Progression : brevet B

Objectives and exercises required for Brevet B
Have at least 30 drop jumps

Exercises to be performed in freefall for the B patent ”: Abilities required in freefall

  • Mastery of a position other than flat (back, sitting, etc.) and return to flat facing the ground
  • Control of the evolutions around the 3 axes: front loop, rear loop, rolls, turns. Realization of these associated figures in the same jump or 2 jumps with the drift
  • Efficient drift: which advances in a controlled axis, without pitching, on a defined axis
  • Locate and respect the perpendicular to the axis of release during the execution of figures, especially the drift

Knowledge of the release axis to have for PATENT B

Release axis – Objective : avoid any risk of collision between a faller and a paratrooper under canopy

BEFORE GETTING ON THE PLANE: I know the release axis

Before getting out of the plane, I check the axis and I take a visual on one of the wing tips of the plane = mark perpendicular to the release axis, for all exercises and in particular drift jumps and free fly (back fall, sitting, etc.).

After the opening: thanks to the rear risers or immediately after the implementation with my controls, I orient myself at 90° from the release axis, until the opening of the following parachutists: I thus avoid going up the release axis with my wing. Then I orient myself in relation to the wind to reach the area of evolution.

Improvement under sail:

1/Opening of the visual field

Search for other sails: how many sails in the air, what are they doing?
Differences in wing categories/priorities: students, tandems, instructors and expert skydivers, others…

2/ Staging – Objective = avoid any risk of collision under canopy in the landing circuit

spot the sails at my level
if I have a lower or equal category of sail, I stage:
either upwards: I brake
either down: I do a few alternate turns to go down faster as long as I am above 500 m

if I have a doubt for the landing (proximity of another wing), I can change zone (for example, land on the other side of the runway)

3/ Exercises under voice

The exercises should be done:

  • above 500m
  • while remaining in its zone of evolution
  • keeping the visual on the other sails
  • be briefed and debriefed by an instructor

Do not exercise in strong winds

Examples of briefed exercises:

  • Control work (brakes, release)
  • Steering at the rear risers
  • Discovery of the front risers
  • Another example: playing with the weight of the body in the harness

4/ Landing: Objective: To land correctly and safely

  • Prepare your circuit: minimum 500 m (tiering, positioning in the evolution area to prepare the landing circuit, depending on the wind, etc.)
  • If there is traffic, anticipate the trajectories of other skydivers so as not to get in the way.
  • If in the final phase, I am too long, I can make S's provided I do not interfere with the sails following me (I risk blocking their passage) and not being too close to the ground
  • In case of landing out of area, I decide as soon as possible, I choose an open area, I land in the greatest length, far from obstacles, and I pay attention to power lines.[/spoiler]

Figures of the CAP and Brevet B in pictures
( all the pictures show real students, some will recognize themselves!! )