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|Jump for Kids
4:00 p.m. [CST] on March 18, 2001, will mark the beginning of the longest 24 hours of Michael Zang's life. On that date, he will be attempting to break the world record for most jumps in 24 hours.
Michael, who will go after Jay Stokes' record of 476 jumps, will make the attempt at Skydive Texas in Decatur and has named the event Jump4Kids to raise money to benefit Special Olympics.
Glenn Hodgson, the lead rigger for the event, has been working on a mechanical advantage to help Michael dive the canopy with less physical effort. Michael has chosen the Icarus Safire main canopy during his attempt because of the wide flying range, superior openings characteristics, and landing abilities. The all-volunteer staff of more than 150 people will have duties such as packing, dressing, undressing, gear checking and cheerleading.
All proceeds from the event go directly to programs for children. Michael Zang hopes to raise $100,000 to fund programs to send children to summer camps and build playgrounds. Corporate sponsorships currently available range from $500 to more than $40,000. For further sponsorship information, contact Michael Zang at (972) 420-0011 or visit the web site at www.jump4kids.org.
|"Skydivers Unite for Safety" Winter Expo 2001
If you weren't there last year, you missed meeting with manufacturers, hearing seminars from the industry's finest, skydiving and seeing friends after the long winter months (if you were then you know what we're talking about). Well, itís all about to happen again and you don't want to miss it this time!
The "Skydivers Unite for Safety" Winter Expo 2001 is organized by ParaQuip and Skydive Chicago and will take place at Skydive Chicago in Illinois March 2-4. There will be informative seminars from renowned jumpers and manufacturers on freeflying, FS, gear, skydives, demo equipment, door prizes, manufacturer booths, food, fun and parties.
Many of the industries top manufacturers will display their latest products and be present to answer questions. Additionally, some will offer attendees the ability to demo their products if weather permits.
This 2-1/2 day event will follow pre-event courses from the week prior designed to improve skydiving credentials such as the Basic Instructorís Course, Tandem Certification Course, and Senior Riggerís Course.
The registration fee is $25.00. For further information and registration call Skydive Chicago at 815-433-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Information about USPA Safety Day 2001|
by Ed Scott - USPA Director of Group Membership
On March 10, many DZs are hosting Skydiving Safety Day!
Skydiving Safety Day - What It Is
Since 1997, the United States Parachute Association [USPA] has selected the second weekend of March as National Skydiving Safety Day and encouraged DZs everywhere to participate. The idea is simple; have skydivers focus for a day on the skydiving information, issues, procedures and training that can keep them alive in the upcoming season. With just one life saved, the payoff is huge.
Safety Day was the idea of a soft-spoken but enthusiastic woman named Patti Chernis who approached the USPA Board of Directors with the concept in 1996. The board applauded and endorsed her plan. Safety Day preparations were well underway when, in the ultimate of ironies, Chernis died while skydiving on New Yearís Eve 1996, just a day before she would have been elected USPA Northwest Regional Director. It was in her honor that Safety Day began in 1997 and her legacy that it continues to grow each year. A majority of DZs now report Safety Day activities each March.
Planning Safety Day
How does it work? As simply as this: First, announce to your jumpers that your DZ is hosting a Safety Day. You may want to offer incentives to boost attendance. Many DZs offer free or discounted jump tickets, free food, discounted reserve pack jobs, door prizes, or any combination.
Second, select a suitable location. Think comfort. If the hangar won't be warm or large enough, consider a restaurant, school gym, motel, or veteranís lodge. Anticipate a good turnout and be sure you have room for lectures, training-harness drills, and rig inspections.
Third, put a training syllabus and staff together. Feel free to use the training ideas included here, which involve the four modules or stations below, with just some ideas on content.
Gear Check and Review - Have jumpers inspect their rigs with a rigger. Check closing loops and flaps, pilot chute snugness and condition, Velcro, three-ring condition, RSL routing, AAD compliance with battery and factory check, etc.
Skydiving Emergency Review and Drills - Review all types of problems, reinforce altitude awareness, discuss disorientation, practice in a suspended harness.
Canopy Flight and Landing Patterns - Use aerial photos to show acceptable and unacceptable outs, review hazards, establish or review landing patterns, and discuss canopy handling toward preventing low-turn accidents.
Aircraft Procedures and Emergencies - Review exit order and loading procedures, seat belt and weight and balance concerns, spotting procedures, visibility minimums and cloud clearances, air traffic control requirements, and aircraft emergency scenarios.
Last, don't forget the PR. Give recognition to those who turn out and those who teach. Remember that many local news organizations may want to provide news coverage. Take pictures and send them with a brief write-up to Parachutist. And consider that the skydivers who don't participate may need more of your staffís attention when the season kicks in.
For more information check out USPA's website at www.uspa.org
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