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  2. Tracking is one of the most pertinent skills in the sport. Tracking properly and safely can absolutely save your life. At camp Flock off we teach you all of the basics of group tracking and movement, then tune you up and make you a sharper, more aware and skilled flocker. We know we all want to flock our very best. SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2019*You will learn how to safely:*~Exit- floating and diving~Approach- what if I’m out of slot?~Break off- where do I go?~Deployment and landing - Where is everyone? Where ARE we? ~Off LandingsThis will be a mixed level course with groups decided upon and split up by skill level. Whether you’re fine tuning heading control and flying on level or trying to get in for that surf dock, we have a slot for you.This is a full weekend, rain or shine- camp. (We will have make up days in July and September should flying be stunted by weather.Day 1: Early arrival to knock out the seminar and all of the necessary ground work. What we do on the ground we do in the air. Be prepared to creep!Split into initial groups to assess skill level and better organize.Tentative Daily Schedule:Day1:7:30AM Arrival: SeminarJump 1: debrief and rearrange groups as necessaryJump 2&3: Debrief while having lunchJump 4-5: DebriefAny access jumps will be debriefed at the end of the day.Day 2: 8am arrival and simple debrief from previous days experiences. Fuel up + Chat as a group.Jumps 1-3: debrief and rearrange as necessary + lunchJumps 4-5: debriefJump 6: large group(s) sunset canopy Flock before we cheers to a beer light and some noms.So, you wanna flock with me?What you need:~A license (contact me directly if you have <100 jumps)~USPA Membership~Audible &/or mudflat mounted altimeter~$125 registration fee + your slotsWhat you get:~Two full days of instructed and debriefed flocking with full video on USB flash drive~Goody Bags~Food + Beer at the end of it allContact me directly to sign up!!
  3. Christopherg


