Instructional

Sit-to-Sit Cartwheel

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How to Execute a Perfect PLF

The parachute landing fall—“PLF” for short—came about when the biff-tastic round canopy was the only way down and a bona fide fall was the only way to land. The PLF reduced the incidence and severity of injury and was part of the required first-jump training for all parachutists. Even though later-generation round canopies such as the Para-Commander had design details that allowed for better landings, a PLF was still a jumper’s best bet on most occasions. more »

High and Fast: Understanding Density Altitude

How many of you have muttered, “Whoa, that was faster than I expected!” (or a more forceful, colorful variation) after blazing in for landing on a hot, humid summer’s day? Maybe you paused for a moment afterward to ponder why the landing was so much faster than anticipated, or maybe you just shrugged it off and blamed it on a gust of wind and then rushed to pack for the next load. Pondering the “why” is a worthwhile exercise, actually, because although a fast landing can be a rush if you know what you’re doing and are anticipating the speed, unexpectedly landing more quickly than normal can cause a bruised ego, broken bones or worse. And this is especially true for less-experienced skydivers. more »

The Neutral Belly Position

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The RSL: Separating Fact from Fiction

There is probably no other piece of skydiving equipment more misunderstood than the reserve static line (RSL). If you want 10 different opinions on why you should or should not equip your container with one, simply ask 10 different skydivers. Unfortunately, most jumpers choose their positions and make their decisions based on raw opinion and contrived scenarios rather than facts. To separate fact from fiction and make a truly informed decision on whether to use an RSL, we need to look at a little history and actual data. more »

Teaching Landing Patterns Using Backward Chaining

In the USPA Coach Certification Course, candidates learn a strategy for presenting material to their students called “backward chaining.” This method involves presenting concepts from the end result, working backward step by step and then putting the concepts together as a whole. Backward chaining works particularly well for teaching landing patterns, because skydivers naturally work backward (from where they want to land) when deciding on their landing approaches. more »

Properly Applying Front-Riser Input

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Rock the Cradle

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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructors Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson at SkyVenture Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Vince Arnone. For more information visit axisflightschool.com or search “Axis Flight School” on Facebook. more »

Outfacing Head-Down Carve

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Head-Down Turns

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