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promise5

Jan 18, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Is there a DZ on the east coast that could handle and allow a group of 5 to 6 people tandem all on the same load?


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Jan 18, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Just about any DZ with a turbine place could do that any day of the week. 5-6 students is only 10-12 slots or 15-18 if everyone gets video.


airsport  (D 12544)

Jan 18, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Skydive City in Zepherhills, FL


promise5

Jan 18, 2013, 12:05 PM
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Do you happen to know the largest tandem group that jumped at the same time? Where it was done and when?


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Jan 18, 2013, 12:32 PM
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105 unless its been broken and I missed it.

http://www.dropzone.com/...em%20record;#3902695


DougH  (D License)

Jan 18, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Is there a DZ on the east coast that could handle and allow a group of 5 to 6 people tandem all on the same load?

CPI, Connecticut Parachutists is right in your backyard, they have a turbine.

That being said, what is the big deal about all of you being on the same load? To fit five pairs you are talking turbine, so it should be a short flight to altitude? Your crammed in a turbine, just because they are bigger doesn't mean you upgraded to first class. You aren't going to freefall "together" even though you jumped out on the same pass.

Depending on how many rigs a dropzone has, the staff for the day, fun jumpers for the day, tandems on the day they might prefer to break a group of six into two loads, or maybe not.

In my opinion you will get just as good of an experience if this was to happen, and the people on the ground can watch the landings and take pictures, and then visa versa. The only exception is when only one person of a group has to go by themselves, I dislike when it works out that way, but you are still skydiving.


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promise5

Jan 18, 2013, 12:46 PM
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This is a group of survivors that wanted to make a tandem jump together. They've gone through alot together and wanted to make this together. Its not a must, it was just an idea.Smile


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Jan 18, 2013, 12:51 PM
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Well, something like that, you just need to call the DZ with a turbine and tell them what you'd like to do and I'd be surprised if they didn't do their best to accommodate the request.


DougH  (D License)

Jan 18, 2013, 1:09 PM
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This is a group of survivors that wanted to make a tandem jump together. They've gone through alot together and wanted to make this together. Its not a must, it was just an idea.Smile

I think that most places will be happy to accommodate if you explain that to them.

I would book over the phone instead of a website and make sure that the person booking your jump runs it by the operation folks. I would also get to where ever you are jumping early and remind the manifestors at check in.

Have fun! Smile


promise5

Jan 18, 2013, 1:18 PM
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Thanks, I'm passing all this along. SmileSmile


justme12001  (D 29862)

Jan 18, 2013, 1:42 PM
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Skydive Carolina in Chester, SC could handle it. They are very good about working with groups such as yours.


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Jan 18, 2013, 2:39 PM
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That being said, what is the big deal about all of you being on the same load?
I know you've done a lot of tandems. You know how much fun it is when they all ride up together and then re-meet in the landing area, stoked as hell.Cool


davelepka  (D 21448)

Jan 18, 2013, 2:47 PM
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This is a group of survivors that wanted to make a tandem jump together. They've gone through alot together and wanted to make this together. Its not a must, it was just an idea

Jumping on the same load simply requires a big enough airplane, and enough instructors and rigs. If all of those things are in place, it's not a big deal.

That said, do call ahead to the DZ and make the arrangements over the phone with a live person. Let them know the exact number of people who will be jumping, and if all or any of them will want outside video (which requires another person/space in the plane per person).

It can be done, given that you plan ahead accordingly. If the DZ has notice, they can be sure to have sufficient staff on hand to make it happen. That said, it's just as important that you and your group show up, on time, and with everyone present. The DZ will be putting effort into being ready and able to handle your needs, and the participants need to do likewise. Make sure all in your group are 100% serious about showing up and making a jump, and make sure everyone knows that the agreed upon time is an 'appointment', and not an 'estimated time or arrival'.


promise5

Jan 18, 2013, 5:51 PM
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Oh yes most defiantly. I don't doubt that any of them wouldn't show up, we would all come together. But we could require the money ahead of time just as a safety precaution, and possibly pre-pay so the DZ would know we're serious.


davelepka  (D 21448)

Jan 18, 2013, 6:18 PM
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Oh yes most defiantly. I don't doubt that any of them wouldn't show up, we would all come together. But we could require the money ahead of time just as a safety precaution, and possibly pre-pay so the DZ would know we're serious.

Most DZs do require a deposit, and it's generally non-refundable in the case of a no-show. However, the only reason I bring it up is because they may end up having extra staff on hand to be able to accomodate your group, and those deposits generally don't make their way to the staff in the case of no-shows. Instructors get paid per-jump, and that's all.

Also, it's harder than you think to organoze a group of people to go skydiving. It's fairly common for a reservation for 4 or 5 people to end up being 2 or 3 who actualyl show up. There are a million reasons why the others didn't make it, but regardless, it happens.

On an average day, when the DZ can run (and staff itself) as usual, and they can schedule things and manifest things in the most efficient way possible, that's one thing. If you call ahead and make special arrangements for them to do otherwise, and then you have a couple of no-shows, it's just a waste of time (and money) for some of the staff people.

I'm not sugggesting that you'll have any of these problems, I'm just pointing out some additional considerations to keep in mind when you do go to schedule the jumps.

That said, get video. Outside video or hand-cam, and see if the DZ can edit it all together into one presentation, and just make 6 copies (one for each of you).


promise5

Jan 18, 2013, 6:36 PM
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wow, I really like the idea of the editing to one video for all of us. I won't brag to much about the not having any no-shows until we actually all make the jump. But, we've spent a few months talking about different things we could do.


DougH  (D License)

Jan 19, 2013, 7:13 AM
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That being said, what is the big deal about all of you being on the same load?
I know you've done a lot of tandems. You know how much fun it is when they all ride up together and then re-meet in the landing area, stoked as hell.Cool

Haha, I have done all of my tandems out of a little 182. My big groups of passengers bring stuff to BBQ and grill. They hang out and play games. All of this because, well, they have to. Sly

Each two members of the group get a huge audience to watch them land. They tell the rest of the group how awesome it was, and get people more pumped up.

Plus, I get a hamburger or two out of the arrangement usually.


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Jan 19, 2013, 9:05 AM
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I won't brag to much about the not having any no-shows until we actually all make the jump.
Smart. You'd be amazed at the excuses that come up.

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But, we've spent a few months talking about different things we could do.
Making that first jump is a classic "approach/avoidance complex" situation. Months away it sounds awesome. Day of the jump the fear can really stack up. WinkLaugh


Andy9o8  (D License)

Jan 19, 2013, 3:33 PM
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I get a hamburger or two out of the arrangement usually.

Pfft. And they say instructors aren't paid well.


promise5

Jan 19, 2013, 6:12 PM
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I won't brag to much about the not having any no-shows until we actually all make the jump.
Smart. You'd be amazed at the excuses that come up.

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But, we've spent a few months talking about different things we could do.
Making that first jump is a classic "approach/avoidance complex" situation. Months away it sounds awesome. Day of the jump the fear can really stack up. WinkLaugh
But, this group is pretty special, out of all of them I'm the only one nervous lol lol This is a big step we want to take to show other women that they CAN make it through and to take a huge step to define themselves not by what happened but more but something amazing like skydivingSmileSmileSmileI did tell them that beer for the DZ was required.


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JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Jan 19, 2013, 10:01 PM
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I've done tandems for many special interest groups. It can be a very powerful thing. What's the focus of this group?



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