Flying High: Skydiving Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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

A typical jump finds a skydiver falling at about 120 mph.

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How long is a skydiver typically in free fall?

If a skydiver jumps out of a plane at about 10,000 feet, this usually means about 45 seconds of free fall -- referring to the moment the diver exits the plane.

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At 2,500 feet, a skydiver deploys the:

At 2,500 feet, the skydiver throws out a drogue chute, and it deploys the main parachute.

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The backup parachute is called the:

The reserve is the second parachute, the one a skydiver uses in case things go wrong. If the main canopy, or chute, fails, the skydiver can cut it away and deploy the reserve chute.

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

Toggles are the handles on the lines connected to a parachute that allow skydivers to turn left, turn right, slow down and make extremely accurate landings.

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What is a bridle?

When the drogue chute catches the air and inflates, it pulls out a 10- to 20-foot long piece of nylon webbing called the bridle. As the bridle is coming out of the container, it pulls a pin, called the closing pin, on the container. This pin holds the main canopy inside the container. Pulling the pin opens the container with a small pop.

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

If a skydiver gets distracted or passes out flying though the air, a computer-controlled AAD (automatic activation device) will deploy a backup chute at 750 feet.

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An AAD's cutter is:

The cutter is essentially a bullet, and the computer sends the bullet a signal when it is time to deploy the reserve chute. The bullet, which is shaped like a knife at its tip, fires and cuts a piece of cord called the closing loop to release the reserve.

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In tandem jumping, all skydiving pairs must have:

In tandem skydiving, an instructor throws out a drogue chute when the pair jumps. The drogue is out during the pair's entire free fall to avoid dangerous speeds they could generate due to their combined weight.

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

The United States Parachuting Association reports that about 350,000 people in the U.S. complete roughly 3 million jumps a year.

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About This Quiz

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?

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