My name is Deyan Bakardzhiev and I’m a KNVvL certified Master rigger as well as a German senior rigger. I started skydiving in Bulgaria in 1998. I did my first reserve inspection/repack in 1997. I started with skydiving in Bulgaria back when it was not so easy. There weren’t places you could pay to jump, nor I’ve had the money to travel abroad. But I could read English. So I read all I could find about gear and materials, and about that time my passion for rigging began. Then I spent 9 years in the military where I worked on every type of parachute the army had to offer.
In 2007 I went to Spain to learn about modern sport skydiving gear from Georgui Krastev, whom I still consider the neatest rigger when it comes down to reserve repacks.
In 2008 I left the army to travel around and enjoy skydiving. My travels took me to Nationaal Paracentrum Teuge, where I spent the season packing parachutes and just having fun. Also, I met my future wife there. Later that year, I inquired at The Parachute Case and asked if they might be interested in showing me more about rigging. Was I ever surprised when they said “Yes,” and that’s how my journey there began. I learned most of what I know about sewing and repairing from Karin, Inge and Kees, and they guided me to my Master Rigger level.
In 2016 after Kees and Trees sold The Parachute Case, I thought that it’s time to start my own company, following my passion for rigging and holding the work to my quality standards.
To this moment I have more than 4000 inspections and more than 3000 repacks, as well as hundreds if not thousands of repairs and modifications.
De Zanden 105B, 7395 PB Teuge, Netherlands