exit separation

● Slower-falling jumpers and groups are exposed to upper headwinds longer and are blown farther downwind than faster-falling jumpers and groups. So these groups should exit before faster-falling groups if jump run is flown into the wind. On days with strong upper headwinds, allow more time between groups on the same pass to get sufficient horizontal separation over the ground.

• Provide at least 1,000 feet of ground

separation between individuals jumping solo.

• Provide at least 1,500 feet of ground

separation between small groups, adding

more as size of the groups increases.

Once the parachute has opened, delay flying up or down the line of flight until

• Any slower-falling group that exited before

has opened their parachutes and turned

toward the landing area.

• The group exiting after has completed their

freefall and opened.

● Flying jump run across the upper winds (crosswind) helps achieve separation between groups.

● Whether flying one or more aircraft, each pass should allow enough time for jumpers on a previous pass to descend to a safe altitude before dropping jumpers from the next pass.


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