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Atlanta Skydiving Center Staff Returns from Florida Road Trips

Bad weather put a damper on the trip to Florida for one group of Atlanta Skydiving Center jumpers looking to compete in the final skydiving swoop competition of the season. But another group of Atlanta Skydive Center jumpers spent a week soaking up skydiving and rigging knowledge at the Parachute Industry Association 2005 Symposium in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim, Chuck, Tyler and Anne spent most of their time on the ground looking at clouds during the eventually cancelled swoop meet in Lake Wales. The swoop competitors returned home Saturday following the cancelled competition and were jumping at the Atlanta Skydiving Center on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ben, Emily, Mike, Kenny, Katie, Nichole, Natasha and Justin were at the PIA Symposium to promote the drop zone as well as Mirage Systems. Every two years industry professionals gather to learn about new developments in the skydiving, rigging and parachute world.

Mike held two seminars for riggers on packing tips for the Mirage G3, G4 and RTS containers. Katie, Nichole, Mike and Justin worked the Mirage Systems booth during the 5-day symposium promoting the latest features of the company’s containers. It was announced during the symposium that Chuting Star Rigging Loft is the exclusive Authorized Service Center for Florida-based Mirage Systems.

Many manufactures showcased soon-to-be-released skydiving products and parachuting equipment at the symposium. Relative Workshop showed off its Micron Sigma tandem container, which is sure to be a hit with ASC tandem instructors. The scaled-down and improved Sigma is already on the wish list for Mike, Stewart and Johan.

Larsen & Brusgaard, Denmark-based manufacturer of the Pro-Dytter and Pro-Track, showed off several versions of new digital, analog and audible altimeters. The Altitrack, Optima, Viso and Solo will be released over the next few months.

Performance Designs is working on a new “low pack volume” reserve, which would allow larger reserves in smaller containers. The company also showed off a version of high-performance canopy called the Z-Brace that is still in the testing phase.

Back at the drop zone, two-way relative work competitors were burning up the sky over Atlanta Skydiving Center. Team “Hybrid” (Scott and Paul with Frog on video) finished first in the 3-round meet with 12 points. Team “Feather and Anvil” (Bob and Nick with Ryan on video) finished second with 8 points.

A big thanks to our competitors for bearing the cold January air as well as our judges (Allison and Brian) for putting on a great meet! See you all next month for the 4-way Team Building Camp/Social.

The weather looks great for the week! See you at the Atlanta Skydiver!


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Thursday, August 25, 2005

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