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Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?  
User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2391 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.


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

I've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

I will go skydiving for real whenever I get the chance.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2391 times:
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If I am sky diving it is because the plane suffered a major structure breakage and I am now free falling to earth.


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User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

What is indoor like? I had the opportunity to in 1999 but passed (now I wish I went).



"don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining!" - Judge Judy
User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

Have done it a couple of times. Fantastic fun. haven't been solo though, always strapped to someone. Did it one just South of Melbourne, and once just out of Christchurch.

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
I've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

This sounds comical. Is it with the big fan creating the updraft?


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2373 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.

V/F



"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2360 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 3):
What is indoor like?

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.


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2354 times:

Oh yes baby!

I did it last year in South Africa. I can still feel all of the emotions and physical excitement that I experienced. I jumped tandem from 10,000 feet in the Durban area of South Africa - way to go!!!

Here are some pics of me.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/CurtisMan/P1000779b.jpg

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b311/CurtisMan/P1000779c.jpg

Cheers!
Len



Citizen of the World
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

I did it in Queenstown and again in Rotorua during my NZ trip in 2004. It was the 'high' of my tour. Would certainly like to do it again.


An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2748 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2343 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.

SPLAT!!!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y55/Steve_YYZ/Misc_Photos/NNAWinner.jpg


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Thread starter):
Has anyone ever been skydiving before?

On purpose you mean?????

Not a frickin' chance in hell . . . .

I'd piss myself . . . or worse.


User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

I've been a couple times. 1st time was tandem and second was static line. I actually liked the static line a lot better. I'd consider going again.

User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
I've been indoor skydiving twice and it was great.

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.


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2299 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!



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User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4347 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

I've done tandem jumps....I'm looking forward to AFF.

Kevin



SIX T'S!......TURN. TIME. TWIST. THROTTLE. TALK. TRACK.
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Thread starter):
Skydiving: Has Anyone Ever Done It?

Yes. Quite a few freefall and several static line.



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User currently offlineLeigh pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

OOOOOh yes!

Brilliant experience (one of my best and most memorable), jumped from 12,000 in Caloundra Brisbane, landed on the beach, the whole thing was filmed as well!

The funniest time is when the door opens, suddenly there is quite queue for the toliets..............................!!!!!

Im planning on going back and doing a jump from 14.000 feet............in the dark


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

There's only one way to skydive!  Wink



User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):
And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.

!!!!  Sad


User currently offlineJustplanecrazy From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

ive done skydives in Australia,UK and Hawaii.All tandem jumps my last 2 in Hawaii i got injured in both.  Sad


your pilots today on this 747 flight are captain oliver hardy and assisting will be FO stan laurel.Have a safe flight
User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2214 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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User currently offlineJustplanecrazy From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2170 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
User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

No not yet but when i turn to whatever the legal age is im going to, but on this sunday im going in one of them windtunnel things as there is one only 20miless from me.

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

I did a static-line jump (solo) from 2,500 feet when I was a wee lad (16 years ago now). Was great once I'd got over my fear of flying, and once the 'chute had opened the feeling was magnificent.

I'd recommend that everyone does it at least once as it was a magical experience.

AE733



It's nice to fly with friends
User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 9):
And this is what happens when it goes totally wrong.

Presumably the ground won and she'd had it? Awful to see that last photo as she's about to hit the ground....

Here's another tale that confirms why I won't be doing it - just a couple of days ago actually:

http://www.tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411365/660581

Parachutist has heart attack on jumping out of plane, lands on warehouse roof... Sad

"If the jump don't kill ya, the ground will"....

I'll stay firmly buckled in thank you.


25 MD11Engineer : I have witnessed exactly this two years ago during the memorial jumps (memorial for the British, American and Polish airborne attacks during Operatio
26 Post contains images Airdolomiti : I've done it once over Queenstown, NZ, tandem jump. I was the last person (of 3) to jump from the plane, and let me tell you, it was quite "unnerving"
27 Post contains images Vaporlock : Len, wow what great photos!!! I can tell by the look on your face that you loved every moment of it!!! I personally haven't yet!! But I do plan on it
28 Post contains links and images Srbmod : Why jump out of a pefectly good airplane? See the building with the octagonal part on the end in the foreground? That's the place, Flyaway , which is
29 AirPacific747 : that must be incredibly cold!
30 Malb777 : I done a tandem jump on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays here in Aus a few years ago , biggets buzz of my life . And I hate to say it was better tha
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