ICAO Level 6 Vocabulary: How to Describe a High-Altitude Military Parachuting Picture?

This article will start a series of blog posts with a subtitle ‘How to say it?’ As long as I take a closer look at my students they often know how to say something unless they face an examination. Stress, insecurity and the lack of self-confidence can stop some of the best learners from obtaining the best results. I’d like to give you the best free aviation-related resources for your self-study in order to boost your linguistic confidence, revise regularly with you some non-routine situations that may occur during a speaking part of an ICAO exam and give you the best quality of my teaching skills. Ready for takeoff? Let’s jump into this reality! 🙂

High-military Parachuting

First of all, when you look at this kind of a picture you’d probably be willing to describe a man as ‘a soldier’ (come on, it’s an average Level 4) or if you target at something more advanced:
– a paratrooper,
– a military parachutist,
– a member of military personnel,
– a jumper.
Hence, it doesn’t make sense to say ‘a military paratrooper’ because ‘a paratrooper’ itself is a member of an army.
– He is wearing a skydiving harness.
– If they are deploying as a team, they will form up a stack while airborne.
– Men in the background will deploy their parachutes shortly.
– A group of paratroopers is conducting jumps of a transport aircraft.
– A parachutist goes skydiving. / They execute parachuting jumps.

High altitude military parachuting

Some Separate Words & Phrases

– a plunge = a jump
– to tangle / to untangle the lines,
– a back-up parachute,
– under canopy,
– to exit at high altitude and free fall towards ,
– military free fall,
– combat high-altitude military jump,
– a designated drop zone.
– (If you’re interested in this subject and you know some unusual words here you have the unique chance to use them) It could be HALO or HAHO technique used here.

Informal vs. Formal

‘a chute’ is an INFORMAL word for ‘a parachute’ noun.

Grammar Knowledge Base

Oh, and don’t forget some extra-useful grammar here. Especially when you want to use the following verb in either past simple or present participle clauses:
to leap (past simple: leaped or leapt, present participle: leaped or leapt)
“to make a large jump or sudden movement, usually from one place to another”


Let me know if this sort of a short and vocab-oriented in aviation reality is a valuable source of knowledge for you. I’d love to hear your suggestions what kind of other photos I should describe in my ‘How to say it?’ future blog posts.

A military free fall

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