Nov 10 2013

Parachute Skydiving and Other Sports

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 11:22 am

In today’s world, it seems that almost any topic is open for debate. While I was gathering facts for this article, I was quite surprised to find some of the issues I thought were settled are actually still being openly discussed.

After World War I and II parachutes were used for different purposes. Pushing the limits of extreme sports, new variants of parachuting was created. The origin of skydiving in uncertain but its popularity later on led to different sports and events around the world.

Others engage in this activity for thrills, while serious skydivers join competitions around the world. Parachuting sports are also included in the Olympics which made it not just another recreational activity for adrenaline junkies. Parachute skydiving comes in different variants.

Most of these variants are still related to skydiving with certain modifications. Parachutes come in different designs which make them accessible for different uses. There are many Parachuting organizations that hold events for their members.

Parachute skydiving

There are many sports that are related to parachuting. Most people are aware of skydiving as a recreational activity an extreme sport. However there are also other variants that parachute enthusiast engage in. Most of theses sports involve a lot of skill and requires proper training. They test the ability of the pilot to control their parachutes at different levels.

One of the variants is the Accuracy landing. The main objective is to land as close as possible to a target. Teams are composed of 5 members that compete in 8 rounds. The members of the team jump together from 2,700 feet to 3,300 feet. Each member should land as close as possible or exactly dead center of the target. The score is measured from the dead center in meters. Scores are added each round. They considered as individual and team scores.

I trust that what you’ve read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain.

Blade running involves participants flying down a mountain and making their way through slalom courses using their parachutes. Pilots use a different kind of parachute that gives them more speed. These parachutes have smaller surface areas. This requires a lot of ability in canopy control. It’s a winter sport which is a cross between slalom skiing and skydiving. Its inventor is hoping that it will get featured in the winter X games.

Canopy formation is another variant wherein participants built formations. This is done by flying their own parachutes close to each other and docking on their teammate’s parachutes. This may sound easy but it takes a lot of coordination and timing to be able to complete a formation.

If one of the team makes a mistake, the formation will break. Free falling is does not offer much time too and members should be very well coordinated and organized to be able to accomplish a good formation.

Freeflying is another form of skydiving wherein the skydiver makes different positions which increases speed. This enables the skydiver to perform different routines and formations. Besides the conventional belly-to-earth position, they also do sit flying, back flying, head up or down flying, and side flying. This can be dangerous because they increase the speed of the skydiver. Participants have to make the box position at the right moment to slow down and be able to deploy their parachutes.

These are some of the variations of parachute skydiving. They often range from potentially risky to extremely dangerous activities. Participants should take their corresponding courses undergoing any type of parachute sport.

After all, if anything fails while you’re up in the air you can fall down to your death. There’s a difference between taking a risk and inviting danger.

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Nov 10 2013

How do Parachutes Work?

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 9:34 am

If you’re seriously interested in knowing about Parachuting, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about Parachuting.

Parachutes were very amusing when you’re a kid. They are common science projects at school. They are fairly easy to make and require only inexpensive materials. However in the real world, using a parachute while free falling has serious implications. If the parachute does not deploy at the right moment, the person can fall to their death.

Fortunately they have gone through developments and trials throughout the decades for safer landings. Understanding the principle behind a parachute is easy but understanding how parachutes work is essential. By knowing the correct sequence of deployment you’ll know that you will be able to make it to the ground in one piece.

Parachutes are packed by the owners themselves or riggers. They must be packed properly so that they will deploy correctly. It would take a lot of effort to pack a parachute. Modern designs have zero porosity which means the air can’t pass through the fabric, making harder to fold.

A reserve is also packed along with the main parachute in case something goes wrong. The reserve is also packed by rigger. Is taken out and repacked again every couple of months so that it won’t get stiff.

Deployment sequence

In a normal situation the deployment sequence has steps. To start the sequence the skydiver pulls out the drogue chute. It’s inside a little pouch placed at the bottom of the container or knapsack. When the drogue inflates it pulls the bridle.

