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As the very first Cirrus Approved Service Centre to carry out the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System replacements in Europe, RGV continues to be a  the leading edge of this technology. We can provide everything for the 6 yearly Reefline Cutter replacement to a full CAPS repack refit.

Call us +44 (0) 1452 855501 with any question and let us provide you a competitive estimate when you CAPS replacement is due.


The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™), standard equipment on every Cirrus aircraft, is indicative of the visionary commitment to general aviation safety. The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment. CAPS™ revolutionized general aviation safety by providing an additional measure of safety to occupants, similar in theory to the role of airbags in automobiles. No other certified general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world provides this safety feature as standard equipment.

In the event of an in-flight emergency, pulling the red CAPS™ handle on the ceiling inside the cockpit deploys a solid-fuel rocket out a hatch that covers the concealed compartment where the parachute is stored. As the rocket carries the parachute rearward from the back of the aircraft, the embedded CAPS™ aeroplane harness straps release from the fuselage. Within seconds, the 55′ diameter canopy will unfurl, controlling the aircraft rate of descent. The final landing is absorbed by the specialized landing gear, a roll cage and Cirrus Energy Absorbing Technology (CEAT™) seats.

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