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General Description

    Assuming at least one team completes all formations, this is a time based event where lowest total time wins. If all formations are not completed, it is a points based event.

    A team of eight parachutists exit an aircraft with a cameraperson. The clock starts when the first person (excluding the cameraperson) leaves the aircraft. The team must build one pre-drawn formation as quickly as possible and maintain it for at least 5 seconds. A team has a maximum of 120 seconds to build the formation. The team with the most 8 way formations built, and the lowest cumulative time at the end of the competition (usually 8 rounds with one throwaway) is declared the winner.

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Competition Rules - Australia

    The FAI competition rules has been adopted for Australian competitions. See FAI rules below.

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Dive Pool

    Note that the Box can be built either to the right as above or a mirror image to the left.

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Competition Rules - International (FAI)

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Fédération Aéronautique Internationale


World Cup In Canopy Formation - Competition Rules - Effective 01 May 2005


2.1 Formation: Consists of 3 or more jumpers and canopies linked by grips, correct or not.

2.2 Grip: Consists of a hold on the "A" lines or front risers so that a formation is built in accordance with the diagrams.

2.3 Configurations

2.3.2 Stair/step: The shoulder of the upper jumper must be above the upper surface of the lower canopy. The grip must be on the outside "A" line of the end cell. The grip must be taken with the inside leg or foot and the torso must be on the outside of the canopy; this may include an additional handgrip if desired.

2.3.3 Plane: The head of the upper jumper must be below the lower surface of the lower canopy. The grip must be on the front risers or a line attached to the centre cell.

The above configurations only apply to complete formations.


3.2.3 8-way speed formation event: Each round consists of a single formation drawn from the dive pool. The formation must be held for at least five seconds. The holding time may run over the working time.


5.3 8-Way Speed Event:

5.3.1 Exit altitude shall be 1850 m (~6,000 ft) AGL with a working time of 120 seconds.

5.3.2 Each round consists of a single formation as shown in the dive pool (6.4.4). A draw will be made for the first 4 rounds. The formations will be replaced to enable the draw for the remaining rounds.

5.3.3 Scoring: The score for the jump shall be the time in seconds and hundredths of seconds to complete a correct 8-way formation, provided the formation is held for 5 seconds. If the formation separates within working time, the team may rebuild the formation. The holding time may run over the working time. The maximum score for any round shall be 120 seconds.


6.2.5 The determination of time awarded in the 8-way event:

  • If 3 scores fall within a 3 seconds spread, the score for that jump is the average of these.

  • If only 2 scores fall within a 3 seconds spread, the score for that jump is the average of the two with the third score discarded.

  • If no scores fall within a 3 second spread, then the Event Judge shall consult with the judging panel to determine whether there is an actual time of completion for the formation. Additional viewings may be used in this case.

6.3 Determination of Winners


  • Have the most 8-ways in the completed rounds.

  • If 2 or more teams have an equal number of 8-ways, the winner is that team with the lowest total time for the completed rounds.

  • If there is still a tie the first 3 places will be decided by the fastest times for any completed round.

  • Tied teams placed lower than third remain tied

6.4 Dive pool: Formation diagrams

6.4.4 8-way formations: See dive pools in the 8 Way Speed competition section of this website.

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