This past weekend...
12/4 Beautiful sunny day with 10mph winds... high temp of 28, but lots of jumping going on anyway! After the battery finally got warm enough! Congrats to Justin for his FIRST SOLO! And Thanks Troy, Karen, Kelly & Buck for visiting!
11/19 Not much going on this weekend, bad weather, but James managed to get his second jump off... The only student to do anything today. Hop & Pop city! To Julie's gang! We'll have better weather for you on the 18th, but can't top the entertainment!
11/13 Good weather on Sunday, tho some wind, but good for Hank, Paul & Carroll to make their skydives! Congrats! And James making his first jump, Justin doing more towards his license. Pilot Kyle brought his friend Kyle for a jump: sunset loads are beautiful!
11/5 - 6 A line of clouds solid overcast at 3K slowly worked its way towards the DZ Saturday. We could see this monster that would thwart jump ops all day long, only a couple miles south, slowly slowly creep towards us, until finally, we had to give up. Occasionally, the clouds turned a full altitude load into a hop & pop load, but at least Justin and Ro made their jumps. Matt & Kally, we'll get it done! Corey & Jared keep moving closer to their licenses. Sunday was gorgeous with perfect winds, pleasant temps and great fun jumping! Happy Belated Birthday to Jeramie, who for the third year in a row brought friends out to skydive with him near his birthday! Dave, Whitney, Harry, Miles & Phil! Jay, it was great to see you again, and Jim congrats on your first jump... you don't say to a skydiver, "I wanna jump TOMORROW!" unless you mean it! Thanks to Laci for driving the golf cart--she drives it in reverse "Because it goes faster!"
10/29 - 30 Windy on Saturday, so we adjourned to West's 13th Birthday Party! Sunday started out windy and cloudy again, but very soon the winds slowly died and we had the perfect Fall weather that you dream about in January when it's snowy and bleak, and in July when it's hot, windy with high density altitude! No, Bill, Charlie wasn't kidding, he was saying "Na Nanny Boo Boo!" Paul brought his son Eric out with him to make their first jumps. Then Ryan came back for his second jump, but brought along brother Kenny in celebration of his 18th birthday! The Halloween Costume Contest took place both days, but on Sunday, some contestants jumped in costume. Below are the contestants for the BEST COSTUME: please vote in our poll at left for your favorite, and we'll give them a free jump!
10/22 Weather was as
bad as it gets! Okay, maybe not, don't jinx myself.
Saturday, Tim made jumps number 2 AND 3, ready for solo jumps soon!
Then "T" and sister Cynthia made their first jumps, scheduled their
second ones! Ro & Justin, we'll catch you next week! Low
clouds and wind moved in, and eventually rain. Sunday, 1300 foot
ceiling was finally moved out by 27 mph winds, so no jumping :(
10/8 - 9 We could not have asked for better weather for the 10th Birthday Open House Celebration! And many cool jumps: Congratulations to Bobbie & Matt! The first tandems on Saturday were these two lovebirds... While Bobbie was on her tandem, Matt painted "BOBBIE MARRY ME?" in the grass! At 4,000 feet under canopy, tandem instructor Bill Hubbell helped Bobbie read the message! After they landed, Matt got on his knees with the ring and officially proposed! She said yes, of course! Nichole from the Osage County Herald came out to take photos of the event and watched jumpers get out at 10K! (See the front page article this week!) Amy made her jump that we donated to Topeka Boys & Girls Club... and Jackie & Brian made their tandems together! Congrats our pilot Kyle on jump number 2 and his girlfriend Lacey on jump number 1! "Yes, I'm still here!" Also making first jumps Saturday were Tim, Liz, and James, beautiful sun on those jumps! Juan Carlos Santa Maria Chavez the second (the bear) made a jump, but he was a floater and his Cypres didn't fire; he's still MIA! Everyone enjoyed chili, cheese dip, hot dogs all day. Thank you to so many of the cars passing by honking in celebration for us, plus the surprise smoke pass from the unknown low wing!
Sunday the celebration continued, mostly with leftover hot dogs for lunch and leftover chili smell in the plane... Ann, Eric & Bernice got in on the action Sunday, as did Jon for his birthday! Then the Bergeson family made their first jumps. Congratulations Jerod on his first solo jump! Awesome!
