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Parachuting: The Skydiver's Handbook by Dan…

Parachuting: The Skydiver's Handbook (1978)

by Dan Poynter

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"Skydiving is the closest humankind can come to unfettered flight. Parachuting, The Skydiver’s Handbook helps both novice and experienced jumpers get the most out of the sport. The book details every phase of skydiving, canopy flying, safety, and equipment. It thoroughly explores freefall progression, learning to skydive, canopy progression and formation flying, specialized jumping, and every aspect of parachutes. With hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and charts, this revised and updated edition conforms with the new regulations of the U.S. Parachute Association." D. Poynter ( )
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A free-falling parachuter, strapped onto a snowboard with a Cheshire grin and arms spread wide, graces the book's cover (as does his recently departed airplane, pitched at a rather precarious angle). Don't be misled: only a few pages of The Skydiver's Handbook are dedicated to skysurfing, one of the more radical aspects of parachuting. Instead, Dan Poynter and Mike Turoff's parachuting guide is exhaustive, addressing all levels and styles of skydiving, and providing a glut of like resources. The guide opens with a why-do-this analogy: "If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, get out of the vehicle." Novice skydivers will learn the basics, from tarmac preparation to the first static line jump. And yes, experienced jumpmasters will find enough advanced material to hold their interest: free fall and canopy progression, equipment updates, and emergency procedures. All readers will appreciate the glossary and the lists of skydiving centers, parachute equipment dealers, and literary material. --Rob McDonald

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Skydiving is not just falling but the thrill of unencumbered horizontal flight. With the new equipment and the latest training techniques, sport parachuting is no longer rough and tumble but a graceful freefall, swift and controlled canopy flight, and smooth and easy tip-toe landings. This edition covers every phase of skydiving from beginning to advanced.… (more)

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