Canopy Piloting (swooping) encompasses several
disciplines, all involving the flight of a skydiving parachute
either at high altitude or close to the ground.
"Swooping" is one form of canopy piloting
and is a growing activity in the skydiving world. Many think the
reason for this is that it is one of the few skydiving related events
that are, for the most part, spectator friendly.
Swooping entails the canopy pilot deploying their
canopy at 5000 ft, piloting their canopy to an "initiation"
point over the swoop course, then turning into a rotating dive
dramatically increasing the canopy's speed. The canopy pilot stops the
canopy's rotation on the proper course heading, while at the correct
altitude allowing their canopy to recover from the dive and level out
with maximum speed before entering the course, Maximum speeds
regularly reaching in excess of 90 mph. Needless to say, you'll need
the experience of hundreds of skydives and specialized one-on-one
instruction before starting to learn the fine art of high performance
Canopy swooping. If you never made a skydive before, then your Canopy
Swooping training starts here. If you skydive but aren't
already a licensed skydiver, then your Parachute
Swooping training starts here because you need to get
your skydiving license before you even think about starting
wingsuit skydiving instruction! After you've got your A license
and made at least 200 freefall skydives, then we'll arrange wingsuit
school for you
The best introduction to skydiving is tandem
because it is like learning to fly with an instructor every step of
the way. Your jump can either be a joy ride with your instructor
taking care of almost everything, or if you like we can make it more
of a learning jump, teaching you to watch your altimeter, pull the
handle just behind your right hip at 5,500', and flying the parachute
with your instructor. Hundreds of Annandale, VA residents have made
their first skydive at Orange with out USPA rated tandem instructors,
using our state-of-the-art parachute systems. We pride ourselves on
the caliber of tandem instructors and videographers who will be
jumping with you from the best jump plane at the best skydiving
facilities near Annandale, VA.
Repeat jumps can be in the Accelerated Freefall
(AFF) training program, which can lead to getting your "A"
license. Completing the 25-jump
AFF training program certifies you as having the basic
certification that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to
jump unsupervised. Then you can keep jumping and adding skydiving
skills till you are qualified to learn wingsuit jumps, base jumps,
tracking, enter the various forms of competition- our skydiving
professionals can mentor you on your way whatever your skydiving
Licensed skydivers need only bring their logbooks
and USPA licenses to sign in and hop on a plane, ride to 13,500'
and do almost whatever they like once out the door! We plan to jump
year round Saturdays and Sundays, most Federal Holidays, and usually
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Mid April through November. Weekday
jumps are usually $5 cheaper for licensed skydivers.
Skydive Orange- taking folks from Annandale skydiving for the
first time at this location for over 33 years! In fact, during this time
thousands of people from Fairfax County skydived with us for their first tandem
Annandale is unique in that its history can be traced
directly to the pre-Revolutionary period, when, in 1685, an Englishman by the
name of Col. William H. Fitzhugh purchased over 24,000 acres of land and his
descendants later named the tract "Ravensworth." From an untamed
wilderness, Fitzhugh converted the land into one of the largest tobacco
plantations in Northern Virginia.
Closest skydiving to :
from the highest altitudes and biggest jump plane! the humble Tandem first skydive, apart from being most folk's most exciting bucket list item, is actually the first jump in the training program to be come a certified skydiver, skydiving instructor, wing suit jumper, canopy swooper, base jumper, and for some of us even world class canopy swoopers!