Welcome to John Dunham's Blog. First...Some Ancient Parachute History...
For those of you that started flying what are now known as Light Sport Aircraft, i.e.-Microlights, Ultralights, Hang Gliders,and Paragliders, after the year 1996, you may have never heard of "Second Chantz Aerial Survival Equipment, Inc." one of the world leaders in developing ballistic deployed parachute systems that can save whole aircraft and their occupants during extreme emergencies. That company was closed down in 1996 after producing over 4000 recovery systems since 1983, and documenting over 70 saves. This is the "short" story of that company, it's people, history, accomplishments, and its Reincarnation here in 2010.
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The Ballistic News
Out Last Newsletter Cover, 1996
Friday, March 12, 2010
Our famous "Second Chantz" Logo, recognized around the world. During the 80's and 90's Second Chantz had distributors in Europe, United Kingdom, South America, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, and elsewhere.
John Dunham took his first flight in a J2 Cub with his dad in 1958. He has been involved in many aspects of the sport aviation community since 1973. John is a former World Class Hangglider pilot starting in that sports' infancy in 1973. In 1978 He became an Ultralight Aircraft Test Pilot and Flight Instructor, a Sailplane Pilot, and then spent 15 prolific years inventing and manufacturing ballistic parachute systems for light aircraft through his Reno based company "Second Chantz Aerial Survival Equipment" John's ballistic parachute systems were documented to have saved dozens of lives over the years, including his own. In 1996 John sold his parachute company and patent rights to the BRS company.
John has also traveled the world flying various portable aircraft in exotic locations shooting aerials for many IMAX and Natural History films you may have seen in Theaters or on PBS.
Between 2003 and 2009, John has successfully marketed, imported and distributed several aircraft types from Europe, including the best selling German designed LSA, the Flight Design CT, and the Lambada Motorglider, through his Nevada based company, Flight Design West, LLC.