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I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:49 pm

I did a solo jump today, my first jump ever!! Me and 5 other pilots from my gliding club did a jump today to get to know the parachutes we've been wearing on our backs all these years, but never use. We had a hell of a good time!

I have to admit that it was totally against common sense, it just does not feel right to stand on that Cessna's wheel cover and just let go. But there is really no way to get back in, so I figured I might as well jump. When I was finally dangling under the properly inflated chute I knew everything was going to be good!

While this certainly isn't a hobby I would consider doing in my free time, I think I'll do about a jump each year in the future. It was a great event for our whole group, we had a lot of fun, time and money well spent!  Smile

Here are some photos from our jump, and a video of my exit!

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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:54 pm

Brave guy! I don't know if I would exit a plane when it is flying.  Wink

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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:18 pm

Cool Sören!  Smile I saw the video on facebook.. looks fun!
 
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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:24 pm

Congratulations!

How does it feel when you are standing outside on the a/c and during the jump?
Is it cold? Is it scary when you are looking down? Did you look down at all before jumping?
Is there any time to think... at all... when you are standing out there?
Any fear that the chute won't open at any moment before the jump?
How high were you? What altitude (in metric please)?

This is one thing I would like to do once in my life.
Heard of the Norwegian woman who did her first jump and she was way over 80.
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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:27 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
How high were you? What altitude (in metric please)?

It says 1200 meters in the youtube video
 
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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:31 pm

You mean; You actually jumped out of a perfectly good airplane??

Honestly, -that is something I haven't had the guts to do yet.

My hat off to you!  bigthumbsup 

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Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:39 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
This is one thing I would like to do once in my life.

You really should! It is really less scary than everybody around me made it seem. Also, with today's technology, it really is not that intense on the body at all. The moment when the chute opens, you hardly feel it at all. The landing is as soft as in a hang glider.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
Is it scary when you are looking down? Did you look down at all before jumping?

Yes I did, being a glider pilot I'm used to the view downwards. I actually have fear of heights, but this moment was nothing like standing on a tall structure. They say fear of heights is actually fear of edges. On the Eiffel Tower for example, I was scared to death. And I wasn't even on the top floor.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
Is it cold?

It was a rather warm day today, about 14°C. Not typical for this season.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
Is there any time to think... at all... when you are standing out there?

I tried to avoid thinking a lot, we practiced the procedure several times on the ground and I just did one thing after the other, not thinking what I could do to get back inside the plane for example. When I was standing out there, I kind of tried to pretend I was on the ground practicing, and before I could really think about it I was off, and soon after, the chute was out and everything was ok.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
How high were you? What altitude (in metric please)?

We jumped from 1200 GND (about 1460 MSL), but MSL is really irrelevant when jumping  Smile

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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:44 pm

Thanks a lot for telling us about your experience and answering my questions and about the ground practice before your first jump.

Generally they don't let newbies jump solo in France (there is no Monaco chute club I know of - everything plane-wise happens in France) you are always "tied up" to some other person and this is one thing I don't want to do. If I go I want to go just me out of the plane jumping on my own. I may have to try my first in some other country.
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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:45 pm

How clean was your underware after this adventure? Were you kinda buzzed for the rest of the day after this adventure? Did you go out drinking later to 'celebrate' your successful jump? About 15 years ago, I did a 144 foot/43 Meter Bungee Jump in NZ. My underware was clean, but I did have a buzz into the night and defentely celebrated with significant amounts of beer that night  drunk 
 
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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:08 pm



Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 6):
It was a rather warm day today, about 14°C. Not typical for this season.

Here in the north (Kölner Bucht) it’s supposed to go upto 18°C tomorrow! Man I love living here! Big grin

Interesting to read about and see the jump of yours, now at least you know how your gliding backpack works.  Silly

Btw, are you permanently located in BaWü?

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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:04 am

Cool video. Is it hard to breathe when you are standing on the plane/falling?

Also how do you know how to judge the approach and landing if you have never done it before?
You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
 
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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:19 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

That is something I would love to do... the pics are great and the video is amazing!!!


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RE: I Jumped Out Of A Plane Today! (Video, Photos)

Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:54 am

Well with over 100 jumps from all sorts of different aircraft and helicopters both during the day and at night, static and free fall, I say bravo. Looks like the landing was a little on the rough side but squares have a lot of forward speed and can be tricky. I'm surpised they let you use one on your first jump. Get the wind wrong and you can end up with a pretty high forward velocity. Makes for great laughs for those watching though! Congrats on not making it a night jump! (eyes closed) Hope you decide to do it again next year.
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