INTERNATIONAL AIRBORNE OPERATIONS® is concentrated on the military aspects of parachuting
- Static line jumps (automatic opening): In general carried out with round canopy parachute systems, used by Armed Forces to dispatch large airborne units.
- Freefall target jumps (manual opening): In general carried out with square parachute systems, used by Armed Forces to dispatch small specialized units. Examples are commando or reconnaissance missions, infiltrating the area of operation by:
- HAHO - High Altitude - High Opening or
- HALO - High Altitude - Low Opening.
All INTERNATIONAL AIRBORNE OPERATIONS® are carried out with parachute systems with automatic opening by static line. Parachute systems are provided by the respective host airborne unit. After completion of the required jumps, the participant will be awarded the national parachute brevet/ airborne Wing (static line level).
Airborne operations are carried out in many different occasions:
- by automatically (static line) and manual opening
- out of several jump-ships like different planes, jets, helicopters and balloons
- with different parachute equipment and technology
- with combat equipment bag (can be requested for every operation)
- in different climates and environments
- in water (water-jumps)
- in unknown areas
During some of our events, the participant is offered the option to jump freefall. In such cases, the jumper must be qualified by means of a valid licence and will jump in most cases with his own equipment, dispatched by the host unit's jumpmaster. He will then be issued with the host country's free fall parachute wings, if such wings are awarded by the host unit.
To participate in an airborne operation the jumper must held a relevant certificate issued by an official Airborne School or a relevant parachute logbook with appropriately validated entries. Freefall-jumpers must prove their qualification by international valid FF licence, i.e > FAI B licence, USPA, BPA etc.
INTERNATIONAL AIRBORNE OPERATIONS® is aware that many soldiers do not receive the opportunity to join their national Airborne training course. Therefore, Airborne training courses and operations including an attached Airborne training are offered for absolute beginners in military parachuting. Airborne training courses are especially marked in the respective offers. More information please find by "Airborne Training".
It is a long tradition among Airborne units to exchange delegations as well jumpmasters. In many NATO exercises and official exchanges foreign jumpmasters act aboard the host unit's jump-ship and dispatch parachutists using their national commands and methods. INTERNATIONAL AIRBORNE OPERATIONS® maintains this tradition. In many operations, guest jumpmasters will be participating in order to bring international experience and skills into the single event.
INTERNATIONAL AIRBORNE OPERATIONS® lead to the award of authentic parachute brevets only. In reference to relevant NATO regulations, an award of a military parachute brevet is possible only if 2 of the 3 following requirements are met by the awarding nation:
- parachute system
List of current airborne wings (stand March 2010): PDF