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  • August 7, 2013 at 8:47 am #587748 Back to Top REPORT
    reggoh
    Reggoh

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    Static Line Progression – The pin on your parachute is attached to a line that is buckled to the airplane.  So when you jump out, gravity (and the airplane) pulls the pin and deploys the pilot chute. (every parachute uses a smaller parachute to actually open the container of the larger parachute…this small one is called a pilot chute) The pilot chute on a static line rig is spring loaded because you are not deploying it at terminal velocity so it needs a little extra help getting out.

    On static line progression you learn the proper body positions and practice on your pulling motions by jumping with a jumpmaster… he critiques and coaches you on your jumps and when you are ready (most people do 5 static line jumps) you will do a “Hop and Pop” which means you do exactly like a static line but you deploy your own chute…. then you go to a 5 second freefall, 10 second freefall, etc etc… during these jumps you are required to perform certain skills under the watchful eye of a jumpmaster.  When you reach 20 freefall jumps if you have completed all of your qualifications you can apply for an A License with the United States Parachute Association.

    I completed my A License requirements at about 15 jumps and then had to make an additional 5 jumps before testing for my License.  AFTER you have a license to skydive is the only time you are not required to go with a jumpmaster.

    AFF – Is Accelerated Free Fall.  This requires the use of 2 jumpmasters on each jump (one on each side of the student).  These jumpmasters actually control your body positions and help you learn the skills involved.  The big difference is that AFF students get to jump from high altitude from the first jump on.  The disadvantage is that it is very expensive to learn through this method.  Because you are jumping from 12,500 on every jump and using 2 jumpmasters on every jump they charge a premium for learning this way.  You are still required to make 20 jumps before testing for your A License.

    Some other general Information:

    ALL Tandem instructors are certified jumpmasters.  That is one of the requirements for that certification.  The USPA has licenses for A- 20 jumps B-50 jumps C-100 Jumps D-200 Jumps, and Jumpmaster-500 Jumps.  There are also a whole pile of “ratings” AFF Rating, Tandemmaster Rating, and ratings for certified reserve parachute packers and for people to modify any parachutes (these people are called Riggers)… ratings for demonstration jumpers, etc. etc…. All of the ratings require you to perform certain skills.

    One good example is the Demo Jumper rating… you are required to declare before a jump that you are using that jump for your demo license… you must land within 3′ of a designated target (we used a Frisbee at our drop zone).  I think they have to do this on 10 consecutive jumps before earning the demo rating.  This is because on demo jumps they typically are jumping into stadiums or around lots of people and they need to be experts about controlling their ascent under canopy.

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 1 week ago by reggoh Reggoh.
    August 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm #587817 Back to Top REPORT
    bow4life
    bow4life


    Joined: 8/17/2004
    We don’t have a DZ nearby that offers static line jumps, only AFF. As it is the DZ  i’m going to is about an hour away, probably a good thing because it will prevent me from being there all the time. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_laughing} It’ll probably be mid Sept before I can make my second jump because my next few weekends are pretty full already but I can’t wait. The first jump was total sensory overload and some of it is just a blur. I figure the second time will be easier to take it all in.
    August 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm #587819 Back to Top REPORT
    sticks
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    Joined: 2/5/2005
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    Static Line Progression – The pin on your parachute is attached to a line that is buckled to the airplane. So when you jump out, gravity (and the airplane)pulls the pin and deploys thepilot chute. (every parachute uses a smaller parachute to actually open the container of the larger parachute…this small one is called a pilot chute) The pilot chute on a static line rig is spring loaded because you are not deploying it at terminal velocity so it needs a little extra help getting out. 

    On static line progression you learn the proper body positions and practice on your pulling motionsby jumping with a jumpmaster… he critiques and coaches you on your jumps and when you are ready (most people do 5 static line jumps) you will do a “Hop and Pop” which means you do exactly like a static line but you deploy your own chute…. then you go to a 5 second freefall, 10 second freefall, etc etc… during these jumps you are required to perform certain skills under the watchful eye of a jumpmaster. When you reach 20 freefall jumps if you have completed all of your qualifications you can apply for an A License with the United States Parachute Association.

    I completed my A License requirements at about 15 jumps and then had to make an additional 5 jumps before testing for my License. AFTER you have a license to skydive is the only time you are not required to go with a jumpmaster.

    AFF – Is Accelerated Free Fall. This requires the use of 2 jumpmasters on each jump (one on each side of the student). These jumpmasters actually control your body positions and help you learn the skills involved. The big difference is that AFF students get to jump from high altitude from the first jump on. The disadvantage is that it is very expensive to learn through this method. Because you are jumping from 12,500 on every jump and using 2 jumpmasters on every jump they charge a premium for learning this way. You are still required to make 20 jumps beforetesting foryour A License.

    Some other general Information:

    ALL Tandem instructors are certified jumpmasters. That is one of the requirements for that certification. The USPA has licenses for A- 20 jumps B-50 jumps C-100 Jumps D-200 Jumps, and Jumpmaster-500 Jumps. There are also a wholepile of “ratings”AFF Rating, Tandemmaster Rating, and ratings for certified reserve parachute packers and for people to modify any parachutes (these people are called Riggers)… ratings for demonstration jumpers, etc. etc…. All of the ratings require you to perform certain skills.

    One good example is the Demo Jumper rating… you are required to declare before a jump that you are using that jump for your demo license… you must land within 3′ of a designated target (we used a Frisbee at our drop zone). I think they have to do this on 10 consecutive jumps before earning the demo rating. This is because on demo jumps they typically are jumping into stadiums or around lots of people and they need to be experts about controlling their ascent under canopy.

    • This reply was modified 10 hours, 58 minutes ago by reggohReggoh.

    Wow great info!!{#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}

    How are you living your Dash?
    August 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm #587996 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 29
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    Glad you had a good time, Mark!
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    August 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm #588095 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004

    I got the video posted. My face did some serious flopping around at 120 mph {#emotions_dlg.mathews_laughing}
    The teddy bear strapped to the front of me jumped with me, it was part of the canopies for kids program. For a $20 donation the bear makes the jump with you and then goes to our local cancer center for the kids there, part of the 420 goes right to the hospital too. It was cool because the day before my jump was the first delivery of bears to the kids and we saw it on the news.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi7j5oAaTOE

    that is awesome bud!!! NO way I could ever do that. Heck I won’t even go in the plane.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_laughing}

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 1 week ago by rickym RickyM.
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