We're ready for 10 more years! Thank you Osage City and skydivers from all over!
10/1 - 2 If it's not clouds, it's wind. Saturday was low clouds, only 900 feet or so tho. Sunday was winds... only 35+ mph tho.
9/24 - 25 Skydive Kansas was proud to be a part of the first annual
All Kansas Cessna Boogie to be held at Air Capital Dropzone starting at noon on Friday, September 23rd, but with the bulk of the
boogie on Saturday, September 24th. We flew both Cessnas to
Cook Field for the event. It was a spectacular sucess!
9/17 - 18 Weather getting us again! But Happy Birthday
Celeste and congrats to Ashley, John and Kyle on their first jumps!
Brian & Jackie, we'll get more than a plane ride next time... Moving
on to solo jumps in phase two is Jared, completing his third tandem.
And a sad goodbye to Adam leaving for Utah... come back soon!
Saturday clouds shut us down for part of the day, then Sunday, winds
over 32 mph meant no jumping.
Jeremy (at right) prepares for yet another jump in his quest for the Load Hog Trophy... Here he dons his lucky PINK altimeter (he claims it's maroon) and Freefly Pimp dress complete with matching pink flowers. Will he reach his lofty goal? Will he surpass the jump records to win the Hog? Only time and the checkbook will tell... Meanwhile (below) Jeremy blames Tandem Instructor Bill Hubbell for his farts. RUTHLESS!
8/20 - 21 Patience paid off finally for first jumpers Andrew, Brian, Jonathan and Paul who showed up at 7:30am, waiting for the good weather. After finally starting at 3pm, we managed to get their first jumps off, as well as father and son Chris & Jacob, plus Chris, then the "family reunion" group from Osage City: Trish, Marla, Lisa and Kathy! What fun! And a special congrats to Chris Crowder for advancing to the coach phase! (Sending you to the wolves...) Sunday proved much more cooperative weather, as we able to jump with Ken. Then Mike and son Luke and their enterage: Terry, Tanner, Amber, plus Scott and Josh. Soon, Luke goes up again for his third tandem and talks Lacey into joining! Congrats to Adam who got his Release dive in, getting rid of those training wheels! Then Kermit shows up just goofing off flying, and Kyle talks him into flying the last load so our pilot Kyle can make his FIRST JUMP! WOO HOO! (Laci, I told him you'd be mad!)
8/13 - 14 Thunderstorms and clouds plagued the weekend, so the 8 ways planned ended up being jumps from variable altitudes on Sunday! Chris, we're gonna miss you!
8/6 - 7 Congrats first jumpers on Saturday, Jeff, Scott,
Ryann, Paul, and Megan. Also Adam & Sheik making tandems and
working towards their license. Sunday, Adam did his last
tandem and made his first solo! Yeah! Happy 18th
birthday jump to Tyler! And Best Wishes on your marriage to
Matthew & Seresa! Danny & Juan, glad you finally decided to jump
with us... now where are those El Mezcal gift certificates?
7/16 - 17 News from the cockpit, Skydive Kansas staff pilot Kermit Crane finally leapt from the airplane Saturday! It was a surprise gift from the staff, as he was originally only coming to watch his friend Lisa make her jump. Lisa urged him, "Well, I want you to come with me." And had to clarify, "To 10,00 feet!" After the jump, when asked what did he like best, Kermit in his usual low key style of humor replied, "The airplane ride." Congratulations you two!
Others making their first jumps were father and son Scott and Rob plus Brett as well. Heather, good to see you back! Aaron thanks for bringing her out with you! Also Brandon, Ben and Sean congratulations! Sunday proved hot but fun, as Ben, Joe made first jump tandems... Thanks Casey for bringing out friends again for your 3rd jump, Jessica, Randy, Travis, Jeff... plus brothers Daniel & David (Deb your birthday is when?).
