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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a new division of R/C?

R/C Skydiving is around for some time already. R/C Modellers have been busy with R/C Skydiving in Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Czech Republich) and other parts of the world since the 1980's. Many have started out with the Robbe Charly which is no more in production.

Are they properly controlled?

Yes! Starting off as a novice you will quickly learn how easy it is to fly an R/C Skydiver. These Accuracy parachutes are like their real counterparts fully steerable. R/C Skydiving is a lot of fun and exciting. You and your friends can have a good time flying these skydivers. As your jump experience pick up and you become a more advanced flyer you will be able to do better with each jump to land at a marked spot.

For the more competitive R/C Skydiver pilot you can get involved through competitions where your skills are tested to the fullest extend to get your R/C Skydiver to make an accuracy jump by touching down on a 32cm diameter-pad with 1cm increment circles off which the bull’s-eye was up to now 3 centimetres and will be for the European Para Trophy competitions which is held every year around August/September.

A year was spent developing a very well designed V.1 Easyup R/C Skydiver with basic capabilities to the V.7 Free-fall capabilities as well as Flag deployment and continuing with revisions for better performance and an already well designed Accuracy Parachute which is in use since 2009.

The now latest in production is the V.8 Easyup R/C Skydiver with its advanced capabilities. In 2014 after we (Skydiver Hettie and I) have been to the 33rd European Para Trophy in Germany, the parachute lines have been amended for performance for the sake of accuracy sport jumps. This parachute performs excitingly well in windy conditions of 25-30km/h.

Is R/C Skydiving costly?

It can be if you want it to be. Our proven performance kit is loved and used by many a modeller around the world who is very happy with its simplicity of build. Built from laser cut Beech ply and Aircraft grade aluminium. With a very competitive price considering all the man-hours going into the production.

Would your parachute always deploy?

Our success rate is very high, but problems can be caused due to several reasons. Just like the real life thing of which packing the chute wrongly, Taxi Pilot not throttling back before releasing the r/c skydiver from the plane or turbulence caused by excessive prop wash. Very important is the CG of the jumper. Free-fall must be without tumbling. This could cause the lines of the parachute to twist and tangle which will cause the parachute not to open fully. It is custom to let the Jumper free fall for at least 3-5 seconds of 1001, 1002, ....., ...., 1005 so the skydiver/jumper can stabilize it’s free-fall before opening the parachute.

What if the parachute fails?

Unlike real life, under normal circumstances, there is no reserve chute. Malfunction is a rare event, but due to the nature of the hobby/sport it can happen. With very good ground preparation, it can be avoided. With the chute malfunctioning, the jumper can handle a dirt dive to a certain degree of impact. If it so appears afterwards, minor impacts can be repaired under an hour and jump again. How this test had its moment you ask, pilot not keeping his head at what is at hand and forgot to switch on the jumper. If it so happens that something breaks there is replacement parts available for your skydiver.

Could a parachute be left packed in its backpack?

It is strongly not advisable. Store it loosely in a container and attached to the diver. It will prevent the chute having too much creases which will prevent a good packing of the chute. Pack the chute just before the next jump. It is advisable to at least let the chute breathe a day before its next event. Always store in a cool dry place and out of direct sunlight.

What kind of fabric is in use?

For our parachutes we use Aeronautical F1.11 and ZP parachute rip stop. It is the same material being used for the real life parachutes.

Are there any competitions?

Locally in South Africa busy growing every year a little bigger each time. Abroad competition is big in the European countries with the most competitions in Germany (11) and the Netherlands (6) of which the European Para Trophy (EPT) and (Deutsche Meister) is held in Germany annually as earlier stated around August/September. Countries being involved in competition being Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic and now South Africa. Also in Muncie [GPS], USA a competition is being held every year. More and more countries are getting involved on small scale but it’s good to know that this sport is growing positively.

What servos are used?

Parachute release is with a standard size servo of 3,5kg @ 6V and on the arms a standard size but heavy duty metal gear (MG) is used with torque rating of 13-16kg @ 6V. It’s best to make use of a voltage regulator when a 6,6V LiFePo battery or maybe even 7,4V LiPO battery is in use. We normally make use of a humpback 5cell 6V 1500mAh NiMH battery.

How do I find my skydiver when it drifts away or get lost?

It is advisable to use a LMA (lost model alarm and is also Mandatory to have it for competition) which also indicates low battery voltage and is also switchable with an open channel or by switching off the transmitter which will sound the alarm. Very useful to find back your Jumper when it gets lost in the USA or Germany maze or in the sunny South African bush field.

What does the skydiver weigh?

The weight is between 1,1kg and 1,4kg. The parachute handles up to 1,8kg and it is advisable to rather stay with 1,1kg -1,4kg for safe handling and for competition purposes when using the Accuracy parachute. In windy conditions you'll make your diver weigh around 1,4kg AUW for best results when wind is pumping at 30km/h.

Demonstrations?

Yes, on request we do demonstrations. On notification in advance at a registered SAMAA (South African Modell Aircraft Association) facility. For more information on this or any other questions: info@rcskydive.com