On Friday the 18th of April, Cdt Blyth attended a parachuting course at Skydive Netheravon. With 10 hours of training for a Solo Static Line jump and a theory ground exam, Cdt Blyth was able to carry out his jump at 3,500 ft. He recounts his extremely exciting experience below:
“I shuffled anxiously onto the edge of the plane with my feet dangling in the extreme wind. I looked over my shoulder for one last look at my friends when I heard our instructor scream: “GO!”. At this command I launched myself out of the plane into the position I had been taught throughout the day and did all the neccesary drills: Counting one thousand, two thousand, three thousand, four thousand in free fall. I then had to check my canopy for any malfunctions and do my two flares. After that, I was free to do what ever I wanted, within reason and within the boundaries given to me. For about 100 feet I could play around, do some spins etc. At 1000 feet I had to head downwind to prepare for landing, then at 500 feet head cross wind (perpendicular to the direction of the wind) and then at 300 feet head into the wind for landing. At 10 feet I flared and landed perfectly on my feet, wrapped my parachute up and walked back to the airfield.”
Very well done to Cdt Blyth on completing a, some would say, terrifying course!