That is all.
As for you...good luck...may you have a soft landing.
You'll have fun.
Or die trying...
awesome. carpe diem.
I'm sure you can think of other ways to get into the BBQ, they'll see you coming from miles away!
Hahaha somebody fin this man a maize and blue parachute.
This would perhaps only be made better if he did a few go-arounds around and above Ann Arbor in a maize and blue wingsuit. I think that would complete the picture, and it probably would be a pretty cool and unexpected addition to the BBQ. Of course, not informing the school of one's intentions beforehand might lead to a mixed response, but caution to the wind, eh?
Well hopefully it's not too windy
It's a lot of fun, but the first jump is pretty stressful. Relax, enoy, and good luck.
[we will not discuss why I didn't do a third jump. Had something to do with the plane not being fly-able]
What happened on the second jump?
About 3 months after my second jump, the jump plane had a mechanical failure with a group of skydivers aboard. Everyone jumped to safety, except the pilot. He tried to unseuccessfully land the plane. That skydiving company went out of business and I reassessed skydiving after that. Decided my second jump was enough.
My second jump was great. My brain was ready for it and I watched the plane fly away from me, knew I was in the right position, and saw my chute open. Hit the landing spot, too. The first jump was all a blur until the chute opened and I started floating down.
when it has a mechanical problem is when you are wearing a parachute.
Hopefully you don't read this until after you jumped but don't skydive. If your parachute happens to not open how can anyone feel sorry for you for doing something so foolish? You have to figure that Darwin laughs at skydivers.
I should have just stayed home instead of driving 8 hours to visit my mom. You must be a lot of fun
What dropzone are you jumping from? I got my license 2 summers ago. It's a blast, enjoy!
wouldn't have guessed you were a jumper with a name like twin otter, haha. 500 jumps myself.
Nailed it! Where do you usually jump?
I jump all over, but would consider Tecumseh to be my "home" dropzone. I don't jump as much as I would like anymore, but still make it out occasionally. Hopefully this coming weekend!
Michigan. Pretty amazing view over Little Traverse. You could see the Mighty Mac to Charlevoix to Big Beaver Island.
Sounds awesome, glad the jump went well!
and can still picture it like it was yesterday. I highly recommend it and would go again in a heartbeat.
I was going to go after I got engaged but my dad said "Stan, you do stupid things when you're single and you only affect yourself. Do spud things when you have a family......." Buzzkill
But I recommend it to anyone willing to try it.
And zero desire to do it again. It is most certainly a rush at first, but at least from my (military) perspective it's nothing more than a mode of transport to the ground.
I'm going swimming.
You should take a couple of hits of acid and wait until you're just about to peak to jump.
there is gravity up there....
If at first you don't succeed
.......................skydiving is not for you.
punch it out.
Did a tandem jump once at Skydive Tecumseh. Thought it was great except got a bit nauseous once the parachute opened. I remember when signing the consent forms that you waived all liability down to the parachute manufacturer if it failed. The plane we jumped out of was so small you had to shuffle out to the door on your knees and then hold on to part of the wing and just drop off. Freefall was awesome.
The odds are in your favor buddy, don't sweat it!
Good luck with that. In all seriousness though hope everything goes smooth.
We made it! Pretty awesome amped up experience. Thanks to the well wishers. I will try to figure out to how to post the video or some pix. Did not land at the BBQ but I do have a pretty good grass stain on my ass.
And yes on the weather. We had a weather window to work through. We got the call for go time around 1pm after being delayed. We made the 10 minute drive over from Petoskey with sprinkles. Of course a National Weather alert (tornado warning) came on our soothing country music station. Luckily that was off in Mancelona. We could see some lightening way off from the plane when we were airborne but otherwise it was pretty smooth. My daughter is going to try to post to YouTube and I will send a link.
Spent four hours training for a static line jump. I looked like a cat coming out a second floor window. At least Two hours before I could speak in complete sentences. Loved it, will never do it again.
SI had an outstanding article this week about a woman who was talked into skydiving by her 30 year old son. The main failed to open properly and the handle to cut away the chute was tangled. The jumper opened his reserve as a last resort and of course it tangled with the main but slowed them a bit. He flared hard near the ground, dislocating both shoulders and managed to get his body under hers. Both survived although he is a quadroplegic. While I totally understand the statistics, it's stories like this that will prevent me from ever trying it. More power to anyone who tries skydiving!
I know a guy and saw the video of his jump (he had it on his phone)... the chute opened fine but when there were 50-100 feet above the ground the chute collapsed (don't remember why); he broke a ton of bones and was in the hospital for a year. With that said, it's great fun and I'd love to get certified, but my wife would kill me =(