Phoenix-Fly Coach Program

INTRODUCTION
The goal of the Phoenix-Fly Coach program is to educate users in the safe and responsible usage of Phoenix-Fly products. The Phoenix-Fly “First Flight Course” aims to teach students the essential practical aspects of the discipline so that they can perform wingsuit skydives safely.
As well as promoting safety, the Phoenix-Fly training program will endeavor to help develop the wingsuit discipline, answering questions, sharing knowledge and organizing events & competitions.
The PFC program has been running since spring 2005, and has certified many new coaches throughout the world.The program received an update spring 2010, with a partial rewrite and expansion of the course materials.
The listing of coaches was also evaluated for currency, with only skilled and active flyers still listed. Another big change is that PFC bare a responsibility, and in case of them not adhering to the standards set by the program, will loose their listing. For anyone looking for instruction in wingsuit flying, picking one of the coaches on the Phoenix-Fly web assures you will receive quality coaching in a structured and proven format.

Please contact us if you would like to join the PFC team.

BACKGROUND
Wingsuit flying is a relatively new and increasingly popular skydiving discipline.
In terms of flying a wingsuit, it largely builds on the skills and experience a skydiver has gathered in their jumping career, allowing them to achieve even greater performance in the air.
Phoenix Fly has a wide range of wingsuits in various performance categories. Some of which are specifically geared towards first flight students.
The Phoenix Fly Coaching Program was conceived to set an instructional standard for skydivers to enter the wingsuit discipline.
The aim is to offer a standard training system that is less complicated, affordable and at the same time makes wingsuit flying more accessible.

THE PFC PROGRAM
The PFC training program focuses on the important aspects required to safely perform a wingsuit skydive, namely the:

  • Main differences between a wingsuit skydive and a normal skydive
  • Correct assembly of the wingsuit
  • Gear check
  • Aircraft exit and flight path
  • Deployment and emergency procedures

The PFC First Flight Briefing (FFC) was conceived with the normal dropzone environment in mind. Special events such as large boogies require additional special provisions.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • a minimum of 200 skydives, and suitable experience level*
  • a valid skydiving licence
  • suitable gear
  • liability insurance

* to be judged by the coach with the additional approval of the DZ safety officer. Requirements may vary in your country.

PHOENIX-FLY COACH REQUIREMENTS

If you meet our requirements you can attend a PFC training course conducted by a PFC/E.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the PFC patch and will be able to provide wingsuit FFC’s and coaching.
To become a PFC you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • An experienced, current and licensed skydiver
  • A knowledgeable and capable wingsuit pilot
  • Have at minimum of 100 wingsuit flights

Preferably holder of a Coach or Instructor rating (mandatory for USA)
Teaching experience outside of skydiving may also be considered.
A listed PFC who doesn’t comply with the set instructional standards will be removed from the list of active coaches.
Check the PFC database to find a list of active coaches in your area.

PHOENIX-FLY COACH EXAMINERS (PFC-E)
Phoenix Fly and Adrenalin Base have selected several skilled wingsuit pilots as examiners.

PFC-E Europe
Jarno “Mc” Cordia (NL) – email
Benoit Syben (BE) – email
Sandro Böhme (DE) – email
James “Macca” Macdonald (UK) – email
Jean-Noel Itzstein (FR) – email
Edo Senica – email
Giovanni Silvestri (IT) – email
Pilvi Juvonen (FI) – email

PFC-E USA
Darren Burke – email
Chuck Blue – email
Ed Pawlowski – email

PFC-E Canada
Oscar Lozada – email
Douglas Spotted Eagle – email

PFC-E South America
Diogo Amarante – email

COST
The cost of the PFC coach course is $200 / €165,- (+ instructor slot on 2 exam jumps). A max of 3 exam jumps can be made to get a good result. For foreign locations with high travel expenses higher rates may apply.

FFC APPROVED WINGSUIT MODELS (PF)
Phantom 1,2,3
Shadow 1,2
Prodigy 1,2
Acro

The PF Coach Course FFC is not limited to use of PF suits, and allows for several suits as long as the a armwing root is not extending down the upper/lower leg for an unobstructed pull, and the legwing doesn’t extend past the feet. As a rough guide, check for suits listed as ‘rookie’ in the FAI competition catagories at Paralog.net

Note that list of rookie suits include some models demanding 5 up to 25 prior wingsuit jumps.
Always check the manufacturers website for the most detailed information, or check with your local PFC.