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Affects of downsizing and questions to ask…


Note: 1.2+ is considered a high-performance canopy (not necessarily pro)


Once you are a licensed skydiver, it’s encouraged to start experimenting with different sizes of canopies. But, it is important to always jump canopies that are within your ability to fly.

If you can answer “YES” to those 4 questions then you may consider downsizing:

  • Can you consistently fly to AND land your canopy in the designated landing area, within 10-20 meters of the target center?
  • Can you consistently land standing up?
  • Can you achieve the same results even with varying wind conditions?
  • Can you land in a cross-wind condition if necessary?


Perhaps a very important question to ask yourself is “Why do I want to downsize?” …

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