Richmond Va chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. JHVA

    JHVA Long timer

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    Here ya go Rick: Is there a weight limit? Sky Dive Orange
    The normal weight limit is 220 lbs. If you are heavier than this but still reasonably proportioned, you may still be eligible even up to 285 lbs, but this will cost extra. :evil:D
  2. skychs

    skychs chuck smith

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    Brenda and I talked yesterday about getting an "Adventure" group together to go skydiving. The most popular and easy way to experience the thrill is to go Tandem. If you want to jump by yourself, like Guy said, you can go AFF but it requires a lot of training.

    IMHO .... The best time to go skydiving is during what they call a "Boogie". A "Boogie" is when they invite large groups of skydivers as well as large turbine aircraft. When they have large turbine aircraft the jumps are typically made from higher altitudes which equals longer skydives. More bang for the buck. In addition there are more loads during the day which makes for better entertainment for the spectators on the ground. In simple terms a skydiving Boogie is the same thing as a motorcycle rally. It's just more fun.

    Prices vary between drop zones and aircraft but the typical cost of a tandem is around $200. Videos are available for an additional cost. Group rates are available at most facilities.

    In Virginia there are two facilities I would recommend .... Skydive Orange in Orange Va and Skydive The Point which is now called Virginia Skydiving Center and operating out of the Dinwiddie airport just south of Richmond. They both operate turbine aircraft full time and have been around a long time.

    I think Brenda has challenged all you rough and tuff guys to a skydive so who wants to go? Weight limits for tandems are around 250 lbs. You have to be at least 18 years old and for you old guys ... There is no age limit on the high side. Even if some of you are too scared to jump we can still get a group to ride over for support.
  3. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    This is the time of year I love. It was 58F on the front porch this morning, and the only traffic were the hummingbirds dive-bombing me as I drank my coffee. Had a fantastic ride out yesterday from Richmond. Was 94F when I left, and around 80F when I got here. Tried the Hatton Ferry yet again, and was foiled as usual. The river is too low for it to cross. I'm 0-4 now on that ferry.

    Just wanted to taunt you retired guys with nothing to do. I'm here working on the old homestead, and will be here bach'ing it all week. Building forms for footers today. Have the concrete arriving on Wednesday. In the meantime I have a beautiful cabin with extra rooms, in the midst of god's motorcycle country, open for visitors. Teresa arrives on Saturday, so you'll have to be gone by then, but if you bring beer and steaks, you have a free place to stay any night this week.:freaky

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    We are about 5 miles south of Franklin, just off Rt 220. Rt 33 is to the north, but I come in Rt 250 from Staunton. We are surrounded by great DS roads too, and I've got a DOT map of every dirt road in the county. Oh, I do have my GS here, so I might be able to ride a bit too.

    PM me if anyone wants to come out. Put your phone # in the PM so I can call you. Running into town for internet is a PITA.

    jeff
  4. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    Well, reasonably proportioned could mean many things, I suppose. :evil:eek1
  5. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    Ha. Way to throw down the gauntlet, but I've got too many jumps from under 1000 ft, with 120+ lbs of gear in a ruck and a weapon strapped to me, to feel the need to pick it up. I survived those with no major injuries, so I think I'll pass on this rough and tuff challenge. I've pushed my luck in that area too many times.

    I might be willing to ride over and watch though. Heck, my wife has solo jumped so you guys ought to be able to do it!

    jeff
  6. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    I love the smell of smack-talk in the morning. :clap

    The idea of jumping with a dude strapped to my ass who's calling all the shots seems like riding pillion.

    I saw an old lady jump tandem for her 80'th birthday the other day on the news. She seemed to change her mind at the last instant and almost squatted out of harness just as they went out the door.. It looked like she was totally screwed but they landed her ok.

    googled it:
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-granny-skydiving-harness-mishap,0,1342309.story
  7. JHVA

    JHVA Long timer

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    $300/min no thanks. I'll pass. I could get a 15 minute Aerobatic Flight in a Stearman for less than half that...:D
  8. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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    HEHEHEHE not sure how popular it is in Va, but wayyyyyyy back that was the only way to earn your manifest log.
    it was a full day of "schooling", followed buy the first of 6 static line jumps / dummy ripcord pulls (DON'T loose the dummy ripcord....$$$), and then you got a freefall from 5800 ft. $40 a pop back then.

