The Flight-1 Canopy Series Certification Process - Proficiencies Explained

Flight 101

REQUIREMENTS:Cleared to self-supervise.

Flight 101 is the first foundation course, dealing specifically with creating good soft consistent accurate landings. You will fully understand the correct flare technique and develop the ability to debrief personal performance. The course defines the flight plan, modern flying techniques to ensure a high degree of accuracy and safety in the skydiving environment. Finally stall and stall recovery techniques introduce controls to start to understand the full performance range of the canopy.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Aerodynamics, Flight Cycle, Flare Technique Perform a flare looking at the nose, a flare looking at the horizon, and a flare with eyes closed Perform a correct self debrief and demonstrate the correct flare technique
2 Flight Planning 1 Build and describe your flight plan to the instructor and fly an obvious pattern
3 Flight Planning 2 Highlight and describe changes to your flight plan and fly an obvious pattern
4 Flat Turn Techniques Perform three different flat turn techniques and describe to the instructor
5 Aerodynamic Stalls Peform two toggle stalls and two rear riser stalls and describe to the instructor

Flight 102

REQUIREMENTS:Attended Flight 101

Flight 102 is the second foundation course, learning about the complete range of the canopy and using the canopy to deal with different situations in air and in the environment. The course takes you through a series of in air exercises to explore the performance range of the canopy so that you can deal with emergency situations and difficult atmospheric conditions. You will be given more safety and survival tools, including controlled turns using different inputs, turn dynamics, dive recovery and the how to deal with a long spot.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Pitch Dive Recovery Perform two pitch dive recovery exercises and describe to the instructor
2 Rear Riser Turns and Flares Perform a rear riser flare looking at the nose, a flare looking at the horizon, and a flare with eyes closed
3 Harness Turns and Crosswind Landings Perform two harness turns and describe to the instructor Execute a cross wind landing, perform a correct self debrief and demonstrate the correct flare technique
4 Toggle Turn Dive Recovery Perform three toggle turn dive recovery exercises and describe to the instructor
5 Managing Effective Glide Perform a long spot exercise and describe the use of various controls to the instructor Demonstrate returning from a deep spot, landing with the correct flare technique

Flight 103

REQUIREMENTS:B license
RECOMMENDATIONS:Attended Flight-1 101 & 102

"Airmanship" (103) brings the skills you have developed into the general skydiving environment. The course explains how to manage the variety of skydivers on each jump and helps you understand the dropzone environment. It continues to develop your personal skills and understanding in the areas of canopy choice, equipment and malfunctions and avoiding and successfully dealing with canopy collisions.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Group Jumpmaster Brief Brief aircraft group on pre-jump information, debrief post jump
2 Jumpmaster Brief (alternate landing area) Brief aircraft group on pre-jump information for alternate landing area, debrief post jump
3 Slow Flight Turns and Landing Perform slow flight turns above hard deck Demonstrate a slow approach landing with good flare technique
4 Accuracy Approach Land within 30 metres from declared target, with good flare technique
5 Reverse Exit Order Demonstrate flight plan, traffic management and good decision making into landing area

Flight 201

REQUIREMENTS:Attended Flight 101 & 102 OR Minimum of 200 jumps
RECOMMENDATIONS:Attended and completed Flight-1 101 and 102

Flight 201 introduces the theory of performance and the use of airspeed using pitch.You will be introduced to the fundamental principles when moving into high performance speed building approaches. Essential slow approach skills are taught along with the first techniques in the progression of building airspeed. The course also provides invaluable information and skills to avoid and successfully deal with canopy collisions and rear riser emergency landings.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Altitude Loss for braked release Perform a toggle release sequence and collect altitude data
2 Slow Flight Turns and Landing Perform slow flight turns above hard deck Demonstrate a slow approach landing with good flare technique
3 Dynamic Front Risers Perform a front riser release sequence and collect altitude data Demonstrate a toggle release sequence on final with good flare technique
4 Rear Riser and Toggle Landing Perform RR stall, RR flares, RR toggle flares x3 Demonstrate a good rear riser, toggle flare for landing
5 Altitude Loss for Front Riser Release Perform a front riser release sequence and collect altitude data Demonstrate a pitch change speed increase for landing, with correct flare technique

