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Skydiving Education Articles

  • Line of Flight Explained

    Posted on November 16, 2013 by melissa in Education.

      The topic of “Line of Flight” seems to be a mysterious, yet cool term that is often misused and/or misunderstood. As a freefly load organizer and instructor, I’ve realized the lack of knowledge about this subject so I figured we can take a moment and break it down: Jump Run – the direction of [...]

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  • Yo Bro! Check out my Go Pro!

    Posted on May 10, 2013 by melissa in Blog, Education.

      The sleek, low-profile design, an easy-to-use system, so small it’s hardly there, and it’s oh-so-glorious high quality images – the Go Pro, Hero. In this social media society, the Go Pro is seductive, yet it’s oh-so-risky. For all you rebels at heart, those willing to learn, and especially those with less than 200 jumps [...]

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  • Understanding the Landing Pattern

    Posted on April 18, 2013 by melissa in Blog, Education.

      I believe one of the most important elements in skydive training is the topic of “CANOPY.” In my last article, “Look At Me – Canopy Awareness Tips”, we cover many areas that we can be more diligent in canopy planning, including the Landing Pattern. So this article will discuss how we can more effectively [...]

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  • The Compass Rose: Wind

    Posted on April 18, 2013 by melissa in Blog, Education.

      Aviation weather uses the compass rose to determine wind direction. This blog is to clear the mystery of the numbers that identify winds. The compass rose is based on a circumference of 360°. Therefore, we identify North by 0° (or 360°), East 90°, South 180°, and West 270°. Another note about describing winds in [...]

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  • Blowing off Rust

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by melissa in Blog, Education.

      Winter is upon us, but spring is creeping around the corner. Some of us skydivers have to hibernate or bury ourselves in work and count the days until their home DZ reopens. Not all of us can afford to travel to a winter destination DZ. Good thing is we can save jump money during [...]

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  • Look at Me! – Canopy Awareness Tips

    Posted on October 27, 2012 by melissa in Education.

      The next few articles are dedicated to Canopy Awareness, Canopy Flight Plans and Downsizing. I believe the more we can learn under canopy, the safer we can make our sport. So I thought I’d contribute a bit of that into a few articles that just may help us all get along in the sky, [...]

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  • WTF!? – Canopy Stuffs

    Posted on April 29, 2012 by melissa in Blog, Education.

    According to USPA’s statistics, 52% of the 25 fatalities last year (2011) were canopy related. What does this mean?! How can we avoid being one of these statistics!? WTF!!?? “Canopy Related” is such a broad term. So much happens before we open our parachutes that determine the various outcomes of getting to the ground safely. [...]

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  • Exit Separation: Time Really Matters

    Posted on February 15, 2012 by melissa in Blog, Education.

    Ever wonder about Exit Separation? Why is it necessary? How can you tell if you’ve left enough time? I’ve got to be honest – Exit Separation was a mystery to me for the longest time. Ages ago, I was told to look out at the group before me, make sure they’re at a 45 degree [...]

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  • EXIT ORDER of Business

    Posted on January 26, 2012 by melissa in Blog, Education.

    Too many times I’ve been at the loading area and ask people if they’ve figured out Exit Order and too many times I’ve received a blank look!! It seems as though Exit Order is taught by the School of Hard Knocks and/or many come from Cessna DZ’s and have never encountered how to determine it. [...]

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  • Winds Aloft

    Posted on January 22, 2012 by melissa in Blog, Education.

    Many different things in skydiving involve the Winds Aloft. In this topic, we’ll talk about how to get a Winds Aloft Forecast, how to interpret them, and what its used for in skydiving. How do you figure out the Winds Aloft forecast? First, go to www.aviationweather.gov. On the left hand side, read down the column [...]

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