Tips and Tricks

  • What parachute should I choose, and in what size?

In general, we recommend a wing in the upper weight range for MAYA pilots, as this provides the best balance in performance. However, size selection should also take into account the conditions you expect to encounter, as well as personal preferences.

Due to the heavier flight, a paraglider in the upper weight range will react more dynamically, fly more directly and have less collapse. This is particularly suitable for strong thermal and/or windy conditions. If you fly mostly in mountainous areas, you must take this phenomenon into account.

A parachute in the mid- to low-weight range will have a calm response due to its low weight flight, and will display more gentle flight characteristics, but will tend to collapse more often. This is particularly suitable when you want to minimize your collapse rate in weak thermals and/or fly over the plains first.

The larger wing area, however, can make wing control difficult in strong winds. If you are unsure about your size selection or are wavering between two sizes, decide according to your preferences and test both sizes.

  • What is the right way to clean my MAYA parachute?

With a soft cloth and water. Do not use a hard brush, chemical cleaners or salt water. When you’re done, allow the parachute to dry fully in a shaded area.

  • How should I store my parachute for longer periods?

We recommend you remove your parachute from its bag and keep it loose in a bundle in a dry location. This will protect the parachute from intense heat, direct sunlight, high humidity, chemicals, sharp objects and insects.

  • What should I do when my parachute gets wet?

Allow your parachute to dry in a shaded location. If your parachute comes into contact with salt water, first, rinse the parachute thoroughly with fresh water.

  • How can I extend the life of my MAYA parachute?

– Protect your parachute from unnecessary UV rays.

– Pack your parachute dry and loose, and avoid folding it in the same way each time.

– Do not let the parachute fall on its leading edges.

– Do not place your parachute on rocky ground containing sharp stones.

– Check your parachute often. The only way to carry out a high-quality inspection is to have it checked by an authorized service center. Send it for inspection at least every 2 years.

  • How should I clean sand and dirt from my parachute?

Hang the parachute on its trailing edge with the leading edge facing down. Shake the sand or dirt from the parachute towards its front side until it has all gone. MAYA parachutes feature an openable Velcro sand and dirt drain in their ear tips.

  • What should I do if I find a tear in the parachute fabric?

Small tears (no more than 5 cm long) that do not affect any stitching or line cycle can be repaired with an adhesive patch. Cut two adhesive patches to the required size, ensuring a 3-cm overlap on either side of the tear. Apply one piece to the upper side of the tear and the other to the lower side.

  • How do I change a broken or damaged rope?

Damaged rope replacements should only be carried out by an authorized dealer or service center. If you need to change one yourself, carefully study the rope diagram.

Obtain replacement ropes by contacting us directly or through an authorized dealer / service.

Before changing the rope, verify the length of the new rope by comparing it with the corresponding rope on the other side of the parachute. After you change a rope, you should place the parachute on the floor, check the symmetry and carry out a rope examination.

  • What should I do when a nylon bar in the leading-edge breaks?

At the end of each nylon bar you will find a small opening through which you can remove the rod from the seam. Cut the new bar to the same length and slide it into the same opening.

  • How can I install a brake handle?

If a brake handle comes off, we suggest you re-attach it with a “bowline” knot. Make sure the brake rope is of the correct length, and the same length as the other brake.

  • Bowline knot

What should I do if my parachute is no longer “flying right”?

If the parachute pulls to one side, the problem is most probably attributable to an asymmetric elongation or shortening of the ropes. For any other problems, e.g. difficult take-off, bad braking sensation, etc., contact a MAYA PARAŞÜT dealer or MAYA PARAŞÜT directly.