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PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND

CANOPY LOADING GUIDELINES

CLASS 1
Wing loading in the region of .75lbs to 1.0 lbs/square foot.
Canopies have reasonable performance abilities, fast forward speeds, and they require a reasonable degree of concentration from the pilot

CLASS 2
Wing loading in the region of 1.0lbs to 1.25 lbs/square foot.
Canopies have high performance characteristics with quick responses and high forward speeds.
Personal jump experience required – Approx. 150 jumps

CLASS 3
Wing loading in the region of 1.25lbs to 1.75 lbs/square foot.
Very high performance with no room for error and no forgiveness.
These canopies require a high degree of input from the pilot and good proven levels of awareness. Personal jump experience required – minimum 400 jumps, with 100 on Class 2 canopies.

CLASS 4
Wing loading in the region of .175lbs/square foot upwards.
This is the extreme end of the performance range and requires expert skills.
Personal jump experience required – in excess of 750 jumps, with substantial skills in Class 3.