DUBAI, UAE (CNN/CCTV) — A member from the United Arab Emirates’ Skydive Dubai Parachute Team broke the world record after landing the World’s Smallest Parachute Jump measuring 35 square feet.
Standard size parachutes are mainly between about 80- and 200 square feet. The larger the parachute is, the steadier and safer the jumper will be — as more air resistance is generated in the process, according to experts.
On Saturday, 35-year-old Ernesto Gainza leaped off from about 13,800 feet in the air, completing a required set of routines within four minutes before landing successfully at a designated spot.
“Normally, if I open eyes, concentrate, go straight to my next step,” said Gainza. “But it was the first time that I said, out loud, ‘Thanks, God, for I have a full-inflated parachute in my function,’” said Gainza after his jump.
He set the Guinness World Record for the smallest parachute jump with the aim to set new limits for human flight.