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Flocking / CRW

Learn to fly relative to other canopy pilots. This is a must for any aspiring CRW dog or persons wanting to perform team landings.

In-Air Skills Courses

CCD 2.1: Formation Flying

Intro to Canopy Flocking Course: parallel landing

Canopy flocking is a great way to learn more about your canopy and to become comfortable flying in close proximity to other jumpers. This is especially helpful during pattern navigation and creating vertical separation for safety. In this course you will learn all the necessary skills to fly relative to other canopy pilots, and to better anticipate their actions.

Your training jumps will start at app. 13,000 feet AGL, where you will deploy immediately so you can completely focus on flying your canopy. An AXIS coach will accompany you for the entire duration of your flight in order to serve as a reference and added instruction.

Each jump has a different focus:

Intro to Flocking Course - Jump 1

Jump 1

Coach evaluation, introduction to reading GPS data (examine Google Earth overlay, with exact ground path, altitudes, and speeds)

Intro to Flocking Course - Jump 2

Jump 2

Ground-reference maneuvers, discuss ground speed v airspeed

Intro to Flocking Course - Jump 3

Jump 3

Canopy inputs effect on glide, pattern adjustments for wind conditions

Intro to Flocking Course - Jump 4

Jump 4

Pattern altitude adjustments, pattern size and shape

Intro to Flocking Course - Jump 5

Jump 5

Accuracy trick, imprinting (DZ specific), target fixation

All Jumps

Before each jump, you will receive theoretical information and practical drills to be performed under canopy. An AXIS coach will watch your entire canopy flight and take a video of your approach and landing. Each jump will be debriefed using the video and GPS information.

Your Agenda for the Day

Here is a quick break down of what you can expect for the course:

Organizational Information

Next Dates

This course is currently by appointment only. Please contact us to schedule a date.

Check out our calendar page for other courses.

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