What is a HALO Jump?
A HALO jump (also know as MFF, Military Free Fall) is a military-style High Altitude, Low Open parachute jump, intended to get troops on the ground quickly and undetected. Jumpers exit at high-altitude and freefall toward earth at incredible speeds, waiting as long as possible to open their chutes. This minimizes the amount of time parachutes can be spotted by the enemy, gets soldiers to their target quickly, and allows the jump plane to fly high and beyond the range of surface-to-air missiles. (A second technique known as HAHO (High Altitude, High Open) is also used and we offer HAHO jumps also).
Why do civilians make HALO Jumps?
For the excitement! HALO jumps provide twice the amount of freefall time as a standard parachute jump. For many, this time before a chute opens is the best part of skydiving. While thousands have made traditional skydives, very few civilians have experienced the intensity of a military-style HALO jump.
Do I need to be an experienced skydiver to make a HALO jump?
No. Incredible Adventures offers special tandem HALO skydives so no prior jump experience is required. (To make a solo HALO jump, you must be an experienced skydiver with at least 200 verified jumps.)
How long is the freefall in a HALO jump?
Halojumpers can expect to experience more than two full minutes of freefall. This is twice the average freefall time of a standard skydive.
How fast will I fall?
Because the air is thinner the higher up you go, halojumpers freefall toward earth at speeds topping 200 mph.
What is the jump altitude for an Incredible Adventures HALO jump?
We use aircraft capable of carrying jumpers to an altitude of 28,000 feet or higher. By comparison, the typical altitude for a traditional jump is about 13,000 feet. At 28,000+ feet, supplemental oxygen is required and the outside air temperature can easily be 30 below zero. (We do our best to reach 30,000 feet. The actual jump altitude is based on FAA approval and weather conditions.)
What special requirements are there for civilian HALO jumpers?
All HALO jumpers are required to be at least 18 years old and in good physical health. Tandem halo jumpers must weigh less than 240 lbs and cannot have had surgery in the last 18 months or have donated blood in the last 30 days. If you have any specific health or physical requirement questions, contact Incredible Adventures.
How much time does it take to complete a HALO jump adventure?
Ideally, you should have three days available for your program. This allows you to train on one day, jump the next, and have a weather back-up day. Sometimes it is possible to train and jump on the same day.
Will I get video of my HALO jump?
You can arrange to hire a videographer to follow you in the sky and record your jump, or you can elect to shoot your own video with a supplied camera, attached to your arm.
What kind of jump equipment is used?
We provide each jumper with a Gentex HGU 55/P ballistic helmet, the same lightweight helmet worn by US Air Force F-15 and F-16 pilots to provide protection during high-G missions, and Gentex MBU 12 military grade oxygen masks. Civilian halojumpers are also provided with tactical goggles, an Airox VIII O2 regulator, Twin 53 or Twin 22 bailout bottle assemblies, flight suit, gloves, and high altitude altimeters.
Where do jumps take place?
We jump from a skydive center located at Fayette County Airport in Somerville, Tennessee (less than 1 hour from Memphis) and at Lumberton Municipal Airport in Lumberton, Mississippi, not far from New Orleans. (Custom jumps can be arranged in other locations. Call for details.)
When are HALO jumps available?
The best months for halo jumping are April through October.
Is this safe?
No. Skydiving is inherently risky. You could die. You will be required to sign a release of liability, assuming all risks and acknowledging that no insurance is available. That said, you’ll jump with an experienced tandem master whose primary goal is to get you safely on the ground. He will be using some of the best equipment available and taking all steps possible to make your halo jumping adventure as safe as it can be.
What is the cost of a civilian HALO jump?
Pricing starts at $3695 per person and includes jump training, tandem jump, use of jump equipment, self-filmed video, photos and certificate of completion. Hotel accommodations, meals and travel to the jump location is not included.
What kind of jump plane is used?
We typically jump from a specially-modified B90 King Air, approved by the FAA to carry skydivers.
Custom jump programs can be arranged for groups or special events. Contact Incredible Adventures if you have a special jump request.