If skydivers cannot jump on a flight, what should I take care of when landing?

Lucas Kauffman
  • If skydivers cannot jump on a flight, what should I take care of when landing? Lucas Kauffman

    Piloting an aircraft, if skydivers cannot jump on a flight, what should I take care of when landing?

    Are there any special recommendations which should be taken into account?

  • You should descend in a controlled way, taking into account that your descent rate should not be ≥ 29 mph (13 m/s), once below 2,500 feet.

    If the descent rate is higher than that, then there is a risk of the AAD popping the skydiver's reserve parachute, mid-flight.

  • Perhaps trivial, but your landing weight will be higher than during a standard run sans skydivers, which will have an impact on stall speed, landing distance etc.

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