Parachuting AT

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by Cpt_Darling, Dec 14, 2008.

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  1. Does anyone have any info on Parachuting AT.Either static line or free-fall, that is open to tri-service?
     
  2. JSP419 (find a copy on ArmyNET) lists the following as available from the Joint Service Parachute Scheme. I don't know what else is available:

    Basic Freefall Parachute (BFP)

    1. Course Description. The Basic Freefall Parachute course is designed to be undertaken by
    either novice parachutists or those with very limited parachuting experience. This course which
    is run according to British Parachute Association (BPA) regulations, has 2 elements:
    a. A ground-training phase after which they will be tested to assess their understanding
    of this training.
    b. Students will complete up to 15 parachute descents progressing from static line
    descents to Freefall descents assuming all required progressions are completed to the
    necessary standard.

    Intermediate Freefall Parachute (IFP)

    7. Course Description. The Intermediate Freefall Parachute course is for students that have
    already attained their BPA Cat 4 level of proficiency. The course which runs according to BPA
    regulations, has 2 elements:
    a. A ground training phase to refresh all students and to assess their understanding of
    parachute skills.
    b. Students will then complete up to 20 descents during which they will progress from
    Cat 4 to Cat 8, assuming all required progressions are completed to the necessary standard.
    8. Aim. The aims of the Intermediate Freefall course are to:
    a. Provide a structured means for achieving the aim of AT through the medium of
    parachuting with relatively inexperienced groups.
    b. Teach the intermediate skills of parachuting.

    Advanced Freefall Parachute (AFP)


    13. Course Description. The Advanced Freefall Parachute course is for students that have
    already attained the Cat 8 level of proficiency. The course which runs according to BPA
    regulations, has 2 elements:
    a. A ground training phase to refresh all students and to assess their understanding of
    parachute skills.
    b. Students will then complete up to 20 descents during which they will progress from
    Cat 8 to Grade 1, assuming all required progressions are completed to the necessary
    standard.
     
  3. Capt. Darling have you tried the Dutch Airborne Center at Texel ?
     
  4. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    The military course can be done as an offical exchange if you are a current, in date military parachutist.

    AT is done under the terms of the BPA, and you would need to ensure that the TEXEL course meets all of the appropriate requirements including drop height, instructor quals etc.

    Done as an exchange, wear the wings. Done as AT, just enjoy(?) the course - no steeenking badges!
     
  5. If you want to do parachuting, try to get to Bad Lippe instead of somewhere in the UK like Weston on the Green! Much more enjoyable
     
  6. The Black Knights seem to run fairly regular AFF trips to Perris Valley, California to do AFF courses. It's not free, but it's the quickest and easiest way to qualify (with guaranteed sunny weather to boot). The HAC sent some people on it, I believe. Black Knights are based in JSPC Netheravon.