Our Original 'About Us' Page

So all successful business grow and change over time. For us, it's time to redo our original About Us page and bring it up to date. So many things have changed since we started and I wanted to save the original page here so we all remember our very humble beginning.

About Us and how we started (Original was 2008, Updated with some new photos 2012)

We're just like you, rocket fanatics who love to fly - and recover our rockets safely. I owe my interest in making parachutes to Martin, my rocket flying buddy. We spend the year with our kids touring west coast rocket launches. Both Martin and I are ultra "anal" flyers who place as much value on the "going up" part as the "coming down". Anyone who has seen my rockets know that I don't just throw them together, so recovery is just as important as having a cool flight up on a big engine.

So how did we get into this? Martin started making parachutes some time ago and got me started with it. At first I used my daughter's, Janice, sewing machine and made a few myself. But when things got busy and I didn't have time. My wife, Paula, is an expert seamstress so I turned to her to make some chutes. With some coaching from myself and Martin, my wife started making chutes and they were spectacular with beautiful french seams and wonderful stitching. To finish our chutes we spared no effort in delivering them flight ready complete with bridles and swivels. When you get one of our chutes all you do is provide a quick-link and you are ready to go.

I owe our fun artwork and marketing ideas to my daughter, Janice, who is an honor student in high school. We came up with Fruity Chutes as a fun and easy to remember name. I always said "If you can name a rocket company after 'Mad Bovines' (refering to Mad Cow Rocketry) we can have fruit favored parachutes", hence Fruity Chutes was named. Jan did the design of the fun Fruity Chutes logo. While she doesn't build rockets, when she has time she loves to attend launches and personally sells our chutes.

I hope you'll consider us for your upcoming project and give us a call, or email us. We are customer focused and eager to please!


Gene Engelgau - Owner & Evangelist - KI6IBL, NAR 86770/TRA 12243 - L3, 
Paula Engelgau - Owner, Wife, Mom, Business manager and Head seamstress 
Email: fruitysales "@" fruitychutes.com 
Cell: 408-499-9050 
Fruity Chutes Inc., Monte Sereno, CA 95030 - USA - Contact us for full address 


Martin and Gene at Snow Ranch
Gene and Martin at Snow Ranch - Feb 2008

Gene and Phill at ROC Stock - Nov 2007
My son Phil and I at ROC Stock - Nov 2007

Janice in a Fruity Skity
Janice - modeling a Fruity Chutes Skirt


Added Sept 2015 - Our website in May, 2010


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