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FINGER LAKES SKYDIVERS
You can call the DZ and make arrangements to drop off your rig for a
April 6, Saturday; Safety Day 10:00 AM. Skydiving to follow in the afternoon.
April 7, Sunday; Open for experienced jumpers with their own gear..
April 13, Saturday; Weekend skydiving season and tandem jumps begin.
April 26, Friday; Friday tandem jumps begin.
May 2, Thursday; Thursday tandem jumps begin.
May 25, 26, 27; DZ anniversary, Memorial Day weekend.
July 4, 5, Thursday, Friday; Open.
August 5, Monday; Annual DZ raft trip, Black River, Watertown.
August 8, Thursday; No tandem jumps.
September 2; Labor Day Open
October 3, Thursday Last Thursday for tandem jumps.
October 18, Friday Last Friday for tandem jumps.
November 16, Saturday; Annual DZ Thanksgiving dinner 6:00 PM.
November 23, 24; Last weekend of the 2013 skydiving season.
Weekends, off season; Limited jumping by arrangement, weather dependent.
Safety Day will begin with emergency procedure practice in the suspended
harness as people arrive and at 10:00, a discussion on safety, both while
skydiving and around the Drop Zone. Everyone will be expected to practice
in the suspended harness before they make their first jump here this season.
If you cant make it to safety day you will have to take the time
to go through it when you arrive for your first jump of the season.
The following are some basic safety guidelines that everyone should follow.
SAFETY ON THE DZ
Stay away from the front of the airplane weather it is running or not.
Always walk behind. If you see spectators, tandem students, people taking
pictures, other jumpers or anyone with kids, please advise them to remain
well clear. Always stop well clear of the runway before crossing, do not
cross unless it is well clear. Please advise any spectators also and preferably
escort them across. Please keep all kids away from ALL airplanes, including
ones parked inside the hangars, all machinery, all aircraft operating
areas including the runway. Please do not bring your pets to the DZ
SAFETY IN THE AIRCRAFT
Approach aircraft from the rear and stay away from propeller. All jumpers
must wear a seat belt during taxi, take off (and landing if necessary).
Seat belts must remain fastened until reaching 2500 feet above ground
level (agl), 9500 feet for tandems. In the event of an emergency, remain
seated, keep quiet and listen for the pilots instructions. If aircraft
is still on the ground or an off airport landing is necessary, brace your
self. Below 1000 ft agl, all jumpers remain on board. Above 1000 ft agl,
experienced jumpers may exit at pilots discretion. Above 1500 ft
agl, students may exit at instructors and pilots discretion. Above 4500
ft agl, tandems may exit at instructors and pilots discretion. When moving
around in the aircraft, be careful not to snag your gear on anything.
For maximum safety you should check your gear 3 times. Before putting
on your gear you should check your AAD, main and reserve pins, 3 ring
release, and 3 handles (main ripcord or pilot chute, reserve ripcord and
cut away handle). Before boarding the aircraft and before exit, check
leg straps, chest strap and 3 handles. A complete and detailed list is
located in the packing area.
IN FREE FALL AND UNDER CANOPY
Be aware of other jumpers in free fall and make sure you have enough separation
before opening. Under canopy, watch out for others and allow enough vertical
separation so every one is not landing at the same time. Every one should
be landing in the same direction. If the wind is calm, you may need to
make a decision before boarding the airplane.
The minimum parachute opening altitudes are, 3500 ft for students, 3000
ft for A license holders, 2500 for B license and 2000 ft for C & D
license. At 120 mph thats not a lot of time between you and earth.
Emergency procedures need to be performed promptly. For a total malfunction
or pilot chute in tow, the reserve ripcord should be pulled immediately.
Pulling the cut away handle first is a waste of valuable time and may
result in an entanglement. For a partial malfunction, it is recommended
that the decision to cutaway be made by 1800 ft and performed by 1600
ft. If you open at 2000 ft that gives you 2 ¼ seconds, not much
time. You can use the following guidelines if you have two canopies out
and open. If canopies are touching side by side or one forward of the
other, steer the main gently, if not touching and flying away from each
other, cutaway the main. If they are entangled, try to pull in the least
Lets have a safe fun year.
Thanks for jumping at Finger Lakes Skydivers,