Parachute Drop Pictures

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Last updated 7/13/2022

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FAA FAR Section 91.15 - Dropping Objects.

No pilot in command of a civil aircraft may allow any object to be dropped from that aircraft in flight that creates a hazard to persons or property.    However, this section does not prohibit the dropping of any object if reasonable precautions are taken to avoid injury or damage to persons or property.

All pictures on this website conform to the above FAA / FAR Regulations.

We encourage the "Tennis Ball Approach". Use a tennis ball on a small parachute. A tennis ball on a 36" parachute falls at a very slow rate.
Used tennis balls are available on Ebay for very cheap. Or you can find them at your local tennis court. You can also get real small tennis balls (size of a golf ball) and real big tennis balls (slightly bigger than a softball) at your local pet store. (See pictures at bottom of page)
Stuffed Teddy Bears work well too.

If you have any pictures of parachute drops from a balloon, please send them to me

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Solberg Airport
Jan 15, 2011

Picture by Jim Poserina
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Solberg Airport
Feb 26, 2011

Pictures by John Povich

We dropped the parachute as we were descending to land.
This had the unexpected result of keeping even with the parachute for a couple of minutes, thus getting several good pictures of it.
We were almost able to catch it three times.
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Solberg Airport
July 14, 2011
Parachute #1

Pictures by Chase Brickman

Parachute traveled over 1/3 mile
Lost in trees
We did find it, but couldn't get it out of the tree
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Solberg Airport
July 14, 2011
Parachute #2

Pictures by Chase Brickman

Parachute traveled over 1/3 mile
Lost in trees
We recovered this one
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Solberg Airport
July 15, 2011

Pictures by Kenny Adamsbaum
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Solberg Airport
July 23, 2011
Parachute #1
Normal Size Tennis Ball

Pictures by Kenny Adamsbaum
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Solberg Airport
July 23, 2011
Parachute #2
Large Size Tennis Ball

Pictures by Kenny Adamsbaum
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Warren Co Fair
August 4, 2011

Pictures by Kenny Adamsbaum
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Warren Co Fair
August 5, 2011

Pictures by Kenny Adamsbaum
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Solberg Airport
August 6, 2011

We dropped 4 parachutes, but only got a picture of the last one
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Solberg Airport
August 20, 2011

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Solberg Airport
October 7, 2012

Picture by Kenny Adamsbaum
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Solberg Airport
November 11, 2012

Pictures by Jeff Prentky
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Solberg Airport
May 3, 2014

Pictures by Robin Smith

Parachute dropped just before landing at North Branch Park
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ReMax Sky Diving Bears

Part of the Bearatroopers
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Harrod Bear

Part of the Bearatroopers

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Hudson Valley Balloon Festival
Poughkeepsie, NY
July 11, 2015

RoBearto going for his first parachute jump

Picture by Kym Kasin Butler

Picture by Kym Kasin Butler

Picture by Kym Kasin Butler

Picture by Kym Kasin Butler

Picture by Shannon Lyons

Picture by Shannon Lyons
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Easter Sunday
April 21, 2019

TJ Wallace trying to catch parachute
Picture by Andrea Wallace
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Neshanic Station
March 19, 2020

Pictures by Dee Smaligo
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Solberg Airport
Aug 15, 2021

Jessie Mazzocchi Memorial Flight
Pictures by Ken Myers

Note Moon in picture

Note Moon in picture
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Letchworth State Park
May 29, 2022

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Tennis Ball Sizes

Stuffed Bear Large Tennis Ball
(Soft Ball)
Medium Tennis Ball
(Tennis Ball)
Small Tennis Ball
(Golf Ball)
5 ft 30+ in 10 - 15 in6 in

Websites of interest

Scott Bryce Spherical Parachute Gore Patterns
Hemisphere Parachute Design
Model Rocket Parachute Descent Rate Calculator
Descent Rate Calculator
Richard Nakka's Experimental Rocketry Web Site
Wikipedia Parachute
Parks College Parachute Research Group (dead link?)

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