    Wolf is right about staying Hydrated an well fed. Stay healthy and stretch often. You will be suprised at how sore you can get after a few jumps. Bring a lunch an bunch of snacks. Lots of water. If im not picking some jumpers brain for advise im either eating,stretching, or sleeping. Above all else once you get over the I could die doing this thought you will start to have so much fun either during freefall or under canopy. They are 2 totally different experiences..Enjoy them both. Listen to your coaches and don't over think anything. Stay loose an hold your arch.
  4. Calling all Wicked Wingys!! September 12-15, 2019This is a more advanced wingsuit camp. Participants must be able to fly their slots on back or belly. At least 200 wingsuit jumps required. Suit sizes will be standard flocking suits. Travis will be flying his TonySuits Gnar Bird. The first days (Thursday and Friday) will be focused on skill building so that we can make some beautiful formations on the weekend. The aim will be 5-6 jumps per day. Contact Travis for more information at or
  5. This is the Nationals for beginning skydivers. All rookie skydivers from any dropzone are welcome to participate in this 3-way scrambles style competition.Teams change each round based on a random draw, but will always include one experienced ‘coach’ (members from SDC Rhythm XP, SDC Core, Rook Nelson and more!). Scores will be judged by an officially rated judge and prizes are awarded to the top three individuals.The winner will take home a Rookiefest Trophy that will give the DZ bragging rights that they produce the best students.We invite jumpers from all dropzones to participate. At the end of the first day join us for a brief seminar on topics that cover gear, canopy, exits, safety, competitive skydiving, formation skydiving and more! In the evening come to our famous Tiki bar to enjoy dinner and drinks.ELIGIBILITY: Rookie skydivers can participate in up to 2 Rookiefest Competitions, provided they meet either of these criteria:• Less than 200 total jumps OR• Less than 2 years in the sport as a RookieREGISTRATION (includes event t-shirt): COMING SOON• Pre-Registration (Ends July 31st): $60 • Registration (August 30th): $75• PLUS 5 jumps @ $25 eachDiscounted Gear Rental: $35/jump (Can only use for the 5 comp. jumps)*includes: rig, helmet, jumpsuit and pack jobSCHEDULE:• Friday, August 30th6pm: Deadline for registration9am-6pm: Manifest open to complete registration, pay account, sign waiver• Saturday, August 31st7:00 am: Manifest opens to complete registration, must be completed before briefing (Please try to complete by Friday evening if possible)8:00 am: Meet time for briefing (in auditorium)• Sunday, September 1st8:00 am: Competition ResumesAwards ceremony immediately followingMonday is scheduled as a make-up day in case of weather. Also, there will be load organizers available all day on Monday if you would like to continue formation skydiving after the competition.Register now right here: is important to fill out the the Google Form for this event as well. It will help us determine jumper pairing to ensure the most fair competition. Please fill that out right here:
  6. I am 69 years old and in my 51st year of skydiving. I had two cutaways, one over Pope Valley CA in 1972 using military surplus gear and one over Rantoul Illinois using modern gear in 2005. I see skydiving as a very risky sport and see myself as a lucky cautious participant. Perry Stevens D-51 taught me how to jump in 1968. One bit of advice he gave me was: "when something looks marginal to you, take a pass on it, ALWAYS." Marginal planes, marginal gear, marginal jump plans, marginal weather etc. I've done nearly everything I can to mitigate risk. I jump with an RSL and a Cypres AAD. I don't swoop, wingsuit or BASE jump. I practice emergency procedures. I get gear checks before I board. I was a very early AAD user, buying an SSE Sentinal 2000 as soon as they hit the market. Back then experienced jumpers who wore AADs were ridiculed, but I didn't care. When I could finally afford a square canopy, I bought a conservative one (Triathlon) that would put me at 1.2 to 1 wing loading and never downsized even on subsequent buys. My reserve is almost as big as my main. If steady winds exceed 18 mph I wait for better conditions. I passed on manifesting for Twin Beech jumps on really hot days with loads that clearly exceeded max gross limits. I passed on really green Cessna piston jumpship pilots. I passed on having beer with lunch at a DZ where it was SOP. I could go on but you get the picture. I am not gloating or saying I am better than people who take more risk than I do. My point is that there are many things you can do (or more accurately NOT do) that will substantially reduce risk and still allow you to participate in the best sport on the planet. You won't be sharing granite skimming wingsuit videos with your friends but you can still have a great time.
  7. I'm ALL about it. However, I have the uncanny ability to recognized a knucklehead when I see one.
  8. Save the Dates!As you may have heard, IPC recently ratified new rules for Vertical Sequential World Records. The new rules open up a realm of possibilities for large sequential records. We now have our eyes set on setting a new head-down sequential record in mid-2020. This is the first of several events leading up to the record that will allow us to practice and experiment with large sequential formations. This is not a bigway camp, it is a sequential camp. It is already expected that participants are already experienced and comfortable building 40-ways. The goal is to have successful multi-point skydives that will build a foundation we can apply to larger sequential formations in 2020. Organizers: Matt Fry & Melissa Nelson Lowe Contact: matthew.fry23@gmail.comRegistrations details TBA. Cover photo by Nathan Roth.
  9. SDChicago


    Summerfest 2019 is coming soon!This year will feature some new events, The Film Festival, Full-On Foosball and more! We will have new bands as well as Casey McGrath's Fiddlerock Show 2.0, Rook and Friends DJ'ing and a few other surprises as well. There's even a rumor that we will have another round of custom brewed beer and wine specifically made for Summerfest 2019!Don't forget about the world-class list of organizers that Summerfest has every single year. This year will be no exception. Come on out and jump for fun or really dig in and learn from the best in the business and take advantage of all that these pros have to offer!We are still squaring away the details of this legendary event and we will keep you updated as The Boogie of Boogies gets closer.See you all there sooner than you think!Early Full Boogie Registration:Open January 1, 2019Jun - June 26, 2019 (Includes FREE T-Shirt!) $95.00 USDFull Boogie Registration:June 27, 2019 - Event Dates$99.00 USDDay Passes:Jumper: $50.00 USDNon-Jumper: $40.00 USDChildren (10 and under): $15.00 USDRegister Now Right Here:
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    Parachute Systems is currently offering an amazing “Jump Ready Skydiving Package” for their line of container, mains, and reserve. If you purchase a brand new custom Vortex Container (Freefly Friendly with RSL and all the nice padding), Main Canopy (Volt, Hurricane, or Ventus), and Decelerator Reserve together as a package, you only pay $4760 USD and that includes shipping. Skyhook option available on the Vortex for an additional cost. Delivered in around 12 weeks. We can help add a new or used AAD to the package and you will be all set with a complete new rig with AAD. US Financing and Military Discounts available. Full details are listed on our website, visit: Dropzone Solutions - Jump Ready Package