    this is kinda what that feels like:
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    aaaaiiiiIIIIIIIIIII:eek1

    I got ONE freefall, and that was on my last dummy ripcord static jump......rolled, and tied the static up in my chute ssock, and got a streamer.......and had to get cutaway...... :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1
    that was a rush. when that happens it looks like this:
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    Have fun, and never look at the ground when it starts getting close.....tends to break ankles....:rofl:rofl:rofl
  9. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Long timer

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    I hope everyone realizes that Chuck is being very modest, he has over 3300 jumps! He's one of the local subject matter experts! Me...I'll stick to the diving board, that's high enough for me.

    In those pictures above...Do you really need to wear a plastic helmet? I guess it would be kind of like hitting a brick wall on a motorcycle at 130 mph!
  10. Guy Young

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    We'd go to about 13,000 in a twin with about 7-8 jumpers, then step out to the door, hang on to the edge, then push away. Had a fella on each side to make sure you would stay stable. Once we got to about 5,500, they'd give me the okay to pull the cord. Look up, good chute?, then hit the toggles if okay to get full deployment.

    Unfortunately, two weeks later that same twin lost an engine with a full load and went in. Killed all on board and a fella on the ground. I lost a bunch of good friends that day, including one of the jump masters who I'd known for about 5 years. I haven't jumped since.

    Many times I have threatened to get back into it and work myself up to an A license, but that just hasn't happened - yet.

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  11. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    You guys are actually going to pay for that? Hell, they paid ME! :lol3
  12. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Yeah, but in your own subtle way - you paid...........

    Besides, in my MOS they didn't like the thought of my taking a dive into $hitty areas. The thought of KBC emblazoned on my back really didn't appeal to me either. I had to wait until I was a civilian before I could experience that rush.

    And perish the thought of "Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" The twin I went out of certainly wasn't perfect, and as a pilot I knew that. History proved me right several weeks later.

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  13. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    Not into jumping, I've proven the landing hurts. Last time I ever worked on a roof, was almost 10 years ago. We were putting shingles on the garage at my mother's house. New garage only had felt paper on the roof so far. Had the misfortune of the entire sheet of it I was standing on rip loose. Rode that all the way down the roof and right over the edge without being able to grab anything. I landed feet first and broke my right tib/fib and then twisted the foot around backwards. not sure how that wasn't a compound fracture. I've got some nice titanium running down my shin bone that hurts when it is cold to remind me. I got really good with crutches over the next 6 months.

    I don't even like getting up on a ladder now, so I'll skip the jumping out of the plane. It isn't being up high I don't like, it is the idea of the landing that bothers me.
  14. Guy Young

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    Jeremy, if things go bad, chances are you won't feel the "hurt." :rofl

    And FWIW - in my youth, I was never afraid of heights. Did some really stoopid stuff at altitude back then. As I got older, distance from me to the ground began to make an impression. I wondered what my reaction would be when I climbed out and hung on the side of the door of that plane. Oddly enough, I felt nothing. I just did the deed, pushed off, and I was flying through space. Short of my first orgasm, I had never experienced anything that exhilarating before..... which is why I want to get back into this. No need for little blue pills. :lol3

    Just because a few of us are considering this, I would never try and convince someone to try something that was completely out of their comfort zone. I don't think they would either.

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  15. JHVA

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    +1 :rofl
  16. Guy Young

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    That's (almost) too funny. One of the guys I jumped with was openly gay, and whenever he'd leave a plane he'd holler out, "Captain ASSHOLEY," ... akin to GERONIMO!! Unfortunately, he was one of the ones killed when the jump plane went down.

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  17. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Yay! Power is back on....been out since 3:20pm :wings
    I sacrificed my Hardywood Mocha porter but made it through :1drink
  18. MotoMujer

    MotoMujer Been here awhile

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    I'm almost jealous. I never had Mocha Porter on hand to get me through a power outage before. Methinks that should go on the hurricane survival list. :deal
  19. Hack

    Hack ......

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    Hows the back doing?
  20. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    Saw plenty of trees down and cut up all along 64 today while riding back to Norfolk. Power out mike? What did
    I miss? Smooth ride all the way home but evidence of calamity was all around.