and friends bid farewell to Nate Gilbert Saturday with a
full day of jumping, a memorial ash dive, a charity raffle
for the family and one heck of a late night party. One week
after the nationwide tracking dive in Nate Gilbert's memory,
his ashes were released into the sky over Atlanta Skydiving
Brother Ian Gilbert and finacee' Katie Hawkins were at
the center of 23-person memorial ash dive. A 12-way formation
was surrounded by 10 lurkers with Jim Vance above on video.
At 8000 feet, Katie released Nate from Ian's arm into the
sunset sky. Nate's ashes could be seen from the ground by
family and friends.
Following a gathering in the landing area, friend Sporto
played a short video of Nate showing him exactly as what
he was best known for...an easy-going, talented and always
smiling skydiver who openly shared his wealth of knowledge
in all areas of skydiving. The Nate Gilbert "Have a Good
Jump" Charity Raffle was next as TJ Landgren and Mike Gruwell
announced more than $3300 had been raised for the Gilbert
family. Numerous donated raffle prizes were given away.
Local DJs finished off the party celebrating Nate's life
with music and videos throughout the night. A big thanks
to all those who came out to comfort friends and family
as well as share stories of our amazing Nate. A memorial
Nate Gilbert ad will be on the back cover of the September
issue of Parachutist. Nate's ASC ad he put together last
month can be found on page 66 of this month's Parachutist.
This past week was a busy one for the AFF school at ASC.
We had four new skydivers graduate the student AFF program.
Congratulations to Brian Nicholls, Jonathan Nunes, Brent
Register and Jay Templeton.
For those of you with Neptunes and Alti-2 altimeters,
Blythe Jordan is the onsite field rep to help update the
Neptune software as well as make minor repairs or replace
lost parts of your Alti-2 or Neptune altimeter. She is also
able to replace worn velcro straps or make new straps for
both altimeters through Chuting Star Rigging Loft. Blythe,
an ASC packer, is also the Skydivegear.com jumpsuit rep.
Blythe can measure you and help with your color schemes
for any RW, freefly or camera suit you want.
Jim Vance, our chief videographer, is now working alongside
Mike Gruwell as a sales rep for Skydivegear.com. See Jim
to order or purchase any stock or custom gear from altimeters
to helmets to containers to parachutes. A new Skydivegear
display office is being built next to manifest on the first
floor of ASC. If you have any suggestions for new stock
items for the gear sales store, let Jim, Mike or Blythe
See you all this weekend at ASC!