Flight 202

REQUIREMENTS:Minimum of 200 jumps
RECOMMENDATIONS:Completed Flight 201 and 500 jumps

Flight 202 will offer you a structured framework to building your high performance approach suitable for your skill and experience. It provides deeper information on building airspeed on approaches using rotation and takes you through an exploration of speed building inputs. The structure offers the chance to learn rules and altitudes associated with more challenging approaches. It also offers flight planning and future training considerations.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Dynamic toggle release Perform a dynamic toggle release Demonstrate current approach with good flare technique
2 Dynamic front risers Perform dynamic front risers exercises Demonstrate current approach with good flare technique
3 Dynamic harness Perform dynamic harness exercises Demonstrate current approach with good flare technique
4 Defined sequence Work with the instructor to define landing sequence for future training
5 Defined Minimum Turn Altitude (MTA) Perform a Minimum Turn Altitude exercise and define your MTA

Flight 201A

REQUIREMENTS:Completed Flight 101 & 102

"Flying Relative" (201A) is the first step in the Flight-1 Air to Air Program. After a comprehensive brief on canopy collision avoidance and survival, the student is introduced to flying relative to another canopy. Here the pilot learns the true reference of how the controls effect the system relative to another. The "wind tunnel" for canopy pilots.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Control Familiarisation Demonstrate good understanding and use of control range
2 Sashay Demonstrate good understanding and use of the sashay maneuver
3 Build and Rebuilds Demonstrate good understanding and use of 180 and 360 degree formation approaches

Flight 202A

REQUIREMENTS:Completed Flight 201A

"Team Flying" (202A) leads the student into dynamic team flying and landings. It builds on relative flying, teaching the student advanced dynamic formation flying, turns and landings. The "ultimate wind tunnel" for canopies.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Proximity Flying Demonstrate good understanding and use of the triangle drills and team landings
2 Finesse Flying Demonstrate good understanding and use of the box drill and team landings
3 Team Flying (3 way) Successful completion of the wedge formation, rebuilds and team landings
4 Dynamic Flying (3 way) Successful completion of advanced formations, team turns and team landings

Flight 301

REQUIREMENTS:Minimum of 500 jumps OR CP Competitor in the last year.
RECOMMENDATIONS:Attended Flight 202

"Precision Performance" (301) is the course for experienced pilots who want to develop their turns and high performance landings. It introduces a logical progression to increasing power and bringing accuracy into the landing, ready for courses and gates.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Priorities of Progression Discussed and agreed training focus in relation to personal progression with F1 instructor
2 The Power Gearbox Been early or late to point of maneuver and adjusted accordingly Demonstrated and debriefed examples of how personal turn dynamics adapt
3 Lane/Gate (Offset/Deviation) Understanding of importance of stepped progression Demonstrates lane control before moving onto gate.
4 RR Extending Performance Discusses difference in RR pressure with F1 instructor. Demonstrates effective use and transfer
5 Guarantee the Gate Develop correct entry gate picture Walked gate picture with F1 instructor

Flight 302

REQUIREMENTS:Minimum of 500 jumps OR CP Competitor in the last year.
RECOMMENDATIONS:Attended Flight 301

"Competiton Canopy Flying" (302) covers the fundamentals of competing we all need when new to the competition environment. It helps the pilot focus on what is important and how to manage personal skills and tactics to ensure best performance.

Section No TITLE OF PROFICIENCY UNSUPERVISED SUPERVISED
1 Speed Successfully flown a speed course with effective self debrief
2 Distance Successfully flown a distance course with effective self debrief
3 Accuracy Successfully flown an accuracy course with effective self debrief
4 Power Flight Planning Demonstrated an understanding of point of maneuver change and efficient gate entry with changes in conditions
5 Competition Game Plan Developed an understanding of an effective approach to a canopy piloting competition
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