[ our philosophy ]
Strong Enterprises' company precept is "The Parachute Company with Imagination." This was true in 1961 when Ted Strong founded the company, and it continues to be true today. With progressive creativity, our company balances research and development to fill new needs with supporting our inventions that have stood the test of time. We have designed and built round parachutes from six inches (stabilizing systems) to 98 feet in diameter, and ram-air parachutes from 12 sq. ft. to 1800 sq. ft. We are the oldest manufacturer of general aviation parachute equipment in the United States. You can find Strong products at nearly every airport, military installation, and parachute and skydiving center around the world. Our products have flown on the early pioneering space shuttle missions, and our systems are part of planned civilian space exploration. If it can be sewn or jumped, we can do it.
True Leaders simply define their own direction...
inevitably others will follow.
inevitably others will follow.
Founder, Innovator, Record Holder, Teacher, and Student of Life, Ted Strong embodied the Strong Enterprises philosophy in large and small decisions he made, directing the company with his passion and vision. Foremost in his ambition was creating ways to easily share the sky with more and more people for more and more uses. As the inventor of Tandem skydiving, Ted Strong propelled the sport towards what it is today: accessible to people who may never have tried skydiving any other way. It was more than just a couple of parachutes built for two. It was a physical and educational system designed for training, education, fun, guidance, mentorship, vision, to re-introduce the average person to himself, rediscover what we as individuals are capable of. After Tandem, Ted could not stop thinking of how to get even more people safely to a single location. Our Airborne ATV project has allowed military or other specialists to do just that. This philosophy of innovation to meet the needs of our current and future customers drives our operation today.
In his own words...
In an interview at PIA Symposium, Ted was asked: "What drove you to create the tandem system?"
His answer, which contextually starts in the 1970's: "Experienced jumpers had taken their kids. A friend of mine took his wife. He was a small, short guy, experienced jumper, and he put her inside the same harness he had, same buckles and everything, but he couldn’t get her under the chest strap. So he cut the seatbelt out of the airplane and put it around .... put her inside and made a couple of jumps like that. It went a few years, and then one of the fellows who worked for me built a real small harness for his boy, and took his boy on a jump. I thought, you know, there’s got to be something to this. You know, you get dual instruction for cars and all these other things, why not for jumping? The initial thought—and it’s always been—was to use it as a method of instruction. Dual Controls. You can teach how to do things in freefall, have them pull the ripcord, have them steer. I was thinking of that and Bill Morrissey came down from New York. We went out for a beer and on a napkin he [showed me] 'this idea… two people…' And I said, 'You know Bill, I’ve been thinking the same thing!' About two months later I made that first tandem with the lady who built the parachutes [we used]... I wanted all the assurance I could get!”
Strong Enterprises has established extensive test capabilities that we can use in developing your project. Since 2006 Strong Enterprises has operated under the quality requirements of ISO 9001:2000/AS9100. In meeting these requirements, our customers are assured that products and services they receive from Strong Enterprises will be free of defects and will comply with internationally accepted aerospace quality standards.
Our philosophy originated in the heart of our founder Ted Strong. His vision and compassion continue to thrive in the way we do business. Ted started skydiving on April 3, 1958. He entered the US Army in 1959 with 100 jumps and was stationed at the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years. His duties included coaching the USMA Cadet Parachute Team and the West Point Sport Parachute Club. During his time in the service, SP-4 Ted Strong graduated from Fort Campbell Airborne School and Fort Lee, Parachute Rigger School. In 1961, Ted attended Boston University and formed Strong Enterprises, a parachute-manufacturing firm in Quincy, Massachusetts. In 1976 he moved the company to its current location in Orlando, Florida, which grew to additionally manufacture sport skydiving systems, tandem parachute systems, aerial cargo delivery systems, emergency parachutes for pilots, and military parachute systems. As a FAA master rigger and past DPRE, he trained over 300 FAA Senior parachute technicians. Throughout Ted’s hobby of skydiving, he accrued around 5,000 jumps while significantly contributing to the company’s development and growth.