Our perception of speed does not always accurately depict what is actually happening.

For example, when you're driving in your car and see that farmhouse in the distance NOT MOVING, but the grass close to your path is moving fast! Why? The Distance Illusion ...

That's why when you are at high altitudes in freefall, traveling at 120mph, it doesn't look like you are falling at all. But as you fly your canopy, the closer you get to the ground, the more you perceive speed. So it "seems" that you accelerate. But you aren't. Your canopy is flying the same speed.

So what happens? Well, you may notice the speed for the first time on final approach and landing, which may trick you into flaring early. Remember, the canopy needs speed for an effective flare.


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