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Safety Tip of the Day – Get intimate with your wing

How well do you know your canopy? Do you know exactly how it responds to all the different inputs available to you? Can you instinctively do a flat turn when needed?

With more and more canopies in the air around us let’s make sure we can fly safely and save our butts instinctively by getting intimate with our wing up high and early, before we get into a hairy situation down low!

Here’s a couple of excellent articles to check out:

http://www.bigairsportz.com/art-skilldrills.php

And this pdf I HIGHLY recommend reading over and taking to the sky to practice, it is in your best interest to learn as much about your wing as possible and get comfortable flying.

http://www.bigairsportz.com/pdf/bas-sizingchart.pdf

Fly safe!

Safety Tip of the Day – PLF!

With the Pepperell Boogie right around the corner, thought I would get safety into everyone’s mind đŸ˜‰ So a safety tip a day to keep the boogie safe!

When’s the last time you practiced your PLF (Parachute Landing Fall)?

From the SIM, section 4…

E. Basic landing training–Parachute Landing Fall

1. Parachutists absorb the shock of a hard landing with a Parachute Landing Fall (PLF).

a. To prepare for a PLF, press your feet and knees together with your knees slightly bent.

b. Flare the canopy completely with both hands together and close to the front of your body to help prevent wrist and hand injuries.

c. Chin to the chest to help prevent neck injuries.

d. Allow your feet to make contact with the ground first.

e. Maintain the PLF position throughout the entire landing roll.

f. As your feet touch the ground:

(1) Lean into the direction of the landing to roll down one side of the body.

(2) Lay over to the side of one calf.

(3) Continue to roll to the thigh on the same side.

(4) Continue rolling on to that hip (side of the butt).

(5) Roll diagonally across your back to the opposite shoulder.

(6) Allow your body to continue rolling and absorb the energy of the fall.

2. The PLF position is also the proper way to prepare for a stand-up landing.

a. The PLF position keeps your weight balanced in the harness and helps avoid the tendency to reach for the ground.

b. If you touch down softly you can step out of the PLF position and remain on your feet.

Looking Back…

As I approach my milestone 100th skydive I find myself remembering the ups and downs that have lead me here. I am still very new to the sport of skydiving, starting just last September with my first tandem. In my short glimpse of the world of skydiving so far I have witnessed and been a part of so much!

What was the best skydiving moment for me?
My CAT A final approach for landing might take the cake here. Pure moment of joy! A close 2nd would have to be the hybrid horny gorilla, oh my god was that jump hysterical! I was laughing so hard I fogged up my full face for the first time and had to pop it open hahaha!!

What was the worst skydiving moment for me?

Why Skydiving?

I’ve started spreading the word about my new hobby, SKYDIVING BABY!!! The response has either been one of two things “AWESOME!!” or “ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!”. hahahha I love it :)

So how did I get this crazy idea to jump out of airplanes? Well anybody who’s known me for a long time knows that I have always wanted to “fly like the birds”, flight has always intrigued me but since I can’t even go on roller coasters without getting motion sickness I never really pursued anything in the air except as a passenger on commercial flights.

I’ve always been the quiet person just having fun not doing anything crazy. I’ve never been an ‘out there’ type of person. Since I’ve started loosing weight and getting into shape I’ve moved myself out from behind the TV and getting more active outside. I started hiking again and that was a blast. Then I saw my Dad do his first skydiving tandem. He had a great time and it looked really fun.

You know you’re a skydiver when…

BOC goes from meaning “Blue Oyster Cult” to meaning “Bottom of Container”.

You’re making love to your partner and they whisper “I’ve never done this before” and you yell out “THAT’S a case of beer!”.

On cloudy/windy days you go to the drop zone anyway and bitch about the weather.

On cloudy/windy days you pull out your parachute and pack it just to say that you’ve done something skydiving-related.

You “dirt-dive”, “post-dive” and critique your love-making sessions.

The smell of bug spray makes you think of skydiving.

Whenever a passenger in a fast-moving car, you stick your head out the window and yell “FIVE LEFT” to the driver.

Whenever leaving an establishment you yell “DOOR” to all the patrons before opening the door.

You don’t own any clothing that you didn’t get at a boogie.

Every single one of your whuffo friends is to the point of wanting to kill you every time you mention skydiving.

You think of Jack Jeffries, Tamara Koyn and Norm Kent as “famous”.