Sun Path CP Open 2015



The 3rd Annual Sun Path CP Open will be held Oct 8th – 11th at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford North Carolina.

The total purse will be 8500 USD Sponsored by Sun Path Products, the Canopy Piloting Training Series and NZ Aerosports. Additionally there is more than 1.5 hours of tunnel time at Paraclete XP SkyVenture up for grabs!

Registration is open – competitors can sign up on the Sun Path website.

For further information you can visit the event page on Facebook or contact Chris Talbert via email or phone (910-875-9002).

Get Current: I’m not Strong Enough to Flare, Part 1

Katie Hansen: totally took weak to flare!

This is the first part of two on the topic of landings – in particular the strength it takes to flare. The first one is written by Katie Hansen, an NZ Aerosports sponsored pilot, and incredible talented flyer both under canopy and in freefall. The second part will be published next week – from the male perspective – written by Australian Canopy Piloting competitor Robbie McMillan.  Katie and Robbie are a part of The Canopy School team, dedicated to furthering awesome human flight. 


Ladies! Is your jumpsuit and rig always dirty? Do you get anxious coming into land?

Not flaring all the way is one of the most common problems I see. This can be from anticipation of the ground coming up and the pilot essentially stopping flying the canopy, resulting in an incomplete flare and a subsequently a hard landing.
With girls, a common excuse is that it’s too hard to flare all the way – and the reason given is lack of strength.

Lets explore this a little further, beginning with the mental aspect. It is very important to be confident when coming in for a landing.  I like to call this proactive canopy piloting vs reactive canopy piloting, setting the stage for a successful and safe landing.

Proactive Piloting vs Reactive Piloting

Don’t be along for the ride. Be the driver! Come in with the “I’VE F*ING GOT THIS!” strong attitude. Flare that shit! If you think you’re going to eat it landing, you probably will. Consider your body language on approach, and what it is telling you. Have a friend film your landing, or simply make a mental note to observe your own body. Are your feet already way out in front of you? If you were to step off a bench and put your feet out like that, would you land on your feet or your butt? You’ve got to believe in yourself, and set yourself up for success. Focus on keeping your feet underneath your hips, and be strong. Don’t stop flying your parachute until your feet are on the ground, finish that flare ALL the way. Be proactive, not reactive.

So…Am I Ready to Downsize?

Now that we’ve cleared up the mental side of it, if you really can’t get those toggles down all the way because there is just too much pressure…not to fret, but NOT to downsize. True, downsizing might alleviate some toggle pressure. But. it brings on another set of potentially dangerous consequences for both you and the people around you. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe and have fun at the dropzone. If you truly are not able flare your canopy because you are not strong enough, it’s time for a little bodily maintenance. Use skydiving as your motivation to get in shape – work it, sister!

Here are some things you can do to get in shape for skydiving and to help you improve that flare and landing:

  1. Set a goal that’s realistic. 
    – If you keep it real, you’re much more likely to achieve it. You will feel good about yourself, as you should, for accomplishing it and motivate yourself to keep going!
  2. Put a timeline on it. 
    – Do you have an organizer coming to the dz you want to jump with next month? Do it!
  3. Believe in yourself.  
    – Make the change you need to. It’s not the canopy’s fault you can’t flare it, so it’s not the canopy that needs to change.
  4. Get coaching!
    – Getting professional canopy coaching is a great step towards improving technique and confidence to land consistently well.

Skydiving is amazing and most people with they could do it, when the truth is that they can. The thing that makes skydivers special is that they choose to. People who are already fit enough to flare aren’t special. If you’re having a tough time with it, keep working at it – you really can do it!

You just need to choose to.

Katie Hansen: totally took weak to flare!

Katie Hansen: totally took weak to flare!

Connect with Katie Hansen and The Canopy School via Facebook (Canopy School), Facebook (for Katie Hansen), Twitter or Google+.  Go flare!

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Want to become a Canopy Piloting Judge?

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Our sport is not all secret handshakes and high-fives in the airplane, it has a competitive side too!
The free fall disciplines are normally scored by judges sitting in front of a monitor, using video from the jump, but in Canopy Piloting judging for the most part happens live, on the ground, scored by a team of judges. The number of judges needed on the course varies a little bit from one event to another, but it certainly takes a team to get a swoop meet scored quickly and accurately.

JoJo B has served as a Chief Judge at many swoop meets in the recent years, putting in untold hours in and around the pond. She is organizing several courses over the coming season, anyone interested in getting their Regional CP Judge Rating should attend. Courses will be held at each FLCPA meet and the first NECPL as well. According to JoJo, CP Judges get the best seats in the house, and if you are interested in competing – there isn’t a better way to learn all the rules than to be a judge.

Judging is a fantastic way to be a part of the Canopy Piloting community if you are either not yet at competition level or don’t want to actually compete. You get detailed knowledge of all of the rules and get front row seats for some of the most amazing scenes you can see in skydiving. Plus you get to meet some amazing characters along the way. No experience is necessary either in judging or in swooping. You don’t even need to be a skydiver to judge. If you’re interested in exploring another aspect of skydiving, learning more about canopy piloting, or just meeting some really cool people, come out and judge!


The course is FREE – you just have to put in a little bit of work to enjoy the rating.  For more information or to secure your seat at one of the courses, email Jo at  Dates and locations:
FLCPA #1 Skydive City Z-Hills February 21-22 
FLCPA #2 Skydive City Z-Hills March 14-15
FLCPA #3 Raeford Parachute Center May 16-17
FLCPA #4 Raeford Parachute Center June 12-13
NECPL #1 Crosskeys NJ July 11-12

BSBD Andrei Ryndin – Russian CP Team

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BSBDcrop smCanopy pilot Andrei Ryndin, a member of the Russian Canopy Piloting team died Thursday July 24th, during a competition  jump at the Russian Canopy Piloting Championships in Aerograd Kolomna, Russia.  It was his 3rd jump of the day.
Andrei was an active and current skydiver. He was reported to be flying a Performance Designs Peregrine, a canopy made especially for competitive canopy pilots.

Canopy Piloting is an unforgiving sport where mistakes can result in serious injury or death.

Our sympathies to Andrei’s family and friends.

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Project Orange: Lord of the Strings intel

During our daily recon mission around DeLand, we came across a bit of Project Orange information to share with you. You have no doubt seen advertising for the event, but up until now, details have been a bit scarce. That is all about to change – with some freshly snatched intel straight from the desk of event organizer Albert Berchtold.  Someone really should tell him that “Buddy” is not a very secure password.

First, to bring you up to speed on what they have already shared:

Lord of the Strings is an elimination style competition, offering up $5,000 in prizes for hungry swoopers. There will be no tallying of scores – during each round you either win or lose. Competitors go head to head against each other, until there is only one still standing.
Draw for brackets will take place at Skydive City each night,  at the bar. After Joe Can’tMakeTheGates finds out he’ll be going head to head with Curt Bartholomew, Joe Gates  can get some liquid courage right there.  Watching the draw will likely be as fun as watching the competition itself.
Scores will be updated live, from the pond. Come competition time, you can watch the action on the internet.

The events may have names that sound pretty standard to experienced canopy pilots (speed, distance and zone accuracy, but from what we saw, they are anything but. Check back tomorrow (or maybe this afternoon) for more details.