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The Parachute And Its Pilot: The Ultimate Guide For The Ram-Air Aviator Paperback – January 5, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Brian Germain (January 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977627721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977627721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Germain began his skydiving career in 1986. Since then, he has made over 10,000 jumps and has been a successful competitor in canopy swooping, sport accuracy, four-way relative work, and free flying. He has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and did his psychology masters work at Naropa University. His research targets the implications of mental state on safety issues in adventure situations, as well as, effects on personality transformation and personal growth. He is the author of several books including:Vertical Journey, Transcending Fear, and Greenlight Your Life. He is the president of Big Air Sportz, Inc., and has designed many canopies. He continues to lecture worldwide on the topic of safety in sport parachuting.

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Brian Germain is an author, teacher, entrepreneur, inventor, test pilot, psychology researcher, keynote speaker, and world champion skydiver. He began this eclectic career on April 13, 1986, the day he first jumped out of an airplane. A psychology student at the University of Vermont at the time, Brian began his research on the topic of fear and the coping mechanisms for dealing with it.

Over 20 years and 13,000 jumps later, Brian is still researching fear, but has also taken up the lofty task of teaching the subject in a worldwide lecture tour. From the US Air Force Academy to Australian Parachute Federation, Brian helps empower all kinds of people to transcend fear in order to improve safety and enhance performance. Fear is a topic that Brian has taken on in a very personal way. Having survived a near fatal paraglider collapse in 1993, he returned to the sky to redesign modern wing parachutes in an effort to prevent the same tragedy from befalling other aeronauts. A few short years (and thousands of jumps) later he went on to win ESPN's X-Games in Freefly Skydiving.

Brian's passion for teaching and helping others shows through in all aspects of his life. With his books and by traveling the world providing seminars, experiential workshops and keynote speeches, he has empowered and inspired others to reach for greatness and achieve success.

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Germain's writings are also as fun to read as they are useful.
Andrew A Byzet
The book, with a lot of work, will take you from riding the canopy to Flying it in coordinated flight.
L. Alan Aber
Brian Germain is a subject matter expert on canopy design and performance.
Matthew D. Kaye

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Kaye on February 1, 2011
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Short of attending one of Brian Germain's canopy piloting courses, this book is a must for any safe jumper looking to better understand the inner workings of a ram air canopy. It's descriptive, yet easy to understand. It focuses on what makes a canopy fly the way it does, how to manipulate and control your canopy beyond the obvious toggle turns, and how to avoid situations that could end your skydiving career. Brian Germain is a subject matter expert on canopy design and performance. The knowledge written in this book will help you take your canopy ride to the next level while still giving you the know-how to stay safe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luis M. Urquia on December 18, 2010
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This book gave me much more information than I was expecting. I am now trying out many different ways of flying my canopy. The mental prep part of the book has helped me to understand and prepare myself mentally to be able to take in much more information now then what I was previously able to. I will be using the book to continue too bring my sky diving up to new higher levels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Cadieux on May 24, 2013
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First of all, beware that this is a physically large book. The size is 8.5"x11" (A4 size), the same as what probably goes into your home printer.

I am an inexperienced jumper, sub-100 jumps and on my first non-student canopy. I found a lot of good information in this book, teaching me the basics of how the parachute works and why it does what it does when I pull the toggles. It's worth reading it with a highlighter in your hand, to mark the most important tips for future reference. I read the book from the beginning, stopping when I came to the chapter on high-performance landings. I am too new to be putting those ideas into my head. I also didn't read the hippy self-improvement stuff in the second half of the book.

My biggest problem with the book, and the reason I took off a star, is the apparent lack of proof-reading. There were many spelling and grammatical mistakes, more than in most things I read. Maybe a nitpick, but it is a book and should be proofread properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Alan Aber on December 9, 2011
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I had never heard of Brian Germain and his Canopy Course until a few days into my AFF when I saw a posting on our 'local' dive zone's (Skydive Georgia) Face Book page. I googled Brian and found this book which I bought along with The Skydiver's Handbook. After a quick read, I signed up for Brian's course which was a month away. I reread Brian's book and completed 10 jumps before the 2 day course began. I recommend studying the book before taking a canopy course.

The book, with a lot of work, will take you from riding the canopy to Flying it in coordinated flight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taria Sarkisian on January 16, 2014
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Bought this book about a year after I started skydiving and just couldn't figure out how to stick my landings. Brian explains it in ways I had never considered before and gave me an entirely different way to think of the wing. Been sticking the landing ever since
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn M Clark on December 12, 2013
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I barreled through this book in 2 days. I was considering downsizing from a 150 to a 135(semi-elliptical). This book made me curious about how a canopy operates and it has made me a more mindful and conservative canopy pilot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dom on August 31, 2013
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Well done Mr Germain!
Canopy flight and a psychology lesson of untold value. Recommend to anyone who wants to REALLY fly a canopy properly while understanding how to "safely" take risk and create enjoyment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulywill on July 9, 2013
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Not an easy read at first.

I'm constantly returning to understand the breakdown of what Brian is trying to describe. All my wannabe "SWOOPING" buddies are turning to this book before pulling on the front risers, and they're able to start swooping attempts safely.

Perhaps this should be homework assigned for every skydiver.
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