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Parachutist model as of April 2016
Parachutist model as of April 2016
Type Parachutist, Skydiver
  • Creare
  • Richard Kaszeta
  • Curtis Olson (skydiver)
  • Erik Hofman (parachute FDM and integration)
  • Nicolas Raymond (parachute texture)
  • DFaber (walker)
--aircraft= Parachutist

Status Early production
 FDM Stars-4.png
 Systems Stars-4.png
 Cockpit Stars-3.png
 Model Stars-4.png
 Website The website for the Parachutist developments.
 Repository The development repository of the Parachutist.
Download Download the Parachutist aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
Forum 'Parachutist' topic on the FlightGear forum.
License GPLv2+

The parachutist is a free-fall skydiver model. It was created by Creare (an RD company in Hanover, New Hampshire), with funding by the US Army, as to model and simulate the results from its Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) toolkit for analyzing jumpers and their equipment. In April 2016, it was added to FGAddon.


The parachutist has two separate FDMs in one package which are both active when the parachute is deployed. With this combination you can now start a free fall descent at 12,500 feet, manoeuvre your way down to about 2,000-2,500 feet, deploy the parachute with the Shift+d key and then glide your way down. At about 50 feet, pull down full to slow down the descent and gently touch the ground. A possible next step which has been suggested is to include the Walker model.

Erik has also adapted the ALS wingflex module (from the Dragon) to the parachutist.[1]

Key controls

F1 Toggle configuration dialog
F2 Toggle posing dialog
Shift+d Deploy chute
Shift+s Toggle smoke
Ctrl+s Rescue mode
Ctrl+s Eject chute


Related content

Wiki articles

Forum topics

FlightGear website

  • Olson, Curtis L. (February 7, 2012). Sky Diving Visualization. Published by FlightGear website. Retrieved April 13, 2020.

External links

Wingsuit flight dynamics