How Our Equipment Makes Your Skydiving Experience Better

by | Nov 26, 2019 | Skydiving FAQs, Skydiving Info, Skydiving Tips & Tricks

Skydiving in Charlotte is undeniably one of the best rushes you can get, right? With that rush comes an important relationship that you enter into with your dropzone: you bring your bravery, and we manage all the risks with great care and professionalism.

Because we take that exchange very seriously, Piedmont Skydiving partners with Sigma equipment from United Parachute Technologies for all of our tandem equipment: containers, harnesses and parachutes (“canopies”).


The Sigma tandem skydiving system was developed from the data obtained from 4 million tandem skydives, over the course of more than thirty years. It was designed from scratch to be the safest, comfiest, most elegant design.


While our professional packers see the most obvious benefits from the Sigma’s ease-of-packing, our tandem passengers experience a key advantage: the simpler system vastly reduces the potential packing errors of other systems.


Main canopy cutaways don’t happen often. When they do, however, the tandem pair needs to have the secondary (reserve) parachute deployed and flying immediately.

Sigma is the only tandem skydiving system using the Skyhook device: a piece of technology that completely deploys the reserve canopy four times faster than other systems. With a Skyhook, the reserve deployment happens in less than two seconds and with less than 80 feet of altitude lost. (Other tandem systems available on the market lose hundreds of feet during this process.)


Sigma advancements have eliminated the possibility of out-of-sequence deployment (which has been the statistically most common cause of fatal tandem accidents since 1989).

The bottom line: we care deeply about your safety and comfort. That’s why we’re proud to use the Sigma system. When you come to Piedmont Skydiving for your tandem skydive (near Charlotte and Greensboro), we’ll show you how it works!

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Both of us had a great experience! Thomas especially made our first jump fun and enjoyable. All the staff were professional and competent, and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone for their first skydiving experience!

» Ashley Ly

Piedmont Skydiving

Piedmont Skydiving is a veteran-owned dropzone is located between Charlotte and Greensboro in Salisbury, North Carolina. Led by certified instructors from the U.S. Parachute Association, we specialize in tandem skydiving at affordable prices.

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