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The bridle is a nylon webbing which is ten to twenty feet long. This in turn pulls the closing pin. The pin holds the canopy. When the pin is pulled it gives out a small pop.

The other end of the bridle is connected to the deployment bag. The deployment bag contains the lines placed in a zig zag pattern underneath and the parachute. As the drogue and the bridle continue to pull upward, all the lines will be unfolded and stretch out. The line in turn, pulls out the risers as it continues to unfold. The risers have nylon straps that connect the lines and the parachute to the container which is carried by the skydiver.

The parachute is pulled out of the deployment bag by the tension in the lines. The wind then inflates the canopy. Modern designs called Ram-air parachutes have sliders. They hold the lines together and prevent the canopy from opening to quickly. If that opens it can cause a tear in the canopy and/or hurt the skydiver.

When the parachute is completely out and opened the skydiver can grab the toggles to be able to steer the parachute towards the landing site.

Unfortunately there is still the possibility of something going wrong. A part of the main canopy may not inflate or entirely at all, it may get tangled in the lines, rips or never comes out of the deployment bag. If any of this happens the skydiver can deploy the reserve.

You have to cut away the main canopy first to be able to do this. A release handle can be pulled out of your shoulder straps to cut away the main canopy.

After that, either the reserve deploys automatically due to the reserve static line. On other designs the skydiver has to pull out a second handle to release the reserve. Let’s just hope in both of these cases he reserve deploys correctly.

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Nov 09 2013

Military Parachuting ? History and Later Developments

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 5:43 pm

The following paragraphs summarize the work of Parachuting experts who are completely familiar with all the aspects of Parachuting. Heed their advice to avoid any Parachuting surprises.

From the first demonstration by a girl in 1914 to the final jump in the Pacific in the World War II, military parachuting proved to be of great value in military operations.

The year 1914 marked the first occasion that the military considered the use of airborne attack during battles and attacks. The use of parachuting was demonstrated by Charles Broadwick through his adopted 20 year old daughter Tiny. She gave perfect steering and landing but she was never seen after the jump. The design then was a basic backpack container which resembled a sleeveless coat.

While the military officers who witnessed the demonstration were enthusiastic about the project, the Army never approved of it, dismissing the benefits that could have otherwise turned the war in their favor. Later in the World War I, the pilots were made to fly without parachutes due to the belief of the generals that these men would abandon their planes in the slightest sign of provocation.

However, the Germans were already using parachutes for their military operations. While the design is rather basic, composed only of a canopy, several suspension lines and a container for the parachute, the parachutes gave the Germans good advantage over their enemies. The mechanism was a bit crude but it was a cause of envy among pilots.

After which, the Army was forced to adopt the use of parachutes in their operations which caused different results. In Normandy for example, of using parachutes yield great results in spite of the fact that the troops were highly disorganized thus the paratroopers went in different directions.

Several developments were made on the military parachutes. Nowadays, there are several designs that are being used for military operations. These are highly sophisticated designs that were made exclusively for military use. Also, there are some military divisions that are dedicated to the use of parachuting to deliver men and supplies to ground.

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Special Operations Force, for example, performs high altitude jumping to accomplish missions. They include forces like Navy SEALS and Army Green Berets. On the other hand, Pararescue PJs make use of the HALO/HAHO as an important component of their paramedic operations.

HALO and HAHO jumps, High Altitude Low Opening and High Altitude High Opening jumps respectively are very unlike static-line jump which is the basic type of military parachuting and is done at a maximum altitude of 1000 feet. Static-line deploys paratroopers at the quickest way possible.

In the HALO or military skydiving, the jumpers freefall in groups. In sport sky divers this means no-contact RW. On the other hand, HAHO is similar to cross country skydiving where the jumper glides from an altitude of 25, 000 feet.

HAPPS or High Altitude Precision Parachute System (also popularly known as stealth parachutes because these cannot be seen easily on the ground) is the skydiving rig used in military operations. This rig is quite similar to the ones used by sports skydivers; the only main difference is that there are attachments in the HAPPS that allow for other items to be carried.

