I still get nervous on the drive to the drop zone. I still get nervous on the ride to altitude. Maybe I need more practice. Maybe the "common sense" part of my brain still isn't cool with jumping out planes. Oddly, once I'm in the doorway, I'm ready. The drop which onced scared me silly was getting fun.
My exit was a bit floppy. As usual. What was I doing wrong? Maybe I should get a video of the next jump, I thought.
I knew a video would be wise after the landing. I'd hoped for a stand up one...
I did take out some weeds. Maybe a gopher too.
And while I'm at it, I thought, let's get that Hop & Pop* out of the way.
Calm down, I thought. Just tell the instructor about your exits. If he thinks it will be a problem, he'll let you know.
Soon I was back on the plane for a ride to 5000 feet. I liked that the waiting time on the plane was shorter- less worry time. As for my exits, the instructor was confident that I'd be stable in time- and had his camera ready to catch it.
The green light came on. I dove out and...
I wasn't scared(!). I turned myself over, got stable and pulled.
The chute popped out and I was on my way to the landing area.
Between my recent crashes and the botched landing pattern of the previous week, I figured I'd learn a lot from seeing it taped. I'd discover all sorts of "I didn't know I was doing that!" stuff.
My touchdown was another crash.
I picked myself up and headed toward the instructor.
"You did great" he said.
"Are you kidding?" I said. "I crashed and had to do a PLF"
"That happens sometimes when there's no winds," he said.
I couldn't believe it!
I went to the shop and bought a shiny turquoise blue altimeter.
Okay, I was still a bit nervous, but I wanted to jump with my new "toy"!
Alas, it was too cloudy and breezy for student jumps. It was chilly too. I hung around anyway. There were quizzes to take, the SIM to study, people to talk to, and a nice fire.
Here's the video of my exit, in case you want to see me drop from a plane. It wasn't as floppy as I remembered it (though I did flip over at some point.)
I haven't uploaded the landing yet, but check back later.
*in this context, a Hop & Pop is a practice emergency exit where the student leaves the plane at a lower altitude. It's one of the things required for getting your license.
**SIM = Skydivers Information Manual