Visual Training Aids

Niklas Daniel put together this poster, which illustrates proper student landing procedures, for Skydive Elsinore’s student program. AFF Instructor Cesar Lopez de Castro, flying a student canopy, demonstrated the proper form while Daniel took a series of still photographs. Using photo-editing software, Daniel layered four of the photos and created the text. Daniel sent the file to a printer who created the approximately four-by-six-foot poster, which now hangs in Elsinore’s classroom as a visual aid for skydiving students. A quick online search will turn up dozens of print shops that produce poster-size reproductions for about $15-$30. Drop zones can assemble a photo themselves or may contact Daniel for his version at info@niklasdaniel.com. more »

Light Box

TRICKSOFTHETRADE20101-1Light tables can be a real help when working with canopy fabric, but they're a little bulky, especially for a rigger who works out of varying locations. Here's a more portable option: a light box. Just find, buy or make a plastic or glass box that will be big enough to light a worthwhile area, but small enough to fit inside most canopy cells. Install some small lights on one half of the interior of the box. LED lights are probably best, since they're highly shock resistant and give off almost no heat. A set from a big box store costs around $10. The top surface of the box can be translucent plastic for most purposes, but would have to be made of sturdy glass if any hot knifing will be done on it. A clear piece of glass or plastic can be made translucent by spraying a very light coat of white paint on the inside surface, which will help brighten and even out the light. more »