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The Spot.
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Published: October 25, 2018
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Our group is first out. 
Since I will climb out on the cameraman's step, I get to check "The Spot."
This is the process of choosing one's exit point, in order to land where you want to end up.
It is important to really stick one's head and shoulder out a little, and look straight down.
In the round parachute days, this was of paramount importance. One had to determine, among other things, what the winds were, how long to climb out, how much ground the aircraft covers while doing so, how far one would travel in the direction of flight, and where one needed to be to open.
One widely practiced trick was to fly over the target, at opening altitude. A weighted streamer(wind streamer, or wind drift indicator, WDI) was tossed out.
The plane would circle while you observed where it eventually landed. That point would be the wind offset for where you wanted to be at opening altitude. 
One old school trick was to watch an inexperienced jumper as they opened, and where they landed. Such jumper, is called a "Wind Dummy." 
Using said techniques, old timers often avoided landing in "Bolivia" or worse! 
Many could avoid real dangerous areas like power lines, and freeways, but sometimes ended up in guard dog kennels, or sewage lagoons!
Most medium to large aircraft now have the pilot spot with GPS.
He turns on a Red Light to signal the start of jump run. At the red light, the door is opened. On Green, The exit begins. 
I take one look, mostly to be sure where we are( I have some fun stories of "Off DZ" landing).
I also make sure I don't see any aircraft below(Yikes!).
Here the airport is in sight, and right where it should be!
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Ambruno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow nice.. interesting  info....
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They still make wind drift indicators!

It is still easy to find a wind dummy ;)

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Ambruno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
See I visualized those wind people you see at car lots.. that wave there arms and stuff for sales
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No. We prefer those who are either daring, or don't know what they are doing ;)
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