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The time remaining until you are to board the aircraft. For example, a fifteen minute call means you will board in fifteen minutes.
Camera Flyer
Freefall photographer equipped with camera(s) fastened to their helmet.
The construction of fabric and lines used to land safely after a freefall. Modern parachutes are not round but elliptical in shape. Every jumper carries two: the main and reserve, stowed in the same container.
A case of beer that needs to be distributed among the other skydivers after having performed some action that calls for a case. Almost anything, really. Don't like beer? It doesn't matter, caseing is still an important part of the skydiving culture.
Square canopies are made up of pressurized cells, usually seven or nine. Each cell consists of a load bearing rib at each side to which the suspension lines are attached. A third, non-load-bearing rib runs down the middle of the cell. The cell is pressurized through the open mouth at the front and also through cross-ports in the ribs. Adjacent cells share load-bearing ribs.
The chambers in a ram-air parachute (Square), made up of two halves. They are delimited by two load-bearing ribs and are split in two by the non-load-bearing rib in between. Most Skydiving Canopies have either 9 or 7 Cells, but they may have as few as 5 or many more than 9 and a Cell may be split into more than 2 parts. A 9 Cell Canopy is generally a more efficient wing than a 7 Cell because it has more ribs and can be a better aerofoil, however because they have more ribs and therefore more fabric they do not pack as small.
Chicken Soup
When the planned move or jump routine does not go as planned.
To jettison a canopy or skyboard for emergency reasons.
Chute Assis
Literally, "sit flying." A new alternative flying discipline in which participants freefall as though they are sitting in straight-backed chairs. The vertical position greatly increases their fall rate. Looks pretty funny when performed in formation.
The act of getting into a starting position before exiting the aircraft while it is in flight.
A container is the backpack a skydiver wears and holds the main parachute, reserve parachute & AAD.
A term used to describe the act of suddenly slowing down by presenting a large horizontal surface area to the relative wind. From the perspective of others who are still in the vertical (fast) posture, the "corker" appears to pop up, much like a cork held under water, then released.
A canopy is crabbing when it is flown at an angle sideways to the ambient wind, resulting in a path across the ground that is sideways as well as forwards.
To creep is to practice formation skydiving sequences while laying prone on a creeper.
A board equipped with wheels on which a skydiver lays to simulate freefall maneuvers. Kind of like an Y-shaped skateboard, although larger.
Canopy Relative Work, now officially known as Canopy Formations. CRW involves flying open canopies in close formation, where the pilots actually take grips on each other's parachutes.
A command given to slow the speed of the aircraft once the spot is reached. Helps facilitate the climb-out and hang.
Cut Away
Release the main canopy in case of a malfunction. Needs to be done prior the deployment of the reserve canopy to avoid the risk of the two canopies getting entangled.
The brand name commonly used to refer to an automatic activation device (AAD) that opens the reserve automatically if a predetermined altitude is passed at a high rate of speed.
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