A HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump is describing a parachute jump from high altitude beginning between 28,000ft and 35,060ft (8.600-10.686 m) with an extra long free-fall phase until the parachute will be opened. We bring you up to where the sky begins to turn black, where you can see clearly the curvature of earth and the air is to much thin to breathe without an oxygene mask. You are in the death-zone up there!
Normally airliners are flying at this altitude, but instead to enjoy the comfortable flight, you put on harnesses and oxygen equipment, open the door and jump out, in tandem with one of the most experienced HALO jumpmasters of the world: a breathtaking experience, but also an unique challenge and fulfilment of humanity's dream of flying...
You fly to Memphis (Tennessee) and meet at Wingsf Field the HALO Jumper Team. Very experienced former military instructors who train normally paratroopers of NATO forces. You will find because of your HALO jump a lot of new friends in the upcoming days. The best civilian HALO jumpers are there!
The first day on Sunday you will spend in the theoretical and practical training with your team and your personal jump master. Here you will become familiar with the equipment and all necessary safety precautions. Your instructor has made thousands of such HALO jumps, including jumps over Denali (Mount McKinley) and Mount Everest.
On Monday morning, then it goes off early: After adjustment of your personal equipment you start in the direction of the airport and you must be there at 6:30 am. There, the DeHavilland DHC-3 "Super Otter" and the rest of the team is still wating. This aircraft is particularly well suited to bring you in the required jump altitude. Before the take off, you and your jump master will suit fitted and you will receive the last instructions and training issues of the event of your lifetime.
The exact start date depends on the weather. This may mean well, that you spend a few hours at the airport until your team leader gives the GO.
The final jump altitude depends on conditions during the flight day and can only be determined shortly before the take off with the plane. The flight will be performed in any case only if a jump of more than 28,000 ft (~ 8,500 m) is possible.
And then there's your big moment: hooked to your instructor, you jump with your tandem master out of the plane and you will have a free-fall experience, which have so far seen only by a very few civilians. The free fall lasts approximately 2 minutes, and you will enjoy every second - the longest, most intense minutes of your life!
If everything goes according to plan, your jump will take place on Sunday around noon, after you left the rest of the weekend to the HALO jumper team to celebrate your extensively experience. The team is great, and you will love them very much! You will be welcomed there as a family member! But you should always plan on Monday as a backup day, as the weather cooperates not always as desired.
The best season for HALO jumps is mid of April up to November.
We are happy to offer you a tourist package to organize the complete trip to Memphis. Do not hesitate to contact us!
The HALO Tandem jumps are perfect as incentives and as a challenge in the context of coaching and team training.
We have a own webpage for this kind of adventures:
Video and photos from a special GoPro HD Action cam, mounted on your wrist.
$3,695.00 (tandem jump event 28,000 - 30,000ft)
Add-On: If you want to have a special video of your HALO tandem jump we offer a camera solo HALO jumper for this. Price: $500.00 each tandem load. You will receive your full HD video of your jump via data download or DVD some days later.
Following dates for the HALO season 2014 are scheduled:
April 2014: 21. / 28.04.2014
May 2014: 19. / 26.05.2014
June 2014: 23. / 30.06.2014
There are no jumps offered or scheduled in July and August 2014 because of the bad weather season with high winds and a lot of thunderstorms.
September 2014: 22. / 29.09.2014
October 2014: 20. / 27.10.2014
Attention: All dates are planned. There will be NO guarantee, that jumps on these dates will be performed. 45 days in advance of the planned schedules there will be given a "go for it"!
HALO tandem jump: Your questions answered:
Since when does the HALO jump exist?
The origins of the HALO dating back to 1959 when the United States Air Force in the 'Project Excelsior' began with experiments for emergency escape of pilots at high altitude. On November 16th 1959 Colonel Joseph Kittinger jumped the first HALO jump from a height of 23 165 m. In the year later, on 16th August 1960, he set the Milestone: 31 333 meters! But every record is surpassed again: After more as 50 years unmatched, the "Red Bull Stratos" Project with austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner jumped of a height of 128,100ft (39,045m). Felix broke Kittinger's world record in altitude, speed 1,342.8 km/h (833.9 mph; Mach 1.24)and the longest vertical freefall of 36,529 meters (119,846 feet).
Do I need a license or parachute jumping experience?
No. The HALO Jumpers team will describe and train you in all details under the rules of the highest safety standards for takeoff and landing, so that you are perfectly trained and prepared for your jump. If you want to do a solo jump, special conditions are valid as a USPA B-c license (please ask our staff for the prices and conditions).
Is this all really safe?
Nothing in life is certain, and skydiving is always associated with risk. But your tandem master, you entrust your life, is one of the most experienced skydivers in the world. He will educate you on the best ways and use his own life to make your joint adventure as safe as possible. Nevertheless, you must sign a waiver of liability before the jump.
What physical requirements must I meet?
You must be healthy and fit, and your weight must not exceed 102 kg (226 lbs).
How long is the freefall?
The jump will only occure, if the airplane can reach an altitude of between 28,000ft (8.534m) and 30,000ft (9.150m), depending on the weather conditions of the day. Your free fall will last therefore about 2 minutes.
Is there something more, I need to know?
Men need to be shaved smooth, so that the oxygen mask fits correctly. You should wear warm underwear and trainings- or sport shoes.
When I should be there at the drop zone?
Calculate your transfer (you must arrange this by yourself), that you will be Sunday morning at the Drop Zone at Wingsfield. You should choose a location nearby Wingsfield airport, so that you have not to long travel durations. You will end your training on Sunday for dinner. On Monday you have to be back at the drop zone around 6:30 in the morning.
Attention: if you plan your stay, please consider to plan min. 3 days for this adventure: training day, jump day and if the weather is not good a back-up day.