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runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 13, 2012, 4:48 PM
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I was cooking dinner a few minutes ago and naturally started thinking about how much I miss jumping (I'm in school again). In my melancholy reverie, I recalled the first time I actually heard canopies opening above me while I was standing on the ground. That distinct, almost ribbon-like sound, accompanied by the little dots of various colors that appear soon thereafter, never fails to put a smile on my face. I just think it's pretty awesome.Cool

Anyway, just wanted to share some thoughts. Smile


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Aug 13, 2012, 4:55 PM
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>That distinct, almost ribbon-like sound, accompanied by the little dots of various colors
>that appear soon thereafter, never fails to put a smile on my face.

At the 200-way in Perris a while back I was on the ground when they opened above me. I'd been on a lot of big dives but I realized I'd never been on the ground before to hear it for myself. It was impressive; sounded like very long thunder.


pchapman  (D 1014)

Aug 13, 2012, 4:56 PM
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And when it is really quiet, you hear the rumble of people in freefall.

All that stuff I do remember as being really cool to hear when I was just starting in the sport.


runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 13, 2012, 5:11 PM
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That sounds like it would be prolific. I'm too young in the game to have experienced things like that but once I have the time to jump more...it's on.


runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 13, 2012, 5:13 PM
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I've actually heard that. It took me a minute to process what it actually was and I had to check myself to make sure I wasn't imagining things.


tristansdad  (C 39285)

Aug 13, 2012, 6:58 PM
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Not that the "ribbon-ish" sound isnt great, I think the change in the prop sounds on the turbines as they taxi are the best!


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Aug 14, 2012, 12:34 AM
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One of the sweetest sounds I remember for my early days was a D-18, with short stacks, roaring down the runway at 7:30 in the morning. It made the hair on my neck stand up. Smile

Sparky


Quagmirian  (A 110392)

Aug 14, 2012, 1:34 AM
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What you call the ribbon sound I call the crisp-packet sound. I just love the sound of a zero-p collapsed slider and stabilisers vibrating in the breeze.


missbrz  (B License)

Aug 14, 2012, 5:26 AM
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I LOVE that sound. My first favorite in this sport though is the sound right at the beginning of a swoop. It's hard to describe but it slowly builds up into this beautiful WHOOSH during the swoop. It's just magic. Smile


FreeFallFiend

Aug 14, 2012, 5:45 AM
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My favorite is the sound bodies make falling off of a very large tower in the middle of the night. Sounds almost like a plane overhead.


DcloudZ  (B 37320)

Aug 14, 2012, 5:58 AM
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I was cooking dinner a few minutes ago and naturally started thinking about how much I miss jumping (I'm in school again). In my melancholy reverie, I recalled the first time I actually heard canopies opening above me while I was standing on the ground. That distinct, almost ribbon-like sound, accompanied by the little dots of various colors that appear soon thereafter, never fails to put a smile on my face. I just think it's pretty awesome.Cool

Anyway, just wanted to share some thoughts. Smile

I remember the first time I heard that! I was looking up at the sky at my dropzone and everything was so quiet... The sky was a perfect blue and I could see the jumpers exiting the plane. The first sound I heard was while they were in freefall, the roar of the wind as if they were superman! I started to hear it when they were at about 6,000'. Shortly after I heard the first parachute open and the sound was so clear that even from the ground it had made it feel like it was my own parachute opening. It brings me pleasure to think that at some point someone will probably be on the ground watching and listening to me falling and my canopy openingSmile


runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 14, 2012, 1:57 PM
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It brings me pleasure to think that at some point someone will probably be on the ground watching and listening to me falling and my canopy openingSmile

Exactly!

Man, these posts are amazing. So different, yet all related to the best sport on the planet. I love finding out what other people find to be particularly appealing or special.

