Safety Day Saturday, March 11 a
Starting with a breakfast at 8am, our Annual Safety Day
kicked off Saturday, March 11th. We had biscuits and gravy,
waffles, scrambled eggs, and sausage. The Seminar began after 9am
and featured several sections of information about rules, gear,
aircraft, freefall, and canopy. FAA Airworthiness Directive
Inspector from the Wichita FSDO Rick Stevens graciously agreed to
attend and present a question/answer session regarding regulations
and how they pertain to skydiving. Long time tandem packer and coach Turk Chapman
gave tips on keeping your gear safe.
Is he singing? Nope, Skydive Kansas Pilot Kermit
Crane explains weight and balance where even skydivers can
Two of our most
senior pilots with many hours each, Kermit Crane and Grant Wittenborn,
gave their perspective on aircraft procedures and
safety. Jimmy Coiner offered his expertise as a freeflyer on exit
and freefall safety and currency in the air. Skydive Kansas
Coach Rick Gardner incited discussion about canopy problems &
malfunctions, while addressing wing loading and risks under canopy.
Then, an aside to the seminar, Rick presented the Ches Judy Safety
Award on behalf of Air Capital Drop Zone owner Martin Myrtle to our
DZO Jen Sharp. Finally, tandem instructor Bill Hubbell teamed up
with Jeremy Struemph to explore red flags and risk management.
The best part of the day was a break with tradition as Mother Nature actually
cooperated for the first time in several years: we got to make some
jumps! Comments from attendees were: "That was probably the
best safety day I've attended."
another jumper remarked, "Thanks to everyone who presented. I found
it beneficial. Alot of little reminders that we sometimes overlook
or forget about." The following day, skydivers exercised safety by
staying home since there were tornados in the area.