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whamac

Sep 11, 2011, 12:57 PM
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Howdy!

Just found this forum, and I thought I'd introduce myself.

My name is Doug, and I recently did my fifth IAD jump at a (fairly) local drop zone.

I'm 57, and I actually made my first jump way back in 1978 at a drop zone in South Dakota, using surplus military chutes.
Didn't jump again until 1981, at a place in IL; again with military chutes.
After several years of starting a family, nine static-line jumps in 1984, at yet another IL drop zone.
Square canopies this time; what a difference!!
(and forgive me if I don't use proper terminology; I'm pretty green)

Now it's 27 years later, and I was wondering whether I could still do it; I'm pleasantly surprised!

I'm thinking of switching to the AFF method, though. Just gotta work up a bit more "nerve" first.

Cheers,

Doug


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Sep 11, 2011, 6:13 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Smile I think it's funny that jumping a square parachute is strange for you because jumping a round would be really weird for most of us! Whatever training you decide to do, I hope you're able to continue for a long time this time. Cool


whamac

Sep 11, 2011, 7:09 PM
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Not really strange; just MUCH better!
It's no fun landing under one of those round Army surplus things. Frown

I was one of the fortunate ones; the day of my very first jump, there were students landing on the tarmac, between hangars, coming in directly over power lines, you name it.
I was lucky to land in a rocky, scrubby field. Smile

-Doug

Oh, by the way; thank you!
(Didn't mean to be rude. Smile)


(This post was edited by whamac on Sep 11, 2011, 7:37 PM)


deltron80  (A License)

Sep 18, 2011, 6:21 PM
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welcome back! jumping rounds must've been interesting..Shocked I'm sure you can handle AFF.


whamac

Sep 20, 2011, 1:43 PM
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PLF's are definitely your "friend"! Laugh


whamac

Aug 28, 2012, 8:09 AM
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FINALLY!!
After all these years, I finally got a taste of freefall last week, when I did my very first tandem jump!

14,000 feet and 60 seconds of freefall.
Did a few altitude checks, pulled the handle myself, and did some of the steering.
WOO-HOO! What a feeling!

And I learned a valuable lesson. Old geezers should not enjoy a milkshake right before doing a bunch of corkscrew turns while under canopy.
For a couple minutes there, I thought I was gonna lose my cookies. Tongue

Tomorrow is Ground School; here we go....... Cool


The_Don  (B License)

Aug 28, 2012, 7:50 PM
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Awesome! Cool

Now go kick ass in AFF!


popsjumper  (D 999999999)

Sep 2, 2012, 6:14 AM
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In reply to:
PLF's are definitely your "friend"! Laugh

LaughLaughLaugh
I keep telling my FJC students that but few of them "get it".
UnsureLaughLaughLaugh

Like you, my initial training was S/L.
Class was 20 minutes skydiving, 2.5 hours PLF...forwards, backwards AND sideways...off an 8ft platform. I hated my jumpmaster who just happened to be my brother....all that sucker kept saying was 'do it again, do it again....and again."
LaughLaughLaugh

But you know what? After that first landing I shook his hand and said, "Thanks, bro'. The PLF saved my butt."

Congrats on your return...AFF is the way to go.



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