Petmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
Has anyone ever been skydiving before? I saw a show on tv about skydiving and it looked like it might be fun. Now since I have never left a plane while in the air I have no idea what it's like. Is it exciting/scary/fun? Any experiences would be great.
"don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining!" - Judge Judy
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
I did it over Queenstown in NZ. It was great - I have somewhat of a fear of heights, so I thought I'd be terrified. But when it came my turn to be pushed out the door, there was no fear - perhaps it was just too high to be able to even register height...
I'd love to do it again one day, though it is a bit expensive, and I do have to wonder about the logic of throwing yourself out of a perfectly servicable aircraft.
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
Its a massive round tunnel about 5 stories tall with pads on the walls. The "floor" is made of two or three nets that has a DC-3 engine below it. That took a little getting used to, haha.
You take a class about safety and technique and dress up in the same garb as standard skydivers. Once you get in the tunnel, they crank up the fan and you start to "skydive." I was surprised how hard it was to stay stable... I could only keep stable for 10-20 seconds before falling out of the flow.
The instructors said indoor is much harder than the real deal because of the small stream of wind.
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2769 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.
I shot these photos many years ago at a jump school. It was the ladies 108th jump, it malfunctioned, she tried to untangle it then "cut away" to go to the reserve.... but that didn't work either. The final frame is her freefalling just before impact into the trees.
I know there is a place somewhere in Vegs and I was hoping that it would be included on the list of possible things to do while the A.net crowd or mob is there. Maybe I will find it and try it on Friday afternoon.
And yes I have been sky diving as well as spending 4 years as an Airborne Ranger in the service. I have well over 150 military jumps to include jumps in both daylight and total darkness. Static line jumping is an amusement park ride. Don't really have to do anything except jump. The rest happens automatically. Night jumps were always interesting, especially on moonless or very cloudy nights. Mass jumps were also always interesting as the chance for a mid-air collision was real especially in darkness. My free fall sky diving was all civilian and in broad daylight. There is really nothing to compare it too save maybe bungee jumping. In free fall you are accelerating for about the first 5-7 seconds and really feel as though you are "falling". You then hit terminal velocity and the floating sensation settles in. The opening of the canopy can either be hard or soft, never did figure that one out. The landing is all up to you. Do it right and it's cool. Do it wrong and you can get hurt. I would like to get back into jumping but the wife made me promise to wait until the girls are 18. 6 years to go if that holds. Don't know if I could do a tandem jump, that's a lot of trust in someone you probably don't know too well.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
Quoting Petmbro (Reply 3): What is indoor like? I had the opportunity to in 1999 but passed (now I wish I went).
It's fun but if it's a closed circuit type it will be hotter than hell! Very good practical example of Kelvin's law. For the closed circuit types, try to get there early in the morning as they normally run the AC full bore overnight and the first 15-20 minutes of operation are quite pleasant.
Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 6): The instructors said indoor is much harder than the real deal because of the small stream of wind.
Absolutely true especially for larger people. I've seen "skygods" with 3000 jumps and a wall full of awards bounce off the walls while their 5 year old will just jump right in and fly like a pro. Definitely an ego bruising experience.
Personally I've got over 1300 jumps total and have (non current) instructional ratings for static line and tandem. I'm also an FAA licensed Senior Rigger(back type only). Anybody who has questions let me know and I'll try to answer. Btw, 1300 is not so much, I know of at least one person who's now broken 25,000 jumps and about 400 hours of freefall. He also owns a DC-3 and a P-51 so you should be jealous as hell!
Petmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2239 times:
What is the chance of getting hurt when jumping? I've seen the pictures and once in a very very long while you hear about it on the news. Is there a big risk of breaking something? For my first I was planning on being strapped to someone so would that make the possibility of getting hurt go down?
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Justplanecrazy From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2195 times:
well my last 2 jumps i got hurt,both in Hawaii the first i told the instructor when practising my exit that i would bang my leg on the side of the exit of the cessna when going out he told me it would be ok if i pulled my leg right back which of course i did but still got my leg badly bruised.The next jump in hawaii from a bigger plane i got throttled by my chest strap so badly i had to use all my strenght(pulling the strap away from my throat)for the rest of the descent while i was half a sleep.
Exactly a month to the day prior to my jump in hawaii 2 tandem jumpers got killed in hawaii at the same centre when there shutes didnt open this was in jan 2003 when i jumped.
My skydiving instructors had usually done many thousands of jumps and are still breathing.
your pilots today on this 747 flight are captain oliver hardy and assisting will be FO stan laurel.Have a safe flight