Airman1270

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    220
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    Strato Cloud
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    190
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    Strong LoPo

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  • Home DZ
    Skydive The Farm, Rockmart, GA
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  • License Number
    9459
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    916
  • Years in Sport
    32
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  1. Airman1270

    Bob "Senor" Raecke

    NO! Bob taught me the FJC, jumpmastered my first jump in 1982, my first freefall, several other student jumps, then signed me off instruction. I haven't jumped near Albany since early '87 but have always wanted to visit again & see/jump w/him. Damn. What happened? Jon Schaeffer Kennesaw, GA
  2. If you can afford to make 200 jumps in 18 months, you can afford to buy your own gear. Check the listings in the magazines for good used gear, or buy something new if you have a solid idea of what you want. There's nothing wrong with making a lot of jumps. I'd do it too, if I could. But don't think you must commit to this sport full-time in order to be a skydiver. Even if you can only make a few dozen jumps a year, you can do it safely and have a great time. Your learning curve won't be as dramatic as that of your peers, but you'll get there. Best of luck! Wish I could join you. Cheers, Jon S.
  3. Airman1270

    Long Island's Future

    Sorry to hear this. While I've never jumped at SDLI, I understand Ray M. has built up a pretty nifty operation at Calverton. Damn shame to see it threatened. I guess everyone will have to go to the private operation at East Moriches and share the Cessna (that is, if you show up on a day they are not reserving the plane for "club members only.") Be sure you don't bother the locals for gear checks. You don't want to be ostracized as a "wimp" who's afraid to jump. And don't ask too many questions, or you, too will find yourself banned for life. Until Ray expanded to Calverton, skydiving on Long Island was difficult, at best. The only alternative was that long drive through NY city limits, including tunnels, bridges, tolls, etc., to reach places like Ellington, Gardiner, or Albany. Hope you guys don't have to return to this situation. After more than 30 years on LI, I moved to another state 14 years ago and have never regretted it. Cheers, Jon S.