Category H

More Solo and Group Free-Fall...btw, you're almost there!!


You are required to successfully complete the following before making your category H skydives

What to expect

The last category of the ISP finishes preparing you for the USPA A-license so you can supervise yourself as an independent skydiver. These are the last jumps where you require USPA Instructor supervision. Next you take your test.

Freefall skills combine gross movements using the start and stop principle to swoop toward a position in the sky relative to another jumper, followed by the fine movements to safely dock that you learned in Category G. The freefall briefing includes a discussion on safety and the importance of recognizing and controlling formation approach speeds. You'll also learn to look around while tracking, signaling for pull, and during deployment.

Under canopy, students with sufficient upper body strength explore the use of the front risers. The instructor explains the benefits and dangers of front-riser maneuvers. The discussion includes how to best recover from a turn made too low, one of the sport's biggest killers.

Emergency procedure review covers unintentional water landings.

You should be able to demonstrate how to maintain the three-ring release system and replace a main container closing loop, two common owner operations.

Although A-license holders are not qualified for demonstration jumps, you will be authorized to jump off the regular DZ into landing areas meeting the BSRs for students and A-license holders. In this last category as a formal skydiving student, you'll study the FAA requirements for jumps into the airspace over a private field, including what additional approvals may be necessary for the jump aircraft. This discussion should be with a jump pilot who can discuss those sections of FAR 105.

Free-Fall Dive Flow

  • Exit from the door one second after the coach
  • Present belly to wind in the slow fall position and maintain it for two seconds
  • Coach establishes fall rate and holds heading
  • Turn toward coach
  • Dive and stop level ten to 20 feet out
  • Altitude check every five seconds
  • Approach and take grips
  • Altitude permitting, coach dives to a point 50 to 100 feet laterally and 20 to 40 feet below
  • Follow and repeat docking procedure
  • Break off at 5,000 feet
  • Coach remains in place and evaluates track
  • Wave off and pull by 3,000 feet

Canopy Dive Flow

  • Check and clear for traffic
  • Perform an on-heading front riser dive (keep toggles in hand)
  • Check position and altitude
  • Perform a 90° front riser turn (keep toggles in hand)
  • Check position and altitude
  • Perform a 180° front riser turn (keep toggles in hand)
  • Check position and altitude
  • Enter a front riser turn, let up halfway and begin the turn again (keep toggles in hand)
  • Complete all front riser maneuvers by 1,000 feet
  • Coach measures your landing distance from a planned target

Book Stuff

Please read the following before arriving for your category H skydives

  • USPA SIM Category H Sections A-F
  • USPA Recommendations for Unintentional Water Landings
  • USPA Recommendations for Recovery from Low Turns
  • UPSA Recommendations for Break-Offs from Groups
  • Skim FAR Part 105.13 Radio Requirements for Jump Operations
  • FAR Part 105 Prior Notice Requirements fro Jump Operations
  • FAA AC 105-2E Appendix 1 Notice Requirements for Jump Operations
  • Skim FAA AC 105-2E Appendix 2 Operation of Aircraft with Jump Doors

Category H Quiz

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

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