Also, there is a harness for the O2 gear. For both canopies, the usual size is 360 sq feet. Oftentimes, the soldiers have to carry 150 lbs of equipment when deployed in remote areas which require special features that will support this weight.

Military parachuting, with all its sophistications and advancements, is made for tactical operations alone and not for recreation.

So now you know a little bit about Parachuting. Even if you don’t know everything, you’ve done something worthwhile: you’ve expanded your knowledge.

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Nov 07 2013

How to Survive Without a Parachute

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 11:15 pm

When most people think of Parachuting, what comes to mind is usually basic information that’s not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there’s a lot more to Parachuting than just the basics.

The parachute is the most important thing when you’re jumping off an aircraft. The idea of jumping without one is practically stupid. Other skydivers are still finding a way to land on the ground without one by using wing suits.

No one in there right mind would jump out of an airplane without a parachute but when your thousands of feet up in the air there is still potentials for danger. Something can go when you’re training, just for the thrill of it, or while in an airplane. Fortunately there are ways that you can survive without a parachute.

Airline disasters and failed parachutes can still happen. In this situation you’re free falling up in the air without a parachute to help you land safely. Skydiving may look fun in photographs, and the people look like they are having the time of their lives but real life isn’t always picture perfect. You don’t have to be paranoid but being mentally alert doesn’t hurt.

Unplanned freefall and survival

You are about to make the first jump in your life or finally put those skydiving lesson to use. Everything is going well. You have applied proper body position and are currently on free fall. Your fear starts to subside and realized what a fool you are for acting like a coward when your feet were on solid ground. You initiate the deployment sequence and then suddenly something goes wrong.

In this situation your main canopy either fails to inflate, get tangled in the line or tore apart. Thinking back to your lessons, you deploy the reserve. Unfortunately the reserve does not work and you’re left pretty much free falling in the sky.

The information about Parachuting presented here will do one of two things: either it will reinforce what you know about Parachuting or it will teach you something new. Both are good outcomes.

The first thing that you have to do is to stop panicking and think. Skydivers get off the plane at 12,000 feet above the ground. During free fall you’re going at 125 miles per hour. At 125 miles per hour you’re going to travel at 12,000 feet in one minute.

You only have 60 seconds to come up with a plan. The next thing to do is look for something that may break your fall or at least reduce the impact. Look for a body of water and dive. Make sure that the water will be deep enough.

If there’s no water look for trees. Look for a conifer type of tree such as a redwood. If there are no trees and the suburbs loom ahead try to land on the roof of an RV or mobile home.

In other cases when an airline disaster strikes, there are also ways that you can survive the ordeal. It’s natural to panic at 35,000 feet, but don’t lose hope, because at 15,000 feet you will get your chance. First look for parachutes that may be lying around in the cargo hold or any piece of wreckage that’s flat and aerodynamically suitable.

In other cases you may still be in your seat while free falling. Get off and look for trees. A tree with an excurrent growth pattern is ideal. You can also use snow and steer yourself to land by putting your arms at your sides.

If those options are not available the last resort would be landing at your side so that 5 parts of your body equally absorb the shock.

There’s no doubt that the topic of Parachuting can be fascinating. If you still have unanswered questions about Parachuting, you may find what you’re looking for in the next article.

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Nov 02 2013

Three Ways of Making a Parachute

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 11:46 pm

Have you ever wondered if what you know about Parachuting is accurate? Consider the following paragraphs and compare what you know to the latest info on Parachuting.

It may not be much but making a parachute could be a very fun activity, both for the exercise of knowledge on aerodynamics , or maybe some things more about physics and just for the sheer fun of it. Also, it is a good alternative to common toys seen in the market today.

Introduction

A parachute is a device which uses the effect of drag to slow down its descent from high latitudes. It was invented by a man named Louis-S├ębastien Lenormand during 1783 and is not used both for military and recreational activities. Its general design includes a canopy that is made of a lightweight fabric that supports the suspension lines and is supported by tapes. Similar materials are used in almost all forms of parachutes.

Here are three modifications on making a parachute.

