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Dear D. Norkus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parachute
http://inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/ss/Parachute.htm
http://www.parachutecanada.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parachuting
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parachute
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/parachute

Is Parachute Operation Training offered as a part of Professional Pilot Training Program ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Is Parachute Operation Training offered as a part of Professional Pilot Training Program ?.

No, it is not part of any pro pilot program.

Perhaps military pilot training but no civilian pilot training program has any parachute training. It is considered an extreme sport or hobby.

That said, there are some pilots on a commercial track that begin training in an aircraft that requires a parachute. However, that doesn't mean the pilot will ever get any training beyond a verbal briefing on how to use it. Commercial pilots flying for a drop zone are required to wear parachutes, even if they never intend to use them. Even with a briefing on how to utilize one, an actual jump could go terribly awry. People who do an Accelerated Freefall Course, so they can jump without going tandem, are assisted in free fall by jumpmasters who go part of the way with their student. They also have radios to coach the student whil under canopy on the descent. Even if a skydiver gets out of the airplane and the chute deploys, there are still malfunctions that can occur. Thus solo skydiving requires much training. It is NOT a grab and go event by any means.

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I can address questions about airline pilot employment & entry level airline careers in the United States, women pilots, flight training, pilot certification, U.S. flight scholarships (mostly for women), aviation & airline safety topics, aviation accident investigation and airline operations. ***Please note, I cannot address flight training & career queries from outside the United States, or aero engineering degree programs/careers, aviation management topics. ****

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Aviation Safety/Accident investigation.

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