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Force Field Accuracy

The ultimate computer game for skydivers. Are you up for a challenge?


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Landing Pattern

Canopy Glide

Force Field Accuracy


General questions

What are minimum requirements?

  • 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon
  • 1Gb computer memory (1.5Gb on Windows Vista)
  • 32MB video memory
  • NVidia Geforce2 or higher required, Geforce 4(non-mx) or higher recommended
  • ATI Radeon 7500 or higher required, ATI Radeon 9600 or higher recommended
  • SiS, Intel and S3 cards might or might not be supported
  • 50MB available on hard disk drive
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • DirectX 9 (download DirectX)

Where can I find more information?

Our forums are available for you 24/7. You can also refer to our support page for more information about different ways to get help.

Is the simulation good enough?

Consider your alternatives: books and video recordings. Canopy Glide allows you to play with different parameters and see the results in real time. This is something that no book or video recording can offer.

It's important to understand that every mathematical model is an approximation of the reality. Our simulator is not an exception. We are using multiple methods to verify our mathematical models: comparison between real-life data (gps recordings, video recordings, etc.) and expert opinion are our major methods. Our models include multiple parameters such as air density, the strength of the wind, canopy size, jumper's weight, etc.

The following are just a few examples of the similarity between the simulation and what happens in real life:

  • Canopy surges forward if brakes are abruptly released
  • Canopy follows the recovery arc to a stable configuration once inputs are released
  • Body swings out from underneath the canopy if brakes are abruptly applied
  • A lot more for you to discover

How does it help?

Almost any activity can be divided into three stages:

  1. Perception - how high am I?
  2. Assessment - should I flare or wait?
  3. Execution - Flare! Flare! Flare!

This is how a simulation can help:

  1. Perception - stressing the points of attention, for example, look at the horizon not at the ground
  2. Assessment - it's easy to try different things, for example, look at the ground on one jump and at the horizon at another
  3. Execution - measurable feedback about the taken action, for example, compare trajectories to see in what case your flare was done better

Read "Canopy Flight Simulation for Education" article at dropzone.com for more information.

How to buy?

Try before you Buy

You can buy our software with a click of a button from within the trial versions of our software. This is the preferred method to buy our products:
  1. Download the trial version of the product to test it before you buy it
  2. Click Buy Now button in the main menu and follow the instructions
  3. All features of the program are available to you right a way. Thank you.

Online Store

You can also visit Static Line Interactive, Inc. secure online store to purchase/download our products.
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Is there a Mac version?

No, currently there is no Mac version available. Please, post a message in forums if you would like to see Mac support.

Landing Pattern

What does Landing Pattern simulation do?

Landing Pattern is designed to emphasize the proper landing approach. You use the mouse to control the toggles. Holding the left mouse button allows you to control the left brake, holding the right mouse button allows you to control the right brake. Hold both of them to flare. The simulation responds to the mouse input as the canopy would respond to the toggle input. This means that you can practice normal and flat turns.

You can switch between top view, side view, and first person view by pressing a key (views can be switched back and forth at any time). First person view allows you to see the environment as you will see it from under the canopy (use the mouse to look around, and control the canopy by holding the mouse buttons and moving the mouse).

After the landing you can compare trajectories from different jumps. All of the described phenomena are usually shown to the students using drawings, an occasional video, but mostly using fingers and verbal descriptions from the instructor. Our simulation allows you to change parameters and see if you understand the underlying principles. The simulation demonstrates, for example, why it is hard to land in high winds.

How do I control the canopy in the simulation?

Hold the left mouse button and drag up/down to control your left toggle. Hold the right mouse button to control the right toggle. Press key 1, 2, 3 to switch between first person view, top view, and side view.

What are demo mode limitations?

The following are the limitations of the program in Demo mode.

  • You can not change conditions (wind direction, wind strength)
  • You can not change equipment
  • Only two tutorials are available
  • Jumps are not logged

Use Buy Now button from the main menu of the program to buy Landing Pattern and enjoy all the features right away.

