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"Brian Germain Offers In-Depth Canopy Flight Courses"

Parachute Designer Brian Germain, President Of Big Air Sportz, is now offering a new type of canopy class. Unlike other canopy camps, the focus of Brian’s courses is the classroom information, rather than only filming landings. Although jumping is often included in the course, this is intended to be an in-depth ground-school of parachute flight.

“The sky makes a terrible classroom”, says Germain. “There is so much that is not taught, and I want to cover as much information as possible”. Course material ranges in scope from basic aerodynamics of ram-air canopies through parachute design. The course syllabus is Brian’s book: The Parachute and its Pilot. Each participant leaves the course with a copy for further reading. “There is a great deal to remember”, says Germain, “and I find it essential to have something to review over time for this information to really stick”.

Brian is traveling all over the world giving these courses, and the response has been extremely positive. “Despite expectations, it isn’t all that hard to keep jumpers in the classroom if the topic is parachutes.” Classroom time is no less than twelve hours, and the courses typically span two days.

The other unusual aspect of Brian’s classes is the focus on the Psychology of Flight; or as Brian refers to it: “The Weakest Link”. Brian’ extensive research on the topic assists the participants in isolating their own mental blocks to their evolution as canopy pilots. In the end, it is the pilot that matters, not the parachute.

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