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Parachuting: The Skydiver's Handbook

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The main character is remembered as a genuinely charismatic man, highly intelligent, and someone who lives life to its fullest. Reading the story of Roger Nelson will, for sure, leave you laughing and astounded. Confessions of an Idiot – Chris “Douggs” McDougall

While Mr. Nelson was running a skydiving center ( Skydive Chicago), focusing on skydiving competition and raising a family, he also was attempting to leave behind the drug smuggling scene. Roger was looking to retire from smuggling after dodging the authorities one too many times. The book highlights the fun times and crazy lives of dropzone bums and addicts. This might remind some of your own skydiving friends and memories. The 208B Caravan is world renowned as one of the leading skydiving aircraft. It is extremely reliable and stable, both on the ground and in the air. It’s superb short field takeoff and landing capabilities allow us to carry up to 16 skydivers at a time safely.

An incredible story one man’s persistence and grit to do above else what he loves to do, regardless of the outcomes and obstacles.” Katelyn Jenkins In the bloodsport of BASE jumping, you get your “BASE number” by documenting your jumps from a building (“B”), antenna (“A”), bridge (“S,” for ‘span’) and cliff (“E,” for ‘earth’). Jevto Dedijer is BASE 66, or the 66th person to have successfully done so. BASE numbers are well into the 2,000’s now , so being a double-digit is a big deal. As #66, Jevto was in it on the ground floor, and lots of people around him were dying trying to figure it out. Brian’s unique ability to combine a clearly defined technical explanation with his own self-realized Zen approach to flying offers the reader a truly comprehensive insight into the experience that is canopy piloting.”– Jay Moledzki, World Champion Above All Else – Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld While Roger Nelson was a legendary skydiver, he was well known by the DEA for how he used his skydiving airplanes… moving marijuana in the early 80s from Central America to US shores. Later imprisoned for these indiscretions, Nelson wrote a memoir from prison.

If you’re interested in skydiving, planes, or even just thrilling stories, this one doesn’t disappoint, and to know that it was at least mostly based on the truth makes it all that much more incredible.” Adam Tuttle If there’s a guru in skydiving, it’s Brian Germain.Brian Germain thinks about skydiving on a different level – from how to better fly your parachute, to overcoming the fear associated with leaving an airplane. Transcending Fearhas helped countless people who have felt challenged to reach their goals. A must-read for anyone wishing to accomplish big things.

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UK Only. Despatched by Royal Mail first class post on the same day. Excludes Weekends & Bank Holidays. Most people have more potential than they realize and less desirable than they think they do.”– Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld Sugar Alpha – The Life and Time of Señor Huevos Grande – Roger and Melissa Nelson

The Parachute and Its Pilot from Brian Germain covers it all. Regardless if you are a new jumper or a seasoned skydiver, it has something for everyone. Indeed, this is a must-read for us all! Author Brian Germain is an industry-leading parachute designer, previous dropzone owner, creator of a popular flight skill and safety course, and host of a safety show on Skydive Radio. Yet, this is just to name a few of his accomplishments in our sport. Sufficient to say, Brian is very educated in the sport of skydiving and his book is now in its 5th edition, containing over 20 years of skydiving experience.

Today, whether a first-time student or a top competitor, the parachute will have been designed specifically for that use within the sport. Douggs has been in the sport for more than 20 years and traveled all over the world skydiving and BASE jumping. He is hugely respected for his experience, knowledge of the sport, and damn insane Aussie nature. Besides the crazy stories in his book, you can also learn from Dougg’s desire to chase and make your dreams come true and never stop living your life to the fullest. As well, this skydiving book gives us all some more insight into the skydiving and BASE jumping. Dougg’s honest point of view of extreme adrenaline sports is something we can all learn from.

Skydiving and drug smuggling. Yes, you read that correctly. Sugar Alpha is the Skydiving Chicago must read book. You almost cannot even believe in Roger W. Nelson’s real-life. He wrote much of the book. However, after his unexpected death, Melissa Nelson (daughter) finishes the project that their dad had been writing for years. Confessions of an Idiot is an autobiography of “a colorful life in freefall” by Chris “Douggs” McDougall. He is one of the world’s most experienced BASE jumpers. Douggs’ book covers the progression of an adrenaline junkie into skydiving and BASE jumping. He recounts in brutal honesty, stories of absolute lunacy, which will have you laughing in disbelief. Really, this is one hell of a life story. Read about Douggs experiences from hilarious adventures, to devastation, and pushing boundaries to their limits. Part of this book focuses on parachutes and flight techniques, including theory, equipment, skills, and procedures. Brian teaches the technical knowledge to assist learning in canopy piloting and how to avoid undesirable situations. For beginner to expert skydivers, you will learn about improving your landings as well as the basics of how a canopy works and why it reacts in certain ways. Following the basics, it moves on to high-performance canopies and psychology of skydivers/canopy pilots. The book discusses theories of mental processes from fear responses, to the ego, and onto visualization issues. Followed by a straightforward approach to human behavior and mindset. Learn to relax and overcome fear with the right tools.During the First World War in 1916, an Australian pilot on the Russian front made the first escape by parachute from a disabled aircraft. In the following year, both the Germans and the British began to equip their air forces with these life-saving devices. By the summer of 1918, parachutes were in wide use on all fronts. The parachutes used during the First World War were, by modern standards, makeshift contraptions. But they proved their worth and were the basis for experiments in design that began immediately after the war – and have continued ever since. In Italy in 1483, Leonardo da Vinci imagined a design for what we would now call a parachute in a sketch in the margin of one of his notebooks. The design consisted of sealed linen cloth held open by a pyramid of wooden poles about seven metres long. His accompanying note read: “If a man is provided with a length of gummed linen cloth with a length of 12 yards on each side and 12 yards high, he can jump from any great height whatsoever without injury.” There is no evidence that da Vinci ever constructed such a device. Another peak performance handbook by a skydiving athlete/motivation and performance-enhancement specialist, Derosalia’s book is aimed at both skydivers and non-skydivers, though skydivers would probably benefit from it most. The book is written to deliver practical methods and techniques for designing realistic plans to achieve goals. It’s full of tools for cognitive optimization, teamwork, visualization and anxiety mitigation. Dan BC wrote an incredibly inspiring book, giving us countless examples of techniques for success. Using tragic experience to overcome obstacles, he goes on with living life to its fullest. This book is full of methods for excelling, achieving dreams, and reaching ones fullest potentials. Relentless in his nature, we can all learn from Dan BC’s advice to overcoming obstacles and reaching all of our goals in life. Parachutists – along with hot air balloonists and early aviators – often entertained the crowds by performing at aerial circuses and exhibitions.

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