Parachute Model No. 1

Materials needed:

A piece of lightweight cloth, preferably 30 cm sq (handkerchief, bandana or scarf could be used)
A weight (could be a small toy, a metal washer or any piece of small item that could give sufficient weight to the parachute)
4 pieces of 40 cm long strings

Instructions:

Using the overhand knot, tie each corner of the lightweight cloth. Afterwards, tie each string to the inner edge of the knot allowing the bulk of the knot to stop the string to slip off. Collect all strings in one hand and pull the center of the cloth using the fingers. Again using an overhand knot, tie all the ends of the strings together allowing, as much as possible don?t leave a space at the end of the strings.

Finally, attach the weight to the parachute. If you are using a washer, use a lark’s head knot. To test the mini parachute, try dropping it from shoulders’ height. Make the necessary adjustments to achieve better gliding motion.

Parachute Model No. 2

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Materials needed:

A polythene bag (I possible make use of a stretchy polythene bag)
Four one-foot long stings
A paper clip
Modeling clay

Instructions:

Cut a 12 by 12 inch sq from the polythene bag. Make a hole on each side of the square. Tie the strings to all sides of the hole, making the length of all strings as uniformed as possible then tie the free ends of the strings using an overhand knot. Attach a paper clip to the tied ends. Meanwhile, make a small model of a person using clay. Estimate the size as to the weight capacity of the parachute. Attach the person to the paper clip. Afterwards, cut a small hole at the center of the parachute about 1 by 1 cm in diameter.

To test the mini parachute, the handler should hold the toy on its plastic part and drop it from the highest elevation possible using a chair or a table. Refrain from using this toy outdoors since the wind would easily damage the parachute.

Parachute Model No. 3

Materials needed:

A handkerchief or a paper napkin
14 inch fishing line or strings
Markers or crayons for design
Cork

Instructions:

Make the necessary design, if using a paper napkin try to be a bit more careful while designing. Clip one end of the strings together then tie the other end to each of the side of the handkerchief or paper napkin, tie them tightly.

If cutting holes at the edges of the handkerchief is possible, it is recommendable to make a hole on each side and attach the strings to them. Next, tie the cork to the dangling end of the strings. Finally, test the parachute.

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Oct 22 2013

Powered Parachutes

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 3:18 pm

Skydiving is a popular extreme sport. However for some jumping out of a plane with only a parachute to save your life can be too risky. Although parachutes today are more stable and safer than they were decades before, fear of heights and faulty parachutes always haunt the mind and nerves of any first timer.

Wrong timing and faulty equipment can cause you falling to your death from thousands of feet in the air. Fortunately there are other options for those with faint of heart.

Fortunately powered parachutes were created. They provide a better and more controlled landing. This is a good alternative for those who are afraid of heights and don’t want to jump off a plane. Compared to skydiving they are far safer and very easy to learn.

Powered Parachutes

It’s a parachute equipped with motor and wheels. It can carry one or two passengers. It’s also considered as the most inexpensive motorized air vehicle. A new one person powered parachute costs about ten thousand dollars. A top notch two-seater on the other hand costs about fifteen to twenty thousand. A motor scooter can also be converted which costs around six thousand.

Its airspeed is twenty five to thirty five miles per hour (that’s forty to sixty kilometers per hour) and can fly of up to one thousand five hundred feet. It can also go as high as eighteen thousand feet. The world record for the lowest flight is 10 inches. It can support up to five hundred pounds. One person variants don’t need a license to operate. They can be learned in five to seven days by an average student. They only need one hundred feet (thirty kilometers) of land to be able to take off and land.

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They are safer than conventional fixed wing aircrafts because they are more stable, few control inputs and less stall resistance. They can be controlled by engine or moving its steering bars. The engine controls the rate of vertical climb while the steering bars cause deflection which initiates horizontal turns.

Landings are relatively safe as long as the pilot as has a suitable landing site. They often have square wings which are more stable, resistant to stalls and chute collapse. Other designs have elliptical wings which have more air cells than the square winged variant. Most collapses are due to pilot and error.