7/8 - 7/10 Exciting and eventful weekend! Friday began with a Coach Certification Course, as nine licensed jumpers got down to business, studying and practicing their teaching skills. All nine candidates completed the course by Sunday, so congrats to Mike, Jenny, Chris & Larry from ACDZ, plus Emma & Jason from KSUPC, and Skydive Kansas' own Chris Townsend, Jason Witt, and Andrew Buckland: NEW COACHES! Not only did he complete the course on Sunday, but Andrew Buckland also managed to met the jump number requirement, number 100 on that day! Witnesses remarked they had never seen someone put shorts on so quickly during canopy deployment....
Saturday, Andrew's cousin and friend Ian and Ginger got to come out and make their first tandem skydives. Ian, hope you enjoyed the freefall on this one! Kristin and Chelsea also enjoyed tandem skydives. (Maybe Chelsea, can you relate to your brother's skydiving stories now!?) Congrats also to Ron who said he wished he would have started 20 years ago! Thank you to Jeremy Struemph who cooked some AWESOME burgers! Sunday proved even more exciting, as Jason completed his third tandem, passing on to phase two, the solo jumps! But nothing could compare to Jerod and Kristin's experience... on the way up to altitude, in the plane together, Jerod proposed to Kristin and handed her a ring! She accepted and put the ring on... jumped with it! This skydive was a present from her to Jerod, but he ended up giving the surprise part of it! CONGRATULATIONS on "taking the plunge" literally! Then later, Mike and a large part of his family made it out to skydive: Luke, Jenny, Jayme, Jessica! What a blast! You all need to come back and join us again!
7/1 - 7/4 Happy Birthday DANI! After waiting for some morning fog to burn off, Dani and her friends Jeff, Heidi, Scott, & Harmonee enjoyed their first jumps. Thanks to Brookside Retirement Community for watching your friends Vicki and Jessica do their jumps! Saturday proved even better weather for Travis's first jump, Dick's second jump (not in the mud this time!) and for Tom & Meghan who sold plasma so they could jump! Tom, what surprise did you have for her next? Sunday was so windy, even a 1.2 wingloading was backing up, so we opted to wait out the storm... too bad it didn't move through until 9pm that night! Fourth of July was one to remember! Thank you Nick and Michelle and Nick's Mom for making the drive! Hope the "empty slot jump" made it worth the drive!
6/25 & 26 Saturday was beautiful weather and congrats to Jeremy for moving on to coached dives! Also for their first jumps, Matt, Candace, Wesley & Ahmad! And Patrick & Shawn... are you still afraid of heights? Me, too! Happy Birthday Anya and for sharing in the fun, Jenny! By the way, Jenny, you helped us reach total jump number 21,000 on that tandem! On Sunday we had first timers Zach, Ryan, Brian, then father daughter team John & Mallory (hey sis, only 3 more years!), and congrats also to Kyle and David! Glad your mom found out about us! JD & Jose, thanks for coming out and seeing what it's about firsthand instead of listening to Townsend's stories!
6/18 & 19 IAF student Jeremy knows how to butter up his instructors... he brought out some AWESOME steaks from his uncle's farm and even cooked them for us! Congratulations Jeremy on some equally awesome skydives! Saturday was a busy day and several people experienced their first jump: Megan, Brian & Beth, Corey & Kate, Ted & Lindsay! And congratulations to "friend of Bill" Jim Austin on a great tandem, plus Happy Bachelor Party to Joe, Joe & Brian! Saturday night brought even more jumps, and "case o' beer" to licensed jumpers who got their first taste of jumping in the dark (having your eyes closed cuz you're scared doesn't count to your night jump requirement!): Jason Witt, Andrew Buckland, and Chris Townsend... Larry, you missed out! Sunday was a Happy Father's day for first time jumpers Stephen who came out with his son, and John who came out with his dad!
6/9, 11 - 12 Thursday we did some test jumps on a canopy and managed four loads before clouds and more storms rolled in. Saturday started off with even more rain... as Nathan says, "Good thing because that landing area was parched!" But congratulations to Audrie & David who made their first jumps, and Happy 18th Birthday Evan! A special Happy Anniversary gift from Travis to his mom & dad Randy & Debbie making their first jump as well! Sunday also started off cloudy and stormy after another night of the bad weather, so even MORE water in the landing area, but that didn't stop Alex and Matt! Congratulations to Matt Arbaiza & Sara Flaherty who made their last tandems and are ready for SOLO! Congrats Jeff on tandem number 2 as well! Happy Birthday Dan! Glad we got your jump in plus Mike's before the storm. Joe & Bob, we'll see you soon to finish up the birthday celebration!
