Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing and Registering For A Course

How much does a course cost?

Does the cost include jumps?

How do I know which course to choose?

How many jumps do you need to participate in the sport course?

I’m still in my AFF progression. Can I sign up for the course?

I’ve taken a sport canopy course before. How is yours different?

I would like to have Flight-1 come to my home DZ. How can I get a course scheduled?

Does Flight-1 provide one-on-one training or only group courses?

I've registered for a course online and can no longer attend. What do I do?

Do the courses meet the requirements for the USPA B License Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card?

 

Preparing for a Successful Course

What happens if the weather is forecasted to be less than ideal jumping conditions?

What do I need to bring?

Is food/water supplied for the course?

Do I need to wear a jumpsuit?

Does Flight-1 provide any equipment?

Is there a specific size canopy or range of sizes that are necessary for the course?

Can I use rental gear for the course if I don’t have my own?

How many jumps do you need to participate in the sport course?

 

Course Content

Are all basic canopy maneuvers covered in the SIM also covered in your course?

How much ground training is included in the course?

Is there written work and/or quizzes included in the course?

Will we learn how to use our risers in addition to our toggles for turns?

Will we be learning to land crosswind or downwind?

Will the instructor give me information about downsizing or purchasing a canopy?

Will the different types of canopies and how they fly be discussed in the course?

Does Flight-1 provide one-on-one training or only group courses?

 

Goals

I have trouble getting consistent landings. Will the course help me to improve my landings?

Is it necessary to take a canopy course before downsizing?

Will I learn new tricks or get tips on how to become a swooper in the future?

Will the Flight-1 course teach me how to swoop?

Will the Flight-1 course teach anything about CReW?

Will the course help me to learn greater accuracy in my landings?

Can I jump with my wingsuit to learn how to better land with it?

 

What To Expect

What can I expect when I arrive at the DZ on the day of the course?

How long is the course – how many days and how many hours per day?

How many jumps are made during the course?

Is there a lunch break or any small breaks in between loads?

 

About the Jumps

Can I jump my camera??

Will I be jumping with a Flight-1 instructor on each jump?

Do we jump with other students, or are all the jumps solo?

What altitude do we make the jumps from?

Are all the jumps hop n’ pops, or do we have any full-altitude jumps?

Will we be using radios in the air like we did in AFF?

How much time is typically scheduled between loads?

Can we make additional one-on-one instructor-assisted jumps beyond what is outlined in the course if time permits?

 

What's Included

Is food/water supplied for the course?

Do we get T-shirts, stickers, or other Flight-1 products after completing the course?

Do we get a certificate at the end of the course?

Is packing included, or do we pack our own rig after each jump?

 

The Certification Program

Who decides whether I have shown the proficiencies required or not?

Can I move on to the next course if I didn't manage to get through all the proficiencies in the last course?

Can I demonstrate any proficiencies left to an instructor on the DZ or an S&TA?

What if I didn't get to make any jumps cause the weather was bad?

 

Choosing and Registering For A Course

How much does a course cost?

The course costs are charged in the local currency. The base price of the course is as follows for various locations in their currency. Certain dropzones may choose to add a small administration fee onto the base price to cover the travel costs for the instructor. Please contact the dropzone regarding the possible administration fees. 

United States - $150 USD
Canada - $195 CAD
Great Britain - £120 GBP
Euro Currency Countries - €135 EUR

Does the cost include jumps?

No. The course cost is the coaching fee alone. We do not include the jump ticket prices as they vary widely across the globe and from dropzone to dropzone. Please contact the dropzone where you will be taking the course to ask about jump ticket prices.

How do I know which course to choose?

If you haven’t taken a canopy course before then the right place to start is with Flight 101. Whether you have 50 jumps or 5,000 jumps, this course will give you lots of important information on how to land your canopy better, as well as a better understanding of the fundamental flight characteristics of your canopy regardless of size or type.

How many jumps do you need to participate in the sport course?

For the 101 and 102, you need to only to be cleared to self-supervise.
To take the 103, you only need to have a B license from your country's parachuting association.
To take the 201, you must have completed 101 and 102 OR have at least 200 jumps (this is at the instructors discretion).
To take the 202, you must have at least 200 jumps, with a recommendations of having at least 500 jumps and completed 201. 
To take the 300 level courses, you must have at least 500 jumps. 
The 200A series does not have a minimum number of jumps, but you must have attended AND completed the 101 AND 102. 
Click here for more information on these prerequisites.

I’m still in my AFF progression. Can I sign up for the course?

You need to be cleared to self-supervise before attending a course. So once you have finished and passed your AFF course you can join a course before getting your A license.

I’ve taken a sport canopy course before. How is yours different?

Our courses offer a unique blend of practical and theoretical training that has been developed by the PD Factory Team and is presented by the most accomplished Canopy Pilots in the sport today. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop ongoing canopy handling skills throughout your skydiving career, building upon each course as you progress through the series. The Flight-1 Canopy Series also allows you to continue your education with any Flight-1 instructor anywhere in the world, so you can benefit from a seamless curriculum no matter where you choose to jump.  

