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Fly With Your Own Wings

Skydiving! It’s not just falling but the thrill of unencumbered horizontal flight. Sport parachuting today is not rough and tumble. New equipment and the latest training techniques let you advance quickly to graceful freefall, swift and controlled canopy flight and smooth and easy tip-toe landings. This all-new, 7th revised edition covers every phase of beginning to advanced skydiving.

You will discover:
  • What will happen on your first jump and your next . . .
  • Exceptional freefall maneuvers that will surprise your instructors.
  • Advanced canopy-flying techniques.
  • To be thoroughly prepared for every possible emergency.
  • How to open your reserve parachute.
  • All about Automatic Activation Devices.
  • Why people jump out of planes.
  • Where to get the best equipment and what to look for.
  • How to get into the action with lists of skydiving centers, parachute equipment dealers, books, videos, magazines and more—worldwide.
The Skydiver's Handbook has a wealth of knowledge for the novice and experienced skydiver alike. Reference to this valuable resource will stimulate your enjoyment of the sport many times over.
-B. J. Worth, President, U.S. Parachute Association
A valuable collection of information and a good first look at the sport.
-Library Journal
When it comes to skydiving training and equipment, Dan Poynter wrote the book.
-Cliff Schmucker, President, Parachute Industry Association

Dan Poynter has earned virtually every license and rating in his 35 years of skydiving. He is past Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Parachute Association and past President of the Parachute Industry Association.

Mike Turoff has all the highest ratings, is a licensed (jump) pilot and a parachute rigger. A chemist in real life, he spends his weekends with students, explaining how things happen and applying safety to skydiving.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Jump? - Out of an Airplane?

Chapter Two
Your First Jump and Your Second and Your Third

Chapter Three
Parachuting Down Through the Ages. A Brief History

Chapter Four
Skydiving Emergencies

Chapter Five
Your Freefall Progression

Chapter Six
Your Canopy Progression

Chapter Seven
Skydiving Equipment

Chapter Eight
Specialized Jumping

Chapter Nine
Advancement in Skydiving