The only setback is weather conditions. They cannot be used when wind speeds are ten to fifteen miles pre hour. Other hazards include rotors and wake turbulence crated when other aircrafts are passing by. The pilot must also avoid obstacles such as power lines, trees, and other things that can be found in low terrains.

Powered parachutes fly near the ground so it’s much safer to fly upwind of obstacles. They cannot be forced to land on water because the pilot gets tangled with the parachute.

They can be used for photography and great for sightseeing. They are also used by flight organizations such as ELLASS (Emergency Low Level Aerial Search and Surveillance). It’s a search and rescue organization. They only need small airports, yard strips and mown hay fields for take off and landing.

Powered parachutes are good alternatives for those who prefer to stay close to the ground. They can be easily learned and safe for anyone.

That’s the latest from the Parachuting authorities. Once you’re familiar with these ideas, you’ll be ready to move to the next level.

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Oct 19 2013

Making Sense of Powered Parachutes

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 11:19 am

Anyone, except the agoraphobics maybe, have at sometime dreamt of flying. A few of us have followed this dream only to find out that flying an airplane is more like driving a truck.

However, other people sought other avenues of flying like skydiving and parachuting. Well if you are still contemplating this dream, you might consider driving a car in the sky.

Powered parachute is more like maneuvering a family car above the land, only you have flexible wings. It is a recreational activity which combines parachute wing technology with an engine.

Advantages of getting a powered parachute:

It requires no license ? You surely have to train for several hours on how to operate this kind of parachute but you don’t have to earn a considerable amount of experience or pass a number of qualifications before you are able to drive one like this. In fact, there is no need to get a pilot’s license since this machine is classified as an ultra light vehicle.

It is relatively inexpensive ? When compared to jets or airplanes, it is doubtless that this type of parachute is a lot more inexpensive. The price of a parachute like this usually runs around the price of family car. The regular maintenance is such that you would not pay more than $1,000 a year. Also, it runs on premium auto oil.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to Parachuting than you may have first thought.

It is convenient ? Unlike other powered aircrafts, this parachute does not need a runway to take off from or to land on, and a considerable stretch of smooth field will do.

It is easy to operate ? Its popularity could be largely attributed to how easy it could be operated. If you are a car driver, chances are you could learn to drive this one too.

It is safe ? The sports type of parachuting, while categorized as an extreme sport, does not necessarily mean that it has high injury or fatality rate. In fact, there are only around 30 plus people in every 100,000 who die in this type of sports. The same is true when in powered parachuting. In fact, this is the safest aircraft used in recreation available.

The deployment of the canopy is not really a problem since the aircraft would not leave the ground if this does not open, the aircraft does not stall and it is fairly stable due to the pendulum effect of the hanging cart. In case the engine dies, the aircraft was designed to glide safely to the ground.

It provides the experience of flying ? Not everyone has the money to rent his private jet or to fly his own airplane but anyone who has the capacity to buy a second or a third car could buy an aircraft that will let him explore the sky. The handler can fly as high as the engine allows and as low as “just above the ground”.

You could fly at around 10,000 ft and glide down or just hover around the treetops to indulge in the view down below. Top this with the constant speed of 30 mph which will allow you to enjoy the experience without worrying too much on whether you are going too fast or too slow.

Power parachutes have their inherent advantages which were designed exactly for people who once dreamt of flying. If you can’t tolerate the adrenaline rush of sky diving or BASE jumping, perhaps this recreational aircraft could be a good choice for you.

Is there really any information about Parachuting that is nonessential? We all see things from different angles, so something relatively insignificant to one may be crucial to another.

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Oct 18 2013

Videos of Parachuting ? Fun Way to Know the Sport Better

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 11:50 am

Are you looking for some inside information on Parachuting? Here’s an up-to-date report from Parachuting experts who should know.

When one talks about parachuting, several things come to mind. The exhilarating feeling it gives to most skydivers, the high cost of its equipment, and the danger that comes along with it are some of them.

But just the same, the sport remains popular not only among skydivers but spectators as well. In fact, more enthusiasts are enjoying the sport not only by going to actual skydiving and parachuting events but also by watching videos on parachuting.

