Aircraft used for skydiving are under the FAA regulations FAR Part 91 which require inspections every 100 hours of flying, as well as a major inspection once a year. In addition, pilots are required to have commercial ratings. Most drop zones also have policies in place for pilots to communicate inconsistencies so that unscheduled maintenance also can be addressed. Despite this proactive approach, aircraft are mechanical and can have issues. What if something happens when you are in the plane?

The most important thing to consider as a student is that you will always have an instructor or coach with you. You can look to them for advice during these situations. The pilot is ultimately THE person in charge of the aircraft, and according to the FAA, the Pilot In Command dictates what skydivers should do in case of an in-air emergency. In practice, however, the pilot may be very busy trying to fly the plane and communicate on radio. Depending on the emergency, things may be very confusing.

Presented here are some very general options available to you. For more, be sure to consult your instructor for drop zone policies regarding aircraft emergencies.

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