I would like to have Flight-1 come to my home DZ. How can I get a course scheduled?

We’d love to come to your DZ. You can either send an email to [email protected] for details or talk to your DZ Manager or Owner about having us visit you. They can get more information from the same address or by clicking this link.

Does Flight-1 provide one-on-one training or only group courses?

Flight-1 Instructors are available for one-on-one coaching. You can find out more by sending an email to [email protected] or by clicking this link.

I've registered for a course online and can no longer attend. What do I do?

If you have registered for a course online and can not attend, please send an email to [email protected] or submit a message via our contact form here at least 48 hours in advance of the class. Please be sure to let us know the date and location of the course in your email. We'll issue you a voucher for the full amount for you to attend another course. If notified in under 48 hours, we cannot guarantee that a voucher can be issued.  Also, if you remove yourself from a course, be sure to let us know by email to [email protected] so we are aware you can no longer attend.   

Do the courses meet the requirements for the USPA B License Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card?

To complete the USPA B License Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card, you will need to take the 101 and the 102. The two courses also cover a great deal of information that is not on the proficiency card. Our curriculum is an international curriculum and not based strictly upon any one parachute association’s licensing requirements. It is intended to help you master essential canopy piloting skills that will be applicable for any canopy you fly during your skydiving career.

 

Preparing for a Successful Course

What happens if the weather is forecasted to be less than ideal jumping conditions?

All of our courses go on rain or shine.  You will still receive the course content and theory in the classroom with the instructor.

What do I need to bring?

You don’t need to bring anything extra for the course, just what you would normally need to make a jump.

Is food/water supplied for the course?

Water is normally available at the DZ. Please arrive at the DZ with all your food for the day.

Do I need to wear a jumpsuit?

You can wear whatever you normally jump in.

Does Flight-1 provide any equipment?

No. You can jump with the equipment you normally use.

Is there a specific size canopy or range of sizes that are necessary for the course?

No.  We encourage participants to jump their regular canopies to maximize learning.

Can I use rental gear for the course if I don’t have my own?

Yes you can.

 

Course Content

Are all basic canopy maneuvers covered in the SIM also covered in your course?

Yes, absolutely.

How much ground training is included in the course?

Depending on class size, there is approximately one hour of classroom time per jump for a course.

Is there written work and/or quizzes included in the course?

There are no quizzes in the course. We do encourage you to take notes throughout so you can refer to them afterwards and continue to learn more about your canopy after the course.

Will we learn how to use our risers in addition to our toggles for turns?

Yes you will. The 100 series will introduce the use of rear risers as a control input for both turns and flares in the air. The 200 series and further courses will delve deeper into using front risers for turns and rear risers on landing.

Will we be learning to land crosswind or downwind?

You will be learning to land your canopy in any circumstances and in any conditions. After taking our course, you will have the confidence to land your canopy in any direction regardless of the atmospheric wind conditions.

Will the instructor give me information about downsizing or purchasing a canopy?

Yes of course, our instructors will be happy to give you advice on your canopy progression and the different types of canopy available.

Will the different types of canopies and how they fly be discussed in the course?

Debriefs happen in a group environment with a broad spectrum of canopy types being jumped.  So, indirectly – yes.

Does Flight-1 provide one-on-one training or only group courses?

Flight-1 Instructors are available for one-on-one coaching. You can find out more by sending an email to [email protected] or by clicking this link.

 

Goals

I have trouble getting consistent landings. Will the course help me to improve my landings?

Absolutely. The course will give you the tools you need to understand why you have had some problems and how to resolve them.

Is it necessary to take a canopy course before downsizing?

No, but depending on your progression and canopy education levels it is often a very smart idea.

Will I learn new tricks or get tips on how to become a swooper in the future?

You will certainly learn lots of new information about canopy flight – essential fundamental information for anyone wanting to improve their skill under canopy, from the conservative jumper to the competitive swooper. However, we do run specific high performance canopy piloting courses where you will be able to learn more about swooping.

Will the Flight-1 course teach me how to swoop?

We do offer swooping courses. However, participants are required to meet previous course prerequisites. Click here for more information on the prerequisites for each course.

Will the Flight-1 course teach anything about CReW?

The courses available at this time are not CRW courses. However, we do offer an Air-to-Air series.  Click here for more information about our Air-to-Air program.

Will the course help me to learn greater accuracy in my landings?

Yes it will, all landing accuracy comes from flying a consistent predictable flight plan. This is covered and reinforced in all the courses.

Can I jump with my wingsuit to learn how to better land with it?

No.  We want your focus to be 100% on canopy flight with no unnecessary distractions.

 

What To Expect

What can I expect when I arrive at the DZ on the day of the course?

