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|St. Patrick's Day in Virginia
by Jens Holzhäuser - Jens.Holzhaeuser@infineon.com
Skydive Virginia at Louisa Airport hosted a 4-way scramble meet for the second time on Saturday, March 17. 25 jumpers signed up for this meet in advance. Rules were held simple to provide a fun and recreational experience for everyone: teams were "scrambled" together by the organizer Anne Melera to ensure equal RW skills within all teams, three rounds of randoms drawn from the dive pool, videographers donate their slots, no prizes or awards, T-Shirts to order, and most importantly just have pure fun.
The weather didn't seem to cooperate in the morning, but still enough people to build four teams showed up. The event drew people from as far as Maryland and North Carolina into the heart of Virginia. Two rounds were completed despite weather holds and continuous student and tandem operations.
It was a fun experience for all upcoming and experienced RW jumpers. Less experienced RW flyers learned how to engineer dives, tried exits they had never done before, and received pointers from the more experienced ones on how to improve their RW skills. Videographers, who normally work on tandems and AFFs, also needed to adapt to the differences of keeping four people in the frame. Everybody had a great time.
...cleaning up the cream pie mess
After sunset, SDV staff member Dave Stoval hosted a 'safety session'. About an hour long, all aspects of canopy control were discussed in the group, everyone could share his/her opinions, experiences, and ask questions. Almost 30 skydivers attended the meeting. In addition to the USPA Safety Day, Skydive Virginia holds such safety meetings on Saturday nights during the start of the skydiving season.
The day ended with fresh grilled burgers, hot dogs and salads for everyone. Two jumpers also got a sweet appetizer of sticky cream in their face, to award them for their 200th (Ernie Luther) and 1000th jump (March Oliver)! Congrats to both of them!
For the second time a SDV scramble meet has proven to be a worthwhile and well attended event, more are planned for this year. Contact Anne Melera at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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