A basic patch applied to the parachute canopy will be square or
rectangular in shape. ADHESIVE NYLON PARACHUTE
MENDING CLOTH WILL NOT BE USED. Ensure proper thread
tension is used to prevent distortion of the canopy.
a. Place repairable item on repair table, smooth the fabric around the damaged area, and secure
item to table with push-up pins. Do not pin damaged area.
b. Using an authorized marking aid of contrasting color, mark a square or rectangle around area to
c. Cut damaged area fabric along the lines made in b., above. Further cut the fabric diagonally at
each corner to allow a ½-inch fold back in the raw edges.
d. Make a ½-inch fold back at each raw edge. Pin and baste each foldback to complete the
prepared hole. Basting is performed using procedures on page 0015 00.
e. Using same type material as in original construction, mark and cut a patch 2 ½-inches wider and
longer than the inside measurements of prepared hole.
Center patch material over prepared hole.
g. Make a ½-inch fold under on each edge of patch material and pin in position. Baste patch to
prepared area. Basting is performed using procedures detailed in this WP.
h. Remove pushpins securing canopy to repair table and secure patch by stitching, using the
applicable details in the illustration above and in this WP. Make the first row of stitching
completely around patch. It is not necessary for the stitch pattern to exactly follow the angles of
the patch. It is preferred to round the corners of the patch, to stitch at a 45-degree angle, rather
than a 90-degree angle. For corners less than or greater than 90-degrees, adjust accordingly.
Turn canopy over and make second row of stitching, ensuring that locking stitches are on
opposite sides of patch. Stitching is performed in accordance with the details in this WP.
If applicable, restencil informational data according to procedures in WP 0052 00.
6. Applying miscellaneous canopy patch. A miscellaneous canopy patch, which may be irregularly
shaped, is used to repair damaged canopy material when the location of the damaged area requires
the patch to extend into or over a seam or a reinforced seam. Ascertain the type of patch required for
the canopy using the details in the illustrations on the following page. A canopy section that cannot
be patched with a basic patch as outlined in step 5., above, is patched with a miscellaneous patch.
Apply a miscellaneous patch to a section as follows (refer to following page):