Each course is completed in a day and is based on a five-jump program. You will go through each section of learning in the classroom, then make a jump to put what you have just learnt into practice. Each jump will be followed by a video debrief and discussion of the exercises completed.  All of our courses go on rain or shine.  So if the weather prevents you from making any jumps, you will still receive the course content and theory in the classroom. 

How long is the course – how many days and how many hours per day?

Each course is a one-day course. It’ll start in the morning around 8am and will likely run until the end of the day.

How many jumps are made during the course?

There are five different jumps to do in each course. You’ll cover the theory in the classroom, then be asked to go make a jump with exercises to get a better understanding of what you have just learnt.

Is there a lunch break or any small breaks in between loads?

Small breaks yes, lunch breaks no.  Bring snacks and water to the classroom.

 

About the Jumps

Can I jump my camera?

If you normally jump with a camera and are comfortable doing so, then yes. However, your Flight-1 course is not the time to do your first camera jump.

Will I be jumping with a Flight-1 instructor on each jump?

It depends which course you are attending. The 100 and 200 series do not involve jumping with a Flight-1 Instructor. Instead, you will be doing the jumping and the Instructor will coach from the ground.

Do we jump with other students, or are all the jumps solo?

Most the jumps you make will be low altitude jumps from around 5,000 feet. You will be exiting solo, usually, around four other students will be on the same jump run. 

What altitude do we make the jumps from?

Normally, jumps are made from 5,000 ft.

Are all the jumps hop n’ pops, or do we have any full-altitude jumps?

The jumps in the majority of our courses are low-altitude jumps (from around 5,000 feet).

Will we be using radios in the air like we did in AFF?

Everyone attending the courses will have been cleared to jump on their own without a radio. All interaction with the F-1 Instructor will happen on the ground.

How much time is typically scheduled between loads?

Generally an hour, during which you will be in the classroom doing debriefs and ground school.

Can we make additional one-on-one instructor-assisted jumps beyond what is outlined in the course if time permits?

No, but we do have specific one-on-one offerings for those interested. If you would like to pursue one-on-one instruction, please contact Flight-1.

 

What's Included

Is food/water supplied for the course?

Water is normally available at the DZ. Please arrive at the DZ with all your food for the day.

Do we get T-shirts, stickers, or other Flight-1 products after completing the course?

You will be able to join our online certification system that will provide you with certificates of your progress. Also watch the Flight-1 website for giveaways and competitions. Aside from that, have a look in your local gear store for stickers and giveaways. You can also visit our online store here.

Do we get a certificate at the end of the course?

We do have a certification program and students can download a certificate online after completing each level of the Flight-1 Canopy Series. A level consists of both the -01 and -02 courses in the series. So you will become a Sport Canopy Pilot Level 1 after completing 101 and 102. The online certificate is available on the "My Progress" tab in a student’s online Flight-1 profile. When a student has completed all of the proficiencies for each level, a link will appear under "Certifications" to download the certificate.

Is packing included, or do we pack our own rig after each jump?

Packing is not included in the fee. If you wish to use a packer, then you can do so at your own cost. We highly recommend students use a packer for the course so that they can focus on the debrief after the jump. It also allows the class to progress in a more timely fashion.

 

The Certification Program

Who decides whether I have shown the proficiencies required or not?

The Flight-1 Instructor will record all the information during the course and update your account online with the proficiencies passed at the course. You can keep track of what you have left to do by looking at 'Track My Progress' online.

Can I move on to the next course if I didn't manage to get through all the proficiencies in the last course?

This depends on the course you want to take.

To take the 102 you must have attended the 101 but do not have to have completed the jumps. (Therefore, bad weather on a 101 will not prevent you from taking the 102.)

To take the 103, you only need to have your B license. You do not need to have attended any prior Flight-1 course.

To take the 200 or 300 level courses, you must meet the minimum required jumps for each course outlined here. We do highly recommend that you have attended and completed the prior courses, but are not required to.

To take the 201A, you must have attended AND completed the 101 AND 102. To take the 202A, you must have attended and completed the 201A (and therefore the 101 and 102). 

Can I demonstrate any proficiencies left to an instructor on the DZ or an S&TA?

No, the proficiencies can only be demonstrated to a Flight-1 Instructor. If you are still working on certain proficiencies from a previous course, you can join another Flight-1 course of the same module (if it isn't full) without having to pay again, to make those jumps needed to move forward in the Program.

What if I didn't get to make any jumps cause the weather was bad?

For all of our standard courses, you are welcome to come to another of the same course within a year and, if the course isn't full, you can make the jumps and receive the debrief then without having to pay. So if you get weathered out on a 101, come to any other 101 and join the jumps to get the exercises done. You will be rebriefed before the jump to remind you fully of your goals for the jump. This offer extends to the jumps only and is good for 12 months after the initial course; if you wish to attend the classroom sessions again, you will need to pay the coaching fee again. 

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