Skydiving and parachuting is one of the most popular activities in most sunny areas of the world. The excitement and adrenaline rush that it gives the skydiver is something that no other sport can give. Maybe because it gives men the illusion of flying that makes it really popular.

Because it is now considered more of a sport than just a recreational activity, there are several disciplines that call for both recreational and competitive events. Among the other disciplines are formation skydiving, sky surfing, free fall skydiving, paraski, canopy formation and BASE skydiving.

While there may be some accidents that occur during skydiving, these could be attributed to negligence and inexperience. These fatalities should not hinder you from trying it anyway. It is estimated that less than 1 in 1,000 jumps experience opening malfunction.

Before any jump, you must make sure that you have the proper equipment and training that you need. Examine your gear. Check them for any problems. Sometimes trained riggers do the packing of the parachute. Most people pack a second chute as back-up in case the main chute fails to open.

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You must also learn the sport well. Look for skydiving facilities in your area and ask a trainer to teach you. You can join a skydiving club or organization in your area. You can also look at some listings of professional skydivers and see if anyone can train you.

Some trainers use videos in teaching. This makes learning more effective, since you will be able to see how it is actually done aside from reading it in books or hearing it from your trainer.

Aside from these instructional videos, you may also watch videos in some websites dedicated to skydiving. Here enthusiasts upload videos that are both instructional and entertaining. You will also learn tips and techniques in skydiving. Other skydiving enthusiasts can post their comments and opinions on important areas of skydiving such as equipment, apparel and skydiving sites.

To find more videos, you can look at websites which provide video sharing and type the keywords “parachuting” or “skydiving.” You will be surprised at the number of videos uploaded by members. You will see different formations and styles in shows and skydiving exhibitions. Of course, there may also be accidents that will be uploaded there.

There are many videos of parachuting that you can watch. When watching the instructional ones, you can actually learn the basics of skydiving before doing your first jump.

On the down side, watching videos which feature accidents may leave you feeling afraid, causing you to dread the sport without even trying it first. However it may affect you, watching the videos remains to be entertaining and educational at the same time. And they are readily available and accessible when you want to watch them.

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Oct 17 2013

All About Parachuting

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 12:59 pm

The more you understand about any subject, the more interesting it becomes. As you read this article you’ll find that the subject of Parachuting is certainly no exception.

Parachuting is, as they say, not for the weak-hearted. That is why it is considered as an extreme sport. While only a handful would actually try it, there are quite many enthusiasts who enjoy it just by watching skydiving shows and exhibitions. But exactly what does parachuting and skydiving entail? Where did it originate and why is it popular even up to this day?

Parachuting has been around far longer than we thought. It traces its roots back in 852 A.D., when Arman Firman, wearing a large cloak, crashed and landed after jumping from a tower in Spain. Most did not consider this as the first parachute jump ever made, since he was only wearing a cloak. While many tried to do the first jump, the first recorded jump was in 1797, when Andre Jacques Garnerin used a silk chute after jumping off a hot-air balloon.

As airplanes have become more popular, so has the parachute. During World War II, it was used by soldiers and airplane pilots during emergencies and to transport supplies and equipment in war areas.

Since then parachutes are popularly used in shows and exhibitions. Skydivers jump out of an aircraft flying at an altitude of about 4000 meters. They free fall for a short period until a specific altitude when they activate the parachute and cause their speed to decelerate as they land. Cords are used to control direction and speed, so they are able to land at a specific spot.

Together with the rise of its popularity is the invention of its many designs, all to make the parachute stronger and safer to use. The key is to slow down the opening of the chute and minimize oscillations and sudden jerk that parachutists often feel during descend. To allow more control, holes and slots are added to the canopies. Also, with the many different uses come different designs as well. There are designs for high speed and high altitudes, cargo and sport jumping. Parafoils are also added to provide ease in “flying.”

Think about what you’ve read so far. Does it reinforce what you already know about Parachuting? Or was there something completely new? What about the remaining paragraphs?

