Military Free Fall – Chute Systems


“The act of parachuting, which involves throwing oneself into space, is not a natural act. The parachute is a means of transport and many use this vehicle every day. Through professional and proper training by Chute Systems it becomes a simple and normal performance and not a daring stunt.”

Chute Systems is a world leader in the training of military personnel in parachuting.

Xhead = Basic Military Free Fall Course

Military Free Fall parachuting is a technique by which the parachutist jumps from a high altitude, completely free from the aircraft, and falls for a predetermined time or distance before the canopy is deployed. The parachute is activated manually, which can be backed up by an automatic activation device, set for a specified altitude. The use of a steerable canopy allows the parachutist to manoeuvre and land very softly with great accuracy.

The Basic Military Free Fall Course is one of the several advanced skills training courses offered by Chute Systems. Military Free Fall is considered to be one of the military’s most demanding and potentially hazardous courses. Learners attending the Basic Free Fall Course must be physically fit, highly motivated, and true professionals.

The Basic Military Free Fall Course consists of a five-week training programme. The main objective is to qualify military freefall parachutists. This five-week training programme includes one week of ground-school training and packing of Free Fall parachutes. Learners will then start with practical jumping during the last four weeks of the course. The learners need to complete the Free Fall training programme, which includes falling stable in the Free Fall position, and to do all different Free Fall manoeuvres like half series, spins and tracks. The jumps will also include basic body stabilisation, basic aircraft procedures, combat equipment and night descents.

Xhead = Advanced Military Free Fall Course

This Free Fall training programme is a two-week training package allowing Special Forces groups the ability to train and sustain a military freefall capability on a regularly scheduled basis. This Free Fall programme is intended to sustain proficiency prior to combat operations. All training emphasis will be focused on canopy control skills, night jumps, combat equipment and team jumps. Teams will receive currency training from a Chute Systems Military Free Fall instructor on all advanced military freefall techniques. The jumps will also include advanced aircraft procedures to include individual exits with combat equipment, mass exits, grouping exercises and night operations. This training programme will also be a prerequisite for High Altitude Operations (HAHO and HALO).

Xhead = High Altitude Course (HAHO, HALO)

HAHO and HALO are most commonly used by Special Forces units for covert operations behind enemy lines. The high altitude is usually above 25 000ft above sea level. The jumpers must have oxygen (13 000 feet above sea level), respirators and protective clothing in order to survive. The advantage is that the jumpers should be able to land undetected on smaller drop zones (DZs). This course is also presented by Chute Systems and the duration is four weeks. All the aircraft drills and oxygen procedures will be done in week one. All different jumps (HALO and HAHO) will be done in the last three weeks. Students will do a total of 20 jumps. These jumps will include night jumps and combat equipment jumps.

HAHO (High Altitude Low Opening) is used to drop parachutists at high altitude to allow them to glide in to the landing zone. The jumpers are equipped with specialised square parachutes that are highly steerable with good forward speed. This type of jump allows the paratrooper to glide into their landing area, often for some distance (up to 40km). This type of jumping requires good navigational skills and knowledge of wind and atmospheric conditions. It allows the aircraft to fly outside enemy airspace and insert them without the enemy hearing them.

HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) requires that the aircraft flies closer to the landing zone although at a high altitude (usually above 25 000ft). These jumpers will then freefall at a relatively high speed towards the landing zone. By pulling the ripcord and deploying their parachute between 3 000-5 000 feet above ground level, this technique helps the jumpers to make a near silent insertion – avoid radar systems, etc, and provide them with minimum exposure until the very last minute.

Xhead = Instructors

Chute Systems can cover all aspects of military Free Fall parachuting training. All company instructors are ex-South African Paratroopers and Special Forces Operators with more than 200 years of experience between them. Chute Systems’ instructors have passion for altitude, adrenalin, adventure and parachuting.

Xhead = Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition

Chute Systems will exhibit during the bi-annual Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Exhibition over the period 19 to 23 September 2012, at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, in Centurion, South Africa. The company will exhibit in hanger numberr 2, stand 2C51, and everyone is invited to come and meet the owners and instructors personally and to discuss your training and parachute equipment requirements.