Learn the Lingo!
If you are new to the skydiving world or you're thinking of becoming a jump pilot or skydiver you're going to have to learn the lingo. As with any industry, there exists unique words and, in common with aviation, the skydiving industry uses quite a few acronyms. Below I listed the most popular words with the definitions in alphabetical order.
AAD - Automatic Activation Device. Equipment that will automatically deploy a skydivers parachute at a predetermined altitude in the event that they become incapacitated.
AFF - Accelerated Free Fall. A method of training a person to skydive consisting of 7 levels which after completed a person is free to jump solo.
Bat Hang - A maneuver in which a skydiver hangs upside down from the leading edge of a wing. Usually performed from a Cessna 182 or 206.
Boogie - An annual celebration usually held at a drop zone that involves skydiving and other activities.
CRW - Canopy Relative Work. Advanced skydiving maneuvers done while under canopy, usually involving linking together.
DZ - Drop Zone - A place where skydiving activities are conducted.
DZM - Drop Zone Manager
DZO - Drop Zone Owner
Drop Zone - A place where skydiving activities are conducted.
Hook Turn - An advanced high speed canopy turn usually performed near the ground. Some drop zones have banned this maneuver.
Hop & Pop - A jump made from a lower altitude. Usually between 3000 - 5000 feet AGL.
Hot Fuel - To refuel a turbine powered aircraft without shutting down the engine.
Manifest - The place where skydivers and/or customers check in to pay, sign waivers and get organized by staff to be put on a load.
PLF - Parachute Landing Fall
Pea Pit - A specific area where skydivers land that has been filled in with pea gravel for a softer landing.
Swoop - An advanced high speed canopy landing maneuver in which vertical speed is transferred into horizontal speed.
XRW - Extreme Relative Work. Advanced skydiving maneuvers done while under canopy and/or while wearing a wing suit.