12 December 2017
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Facilities

Our Paracentrum has existed for over 40 years and has the status of the National Paracentrum.  At Teuge we fly with two of the most modern and largest airborne aircraft in the Netherland. Annually we make more jumps than any other skydiveclub in the Netherlands.

Parachute Centre Teuge Association

Within the National Paracentrum is the Association Parachute Centre Teuge, short abbreviation VPCT. The VPCT has existed since its inception in the 60's. It is a  thriving association, with about 400 regular members. Member of the association occasionally help out within the center at various tasks and in return gain many  benefits including such as jump offers, bar and overnight sleeping discounts. In winter there are regular theme nights and in the summer there are plenty of activities to expand training games at every level. Being members of the VPCT also means your voice gets to be heard at the annual meeting and you have the right to express any likes, dislikes and changes you would like to see at the Paracentrum.

Classroom

The classroom can accommodate 20 students and is equipped with modern audio-visual equipment and other teaching aids.

Packing Hall

We have a huge packing hall of more than 600 m2 carpeted and with pleasant background music. If you wish you can rent a locker for the whole season  where you may store your own equipment safely.

 

Dropzone Teuge

In the Netherlands there are currently 8 different para centers , each with one or more drop zones .

Although nowadays they are used mainly for square parachutes, which enables many parachute centers to have smaller DZs. For some centers who have larger DZs it is still possible to jump round parachutes. Paracentrum Teuge is one such training center.
 
A fixed drop zone ( DZ ) or para club operates one or more aircraft that takes groups of skydivers up for a fee . On a smaller drop zones small aircraft such as a Cessna C - 172 or C -182 are used . On the larger drop zones bigger aircraft are used with a higher capacity , such as the Cessna 208 , de Havilland Twin Otter, DHC6 or Short Skyvan . Usually our jumpers jump from aircraft however occasionally we also from air balloons or helicopters .
An average jump altitude is a jump from a aircraft at about 3,800 meters ( 12,500 ft) , a free fall of about one minute before activating a parachute at about 800 meters ( 2500-3000 feet) . The remainder of the flight takes approximately 5 minutes. When the parachute opens , the parachutist can influence the direction and speed through the steering lines which are attached to the back of the parachute and can try to make a soft landing. All modern sport parachutes are self-inflating " ram-air " wings that are similar in the control of speed and direction with paragliders.
Paragliders have much greater lift and range, but parachutes are designed to absorb stress at terminal velocity . This in turn forces the opening of the parachute.