6/4 - 5 Saturday with severe thunderstorms moving in on us, we managed only 2 loads, and only 2 people landing ON the DZ! Pictured above is Andrew's rig, a testament to his choice of landing area and special "sliding on his back" technique, akin to the PLF. Among the two who landed on: Dawn making jump number 500, shown being pied for the event. Congratulations Dick for first jump planned over a year ago! Did you get your shoes cleaned off? After even MORE rain Saturday night, Sunday proved to be better winds, but every landing was a "splash down!" Congratulations to first time jumpers Ryan, Mike, Clayton, Chris & Elizabeth, Ben (have fun with the Twin Otter!) Tricia, thanks for coming and jumping, Terry, GREAT to see you! Your jump is in two weeks? Tell everyone in Neodesha HI! Finally got your jump in JW (Happy Birthday), and Mr. Hat! Special farewell send off to Emiel, congratulations on your first jump! (My face is just fine!)
5/28 - 30 Saturday proved decent weather for Brian's first jump, congratulations! Tell Chelsea she missed out, and now you can swap stories with Kent! YEAH, STEVE P! Great job and hope it was worth the wait! Welcome to skydiving, Travis & Janna! Hope to see you again later this summer! And Robert, Happy Birthday! Next time, it's Melinda's turn. Eric, hope you had as much fun as we did, sorry for the smell in the airplane!
5/21-5/22 Congratulations first time jumpers from Geoff's group: Geoff, Brenda, Steve, Wilbur, Sandie, Lori, Amber! Pam and Steve, hope to see you again!
5/14-5/15 Beautiful weather Saturday despite a middle of the day wind hold. Nick, it was good to have you come out so you could ride the plane down with us again! Congratulations to our tandem students: Kelly, Brittney, hope you had fun! Ariadne you did an awesome job! And especially Amy, Happy 18th birthday! (How many people actually pack the tandem for their first jump!?) And Happy Birthday, too, to Jon! Rick & Laura, patience pays off! We're glad you stuck it out and got to jump with us! Sunday? Bad luck: the plane that worked great was due for 100 hour and the other plane had an electrical problem. Time for lunch at El Mezcal instead! Now, the LOAD HOGS? You go Nathan and Witt, passing up Norris!
5/7-5/8 MORE WIND! We didn't even get the planes pulled out of the hangar! But the staff meeting and breakfast on Saturday proved to be entertaining at least for the few who attended!
4/30-5/1 Another windy weekend, and COLD! But the early bird gets the worm, so those who showed up in the mornings were able to jump. Happy Surprise Mack! Sounds like your first jump was a ton of fun! Adrienne, good job on your jump, and we knew you'd be excited! Rick and Laura, we'll order better weather next time. Congratulations Rick & Noah, hope you enjoyed it and will be back! On great job Matt on your second jump! You're a natural!
4/24 Windy on Saturday; gusts from 6 mph to 29, so no jumping, but we managed to entertain ourselves opening and closing the new door about a zillion times for various reasons: "I had to close it because of the wind." "There was a glare on the TV!" Sunday was beautiful and 12 people made tandems! Jeremy, thanks for the T-shirts and congrats on jump number 2! I didn't think your smile could be any bigger than the first jump but I was wrong! Ian and Jamie from St. Joe finally made their first jump! Worth the wait! And Erik, good luck in the military, hope you and Matt had as much fun as we did! Happy 18th Birthday Adam, who guessed only a couple days before that his gift from Mom & Dad & Brother was the intangible air at 120 mph! Mary & Lisa, you both need to convince your husbands to jump with you next time! Congratulations to Brian on his first of hopefully many jumps! Your enthusiasm was fun to see! Dennis, congrats on jump number 2 and thanks for sharing the experience with April! And Betty, thanks for making your first jump with us! Come see us again! In other news, thanks for the chili, Rick, but remind me next time, let's only have chili on Sunday so it won't have time to process for the next day's plane rides! A special thank you to Kermit who helped with the planes, ferry for maintenance, train another pilot, and on Sunday had a numb butt flying 14 loads with not many breaks! THANK YOU!
