I had a girlfriend once that would go, she tried to talk me into going a few times but I always told her no.. Can't find a good enough reason to jump from a perfectly good airplane unless it was a life or death situation. She and I didn't stay together long.. Besides jumping out of airplanes she was to wild for me...
A friend of mine just went about a month ago for his birthday. He said there is nothing like it. I am sure it wouldn't be too bad free falling, but it would take a grizzly bear to get me out of the door. He said that you have to do tandem jumps so many times before you can go by yourself.
Kind of reminds me of the joke about the Pope, Obama and the little kid. The plane was on a crash course and there were only two chutes. The Pres. said he needed one as he was the most important person in the world so he took one of he chutes and jumped. Now it was just the Pope and the little boy. The Pope said the boy should take the chute as he was old and the boy still had his youth. The boy then said: Father, don't worry, we still have two parachutes................Obama took my back pack!!!!!! Good kid!
I jumped about 6 times several years ago. It was a blast. My first airplane ride was my first jump. I didn't jump for over a year and was going to have to take the training over again so I gave it up. I think you would really enjoy it
I guess it would be one way to get rid of Kyle before the next shoot ( just kidding ) but I agree with hank why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane even though my youngest daughter did I don't know where she got that from it wasn't my side of the family
Post by airborneike on Sept 9, 2015 20:55:48 GMT -5
Parachuting is fun if you are natured that way but I would caution you to stay away from the "instant type schools" because to jump safely calls for mental maps to be built so your reaction to malfunctions are instant. Takes time to build those maps and you don't have many seconds to think if something goes wrong and if you jump enough...things WILL go wrong.
If someone has to "talk you into jumping" then you probably shouldn't...on the other hand, those who have the head for it will seek it out like a drug.
I am living proof that no matter how long you have done the sport or how good you are, things can go horribly bad in an instant and FOREVER change your life. Thirty years of parachuting, hang gliding and paragliding...and one evening when not paying enough attention, burned in flying a paraglider and lost most of the use of my lower body...fun sport but un-forgiving
Lucky for me, my children were grown and I was near retirement. Don't know what I would have done if I had been a younger man looking to provide for my family.
Exciting, yes but consider the outcome on your family if you were killed or badly injured...
As an experienced jumper, never NEVER did I try to talk someone else into jumping, in fact was reticent to ever encourage others to try it.
Don't mean to pour cold water on your adventures but parachuting is not a casual sport and should be approached with felt passion and GOOD training.Bad things always happen to the other guys...NOT
I made 10 jumps in 1973. Jumping old modified military chutes back then. A hop and pop was three or five dollars as I recall. The training and the first static line jump was $25 or $35 as I recall. I was also still flying then and used to drop jumpers for free flight time, used a Piper Tri Pacer, 160 horsepower.
I enjoyed it but certainly risks involved. Much better equipment today. They still have the saying, only two things come out of the sky, bird droppings and fools. That is what they told us but we still did it. If you decide to do it go to a good school with good equipment. Some jump tandem just to experience it.
When I was in high school, there was a place called Cow Bell that was a small rodeo joint and you could ride for $15 a pop. Like Robert Earl Keen said, "it's kind of like driving down the highway in your car and throwing the steering wheel out the window." I had several friends get hurt bad riding bulls and I kept away from it. I have ridden bucking horses though.