Flaring High

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In this composite photo, a student experiences a rough landing after flaring too high and too quickly. This is one of the more common landing errors that students and newly licensed jumpers make. Once a jumper realizes that he has begun his flare too high, he should stop the flare and hold the toggles where they are (or, if he is at full arm extension, he can let up on the toggles slightly). He should then finish his flare at the correct altitude and perform a parachute landing fall. A jumper can best judge when to flare by focusing on a point on the ground midway toward the horizon, rather than a point directly below.

Photo by Ryan McDaniel
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High Flare - Letter Size2.63 MB


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Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:23

Thanks Ryan for the picture and to help the novices.

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 18:09

I have the issue of flaring too low. I am newly licensed and have only had 1 stand up landing, thankfully I am on a 260 and I weigh 205. I am consistently told to look at the horizon and when it begins to drop, start my flare sequence. I am doing a 2-stage flare, and most of the time it ends up being 1-stage just to try and finish out the flare before I land hard. I sometimes use the wind gague(~10 ft) in the middle of the field to judge when I begin my flare. Simple solution dictates to begin my flare a little higher, but I don't know when that moment is and I do want to avoid a high flare. Does anyone have a first person view of a correct landing, and can point out how far on the ground miday twoard the horizon would be and what to be looking for at that point??

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