Millions of people worldwide enjoy skydiving, a sport in which you toss yourself out of a perfectly functioning aeroplane at an average of 13,000 feet in the air. For those looking to enjoy the beauty of skydiving while never leaving the ground, there's the hobby of remote-controlled skydiving. RC skydivers are rigged to act much as actual skydivers, controlling a deployed parachute as they drift safely down to earth. The RC skydiver is strapped to the deployment vessel, typically an RC aeroplane. From the ground, you control the skydiver with a radio transmitter from the moment of release to the moment of touchdown.
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Things you need
- RC aeroplane
- RC aeroplane transmitter
- RC aeroplane pilot
- RC skydiver
- RC diver transmitter
Carefully pack the RC skydiver's parachute according to manufacturer's instructions, with the chute attached to the release pin and the release pin attached to one of the skydiver's arms. Attach the skydiver to the aeroplane using a piece of elastic to hold the release pin of the skydiver in place beneath the aeroplane body. Moving the diver's arm connected to the release pin disconnects the pin and deploys the parachute.
Connect the battery to the receiver in the skydiver, then have your aeroplane pilot take off. Have the pilot climb to the altitude suggested by the RC skydiver manufacturer. Lower the arm connected to the release pin to operate the release mechanism, deploy the chute and begin falling.
Allow the skydiver to clear the flying aircraft, pulling down both arms to increase the drag on the chute and slow down the fall. Control each arm using a separate stick on the remote control transmitter. Raise or lower the arms by raising or lowering the stick assigned to that particular arm. The left stick controls the left arm with the right stick controlling the right.
Pull down on either arm alone to cause the skydiver to turn in a particular direction. The rate of turn controls horizontal movement. Swift turns simply change the facing of the skydiver, but gradual turns cause the skydiver to move throughout the turn.
Land the skydiver by directing him or her to the landing area through turns and then pulling down both arms sharply at once to flare the chute and rapidly reduce speed for touchdown. Have your pilot land the aeroplane for another jump.
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