Basic and Advanced Canopy flying: educational materials and videos
I was getting some questions about available canopy flight educational materials and videos, so i wanted to list the ones i know of personally.
While no video or book can ever replace individual training and jump experience, not everyone can attend Flight-1 or Germain's or other canopy courses.
Still, I dont think we have enough educational materials available, so feel free to add to this post to keep it as a reference to up and coming skydivers.
1. Brian Germain's Parachute and its Pilot - has been a great help to me personally. Even experienced jumpers can benefit from it, IMO - i had >1000 jumps when i read it and learned a lot from it.
2.Fly Like A Pro. Goody, but oldie? Have not seen it, but people have left positive feedback about this video over the years.
3. The new video from VASST - Canopy Control: Core Essentials DVD - I have not seen it myself, but judging by the description - indeed all essential skills that need to be in the arsenal of every jumper are covered and then some.
VASST material is new and that makes it even more interesting since the essential subject material is combined with the skills of a recognized producer.
Would be great if an experienced canopy pilot and coach (i volunteer Ian Drennan, since he has lots of free time) could see a copy of this DVD and write a short and unbiased review. I've no doubt it would be positive, but at least a newer pilot and a potential buyer can refer to it when making a decision to purchase this DVD.
P.S. Well, looks like i am a bit out of sync with the rest of the site :) - i really only follow a couple of forums :) There is a good review of the VASST DVD on the main page! But it's really worth another mention - the more educational materials out there the better!
(This post was edited by frost on Apr 14, 2009, 11:56 AM)