The Loft is responsible for manufacturing jump gear, rigging personnel parachutes, rigger training, and maintaining the airworthiness of all parachute related equipment used by the Alaska Smokejumpers.
All jump gear and equipment with the exception of the parachutes are manufactured in the loft. Manufactured items include: drogue deployment bags, main deployment bags, main containers, reserve containers, parachute harnesses, jump jackets, jump pants, personal gear bags, and pack-out bags. The manufacturing of gear typically takes place in the winter months.
All smokejumpers are trained to rig main parachutes but only FAA certified riggers are authorized to rig reserve parachutes.
Minor and major repairs to all jump gear and parachutes are accomplished by loft personnel.
Each jumper’s life is dependent on their jump equipment; loft personnel take this responsibility seriously.