever produced canopies with any concept of wing loading as it related to performance. The Raven Series was first introduced in four different sizes, so that a very wide weight range of jumpers could experience similar flight characteristics by flying identically designed canopies scaled to various sizes. The popularity of this concept manifested immediate results in the world of CRW. In addition to being a popular main canopy, all Raven canopies were also certified for reserve use under the new tough TSO C-23c. Additionally, since the Raven was built to order in custom colors, now a jumper could have a custom colored reserve canopy, built to suit his specific weight. There is no question that the Raven reserve is the most widely deployed reserve design in the world, even to this day. In 1985, Galloway formed Precision Aerodynamics, Inc., a Tennessee corporation which distributed not only the products of Precision Parachute Company, but also sold a wide variety of skydiving items, including harness/containers as well as canopies manufactured by Precision Parachute Company's competitors, including the Pegasus and Firefly canopies from Django. In the mid-1980s, Precision Parachute Company merged into Precision Aerodynamics, Inc., and moved into a 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the Industrial Park of Dunlap, Tennessee, which includes a private airstrip and drop test range just outside the back door. Many unique Precision airfoils were introduced during the late 80's and early 90's, including the Falcon 9 cell F-111 main canopy, the Interceptor 7 cell CRW canopy, the Monarch 9 cell ZP design, and the elliptical Batwing canopy. In 1998, Precision Aerodynamics finalized the development of the new Icarus Extreme crossbraced canopy, and began manufacturing, promoting, and distributing the Extreme worldwide under an agreement Paul Jyro Martin of NZ Aerosports in New Zealand. An early and unrefined version of the crossbraced idea was design patented by Bill Coe and sold under the brand name Excalibur by Performance Designs, but the early F-111 crossbraced Excalibur never exhibited the opening and flying characteristics that were acceptable to skydivers. With Jyro's refinement to the idea designed as the Icarus Extreme, and Precision's manufacturing capability and distribution channels in the USA and around the world, an agreement was solidified by Precision Aerodynamics, Inc. to manufacture Jyro's Icarus Extreme design under a patent royalty agreement with Bill Coe of Performance Designs. During late 1998 and early 1999, Precision Aerodynamics, Inc. released the first 27-cell crossbraced design marketed as the Icarus Extreme VX. Other canopies came to market during the same timeframe, the Icarus Omega and the Icarus Safire, and the Icarus Crossfire. Frustrated with the lack of NZA's support and willingness to move forward with the stagnation of the crossbraced designs, the Icarus designs were sold off to a new company called Icarus Canopies, Inc., and Precision Aerodynamics, Inc. continued to refine and develop its own line of 21 and 27 cell crossbraced canopies, elliptical and tapered 9 cells, tandem canopies, and student canopies under a development project known as Project Ground Zero. After the events of September 11, 2001, the name "Ground Zero" was abandoned, but project development continued, and the current line of brand names have become indelibly popular by all who jump them. These brands include the Synergy 7 cell ZP tapered, the Fusion 9 cell ZP tapered, the Nitron 9 cell ZP Elliptical, and the Xaos 21 and Xaos 27 crossbraced canopies. These canopies represent the culmination of more than 25 years of development, design, testing and manufacturing experience, with all canopies, both mains and reserves, produced under a Quality Control System approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. More than 90% of our production during the past 25 years has been TSO'd reserve parachutes. For more information on Precision Aerodynamics and associated parachute products, consult the contact page for appropriate contact information.

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