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Flying High: Skydiving Quiz
by Staff
Skydiving has been described as one of the greatest adrenaline rushes a human being can have. So what keeps skydivers safe as they plummet to Earth? And what happens if something goes wrong on your jump?

How fast is a skydiver falling through the air in a typical jump?

  • 100 mph
  • 120 mph
  • 200 mph

How long is a skydiver typically in free fall?

  • 45 seconds
  • 60 seconds
  • 150 seconds

At 2,500 feet, a skydiver deploys the:

  • main rig
  • drogue chute
  • automatic activation device (AAD)

The backup parachute is called the:

  • container
  • riser
  • reserve

Skydivers can control their parachutes once they're deployed with handles called:

  • toggles
  • rams
  • lines

What is a bridle?

  • the pin holding the main canopy inside the container
  • a piece of nylon webbing that pulls out when the drogue is released
  • heavy nylon straps connecting the lines to the container

If something goes awry midjump, an AAD will release a backup chute at what height?

  • 1,500 feet
  • 1,200 feet
  • 750 feet

An AAD's cutter is:

  • the computer that measures a skydiver's altitude
  • a bullet that fires and cuts the closing loop to deploy the reserve chute if necessary
  • a battery that can power the AAD for up to 200 jumps

In tandem jumping, all skydiving pairs must have:

  • three extra reserve chutes due to the excessive speeds generated
  • a large drogue chute deployed to slow down the tandem from falling too fast
  • a radio communication system so that they can talk to one another in the air in case something goes wrong

How many jumps are made in the U.S. each year?

  • about 500,000
  • about 1.5 million
  • about 3 million