Information & Resources
1. How long does freefall last?
Usually somewhere between 30 and 60 seconds.
The higher you go, the longer you fall.
You should be under a parachute at around 5,000ft (in the UK) and the first 1,000ft takes around 10 seconds as you’re still accelerating to your ‘Terminal Velocity’, but each 1,000ft after that takes about 5 seconds.
Our guide to buying a Wings Vision container.
We are registered dealers for Sunrise Manufacturing, the makers of the Wings series of containers. This guide relates directly to the Wings Vision. If you are looking for a Wings student, the older style Wings (Classic) or Wings Tandem, please get in touch directly.
Which options do you want / need?
This is the hardest part as it usually conflicts with the budget you have. We suggest that you break all the options you would like into three categories; Essential, Should Have and Luxury. To do so, you'll need to know what some of the options are and what they do - so here's a handy post to help you out!
The BPA Parachute Equipment Logbook – A good idea or bureaucracy gone mad?
For readers of the Feb 2016 issue of “Skydive the Mag” there may have been a few people who stumbled across the article introducing an equipment log book.
For some, this is a welcome change and for others it appears to be paperwork for the sake of paperwork.
Should you use it, what are the benefits, what are the drawbacks, who is going to check it and why?
Brief History of the m2 AAD
The MarS m2 might be the newest AAD to enter the UK market, but that doesn't mean the device is actually 'New' to all markets. The m2 was a conceptual idea back in 1999 and the first iteration was the MPAAD (Mars Parachute Automatic Activation Device) which branched out into the MPAAD Pilot, designed specifically for the emergency parachutes used by pilots of aircraft and helicopters.
The m2 currently available has been sold since 2011 and was popular and rapid success in
An Audible Altimeter - What Is It?
Put simply it's an electronic device that is normally mounted on or in the helmet of a skydiver which will beep as the skydiver in freefall (or at a high enough descent speed to trigger the audible) passes through a pre-determined altitude.
How Does A Skydivers Audible Actually Work?
The device measures air pressure. It knows when you switch it on that it (or at least it should be) on the ground, and will calibrate itself to ground level - it will normally continue to self-calibrate to the ground level until powered down.
As you ascend in the aircraft, the device registers that you are now on the climb to altitude - and will
Buying your first skydiving altimeter explained.
Buying your first set of skydiving kit is both a proud moment (as it usually means you are close to or have already passed the course) and a daunting prospect.
Why Use One?
The use of an altimeter is a required device under the BPA rules and regulations (Section 4.1 of the BPA Operations manual (p.48)), and you'll see every skydiver wearing one in the UK.
There are exceptions to this if you are making less than a 15 second delay, which is why you'll see the static line and short delay students on the RAPS courses jumping without one.