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Stewart Cavanaugh Celebrates 27 Years in Skydiving

Atlanta Skydiving Center Instructor Stewart Cavanaugh (pictured left) celebrated 27 years as a skydiver on Saturday. Stewart made his first jump (a static line jump) on April 30, 1978 in Sullivan, MO, at Washington Parachute Center (Ripcord West). He now has more than 8500 jumps. The winds, rain and clouds kept us from making a jump to celebrate the milestone, but we hope to get a 27-way jump in the next few weeks at ASC. Congrats Stewart!

Freeflier and swooper TJ Landgren will be at Atlanta Skydiving Center this weekend for coaching and organizing. So come jump with TJ all weekend long! The weather looks to be beautiful for the weekend.

Congratulations to the three skydivers who recently graduated the Accelerated Free Fall program at Atlanta Skydiving Center. Jerry Zebau, Billy Pirtle and Amanda Poulos are now working toward their A Licenses from the United States Parachute Association. Woohoo!

Rodrigo Bianchini completed his B License requirements with the help of ASC instructor EdValdo Cruz. Nice job Rodrigo!

Racecar driver and ASC skydiver Gunnar Jeannette (pictured right) is featured in the April 2005 issue of Popular Science in an article titled "Race Against Reality." Gunnar and skydiver Chuck Owen headed to Idaho this week for a BASE-jumping camp, which is part of a TV show being put together on Gunnar for MTV. The MTV cameramen have taken footage at ASC over the last few weeks for the upcoming 'real life" show.

An Episcopalian Priest from Atlanta made a tandem skydive with instructor Mike Gruwell at Atlanta Skydiving Center last week. FOX 5 news was out to make a broadcast story of the event, which ran later that night on the 10 p.m. news. The story also ended up in a DeKalb County newspaper.

Saturday's bad weather only allowed one hop and pop load from 2000 feet, which resulted in a reserve ride for Mike to the G. Bored skydivers later started kiting an old canopy as well as getting in a soccer game where Vitaliy's team won, but at the expense of a knee injury to little V.

A note to all you wireless laptop computer geeks, Atlanta Skydiving Center now has free, high-speed, wireless Internet access on the drop zone. So bring out those laptops for those questionable weather days!

The Bryan McGuigan DVD, produced by One Sun Productions, is available from SunMan for $10. SunMan, Michael and Ron of Team One will also be organizing and coaching the weekend of May 14. That Saturday will be the unofficial celebration of the Shimell boogie as ASC will hold a She-Male contest for the best drag costume. First place will win four free lift tickets and something cool from Anne Kohaut is bringing a number of dresses out to help the drag clothing challenged.

Tandem-student exchange of the week: Videographer Jim Vance (pictured below left) to tandem student: You need to look me in the eyes when we get outside. Tandem student to Jim Vance: But that will be hard to do because you're not that good to look at.

The ASC Night Out is set for Thursday at Taco Mac on the East-West Connector at 8 p.m. See you all there!

Lastly, the Carbones are putting together a Body Flight University Tunnel Trip to North Carolina for an upcoming weekday. A sign-up sheet is at manifest. Tami Carbone will arrange a date once the list fills up. National Tunnel Champion John Suiter will be available for coaching as well as ASC instructor Mike Gruwell. This is a perfect way to tune up your freefall skills before the summer season hits.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005


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