Make sure you never forget about the little things. They really do make a difference.Smile


runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 14, 2012, 1:58 PM
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I have to agree with you on this one. Someone swooped over the hanger one day and it literally sounded like a jet flying overhead. AMAZING.


airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 14, 2012, 2:57 PM
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One of the sweetest sounds I remember for my early days was a D-18, with short stacks, roaring down the runway at 7:30 in the morning. It made the hair on my neck stand up. Smile

Sparky


I always remember with special fondness the metallic 'clink rattle rattle clink' of my rings & ropes when the PC was at full extension and the canopy was about to catch air...Use to love that sound, meant the scary free-fall stuff was over and the fun canopy stuff was starting! Laugh


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Aug 14, 2012, 3:12 PM
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One of the sweetest sounds I remember for my early days was a D-18, with short stacks, roaring down the runway at 7:30 in the morning. It made the hair on my neck stand up. Smile

Sparky


I always remember with special fondness the metallic 'clink rattle rattle clink' of my rings & ropes when the PC was at full extension and the canopy was about to catch air...Use to love that sound, meant the scary free-fall stuff was over and the fun canopy stuff was starting! Laugh

With ropes & rings it was the start of a whole new adventure.

Sparky


MikeJD  (D 10605)

Aug 15, 2012, 4:49 AM
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Nice thread. Cool

We forget how many of our senses are involved, and how powerful the little triggers to those senses can be - more so, in some cases, than the visual aspects of the sport. I do find that in everyday life I can call up some of the feeling of skydiving by recalling those associative triggers. I tried to capture some of the effect in this, which I wrote a couple of years ago.

Some of the things that set my skydive-senses tingling...

- Standing out in the middle of the landing area on a still summer's day. The only sounds are the birds, the insects, the distant drone of the jump plane descending and the faint rumble of a big formation in freefall.
- The cut of the engine on run-in. Even when I'm on the ground, it gives me the same sense of anticipation that the jumpers are experiencing thousands of feet above me.
- Hearing a song on the radio that was popular when I was learning to skydive.
- The smell of nylon when I open my rig bag.
- The smell of jet fuel, of course.
- The smell of the inside of my helmet (Eww!)


runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 15, 2012, 3:20 PM
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First of all, that poem was extremely poignant and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are a truly gifted writer.

Secondly, I can identify with the first, second, fourth, and fifth things you said. I will say that standing in the middle of the landing area on a quiet day, listening to the canopies opening and swooping overhead, is pretty close to paradise.


BKS60  (C 41583)

Aug 15, 2012, 6:42 PM
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I have the grand total of 9 jumps UNTIL this coming weekend. Monday morning driving into work with the window down I had the sudden realization that while making my first jump with no-one holding onto me the day before....... I did not hear any wind while in freefall!
I love this sport!


DcloudZ  (B 37320)

Aug 15, 2012, 6:47 PM
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Make sure you never forget about the little things. They really do make a difference.Smile

In regards to the small things, does anyone else stick their arm out of the window while driving on the highway and imagine that they are in freefall? I've caught myself doing that often lately, always makes me happy Smile


runningman  (A 61275)

Aug 15, 2012, 8:00 PM
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I've actually gotten out of the car and sat up on the window when my friend was driving. Stupid? Sure. But it legitimately felt like I was at the bottom of the hill and about to hit terminal. Cool

Oh, and I stick my arm out all the time.Smile


JohnRich  (D License)

Aug 15, 2012, 8:05 PM
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I actually heard canopies opening above me while I was standing on the ground. That distinct, almost ribbon-like sound, accompanied by the little dots of various colors that appear soon thereafter...

The canopies should appear first, followed by the sound of the opening canopies about 10 seconds or more later, assuming minimum opening altitudes of 2,000'. Sound travels at about 1,000 feet per second. It wouild be impossible per the laws of physics for you to hear the sound of opening canopies before they were visually viewable. Light travels just a little bit faster than sound. What you may be hearing is the sound of the wind rushing past the bodies in freefall, before the canopy openings.


oldwomanc6

Aug 15, 2012, 8:20 PM
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I actually heard canopies opening above me while I was standing on the ground. That distinct, almost ribbon-like sound, accompanied by the little dots of various colors that appear soon thereafter...

