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Using a winds aloft forecast, you can determine the jumprun, exit point, opening point, pattern entry point, freefall drift and all other important considerations for your landing pattern.

A canopy descends at approximately 1,000 feet per minute. So from 3,000 feet AGL, a skydiver spends approximately three minutes under canopy.

So for every 10 mph of wind, drift from 3,000 feet is 1/2 mile.

Here's an alternative way of calculating drift ...

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