Night Jumps

November 28, 2020 - November 28, 2020

THIS IS NOT AN EVENT FOR SPECTATORS. YOU CANNOT SEE THE SKYDIVERS IN FREE-FALL.

Night jumps are one of the five options you have for completing your D-license requirements; but night jumps are not limited just to those pursuing a D. While often accompanied by an increase in adrenalin, night jumps are one of the most beautiful and surreal experiences you can have in the sky. And at Skydive Arizona, we split each night load into two or three passes to limit the number of other canopies sharing that experience with you.

 

Cost: 1 jump ticket plus $8 (covers supplies and after-hours staffing). Manifest before 3 PM on the day of the night jump. MANDATORY night jump briefing will be held in the main hangar or conference room 1 (listen for the announcements) at sunset. Make sure that your rig is already packed before the briefing so that you will have time afterward to attach your lights and acclimate your night vision. Night load will take off 45-60 minutes after sunset.

 

Requirements:

- B license-qualified. USPA requires that you have met all the requirements to test for your B license (50 jumps, canopy course, freefall requirements) to participate in night jumps

- Make at least one jump at SDAZ during the day on the same day as the night jump in order to familiarize yourself with the prevailing wind conditions, landing area, potential outs, and obstacle fields you want to avoid

- Be current and comfortable on the canopy you will be jumping. **Square2 does NOT rent gear for night jumps; you must have your own gear!**

- Have an altimeter with a glow-in-the-dark face or backlit display. An audible is also highly encouraged

- Have clear goggles or a clear faceplate for your helmet (no tinted visors at night)

- Be completely comfortable making a straight-in approach in dead-calm conditions; at night all pattern turns are limited to 90 degrees

- Be current with your emergency procedures and comfortable with the idea of implementing them in the dark

 

Lights:

- The FAA requires that, from the time you are under an open parachute, all jumpers must display at least one light that is visible for a minimum of 3 statute miles. SDAZ can provide a white and a red strobe light for each jumper; however, if you have your own FAA-compliant lights, please bring them!

- At SDAZ, we require that your FAA strobes be worn white in front, red in back

- Aside from the strobes, you are highly encouraged to get creative! The more lights you are wearing, the easier you are to see from the ground by the GSO and under canopy by other jumpers. If possible, follow the scheme of wearing red in the back, and white, green, or blue in the front. Lights should be fastened securely in locations which will not compromise your night vision or the function of container handles and flaps. Light function switches should be accessible such that you can keep your lights turned off while in the airplane until your pass is on jump-run

- Consider taping a small flashlight to your left wrist which you can use to check your canopy; it can also be used to light your way if you are walking back from an out-landing

- Wingsuiters: it is highly recommended that you find a way to internally light up the wings of your suit

Other equipment:

- Make sure your jumpsuit or clothing has a secure pocket to hold your phone. Night jumpers will be given the phone number for that night’s GSO so that you can call in the event of an out-landing

- Consider bringing a whistle as a secondary means to signal your location if you land out and are injured

- Once the sun goes down it gets much colder; dress appropriately. Gloves are recommended.

- Remember your face masks! Masks are required in all buildings (even after-hours) and in the aircraft (until the yellow light goes on for your pass), and anywhere outside where you cannot maintain 6 feet of separation such as in the loading area and on the tram

 

For further reading, check out the USPA SIM Section 6-4. You can download the SIM for free from uspa.org

Inexpensive FAA-compliant strobes: https://www.adventurelights.com/ can be bought from many distributors including Amazon. 6 different colors to choose from. Steady or strobe mode is determined by the orientation of the batteries.

The “real deal”: the Hel-Star 6. Available from multiple suppliers including paragear.com

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