Mar 11, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Safety Day - Take 2
An additional topic to discuss on Safety Day is:
What can I expect when traveling to a new DZ? What things should I check and learn about at a new DZ? - Logistical: tickets, organizers, manifest, boarding, landing and returning to packing area - review an aerial photo before first jump at new DZ - prevailing wind direction (usually along the runway) - Weather Phenomenon: turbulence, thermals, thunderstorms, local [Santa Anas, Raeford Dragon, etc] - no fly zones - no land zones (hazardous areas, Farmer McNasty, fines, etc) - jump run directions - jumpruns: RW, FF, CRW, Birdsuit, student, parallel, etc - spotting and exit procedures: lights, door, traffic check, exit, go-arounds, Birdsuit - pull altitudes: what constitutes a high pull, CRW jumpruns - wind indicator locations: wind socks, blades, tetrahedrons, water, smoke/dust - canopy patterns: left, right, east, west, north, south, no sprialling, over fly runways, etc - landing direction: north, east, south, west, into the wind, etc - landing areas: general, swoopers, students, by license level, outs, beer lines, alternate - Special Instructions - temporary restrictions or landing areas - Miscellaneous Gotchas: example-Do not land in front of the main hanger/manifest area at Eloy when aircraft are refueling. Each DZ may have something similar.
Ask these questions and know the answers for your DZ. When you get to a new DZ, you will (hopefully) remember to get these answers. At Safety Day, you can ask about such-n-such DZ, there might be someone around to provide preliminary information. .
(This post was edited by MakeItHappen on Mar 11, 2004, 11:47 AM)
What can I expect when traveling to a new DZ? What things should I check and learn about at a new DZ?
That's some good stuff to think about. I actually wrote about visiting other DZ's in a winter S&TA feature on The Ranch web site. The focus of the feature is how to evaluate a new DZ. It is a pretty good companion to the MakeItHappen post. read it at http://ranchskydive.com/safety/tb_article09.htm, then use some of the concepts while examining your own local operation through the eyes of a visitor. It makes a good Safety Day topic.
Tom Buchanan Author JUMP! Skydiving Made Fun and Easy