What a week for Atlanta Skydiving Center jumpers! The sour
weather on Sunday was the only thing that slowed us down but
Monday through Saturday was awesome.
The Pink Mafia has invaded Atlanta Skydiving Center thanks
to staff member Tami Carbone who has been chosen as a Regional
Pink Mafia Sister. Female skydivers will now be able to
earn a PMS number at ASC by making a Pink Mafia initiation
jump with Tami. And that's exactly what Cheryl, Autumn and
Kelly did on Saturday, becoming the first three Pink Mafia
sisters initiated at ASC! Tami reported that the Barbie
doll was passed around during a 4-way skydive and the doll
made it safely back to the ground.
Your PMS numbers are on the way. Woohoo! A wall will be
dedicated to members in the main Atlanta Skydiving Center
building and will be plastered with photos of local and
visiting members of the Pink Mafia. Sorry guys, the Pink
Mafia is a woman-only skydiving organization.
A big congratulations is due to ASC's own Nate Gilbert
who was part of the head down formation record jumps in
Perris, CA, last week. Nate said the freefliers set the
record of 39 on Thursday only to break the record on Friday
with a 42-way. Nice job! Other familiar freefliers from
ASC and the Atlanta area on the record jumps included TJ
Landgren, Steve-O Utter and Jon Pinyon. ASC is hosting a
Georgia State Record attempt for head down skydiving on
May 21-23. Interested freefliers should contact Nate directly
On Saturday at sunset, a Twin Otter load of experienced
jumpers participated in a Hit and Chug contest with a twist...instead
of some kind of light, no taste beer...the jumpers had to
drink warm Guinness! (A rigger favorite!). Mike Gruwell
placed first with 15 seconds from touch down to empty bottle
while Mark Kalupa and Turner Drake tied for second with
17 seconds. Tami Carbone and Stewart Cavanaugh were a close
third with 19 seconds. But
truth be told, both Mark and Turner had better times (12
seconds), although a 5-second penalty was applied by Scotty
Carbone since Mark dribbled beer down his shirt and Turner
still had beer left in his bottle when he claimed to be
done. Actually, Turner had the best accuracy of everybody
as his swoop stopped at the case of Guinness and he was
opening his beer with the canopy still inflated. (Even Mark
and Mike with their "cheating" accuracy canopies weren't
as close to the X as Turner...hahahahaha.) The night ended
with a free dinner and open bar courtesy of the Carbone
Zone and ASC! Yeah, baby...good times.
Four jumpers participated in a USPA coach course on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday at ASC with three jumpers finishing
the course completely. Congratulations to the newest coach
rating holders Becky Murray, Adam Chamely and Bruno Asmann!
Course participant Derek Griffin has just a couple additional
items to completed and then he will be a USPA coach as well.
Many thanks to Mark Kalupa for teaching the course and to
ASC for providing the facility and resources.
On Friday, Kenny Pugh racked up another save as Bernd Zatchkowitsch
cutaway from a malfunctioning main canopy and deployed a
brand new PD 143 reserve. The rig was just assembled a week
earlier by Kenny of Chuting Star Rigging Loft. That was
Bernd's first reserve ride; we are awaiting more beer for
next week's hit and chug from Bernd!
Hope to see you all Wednesday for $15 Super Otter jumps
as well as Thursday morning for the Breakfast Club of Canopy
Piloting (8 a.m. takeoff).
Also, we're offering a Mother's Day Special at ASC so
bring out your wife, mother or grandmother on Sunday for
a $125 tandem skydive and get a free experienced jumper
That's it for now! See you soon.