2-10. Landing Procedures.
A proper landing position is essential to minimize
the risk of injury when initial-contact is made with the
ground surface. Once ground contact has been made a
parachute landing fall should be performed to lessen the
amount of landing impact absorbed by the legs. The
following are recommended procedures for completing a
parachute landing under normal conditions.
a. Preparing to Land.
A landing position should be assumed
at an altitude of not less than 100 feet
above the ground.
Figure 2-18. Performing a Parachute Landing Fall.
Canopy release assemblies shall not be
activated at any time during descent
prior to landing surface contact .
When performing a parachute landing
(1) Using both hands, reach up and grasp
fall, keep the chin lowered against the
the front set of risers at the highest point possible.
chest to prevent the head from striking
(1) At the moment the balls of the feet
Avoid becoming stiff legged and tensed
contact the ground, bend and twist the torso sharply to the
up when preparing to make a parachute
right or left to avoid falling on the knees. With the body in
this position, begin absorbing the landing fall impact
sequence on the five parts indicated in b above.
(2) Place the feet and knees together
insuring the legs are slightly bent at the knees. The toes
should be pointed, slightly toward the ground so the first
contact with the ground will be the balls of the feet.
The direction of bend and twist
enforced upon the torso will depend
upon the direction of landing drift. For
example, if the landing drift is to the left,
Moderate muscular tension must be
then the parachute landing fall shall be
maintained in the legs to insure the legs
performed on the left side of the body.
absorb a portion of the landing impact.
(2) Upon starting the parachute landing fall,
(3) Position the head erect and focus the
pull the risers down in front of the face with both elbows
eyes on the horizon.
placed together and touching the midsection of the body
b. Parachute Landing Fall. When executing
parachute landing fall (fig. 2-18) there are five points of
contact which should be made in sequence: the balls of
the feet, the calf of the leg, the thigh, the buttocks, and
Pulling the risers down will aid in
the back part of the shoulder. Perform a parachute
collapsing the canopy while offering
landing fall as follows:
some protection to the face.