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Air sport involves sports in the air. Air sports include ballooning (flying in a hot air balloon), skydiving (which involves parachuting), paragliding (done with a parachute-like wing), and hanggliding (done with an unpowered wing by jumping from a mountain or other vantage point).


Ballooning is typically done in a hot air balloon, which cruises with the wind.

Destinations good for ballooning include Albuquerque, Marrakech, and Göreme.


This is a sport in which you exit a plane from altitude, freefall for a short while and then deploy a parachute to fly safely to the ground. Typically, general aviation is used to get into the air.

There are many dropzones around the world. Most dropzones will provide accommodation of some sort.


South Africa[edit]

Parachuting in South Africa is governed by PASA


Central America and Caribbean[edit]

North America[edit]

United States of America[edit]

  • West Tennessee Skydiving, 985 Laverne-Davis, Whiteville, TN 38075, +1 901 SKY-DIVE (759-3483). Tandem Skydive, includes all training, equipment, the jump from 14,500' , and an official, signed, Jump Certificate (no hidden charges!)US$225.00 Tandem Skydive Group Rate. At least 5 jumpers, each: US$200.00 Tandem Skydive Group Rate. At least 10 jumpers, each: US$195.00 Digital Video and Digital Still Pictures of your Tandem Skydive. Video is edited to music and placed on a DVD, Still Pictures are on a CD. You will receive your video and pictures about 30 minutes after your jump, you may view them on site! US$100.00 AFF Ground School (Next training step after your Tandem Skydive). Includes your own personal pair of goggles and logbook. US$100.00 AFF Jumps, Levels 1 thru 3 (you must have completed a Tandem Skydive and AFF Ground School) each jump: US$200.00 AFF Jumps, Levels 4 thru 7 ( You must have completed AFF Levels 1 thru 3), each jump: US$175.00 Super King Air Jumps from 14,500' (experienced jumpers with their own gear): US$26.00 Gear rental with AAD (on all student jumps the gear is provided at no additional charge), each jump: US$25.00 Reserve repack: US$75.00 Coach Jumps: A Coach is provided free of charge to all AFF Graduates on each jump until you receive your.
  • Skydive! Santa Barbara, toll-free: +1-888-800-JUMP (5867). The Drop Zone with an Ocean View! Feel the rush of flying through the air at 120 mph. Check out the fantastic ocean view of Point Concepcion. Certificate of Achievement presented on your first jump. They offer 2 ways of completing your first jump, Tandem or Static Line.
  • Freefall Oz Skydiving Center, Shinglehouse, PA, +1 814 697-7218. Experienced jumpers and beginners welcome, video recording available. Certified by the United States Parachute Association.
  • 1 GliderSports Skydiving, 51 SE Hwy W, Clinton, MO, +1 855-435-9669, e-mail: . sunrise to sunset; by reservation. Located on an exclusive 50-acre facility, this is the largest skydiving center in the region with the newest and fastest aircraft. $189-$299 depending on altitude, $89-179 pictures and video.

South America[edit]

Australia and Oceania[edit]


  • Skydive Cairns, 59 Sheridan Street, Cairns, +7 4031 5466, toll-free: 1800 330 044 (free call in Australia), fax: +7 4031 5505, e-mail: . Skydive Cairns offers tandem single jumps and AFF courses. One of the most beautiful plane rides up to 13,000 feet overlooking the reef just long enough before you lose your lunch on the way down.

New Zealand[edit]

  • Freefall Skydive, toll-free: 0800 373 335. Located in spectacular Taupo offering jumps above the amazing lake and volcanoes at heights up to 15,000 feet above the ground. From $249.
  • Skydive Auckland, toll-free: 0800 92 15 57. Imagine an insanity inducing freefall of at least 200kmph with breathtaking views of the skies and beaches of Auckland. Our customers are spoilt for choice with skydive heights of 9,000, 13,000 & 16,500ft, the last of which is the highest skydive jump in the North Island, New Zealand. From $295.
  • Skydive New Zealand, toll-free: 0800 751 0080. This is probably the best place in New Zealand to do this activity thanks to its amazing scenery. Between NZ$225 and NZ$500 depending on height and options.
  • Skydive Abel Tasman, toll-free: 0800 422 899. Tandem Skydiving from up to 13,000 feet with the best of NZ's scenery including National Parks, Southern Alps, blue oceans and golden beaches! Famous for top quality freefall photography! From NZ$229.
  • Skydive the Sounds, toll-free: 0800 3732648. High standards of safety, service and superb 360 degrees of scenery. Also the home of the unique "X Flight" (take off from Wellington and skydive into the South Island. Between NZ$245 and NZ$575 depending on height and options.
  • NZONE Skydive, 35 Shotover St, Queenstown & Rotorua Airport, toll-free: 0800 376 796. Experience the thrill of skydiving in New Zealand with a tandem jump or accelerated freefall course above Queenstown or Rotorua. No prior skydive training needed, just a sense of adventure. From NZ$269.
  • Skydive NZ Franz Josef, Fern Grove Souvenirs, Main road, Franz Josef, New Zealand, toll-free: 0800 7510080. Dawn to Dusk. The original glacier skydivers, good vibes since 1997. $295.
  • Skydive Paradise Glenorchy, toll-free: 0800 475 934. Experience the most scenic tandem skydive experience on earth at our skydive dropzone near Queenstown. Breathtaking Lord of the Rings scenery, tandem skydiving from 12,000 ft or 15,000ft, photos & videos available. From NZ$325 12,000 ft.



Parachuting in The Netherlands is governed by the KNVvL, division para [1]


  • Skydive. Take a dive from 4000 meters alone or tandem. Contact Andreas Knabe at the Parachuting School, tel 079 213 71 38, [2].

United Kingdom[edit]

Parachuting in the United Kingdom is governed by the British Parachute Association

Middle East[edit]

Beginner courses[edit]

There are generally 3 ways to do your first jump.

  • Tandem. You jump strapped to an instructor who will do all the work. You just go along for the ride.
  • Accelerated Freefall. Freefall from your very first jump. An instructor will jump with you to ensure that you do pull the canopy release.
  • Static line. A static line connects your parachute to the plane. When you exit the plane at around 3500feet, the static line will pull your parachute free to deploy it. There is no freefall during a static line jump. and you do not have to take any action to deploy the parachute. You do however need to fly the parachute once it has opened and land it yourself. Training is generally a full day course followed by your first solo jump. This is a good starting option for anyone interested in taking up the sport, as it is relatively inexpensive and you will have good canopy control by the time you make your first free fall jump. Most places will require you to do at least 8 static line jumps before you may progress to free fall.

Get in[edit]

The dropzone will provide a plane to take you to jump altitude.

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Stay safe[edit]


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