Canopy Skills/Landing

Saving your life with a parachute is great fun… here are articles on how to do it better, safer, and smoother.

Avoiding Turbulence

It is bumpy up there! Turbulence is the Rodney Dangerfield of skydiving…. It doesn’t get respect. Turbulence is a challenge for jumpers for at least two reasons: It is invisible and unpredictable. Because turbulence is invisible, we must actively anticipate where it...
Does Your Canopy Turn When You Land?

Does Your Canopy Turn When You Land?

Does your canopy turn when you land? The most common cause of this is when the pilot looks to one side instead of straight ahead, creating a chain effect. We tend to go where we look. As you enter your flare, if you look down and in either direction, your body will...
Landing Areas: Divide and Conquer

Landing Areas: Divide and Conquer

Please note: This article was updated on May 16, 2014. Please note that the short grass is now a D-license landing area! You know how the first time you came to a busy drop zone, it seemed like all the parachutes were flying randomly around the sky? But now that we...

Parachute Landing Patterns

Wind conditions anywhere can be extremely inconsistent… from 30mph to dead calm conditions, it’s important that we have a consistent canopy landing pattern plan that keeps everyone safe. Following are several guidelines we follow here at Skydive Spaceland...