29 May 2020 | 5:44 AM

The static line jump training method it’s a safe, traditional way of learning. Its main feature is that the student does solo jumps without the instructor’s escort out of the plane. The parachute is attached to the aircraft with a static line. When the student jumps off the plane the static line activates immediately the parachute.

The differences from the military static line jumps are:

1. Unlike the round military type, a ram-air (square) parachute it’s used, which is completely steerable, same as the one used in skydiving.
2. The reserve parachute is also ram-air type and there is an AAD (Automatic Activation Device) which assures the deployment.
3. The exit body position is same as in skydiving from the first jump.
4. The static line jumps are introductory, aiming at the student’s familiarization with the forthcoming skydives.

The training starts with lessons and practice on the ground (ground school) for about 5 hours. Once you’ve completed ground school you are ready to do your first static line jump, exiting at 4,000ft. After the canopy deployment, an instructor will lead you via radio to land safely in the designated area (drop zone).

After only 3 jumps you’ll get a static line parachutist certificate and wings. If you wish to become a skydiver, you may continue with the AFF training programme.