The best parachute team of Central Asia entirely consists of military men of the Kazakh army, which makes sense because such teams, as a rule, show good performance. Maybe it’s military discipline or enthusiasm that is inherent in soldiers, which help them win medals at contests… but the fact still remains.
They jump three times a week, depending on the amount of fuel assigned for the helicopter.
As a hobby, parachute jumping is rather expensive, that is why there are few potential sportsmen among amateurs. So they created a sport team of parachute jumpers, who receive a good salary, a military rank and an opportunity to travel abroad and participate in international contests.
Mi-171 is taking off.
Sportsmen feel bad during the takeoff. For some reason, this is the most difficult part for them.
So far, the team’s been showing good results: 12 gold, 17 silver and 6 bronze medals. Its next aim is to win the 3rd World Championship in Dubai.
This sportsman is tense, because late fall is not the best time for jumping: low temperatures, poor visibility… Parachute jumping is a very dangerous sport and sportsmen risk their life every time they jump.
A moment later, he makes a calm step and in a split second disappears from the field of vision.
Free fall. 1600 meters above the ground.
The first exercise involves touchdown accuracy. The jumper has to find the right spot on the ground and by manoeuvring, land on it.
Seconds before the touchdown. The jumper has to touch the round spot with one of his feet.
Mi-26 is the largest transport helicopter in the world.
The Center of Parachute Jumping is located in Almaty. Here they use military helicopters Mi-171 and N-2. By the way, pilots who have to increase the number of their flying hours, train simultaneously with jumpers playing a role of special mission units which need to be transported at the destination.
The commander of the air base in Mi-26.
A couple of Mi-24V
‘Crocodiles’ fly to a certain firing ground.
Nevertheless, they keep on jumping. The commander is instructing the team on peculiarities of the jump.
This time they’re going to exercise cupola acrobatics, which means that sportsmen will have to arrange geometrical figures in the air.
The cameraman’s going to jump together with the team and make a video with this camera fixed to his head.
Before falling down, Master ot Sport and Champion of Asia Bibigul Ramazanova manages to salute!
They say that they have to jump all the time so that they don’t loose shape.
This sportsman’s managed to shut the door from the outside before jumping!
While they’re landing, their speed reaches 80 kilometers per hour.
At international contests they compete in classic parachute jumping, group parachute jumping and cupola parachute jumping.
By the way, each sports parachute costs approximately 10 thousand dollars. It must be utilized after the number of jumps permitted has expired.
They feel elated after the touchdown due to the adrenaline they’ve received.
Another jump to master their touchdown accuracy.
They must keep their backs to the sun so that they could see the objects down clearly.
The cameraman’s checking the video he’s made.
It’s not just a video to remember the jump by. This video is going to be watched by referees who will later return their verdict on the winner, because no optical instrument allows them to see everything, what’s going on in the air, from the ground.