Phoenix-Fly Coach Program
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.
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.
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)
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.
– a minimum of 200 freefall 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.
AAD and use of Skyhook/MARD or RSL is recommended.
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. Teaching experience outside of skydiving can also be considered.
Attending the course does not guarantee passing. To be accepted as a PFC coach one must succesfully pass the theory and practical teaching and flying exam.
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.
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)
COACHES & REGULATIONS
Find your nearest coach that can help you progress into the sport of wingsuit flying and find the regulations for each country.
Coaches listed per country, in alphabetical order
Note: People listed on the website are active wingsuit coaches who adhere to the strict safety and currency demands Phoenix-Fly puts on wingsuit instruction. Coaches need to do a minimum of 50 wingsuit jumps per year, of which 5 FFCs/currency jumps to remain listed. On longer lapses, getting current again via one of our PFC-E’s is mandatory. Contact us if you have comments or questions regarding the training of our listed coaches. Coaches not adhering to the set safety and experience standard for students listed here will be permanently removed as a coach from our database.
Clint “Daddo” Dadson
Scott Paterson PFC-E
Oscar (Oz) Lozada
Danny van Oosterwyk
Benoît Syben PFC-E
Rick “Sagui” Fraganani
Pedro Vianna Silva
Glauber “Jack” Jackson Silva
Luiz Henrique “Sabiá” Tapajós
Juliana “Julie” Vidotti
Lucas de Zorzi
Mads N. OIsen
Miikka Sakari Oksanen
Pilvi Keranen PFC-E
Sandro Böhme PFC-E
Melanie ‘Melli’ Koch
Giovanni Silvestri PFC-E
Joseph Edward Likierman
Marjolein vd Bos
Jarno “Mc” Cordia PFC-E
Detlef van der Hoeven
Fokke Van Der Werf
“Eazy” Erin Allison-Maxwell
Ricardo Lourenço Viegas
Edo Senica PFC-E
Alejandro “Alex” Lopez Arce
Miguel “Micky” Perez
Lucas Lacasa Horno
Nicholas “Phish” Cronin
Michael “Michi” Schwery
Niko “Machete” Rodriguez
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (DUBAI)
Darren Burke PFC-E
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Chuck Blue PFC-E
Tom van Dijck
John van Horne
Sean Horton (aka Monkeyboy)
Jake “Feather” Morse
William (Bill) Onieal
Ed Pawlowski PFC-E
Douglas Spotted Eagle PFC-E
Each country has difference rules for wingsuit flying. To assist in figuring out local regulations, here is a brief overview of rules in various countries. Note that on top of local rules, skydives are always bound to the rules of their own organisation. Not sticking to these rules leads to invalidation of liability insurance for the student. Some of these countries do allow foreign jumpers to jump under their own rules, even when they don’t meet the local criterea. Its advisable to bring a copy of your own organisation rules when visiting a dropzone that has a higher experience limit for wingsuit flying.
Phoenix-Fly demands a minimum of current 200 freefall skydives before using any of our wingsuit products worldwide.
This includes France/Germany where local rules deviate from worldwide standards.
For our more higher performance range of suits, currency and additional wingsuit experience is mandatory as listed with each suit. Please note liability, travel and medical insurance might not prove valid in case of injury or damage to persons or equipment when ignoring advised experience demands.
Use of a modern AAD and Skyhook/RSL is highly recommended.
USA / Europe / Asia
A Licence, 200 Freefall Skydives
D Licence, 200 Freefall Skydives*
* D licence and Wingsuit Crest/Award is needed for participation in group jumps.
Check with APF for more information.
C Licence and 200 Freefall Skydives
B Licence, 200 Freefall Skydives
D Licence, 500 Freefall Skydives
C Licence, FS qualification, 200 Freefall Skydives (limited to certain models approved by Danish federation).
C Licence, FS qualification, 300 Freefall Skydives
C Licence, FS1 qualification
200 Freefall Skydives (in the last 18 months) or 500 Freefall Skydives
Hungary / Canada
C Licence, 200 Freefall Skydives
200 Freefall Skydives (in the last 18 months) or 500 Freefall Skydives
This overview is here only for reference. Make sure to check local rules.
No rights may be derived from the information published here.