Blue Skies or Gray

On iffy-weather days, you’ll see them sitting in folding chairs with icy beverages in hand exchanging knowing glances and wry smiles as much younger jumpers with untested immortality head to the plane. They’re the guys who say, as a thunderstorm advances, “It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.” They’re the one’s who’ve been there, done that and lived to tell about it. And every summer, without fail, they set up their chairs right before the stormy weather moves in, and they pull their jumpsuits back on right after the danger has passed. more »

Drop Zone Weather Forecasting

We’ve all been there—sitting on the ground for hours, glaring at the billowing wind sock as powerful gusts threaten to free the packing tent from its earthly tethers. The weather can seem fickle, so how is a safety-conscious skydiver—one who prefers to arrive and depart the DZ in the same unbroken condition—to know whether to place a bet on better conditions later in the day or to admit that Mother Nature is holding the trump card and fold early? more »