This weekend there is a perfect opportunity to work on
landing accuracy, improving canopy performance and increasing
usage of front risers, rear risers and steering toggles.
Pilot TJ Landgren is hosting a canopy skills seminar for
all levels of skydivers Saturday, August 7, at Atlanta Skydiving
Center. The camp includes a ground school followed by four
videotaped landings with debriefs by TJ. Many of the skills
taught during the camp are necessary sign-offs for A, B
and C licenses. Intermediate skydivers will learn how to
get more out of their canopy. Cost of the course is $110
plus the cost of four hop and pops. The ground schools begins
at 8 a.m. and will immediately be followed by the four hop
and pops. See TJ at the DZ to register or call 678-747-1004
to add your name to the registration list.
The night before, "live water training" will be held Cedartown
Health Spa Friday, August 6; from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Skydivers
should meet at ASC at 6:30 p.m. to caravan to the gym. Water
training is a requirement for the USPA B License. The water
training is open to all skydivers, regardless of jump numbers...from
1 to 10,000+ jumps. This is a great experience for those
who have never gone through it or those than just need a
refresher. You will get live water training of climbing
out of a harness and parachute in water. Stewart Cavanaugh,
Jim Vance and Mike Gruwell will conduct the training. A
$20 per person fee will include pool use and instruction
as well as pizza and beverages at ASC afterward. A signup
sheet is located on the corkboard just inside the main ASC
Congratulations are in order for Aaron Ritche who graduated
the ASC student skydiving program Sunday. Aaron tore up
the sky with textbook level 7 of a front flip exit, back
loop, 360-degree turns and tracking. He ended the dive with
an accurate landing in the main landing area not to far
from the orange X. We're waiting on the beer Aaron!
We have two new "pro swoopers" on DZ as Vitali T. and
Chuck Owen qualified for the Pro Swooping Tour last weekend.
Chuck gets special recognition for making his final qualifying
jump with a broken foot! Jim Vance was also on his way to
qualifying, but was unable to make his last jump due to
work constraints. Nice job guys!
John Young made his annual visit to ASC on his way to the
World Freefall Convention with Fast Eddie Grantland. Young
helped out flying video for a few tandems over the weekend.
He also said he would be back soon to ASC as he is retiring
this year. And we almost forgot to report on Fast Eddie's
first-ever pond swoop last weekend! Fast Eddie made the
swoop to remember Nate Gilbert and did Nate proud with a
skip off the pond, but he continued to fly his canopy all
the way to dry land. Eddie said, while it was fun, it would
be his last pond swoop.
ASC swoopers Tyler Lawson and Dan McAllister were in the
Netherlands last week at the Holland swoop competition in
Texel. Lawson finished 3rd and Dan finished 9th in the intermediate
And finally, the ASC staff bid farewell (at least for
the summer) to Carl Meurer last week. Carl will be flying
the King Air at our Philadelphia dropzone, Skydive Pennridge.
Carl plans on returning to ASC this December and staying
through the winter. Carl's brother, Johan, will be staying