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Skydivers to jump Saturday here

From staff reports

The season is heating up as the last meet of the new season for the Georgia Skydiving League flies over the skies of the Atlanta Skydiving Center, at the Cornelius-Moore Airport on Saturday, Aug. 18 for the final meet of the Georgia Skydiving League 2001 season. The airport is located between Cedartown and Rockmart in the Fish Creek Community. Teams will be competing for points for the GSL Championship as well as a chance to attend the NSL Championship 2001. The Georgia Skydiving League champion will be crowned after the competition. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and spectators are invited to the free event. There are indoor and outdoor viewing areas plus a picnic section. Tandems are available for spectators that may want to experience the thrill of a skydive for themselves. During the competition, the 4-way (person) formation skydiving teams will exit the plane at 10,500 feet and perform a series of pre-selected maneuvers within 35 seconds to earn points. At about 4,000 feet, the team members will separate and open their parachutes. A videographer will record the jump from above the team. As soon as the videographer lands, the tape is truned over to the judge. The public can view the jumps on the drop zone televisions. Shannon Pilcher, a member of the team DeLand PD Blue, is the meet director and judge. PD Blue originally formed when the members jumped in collegiate competition while they were attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The team has been the National Skydiving League Champion for the past three years, won the bronze medal at the 1998 and 2000 U.S. National Championship and placed third at the World Cup 2000. The Georgia Skydiving League has been a part of the National Skydiving League since 1998. This year, the National Skydiving League includes 18 leagues that will hold over 90 regional competitions involving 200 teams. The competition season culminates with the NSL Americas Cup playoffs and theNSL Championship 2001 following the regular season. The NSL Americas Cup playoffs for the Southeast region will be held on Sept. 29 and 30 at the Atlanta Skydiving Center. The NSL Championship 2001 is scheduled for Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at Fantasy of Flight in Florida and will be held in conjunction with “SkyQuest Skydiving AirShow.” SkyQuest includes the NSL Championship 2001 and skydiving accuracy, CRW (canopy related work) and pond swooping. A 100-way (person) record challenge will be attempted at SkyQuest.


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August 13,2001

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