|The nerve center of Canton Air Sports ... "Mission Control".|
Things have changed a lot over the years when it comes to this sort of stuff. It used to be you had to sit through a course for half the day and then you would jump off a static line at 3,000'. Well, I discovered it isn't that way anymore. Nowadays, you jump at much, much higher elevations in a tandem freefall skydive with an instructor. We had 10-to-15 minutes of instruction, mostly on how to exit the plane, before we were fitted with jump suits and harnesses. It was decided that due to the size of the small plane, Nina and Corey would jump in the first flight. I, on the other hand, would have to wait ('er, sweat out) my turn by myself for the second flight.
My niece and I walking to the plane. She went first!
Nina and Corey did a great job on their jumps as I waited patiently below. Their instructors rocked some spiral turns before sitting them both on the ground. There were lots of big smiles, high fives, and hugs among all at the drop zone. It was then my turn.
|Getting ready in the final minutes before takeoff ... a bundle of nerves!|
|Nina's friend, Corey, and his instructor launching themselves out of the plane.|
|I love this shot! You can see the plane still above the clouds! You can also see the drogue parachute trailing behind the main parachute to slow our descent.|
|Well done! High five! Let's do it again!|
|Fear gives way to uncontrollable laughter. Someone is awfully happy!|