# What size parachute do I need?

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Expert skydivers use parachutes that range in size from 80 square feet to 200 square feet. Newbies and expert divers use parachute sizes that are based on weight. However, some experts use parachutes that are small for their weight to gain a faster descent.

## How do you know what size parachute to get?

The drag area of the parachute is calculated as Pi * D / 4, where D is the reference diameter. For flat sheet chutes like Top Flight, the reference diameter is the flattened diameter of the chute – again the diameter quoted by the manufacturer.

## At what height do you open your parachute?

You will exit the aircraft between 10,000 and 15,000 feet (depending on your preference) experiencing between 30 to 60 seconds of freefall. At around 6,000 feet (over a mile up), the instructor will deploy the parachute so that it’s open by 5,000 feet.

## Does the size of a parachute matter?

How large a parachute is (in other words, the parachute’s surface area) affects its air resistance, or drag force. The larger the parachute, the greater the drag force. In the case of these parachutes, the drag force is opposite to the force of gravity, so the drag force slows the parachutes down as they fall.

## How much is a good parachute?

Although a complete kit of parachutes can run about \$2,000 at the low end (used) to \$10,000 at the high end for a new, state-of-the-art kit, if you plan on doing a lot of jumps over the next few years, you can save some money this way. Jump in lower-cost areas.31 мая 2016 г.

## What is the best parachute shape?

The circle parachute should demonstrate the slowest average descent rate because its natural symmetrical shape would be the most efficient design to maximize wind resistance and create drag.

## Do parachutes have a weight limit?

Why Is There a Weight Limit for Tandem Skydiving? In a word, safety. Tandem parachutes are built for two people and these parachutes come with safety recommendations for maximum suspended weight – usually, 500lbs which includes two persons plus gear.

## Can you open a parachute too early?

Well, we can intentionally deploy it just about anytime we wish, allowing for a few feet separation from the plane. So there really is no “too” early as in unintentional. Except when it is an unintentional early deployment. Then, at the least, it’s a longer canopy ride down.

## What is the lowest you can open parachute?

Most main parachutes take 600 to 1200 feet of free fall to open. The reserve parachute can open in less than 400 feet. The reserve absolute minimum would be around 700 feet to land without injury. A parachute is the only tool that would help you safely land from performing a high altitude jump.

## What is the highest parachute jump ever recorded?

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes the highest skydive ever Oct. 14, 2012. He jumped from 128,000 feet (39,000 meters), or about 24 miles up, during the Red Bull Stratos mission. This story was updated at 6:19 p.m. EDT.

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## What makes a parachute fall slower?

When a parachute is released, the weight pulls down on the strings. The large surface area of the parachute material provides air resistance to slow the parachute down. The larger the surface area the more air resistance and the slower the parachute will drop.

## Does a parachute need a hole?

Most round parachutes have a hole in the top that is designed to release the excess pressure that might otherwise buildup under the canopy and cause it to oscillate. Many round canopies have/had other holes and slits that help provide forward speed and better control.

## What makes an effective parachute?

Without air resistance, or drag, objects would continue to increase speed until they hit the ground. The larger the object, the greater its air resistance. Parachutes use a large canopy to increase air resistance. This gives a slow fall and a soft landing.

## Can I bring a parachute on a plane?

You may transport parachutes, either with or without Automatic Activation Devices, in carry-on or checked bags. Parachutes should always be packed separately from other baggage. If a TSA officer determines that a bag must be opened to inspect the parachute, you must be present to assist in the inspection.

## How dangerous is skydiving?

According to the United States Parachuting Association, there are an estimated 3 million jumps per year, and the fatality count is only 21 (for 2010). That’s a 0.0007% chance of dying from a skydive, compared to a 0.0167% chance of dying in a car accident (based on driving 10,000 miles).

## How many times do you have to parachute to go by yourself?

As there are eight levels within the AFF curriculum, each with a determined set of skills to be mastered and demonstrated, you can expect to jump at least eight times. However, most people don’t do it that quickly. Most students jump a couple of times at each level.

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