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The Parachute and Its Pilot

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The Parachute and Its Pilot
The Parachute and Its Pilot
The Parachute and Its Pilot
Brian Germain  (6124 Hits)

As the title suggests, there is a bi-fold focus of subject matter. The first part is about parachutes and flight techniques, everything right from the beginning up through competition approaches. The second part is about the psychology of flight; from fear response and ego issues through visualization. The Parachute and its Pilot is the singular resource for canopy flight information. Whether you are a new jumper looking for further your education or an expert canopy pilot seeking tips on advancing your techniques, this book has something for you. The book is jam-packed with information compiled over 18 years of skydiving experience, and offers technical yet very straight-forward explanations of ram air parachute flight. Written by one of the industry's leading parachute designers, The Parachute and its Pilot is a must-have handbook for every skydiver.

Added: 2004-11-03 | Last Modified: 2006-08-01 | Views: 6124 | Item ID: 482

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A must read ! 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: BUBLHED, 2008-12-23

Great read. As a airplane pilot I had never looked at the aerodynamics of canopy flight in the same way. This book teaches you exactly what is going on in flight and why. It makes it easy to understand and easy to read without being dull. Brian gives some examples of his own damaging mistakes and why they happened. It moves from the basics of flight all the way through advanced swooping and evasive maneuvers. It is laid out in such a fashion that it could easily be used as a workbook/checklist to take your canopy piloting as far as you would like to go. Whenever I see video of a swoop gone bad. Now all I can think is that if they would have read this book and followed Brians practice drills, sudden decelaration syndrome might have been avoided. Whether your a beginner or an experienced jumper get this book. I can honestly say I learned more from this book about canopy flight than in all my training at the Dz. Thanks B.G.

you think you know about canopies til you read this 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: 377, 2008-04-03

Brian is a strange hybrid in that he is kind of a psychologist at heart, but also a self taught aero engineer who is obsessed with canopy design and flight analysis. This book ROCKS! Brian writes very clearly and the book has many helpful illustrations. When you are finished you will have a whole new outlook on how canopies work and how to fly them. Many well accepted teachings about canopy flight are actually wrong. For example if you have turned too low and are going to impact hard in a banked attitude in asecond or two, many say you should level the canopy. That is bad advice and Brian will tell you why. This dude understands lift, drag, statics, dynamics and vectors better than many degreed engineers. He puts it all to work for you in the book. For all Brian's teachings about how to fly and land safely, you'd think he'd be injury free....well HARDLY. Brian has had his bones broken many many times doing extreme things under a canopy. I guess he just cannot practice what he preaches. Buy the book, it will make you a better canopy pilot and it might even save your life.

Took away the mystery and increased my enjoyment of flight 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: SlashDog, 2006-08-01

Since reading this work, I understand what I can and can't do under canopy, so I am free to enjoy the process of learning to fly. I've started feeling more in control of my approaches and landings. My coach has commented that I have made recent leaps in my canopy contol and that I am now "flying the canopy all the way down to the ground" even in my recent first crosswind. Great book!

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