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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2016, 01:04:24 PM »
Thanks for the new video, Dan!


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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2016, 10:40:47 PM »
So I was grounded from jumping this weekend due to weather and being in important ground-school stuff... I managed to make it up to the skies on the last flight Saturday.   The clouds had broken just enough to let the more experienced skydivers jump, and I got to fly as observer in the copilot seat of our Otter.   

It was awesome.  I'm going to do it again and hopefully get video of the wing-over the pilot does after the jump-run is done, it was amazing.   These guys treetop fly the landing, and that thing stops on a dime.. New life goal:  pilot a Twin Otter  (although I'll be happy with just having jumped out of one  ;D )

Throttling up:


Exactly the amount of character I expected from this plane. I love it!


Skydivers in the back over my shoulder, usually I'm the one jumping out of this thing.  This is odd!


You really have to adjust to look out over the console (as a newbie at least), now I know my TrackIR nonsense was correct!


The pilot lining up on his jump run, ready to throw some fun out the door:


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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2016, 05:30:36 PM »
Thanks for the pictures, Dan!

The last one shows a paper list and an iPad......old school and new era... ;)
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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2016, 08:39:18 PM »
Great pics, Dan!  I especially like the custom grip work on the yoke   ;D

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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2016, 08:40:56 PM »
Thanks for the pictures, Dan!

The last one shows a paper list and an iPad......old school and new era... ;)
Haha!  The paper is the flight list I believe (at that point showing 10 loads/flights that day I think).  His iPad mini setup is really awesome, it displays the "jump run" that he has calculated based off of wind speeds, load size, etc..     The jump run direction is something that every skydiver needs to know before getting on the plane, since it dictates how we'll fall/fly especially under canopy.   Winds from the NW?  Jump run will be from SE to NW, with us jumping NW of the landing area and using the winds to get back home.       

It was really cool to see how the jump-run was depicted on that iPad (no idea what app he uses, I'll have to ask).   There is SO much the pilot is doing at that point in the flight (trim, speed, ATC, visual scan for traffic, etc..).  I have a huge appreciation for what those guys do, it's definitely not just "turning the green light on" and letting us go be crazy.  ;D
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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2016, 08:52:14 PM »
Oh yeah, I camped out at the dropzone this weekend, here's my little yellow tent set up near the airstrip.   ;D


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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2016, 04:55:29 PM »
Dan, simply great stuff here. You are one of those people who jump out of s perfectly good Otter. 


The picture and videos quality is great. 

I will be in Atlanta the 3rd week in June. I will keep my eyes  peeled upward for falling bodies out of the sky.
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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2016, 07:52:12 PM »
Haha, FSRobert!   There's no such thing as a perfectly good airplane..  PLUS, the door was open.   ;D

You should head out to Skydive Spaceland Atlanta and get a tandem jump in while you're out here.  It's life-changing :)

Thanks for the nice words, it's fun to share my journey in this crazy sport with you all.

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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2016, 10:18:53 PM »
Let us know how that jump goes, Robert. Uh-huh.
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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2016, 10:58:01 PM »
Passed my "A" checkout dive, I was able to pick my own dive flow this jump, so I went for a fun exit, and then delta tracking...  I did my first gainer exit (pretty much using relative wind speed to backflip once out the door). The most fun I've had exiting so far. The rest of the jump was pretty sloppy due to me being so excited about actually successfully doing the gainer on my first try since it was more of a long-term goal of mine, but in the end I got a nice smooth tracking run to my deployment.

The video is taken from my instructor's perspective, then briefly switches to the other instructor in the plane, and then comes back to my freefall.


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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2016, 05:44:48 PM »
Congratulations!!!!

Great job.....you are the man!!

The video is really cool. Your backflip is great and looks amazing from the inside plane view.
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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2016, 11:20:32 PM »
Awesome!  Congratulations!

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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2016, 07:16:14 PM »
Here is my A-License checkout jump (basically my final "test" in the air).  Nothing too fancy, just basically a control-ability test.  7 more jumps and I'll be licensed!

- Diving exit
- 360 degree turns left/right
- Recover from instability
- Dock with instructor
- Track to deployment


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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2016, 08:31:12 PM »
 8)  Good job.   :)

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Re: Skydiving Antics
« Reply #29 on: March 21, 2016, 08:20:50 AM »
Amazing how in that Mantis position, all u do is tilt your hand for direction. I guess if you stick your hand out the window of a car at 60 mph, you can feel the force...you are doing about 120 mph?