PASA is a non-profit association of members with the mission statement: "To foster, develop and
facilitate sport parachuting, in all its facets, within South Africa, in the safest and most
progressive manner, on behalf of its members."
For many people the words parachuting and skydiving conjure up images of adrenalin junkies and
daredevils with little regard for their own safety. One of the questions most frequently asked of
sport parachutists is, "who in their right mind would want to willingly throw themselves out of a
perfectly serviceable aircraft?"
In truth, sport parachuting is a disciplined sport that operates within rigidly defined and
enforced safety parameters as set out in PASA’s Manual of Procedures. This Manual has been ratified
by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and is the basis upon which PASA has been
approved as an Aviation Recreation Organisation. The safety and training standards contained in the
manual are on a par or better than international standards and must be adhered to by all affiliated
drop zones and members in South Africa.
The updated MOPs for AE, has been approved following consultations between the SSA AE Committee and senior free flyers around the country. The document will remain marked as a “draft” until we have operated with the changed requirements for a few months to ensure that no further amendments are needed before formally incorporating it into the PASA MOPs.
The major changes are :-
- Formalisation of Head Up coaches, who are now enabled to take first time free flyers, and sign them off on Cat II, Cat III and C licence jumps.
- C & D Licence jump sequence has changed completely. Instead of being 3 & 7 jumps respectively which TEACH certain skills, they are now 2 & 3 jumps respectively which TEST the student’s ability.
- All C Licence jumps are 3 Way Head Up jumps, where one of the jumpers must be either a HU Coach or AE Coach
- All D Licence jumps are 3 Way Head Down jumps, where one of the jumpers must be a AE Coach.
We believe that this will solve the issues we have faced with lack of available coaches, as well as that of skilled 'tunnel rats' who would then just need to prove their ability to gain their PASA licence.
Since implementing the Head Up coaching system on a trial basis earlier this year, we now have additional coaches, which has really helped make coaching accessible to new students. These HU coaches are Warren Hitchcock, Braam van Heerden, Dietrich Bock & Maryke Prinsloo. The HU coach trial period has been a clear success HU AE Coach Rating. Click here for the updated Coach Rating application form.
Those who have already started their C or D licence progression on the previous progression system are welcome to continue along this path to obtain their next licence. You will have until the end of January 2016 to apply for your next licence. The new licence jumps as outlined above are applicable immediately and can be completed and signed off in your logbook, however, due to IT administration constraints, licences for the new jumps will only be available to apply for from 1 February 2016 after the deadline for those applying under the previous system expires.
SSA AE Committee