Dec 11, 2002, 2:36 PM
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diverdriver gets his props
This is from Roger's Weekly Update - 12/11 --------------------------------------------------------- N10EA and N220EA are flying in Eloy at the 300-way attempts. Super pilot Chris Schindler reports things are going well with the 100-way practice. Everyone knows there is a big difference between 100 and 300 as the difficulty exponentially increases as the number grows (Hi DD, you know Rogereeze). That said, the organizers are very capable and have a history of success. My very best wishes to you all and I will continue to pray for your safety. Now all this because I wanted to say a few kind words about Chris Schindler. Chris originally came here from Kansas City as a packer. One day I found out he was a pilot and asked him why he didn't tell me. Humbly Chris said, "You needed me to pack and that's where I wanted to help". Of course, the rest of the story is history as I flew with Chris. Instantly I saw his natural abilities and Chris became the main pilot. He fully honored a 2-year commitment and went on to the airlines. Today Chris is in Eloy flying N10EA for the record (along with super pilot Steve Stewart) and I could not be more comfortable with anyone. Chris you are a gem of a pilot and person.
Man.....I'm about speachless. I didn't know about the weekly update till I read that here. Roger has been rooting us on all week. He once said "Relative work has no limits" on one of the tapes I saw of his past world records and attempts. The saying goes double for aircraft formations. George has designed and requested us to fly one of the most difficult formations to drop jumpers. It was not your average 45 degree angle trail formation....NNnnoooooooo!!! We hast the first five planes in the 45 arrow and then the rest of the wings had to almost fly line abreast and on level with the other aircraft. Renee took a decent shot of the formation from the ground. We are spects but you can see how the formation flattens out. I'm the next to farthest plane on the right side of the picture (left wing). We are being asked to fly precision formation while looking across the cockpit in a very small sight picture. Not to mention that we are not practiced in line abreast flying to begin with. We worked out a lot of issues in order to make sure we were in position at the drop. The formation always made left turns. Now think about it, in order to stay in position you have to fly slow because we are on the inside of the turn. The lead did a great job but it's still a tough spot to be in. At some point the turn radius becomes zero and as we all know a plane doesn't fly very well with zero airspeed. Being at 20K feet and having to fly on the edge of performance was quite an experience. I will post more on what the formation is like later.
But I will say, I am very indepted to Roger for giving me an opportunity to fly for him. I could not have learned and accomplished what I have without his support, trust, and faith.