Category D

Getting stable just to get unstable...this is getting crazy!


You are required to successfully complete the following before making your category D skydive

What to expect

In this category we will build on everything you have learned and demonstrated during the first three categories. Unlike the first three, though, to advance you will need to get stable, then unstable; this might sound crazy but it isn't, trust us. When you are skydiving in the real world you will be turning, diving, tracking, and generally completing destabilizing maneuvers similar to the ones you will be practicing here. All this category requires is, after stability and altitude checks within five seconds of exit, a cumulative of four 90°, two 180°, and two 360° turns in freefall, followed by altitude checks and stability of course. You will also make similar maneuvers under canopy by completing two 90° turns with rear risers, both with brakes set and released, a 180° and a 360° turn with rear risers, a flare with rear risers, execute a stand-up landing, and land within 50 meters of your target (all with minimal assistance). All of this may sound daunting but you have a minimum of two jumps to accomplish all of it and it probably wont take you that long. On the equipment side you will operate the AAD, a valuable life saving device that you should probably know how to turn on. Finally, during your skydives you will be practicing finding and observing the airport and spotting the aircraft during jump climb and jump run.

Again, relax and have fun while learning and you will be successful

Freefall dive-flow

  • Observe the spot from the door during jump run
  • Exit in a relaxed arch
  • Circle Of Awareness (C.O.A.)
  • Practice deployment(s) optional
  • Altitude, arch, legs, relax
  • Determine reference point on horizon, locate instructor
  • Ask to and receive permission from instructor to turn
  • Make your turns (90°, 180°, or 360°) until 5,000 feet,do not start turns below 6,000 feet
  • Altitude, arch, legs, relax
  • Begin wave-off at 5,000ft
  • Deploy by 4,000ft

Canopy dive-flow

  • Correct routine opening problems with brakes set using rear risers
  • Look left, turn left 90° using rear risers
  • Check altitude, position, and traffic
  • Look right, turn right 90° using rear risers
  • Release brakes, conduct control check and move to the holding area
  • Check altitude, position, and traffic
  • Look right, turn right (90°, 180°, or 360°-depending on which jump) using rear risers
  • Check altitude, position, and traffic
  • Look left, turn left (90°, 180°, or 360°-depending on which jump) using rear risers
  • Practice flares using rear risers
  • Check altitude, position, and traffic
  • Return to normal controls by 2,000 feet and prepare to fly your landing pattern
  • Fly your landing pattern
  • Flare to land and PLF if necessary (attempt stand-up landing only if it is safe to do so)

Book Stuff

Please read the following before arriving for your category D skydive. NOTE: The AAD owners manual may not for the AAD you are currently jumping but it gives you an idea of what one looks like and the type of information provided inside.

  • USPA SIM Category D Sections A-F
  • Read and memorize FAA cloud clearance requirements FAR 105.17
  • USPA BSR on daylight requirements for student jumps
  • USPA General Recommendations for building landings
  • USPA General Recommendations for equipment malfunctions
  • SIM Section 5.3G AADs
  • An AAD owners manual (Vigil)

Category D Quiz

Take the category D quiz to see if you have the knowledge

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