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Safety Day - Take 2

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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.
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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?



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
Tom Buchanan
Instructor Emeritus
Comm Pilot MSEL,G
Author: JUMP! Skydiving Made Fun and Easy

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