"Brian Germain Offers In-Depth Canopy
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.