Usually, first-time skydivers are strapped together with a professional or experienced skydiver, who activates and controls the parachute. But after experiencing a few jumps and mastering one’s flying skills, you’ll have the courage to jump on your own until you are hooked with the sport.

The sport may seem dangerous, but surprisingly, there are lesser fatalities now. With innovations and safety measures adopted in the US and in most parts of the world, fewer deaths and accidents have occurred in the past years. Among the safety measures is the requirement of a reserved parachute, which must be inspected by a certified parachute rigger.

Also, an automatic activation device or AAD is used to activate the reserve parachute at a specific altitude should the skydiver fails to activate it. Altimeters, both visual and audible ones, are also used to let the skydiver know the altitude he’s in during a jump.

Anyone can experience parachuting and skydiving, for a thousand and one reasons. But before doing your first jump, make sure that you learn the basics and safety measures that this dangerous sport demands. And as any professional skydiver or trainer may tell you, always remain calm and enjoy the moment.

After all, the thrilling, exhilarating feeling is what brings people to love this sport.

As your knowledge about Parachuting continues to grow, you will begin to see how Parachuting fits into the overall scheme of things. Knowing how something relates to the rest of the world is important too.

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Oct 15 2013

Types of Parachutes

Category: ParachutingAnders Eriksson @ 7:40 pm

In its basic sense, a parachute is neither made for travel and sports, it was created to increase safety while descending from a certain altitude. It is a medium to delay the pull of gravity from earth when deployed form higher altitude.

In short, it makes the dropping of an item, a person or equipment vertically or diagonally slower by reducing the amount of dragging force while maintaining a balance so that the item would remain safe until it reaches the ground. Early physicists have made use of this principle and newer develops in parachuting technology led to the creation of various types of parachutes.

Early types of parachutes

Parasol type- Though not strictly called parachutes, the parasols were commonly used by performers in China to create a slow falling effect onstage.

Conical parachute ? Possibly the earliest form of parachute is the conical shaped-parachute which appeared during 1470s in Italy preceding the design conceptualized by Leonardo da Vinci. As an escape device, this type of parachute was intended to allow people to get safely on the ground from burning buildings. However, there are no written records whether this parachute was ever used for that purpose.

Pyramid Parachute ? Another design by Leonardo da Vinci, this parachute was conceptualized in Milan during the early part of 1480. It was a canopy that is supported by light wood held by a square bottom frame.

Pack-style parachute ? This is the predecessor of all parachutes that are stored in casings these days.

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Round parachutes ? A basic drag device, round parachute is used in various settings like medical missions, cargo applications and military operations. While being described commonly as round in shape, the parachute actually resembles a dome or a jellyfish. This has been among the most popular type however; present-day parachutists don?t normally use this kind of parachute.

The earliest round parachutes were circulars with flat surfaces that made them unstable, thus causing a number of deaths and injuries on parachutists. To add more stability, military round parachutes were made parabolic or conical in shape.

There are two types of round parachutes- steerable and non-steerable. Like ram-air parachutes, non-steerable parachutes can’t be maneuvered to intended direction thus this type glides only to the direction of the wind lending no control to the parachutists. However, steering is provided through cutting large holes in the edges giving relatively partial forward speed.

Square parachutes ? The cruciform design helps reduce oscillation. It is commonly used today by sport skydivers.

Ram-air parachutes ? For better control of speed and direction, ram-air parachutes allow the canopies to self-inflate. Like standard paragliders, ram-air parachutes are designed to hold, spread and lessen the tension of parachute deployment on terminal velocity.

Ribbon/Ring Parachute ? Specifically designed for supersonic speeds where ordinary parachutes would break down, this type often has a hole in the middle of the canopy to lessen the pressure as the parachute reaches the ground.

On some designs, the ring of the canopy is broken into a number of ribbons that are connected by ropes so as to allow more air to pass. The leaks in between the ribbons will diminish the pressure on the parachute so that breaking or shredding of the canopy is prevented.

These various types of parachutes are made according to the use they have and some are according to the technology the inventors had during their time.

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