Demo Course

January 18, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Who This Course Is For:

This course is targeted to D-licensed skydivers who want to learn how to plan and execute safe, meaningful and professional skydiving performances. This course is a one-day download of 33 years of well paying, safe and successful skydiving demonstrations.

The Basics About our Course:

  • Course Director: Ron Lee. D-16357/PRO/S&TA. Ron will be assisted by a local PRO-rated jumper from your drop zone.
  • Course Duration: One day. A second day is reserved in the event of weather on the primary day.
  • Course Fee: $495.00 per student.
  • Course incorporates classroom and practical application jumps with special effects.
  • Each student makes four hop ‘n pop training jumps. (Jumps not included in course fee.)
  • Maximum number of students per class: 15
  • Minimum number of course students required in order to hold the course at your drop zone: 10 
  • What is Included:
    • All Course and Classroom Materials: written and online. Every course participant receives a binder containing all course materials.
    • All professional smoke/flags/special effects, systems and equipment required for the four practical jumps you will make. (See below for details.)
  • Subjects Covered: (This is not a complete list.)
    • Definition of a “demo”. Demos are not just “off the dz jumps.”
    • USPA Resources & USPA License and Currency Requirements.
    • Landing Area Sizes, Definitions and Experience Requirements.
    • Who is Responsible for Outcome of the Demo.
    • Demos Gone Bad – Real examples of what NOT to do.
    • FAA Paperwork / 7711-2 Requests for Certificate of Authorization.
    • Understanding aviation maps and charts when preparing your request to the FAA.
    • How to submit a successful FAA 7711-2 Request.
    • Developing a relationship and dealing with the FAA and FSDO offices.
    • Personnel Selection – how to choose your jumpers and ground crew.
    • Drop Zone Safety Officer (Ground Crew) Duties & Responsibilities.
    • Go/No Go Authority. Jumper In Command Duties & Responsibilities.
    • Getting demo Insurance.
    • Pre-jump Planning & Activities.
    • In-aircraft Operations & Communications/Demo Air-to-Ground Communications.
    • Weather Information Resources.
    • Wind Drift Indicators and why you should always use them.
    • Gear Selection – canopies, flags/smoke/streamers and other special effects.
    • Aircraft Selection.
    • Pilot Training and Orientation.
    • Demo Performance Anxiety & ways to deal with it.
    • How things change when you jump smoke, flags or other special effects.
    • Four training jumps: Jumping the four basic special effects used on demonstration jumps:
      • Boot-mounted Smoke/Hanging Smoke/Tethered Flags/Suspended-weight Flags
    • Knowing when to Stay in the Plane.

The Practical Training Jumps:  Each student makes four supervised jumps from 4,000 – 5,000 feet – one jump on each special effect listed above. Students pay for their four hop ‘n pop jumps.


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