    , Tampa

  11. The hope is to educate it so it doesn't go in.
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    This rig is repacked and ready to go. Freefly Friendly and Skyhook Equipped. Aerodyne Icon I5 -Freefly Friendly -Skyhook Equipped -Articulated Hip Rings -Stainless Steel Hardware -BOC with Collapsible PC w/Hackey -Harness Sizing: F-H-H-F -Estimated Fit: 5’11 - 6’3, 190-220 lbs -Serial # I5-12261, DOM: 9/2010 -Fits Canopies: 150-210 -2 small patches on right reserve flap (Cosmetic) Aerodyne Pilot 168 -DOM: 11/10, Serial #12948 -No rips, holes or patches -Original Spectra Lineset -Reline Recommended within next 75-100 jumps Aerodyne Smart 160 -0 Rides, 17 repacks -DOM: 11/10, Serial #12781 -No rips, holes or patches -Repacked/Inspected: 3/10/19 Airtec Cypres2 -DOM: 12/2008, Serial #50336 -EOL: 6/2021 -8 year service complete Estimated Jumps on Complete Rig: 530 Price: $4500 USD Master Rigger inspection report available. Buyer pays shipping and payment handling fees; PayPal, Credit Card, and Bank Transfer/Wire accepted. US financing also available. Will ship International. Prices are FIRM. Please message for more pictures and information. Rig is being sold on consignment for a customer who is downsizing to a new Icon V. Need Gear? Selling Gear? US Financing and Military Discounts available!


    Tampa, FL

  13. stop feeding it and maybe it will go away!
  14. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    I'm not a dedicated Cooper researcher, I just follow along out of curiosity. But it seems like a lot of time is spent debating minute details that seem superfluous to me. To me, the main questions are, exactly how did he pull it off, and of course the biggie, who was he? Like the parachutes - how many, who owned them, their serial numbers...? To me the operative issues would be specific to the one he jumped: 1. The size. For instance, a heavier person under a smaller canopy might have a greater chance of spraining an ankle or something on landing, affecting his ability to hike out. But Cooper seems like an average size guy. If he had experience, could pull off a decent PLF, he probably could have landed any of those ok. 2.The type of canopy, specifically whether it was steerable or not. If not, then he's pretty much at the mercy of the winds as to how far he drifts, and more importantly, exactly where he lands. If he lands in trees, rocks, on a steep hillside..., he has more chance of being injured. If it was steerable, then he has a better chance of landing unscathed in a flat, open area of his choosing.
  15. Skydive Chicago’s Annual 4th of July Boogie.When: July 4th-7th, 2019Registration: FREECome on out to Skydive Chicago for the extended holiday weekend and jump with your favorite friends and make some new ones along the way! We will have a full staff of load organizers in all disciplines that weekend to get as many people jumping as we can!On Saturday, July 6th, we will have our famous firework show. Bring the family out, grab your blanket, and meet us on the lawn at dusk. The night will be dazzling with UFO jumpers and fireworks. After the show, join us at the Tiki Bar as we enjoy the night!On July 6th and 7th, we will also be hosting the 1st annual SDC 500 Pylon Races! Registration is $75, $35 covers camera slots and $40 goes into the prize pool. Competitors must also cover their slots for the 5 rounds of competition, and any re-jumps, if necessary. Competitors must register by 8am on Saturday, July 6th. In the event of weather, the money meet will take place on Sunday, July 7th.
  16. timski

    ATC vs Freak 3?

    the rental service I've provided ALSO provides canopies and expert coaching...

