Made my first assisted free-fall jump today

Jumped out of an perfectly good airplane today. Ironically, as we climbed to altitude I became gradually less nervous. When it finally came time to jump I was OK. My instructor said I did very well. I went through all my maneuvers in time to pull the cord right at 5500'. It was actually a lot of fun.

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Comment by Sebastien Heintz on October 13, 2009 at 8:30am
I recall my one and only jump from my college days... Making myself jump out of a (perfectly good) airplane was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to force myself to make (this was before tandem jumps were popular). It was fun and exhilarating, but I've never had the desire to jump again...
Comment by Russ Bens on October 6, 2009 at 12:17am
Thanks Dave! Oh, I'll be back. It can't stay windy forever. All you folks do a great job there at NorCal (shameless plug).
Comment by David M. on October 5, 2009 at 10:52pm
Hi Russ, this is David Rigger/Instructor from NorCal, glad to see you bragging on here, Great job, sorry it was too windy Sunday but don't dispair we will get you up again!!!
Comment by Chane Burk on October 5, 2009 at 8:35am
Congrats Russ,
A lot of my friends can't wait to jump from my 801 when I'm finished. By the way, I've been telling everyone there is no such thing as a "perfectly good airplane". That's why it's always good to know how to jump out of them as well as fly them.
Comment by Chumphol Sirinavin on October 3, 2009 at 7:22am
You might be able to do free fall jump from your CH 750, flown with door(s) open, preferably by another pilot..
I made my first free fall in 71. Scary. I did not have much control except for not getting my pants wet!!! The fun started some jumps later.
Comment by Stephen R. Smith on October 3, 2009 at 1:16am
Some guys have all the fun. Building two airplanes and jumping out of them too. I have got to try that!


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