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Parabatics - Skydiving with Flair
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.02

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     challenging words:    belly-flying, Bellyflyers, freeflying, parabatics, prop, renegade, skydiver, skydivers, skysurfer, Skysurfers, skysurfing, variation, individually, sequence, therefore, traditional
     content words:    United States, Freefly Clowns


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Parabatics - Skydiving with Flair
By Colleen Messina
  

1     The question, "Why jump out of a perfectly good plane?" comes up when some people see skydivers. But adventurous skydivers have the perfect answer. They say that jumping out of a perfectly good plane is lots of fun! Skydivers who have mastered the basics move on to a whole new frontier. They do formations and acrobatics in the air. Their sport is called parabatics.
 
2     Basic skydiving is simple. You get into a plane. The plane climbs up to 2,500 feet above ground. Then, you jump out of the plane. Your parachute opens. You float gently to earth. Skydiving takes many hours of practice. Parabatics takes even more hours of practice. Parabatics can be done individually or in a group.
 
3     Group skydiving takes synchronization. When a group of skydivers creates formations in the air, it is called "formation skydiving." Another term for this sport is "belly-flying" because the skydivers' tummies point towards Earth. This variation of the sport began in the 1970s when skydivers experimented with hooking two people together in the air. Today, the official record for the number of people flying together in a formation is 246. It is like a gigantic aerial party. The skydivers hold each others' hands and legs as they build different shapes.

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