    DB Cooper

    The crew felt oscillations at 20:12, but that it the timestamp at the end of the transmission process. So, the vent was earlier.. There was a "little bob" found on the FDR at 20:09. The numbers are rounded.. If the oscillations were Cooper jumping then he likely left between 20:09 and 20:11. But even that isn't certain. The terrain looks very survivable.

    DB Cooper

    yes, of course I have two samples, you are too far ahead. I wanted to figure out if it is unique first. I am not sure.. I would never write "F.B.I" like that. If it is unique then I may have a strong link, but there are other things that suggest a link too.
  19. Shred the Gnar is coming to Skydive Chicago June 21-23. World Class organizers , huge raffle and endless amounts of Gnar is up for the shredding. ***Registration is open***** $45 early registration after June 1st registration will be $65 Email with days you’ll be attending and T-shirt size.
  20. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    I don't know, but my question about that would be, are there a number of instances where you've seen that, or just once? If just once, it could be an oversight, faulty pen...? If it's a number of places, it could be an identifier.
  21. THIS EVENT IS A TRYOUT FOR THE WORLD RECORD. Ok everyone, here is the announcement you have all been waiting for…. The dates for the Upright World Record Attempts are July 22-26, 2019 at Skydive Chicago!!!! Mark your calendars and start training. To get a slot on the initial record attempts you will need to secure an invite. Last Chance Upright World Record Tryout #7 Skydive Chicago June 8-9, 2019.Questions or want to register? Contact: Jason Russell or Stephanie
  22. Skydive Chicago is hosting its annual Memorial Day Boogie on May 25-May 27. This weekend marks the beginning of our peak season and kicks off the many events we have in store for the 2019 season.Throughout the holiday weekend we are offering tandem skydives at only $189 per person. *Advanced reservations are required to qualify for discounts.This is also the official opening of the Tiki Hut!
  23. Join us with your wingsuit and let’s knock that rust off. The aim will be to get back in the swing of things. All skill levels welcome!!We will try to make the groups larger as everyone gets up to speed. Organizer: Travis Mickle (American Wingsuit Academy)Event form here: or comments: PM Travis Mickle Directly at
  24. Stable freefall and clean openings have nothing to do with what canopy size is right for you. Based on your history, a 150 at 1.25 wingloading would probably be just fine as far as landings are concerned, depending on the type of main you are flying. As mentioned above the issue of traffic, especially in the pattern, is different than you are used to. Think about how will you react if someone is doing a downwind final at the same time you are on final into the wind or if the jumper in front of you is flying a larger slower canopy than you and you are overtaking them on your base leg or if someone cuts you off on final or if someone opens close to you and is flying right at you just as you are opening... There are many situations like these in which flying a larger slower canopy when you have little experience flying around other people is a good thing. Always consider worst case scenarios when deciding what wingloading is right for you. Have you thought about your reserve size? You are used to flying a nine cell at a higher wingloading, but have you ever jumped a 7 cell at a higher wingloading (or at all)? Having never jumped one, would you like to land one at 1.25 into someone's backyard (or whatever area with lots of obstacles) at sunset because the spot sucked and you had a mal? More square footage equals slower landing speeds equals a better chance of walking away from a worst case scenario. Regardless, make a point to take a canopy control course as soon as you can after you get off student status, preferably before you buy anything. Probably seems silly considering your experience, but I can guarantee that you will learn something about how to safely fly in traffic and how to avoid canopy collisions (which kill skydivers way too often). If your instructors feel that you aren't ready for a 150 yet, listen to them. They know more about skydiving than you do and they aren't trying to hold you back. They only have the safety of you and everyone you will be jumping with in mind.
  25. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    Yet your first post back you're pretty much doing the same thing. Go figure...
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