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A controlled parachute jump out of an aircraft for sport.

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Do aircraft have to be certified specifically for skydiving?

As a skydiver, I have jumped from many different types of aircraft. Most have been specially modified for the sport. Are there requirements outside of the mechanical modifications for an aircraft to ...
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What would have happened if the space balloonists had opened their parachute immediately when jumping off?

What would have happened if Joe Kittinger, Felix Baumgartner and Alan Eustace had opened their parachute right after jumping off the capsule (respectively releasing oneself from the balloon in case of ...
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What is the best way to determine Run-in direction for parachute activity?

I am very new into flying skydivers. The aim is to get skydivers to a certain altitude usually 14000ft as quick as possible. They have to be dropped into a certain direction to compensate for wind. ...
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Why don't militaries use ram-air parachutes?

Military parachutes for use by humans (both paratroopers and distressed aircrew) tend to be of simple round or (more recently) cruciform design: (Image by the United States Army, via Wikimedia ...
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Please identify this unusual jump plane

Can anyone identify this aircraft: This plane was used in a horrible skydiving attempt where the person in the back attempted to climb out but was unable. As a skydiver, this made me very ...
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Can private pilots drop skydivers if the pilot pays a pro-rata share?

This question was inspired by this other question. If a private pilot was to pay the pro-rata share of a flight for some skydiving friends, could they take those friends up and let them jump out? If ...
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What happened with the balloons of project Excelsior?

After the flight to the ISS yesterday I am reading more stuff about mankind in the universe. Reading about the Excelsior project makes me wonder what happened with the helium balloon after Joseph ...
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D.B Cooper incident - What caused the tail to move after a jump?

In the Wiki page on "D.B Cooper", the presumed moment he jumped out of the aircraft is described: At approximately 8:13 p.m., the aircraft's tail section sustained a sudden upward movement, ...
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Why/how is a downplane parachute configuration aerodynamically stable?

One of the most dangerous situations possible in skydiving is a so-called downplane, where both the main and reserve chutes deploy, and they shift outwards to the sides of the parachutist until ...
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What is the risk of a single skydive?

I've seen many articles that compares the risk of skydiving with other sports or activities like cycling or driving. However, they are very ambiguous in terms of how the risk was calculated (number of ...
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Is a French PAC skydiving license equivalent to an AFF license?

I am planning to do a skydiving course and I was thinking of doing the course in France. That means, I would get a stage PAC license course instead of AFF. I want to know how PAC is different from AFF ...
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What should I expect to happen when I get on a skydiving flight

I am schedule to go on a short flight (skydive)* on a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan during an international visit to some friends. I found the serial number of the flight, here is it's record. Since ...
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Are there any safety data on the aircraft used for skydiving?

I am planning a (first) skydive, a tandem jump with an instructor. However, I have not picked which school I will use yet. I am convinced about the safety of the jump itself, but cannot find reliable ...
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Will the steep beta descent mode become illegal for new aircraft?

The PC6 is a popular skydiver carrier due to its ability to use steep nose down beta descent to get back to the ground quickly, even beating free falling skydivers. (YouTube) FAA AC25.1155x (I only ...
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Why do high altitude sky-divers say 'Exit' multiple times?

This is something that has always puzzled me. https://sndup.net/6vn8/a Unfortunately, I can't find a video in which I heard them say it, but right before they left the plane, I heard Exit exit ...
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Is skydiving in IMC (through clouds) legal and safe?

(1) What are the legal considerations for skydiving into clouds? I see many skydivers did fall into and out clouds in online videos. However, the clouds are mostly scattered or thin-layered. How about ...
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What is the purpose of D-Bag in skydiving parachute?

Recently I had the opportunity to take a closer look at the skydiving parachute. And I could not explain to my self the reason to use D-Bag and not pack main canopy directly in backpack compartment. I ...
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How minimum runway length is calculated for PAC P-750 XSTOL?

I'm not a pilot, but have interest in the question from a safety perspective, as a skydiver and drop zone operator. I read the POH of PAC P-750 XSTOL, and tried reading a bit about the calculations, ...
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What is the maximum altitude a skydiving plane can fly?

Is there a standard maximum altitude which skydiving planes can fly? I am mainly asking about the sports activity, not military parachuting.
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What effects to controllability are there when the rear doors are opened on a KC-130?

Many years ago, I was part of a LRRP drop taking photos from inside a KC-130 aircraft. The rear doors are (relatively speaking) huge. The top half pivots up and into the craft, while the bottom half ...
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How does skydiving flight cause shock cooling?

While answering this question (How can reducing power too quickly on a piston engine damage it?), barit1 said that: Skydiving planes see a LOT of shock cooling, and they pay for it at overhaul time ...
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Do I need a stamp for my USPA license?

A few weeks ago I finally finished all of my USPA A license requirements. My instructor signed off the final things and even the card but forgot to put the stamp itself on the form. I was about to ...
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What should I do to become a pilot for skydivers, in France?

What are the steps needed to become a pilot that can transport skydivers? I'm more specifically interested in the situation in Europe, France. I would expect lessons / certifications, then more ...
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What happens if a parachute does not open while skydiving?

While skydiving we have to jump from the airplane at a certain altitude above Earth. So if for some reason the parachute doesn't open, then will that person (or any object similar to a human body) ...
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Is skydiving not NOTAMed in the US?

Recently there was a mishap at South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, Florida where a Cessna 170 collided with a skydiver. Luckily all involved suffered only minor injuries. As far as I know, skydiving ...
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If skydivers cannot jump on a flight, what should I take care of when landing?

Piloting an aircraft, if skydivers cannot jump on a flight, what should I take care of when landing? Are there any special recommendations which should be taken into account?
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