4/19 Beautiful weather! Happy Birthday surprise to Terry, from fellow jumper daughter Brandy! And Jacob, thanks for coming back with more friends from Harrah's: Joan, Jennifer, Dustin, Tom! Jesse & Sam, you HAVE to come back and jump with us again... bring the velcro wall! Sunday, congrats to Arturo, Eduardo & Carlos from Bolivia who made their first jump and finally had good weather! And to Jeremy's group from the Crew team: Jeremy, Loral, Peter, Anna, Zak, that was fun! Jason Witt made jump number 100 on the same dive with Rick, number 500 finally, only Witt had slightly less clothes on than the rest of us. Let's see, that's a case for 100th jump, first in the buff, first pie, and Rick, first pie!
4/4 Felt almost like summer! Thanks Jak for flying 14 loads and sorry we wouldn't let you get out of the plane except to use the bathroom. Beautiful weather despite the haze from burning fields. Congratulations to first timers Darren & Melissa (Happy Birthday!) and to Isaac who had been waiting two years for his Christmas present! Witt brought out some friends, Karin & Russell, hope you had as much fun as we did! And congratulations to Heinzel and Kai-I who passed phase one in their training and are moving on to solo student status! And Chris, excellent on your AFF jump, let's do some more. Some upjumper faces we hadn't seen in a while, Nathan & Dawn, plus Little Joe and nice to meet Christine.
Sunday was excellent until winds picked up. Congratulations to our group from Bolivia & Mexico! We had so much fun with you all! First timers Glorianna, Sergio, Doris and Andres! What fun! Carlos, Eduardo and Arturo, we'll get you up soon!
3/21 Awesome weekend! Saturday's temperature inversion was crazy! 50 degrees at 5K but 40 on the ground! Congratulations to Patrick and Julie who made their first jump and did awesome! Sunday was cold, even ice verga towards the end of the day but who can complain? (Okay, Rick and I both did!) Congratulations to Jenny & Ashley! Jenny, you've changed alot since 6th grade band, fun to jump with you both! Tall Heinzel who grew since last time we saw him, good work on your second tandem! Kai-I congratulations on another pull! And Everett and Elaine, the pianists, hope you had as much fun as we did!
3/14 Friday night staff meeting was productive and fun, then Saturday's Safety Day breakfast at 8am was attended by many! Thanks for showing up bright and early! Seminar presenters did a great job focusing on important topics! As is sometimes the case, those attending were the ones probably needing safety training the least, but we had a good time! Only one jump on Saturday due to winds, but Sunday was AWESOME! Okay, it was cold, but it was jumpable! Congratulations to the first timers! Josh and his mom Michelle, and Christina! Plus Brian's birthday jump finally happened! Eric made his first jump and did great! And Happy Birthday to Heather, you did GREAT! "You looked like a starfish!" GREAT JOB! Our planned Safety Day lunch was held instead on Sunday (since everyone left before lunch Saturday).
3/7 Weather was beautiful on Saturday, March 5th! We had 7 students make tandems with us, some of them returning from last year! Scott, Adrian, Sara, Kellie, John, Jeff and Josh... we had a TON of fun! Hope you come back and jump with us again soon! Also, welcome back Doug "Road Kill" Simpson, who made a jump after a couple years layoff. Sunday, we weren't so lucky with ground winds up to 44 mph, but before winds were too high, Jason managed to make his second tandem, congratulations. Brian, Happy Birthday and we'll try again next weekend! And everyone is welcome on the "Hannah Express!"
2/28 Weather finally cooperated with us on Saturday, February 26th! We did 9 loads, and congratulations to Bryan and Lisa who did their first jumps celebrating Bryan's birthday! Bryan was surprised by Lisa with this gift. And congratulations to Sara, the true BIRTHDAY GIRL! Her birthday was Saturday, the day her good friend Pia was to take her "to lunch".. only to make a side trip to a drop zone. Sara didn't know she was jumping until she arrived at the hangar!
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