The canopies should appear first, followed by the sound of the opening canopies about 10 seconds or more later, assuming minimum opening altitudes of 2,000'. Sound travels at about 1,000 feet per second. It wouild be impossible per the laws of physics for you to hear the sound of opening canopies before they were visually viewable. Light travels just a little bit faster than sound. What you may be hearing is the sound of the wind rushing past the bodies in freefall, before the canopy openings.

Buzz-kill. That took all the romance out of it. Tongue


airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 15, 2012, 8:40 PM
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I actually heard canopies opening above me while I was standing on the ground. That distinct, almost ribbon-like sound, accompanied by the little dots of various colors that appear soon thereafter...

The canopies should appear first, followed by the sound of the opening canopies about 10 seconds or more later, assuming minimum opening altitudes of 2,000'. Sound travels at about 1,000 feet per second. It wouild be impossible per the laws of physics for you to hear the sound of opening canopies before they were visually viewable. Light travels just a little bit faster than sound. What you may be hearing is the sound of the wind rushing past the bodies in freefall, before the canopy openings.

Buzz-kill. That took all the romance out of it. Tongue


Ever hear a femur snap Sly


cocheese  (D 24000)

Aug 15, 2012, 8:46 PM
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I know. And if your vision is bad, you hear shit first anyway..Cool


My ribbonish story: Skydive Chicago....246 way. I had 18 jumps and enough money to get there and back from Michigan. I told the gate keeper that I was experienced and just coming to watch and maybe buy a helmet.Cool He let us in.

From take off until everyone landed, I had goose bumps like never before.

The rush of that much fabric is very loud. And 240+ canpoies opening made it THE coolest thing I ever saw and heard in my life. And I've seen and heard a lot cool shit. Ok take the excitement of Bridge Day and multiply it by 240 and then condense it down to one short moment.

Oh and I didn't buy a helmet. I bought the whole sport.Smile


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Aug 15, 2012, 10:15 PM
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I know. And if your vision is bad, you hear shit first anyway..Cool


My ribbonish story: Skydive Chicago....246 way. I had 18 jumps and enough money to get there and back from Michigan. I told the gate keeper that I was experienced and just coming to watch and maybe buy a helmet.Cool He let us in.

From take off until everyone landed, I had goose bumps like never before.

The rush of that much fabric is very loud. And 240+ canpoies opening made it THE coolest thing I ever saw and heard in my life. And I've seen and heard a lot cool shit. Ok take the excitement of Bridge Day and multiply it by 240 and then condense it down to one short moment.

Oh and I didn't buy a helmet. I bought the whole sport.Smile

Neat....I was on that load. Smile

Sparky


MikeJD  (D 10605)

Aug 16, 2012, 1:29 AM
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The rush of that much fabric is very loud. And 240+ canpoies opening made it THE coolest thing I ever saw and heard in my life.

The bomb-burst of a break-off, the whoosh of tracking bodies and the crackle and bloom of opening canopies. Like daylight human fireworks. Smile


MikeJD  (D 10605)

Aug 16, 2012, 2:41 AM
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The canopies should appear first, followed by the sound of the opening canopies about 10 seconds or more later, assuming minimum opening altitudes of 2,000'. Sound travels at about 1,000 feet per second. It wouild be impossible per the laws of physics for you to hear the sound of opening canopies before they were visually viewable. Light travels just a little bit faster than sound. What you may be hearing is the sound of the wind rushing past the bodies in freefall, before the canopy openings.

Often there are multiple groups, of course. I think what tends to happen is that you hear the first group opening, and then look up to see the canopies deploy for the later groups.

Interesting to think about the physics, though. The higher pullers open first, but the sound has further to travel - and the dirty low pullers open later and nearer to the ground. So I guess the relatively slow speed of sound concentrates the deployment noise into a shorter, more intense burst than the accompanying visuals would suggest.

OK, I may be overthinking this now. Laugh



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