Canopy Glide

Do I need it?

Look at the following questions. You may benefit from this software if you are not sure what the answers to these questions are or it takes you a long time to answer any given question.

  1. Which input method should you use to get back to drop zone from a long spot: brakes, front risers, or rear risers?
  2. Can you flare with the rear risers?
  3. Can you flare with the front risers?
  4. Is it true that abrupt release of brakes is a wrong action in most circumstances?
  5. Is it true that abrupt release of front risers is hardly ever a bad action?

Answers to these and many other questions can be found by using Canopy Glide. You may also want to check our forums for explanations of these questions.

What is the purpose of the canopy glide and what can I learn with it?

Canopy Glide is designed to emphasize the change in the canopy glide. This is best observed when canopy inputs on the right and left are applied together. You use the mouse to control both toggles simultaneously. The simulation responds to the mouse input as the canopy would respond to the toggle input. This means that if you move the mouse slowly, the canopy pitch does not change, but the velocity of the canopy changes. On the other hand, if you move the mouse quickly the canopy can be flared. The change of canopy speed depends on the canopy size, the jumper's weight, applied input (even density of the air is used in the mathematical model). Right mouse button click switches between different inputs: toggles, front risers, rear risers. This allows to see that flare is not possible with the front risers, but it is possible with the rear risers. You can see that applying front risers will increase the speed of the canopy and if the front risers are abruptly dropped, then the canopy starts leveling out. On the other hand, if toggles are abruptly released, then the canopy surges forward and it is not possible to stop the surge quickly, hence it is not advisable to let go of the toggles if the final flare is a little high.

You can switch between side view and first person view by pressing a button (views can be switched back and forth at any time). Side view allows you to understand what happens to the canopy in relation to the ground (it takes some time to understand that swinging under the canopy forward and back is called change in pitch, and too quick of the input will create a forward swing). First person view allows you to see the environment as you will see it from under the canopy (use the mouse to look around as in a computer game, when the left button is pressed you can move the mouse up and down to control toggles or risers). For example, this is useful to realize that looking at the horizon for landing flare is better than looking straight down. Also, you can learn how to find the destination point.

After the landing you can compare trajectories from different jumps, which demonstrates how the canopy glide changes in different wind conditions or with different inputs. All of the described phenomena are usually shown to the students using a few drawings in books, an occasional video, but mostly using fingers and verbal descriptions from the instructor. Simulation allows you to change parameters and see if you understand the underlying principles. The simulation demonstrates, for example, why it is dangerous to fly in high winds or how speed of the flare must be changed depending on the speed of the wind. There is no other similar tool available to students or instructors.

How do I control the canopy in the simulation?

Hold left mouse button and drag up/down to control your toggles or risers. You can not turn the canopy, see the previous question for the explanation.

Use right mouse button to switch between toggles, front and rear risers.

Press key 1 or 2 to switch between first person view and side view.

What are demo mode limitations?

The following are the limitations of the program in Demo mode.

  • Risers control is disabled
  • Only a few combinations of weather conditions and equipment will be available
  • Jumps are not logged

Use Buy Now button from the main menu of the program to buy Canopy Glide and enjoy all the features right away.

Force Field Accuracy

How did you make the Force Field Accuracy?

Force Field Accuracy is designed on the same engine as Canopy Glide. Force Field Accuracy places close to realistic canopy simulation into an unrealistic environment. It is a puzzle game, it is an arcade game, and it is an educational game.

How do I control the canopy in the simulation?

Hold left mouse button and drag up/down to control your toggles or risers.

Use right mouse button to switch between toggles, front and rear risers.

How to speed up the simulation?

Remove check from Use shaders checkbox in Settings->Video and decrease the number of visualization particles in Settings->Force Fields.

What are demo mode limitations?

The following are the limitations of the program in Demo mode.

  • Only a few drop zones are available
  • It is not possible to create new drop zones
  • It is not possible to save changes to edited drop zones

Use Buy Now button from the main menu of the program to buy Force Field Accuracy and enjoy all the features right away.