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CSC eNews Update | 2.5.14

The CSC Leadership Team has been working hard all winter toward an amazing 2014 season. Something you may not know about our team is that we meet weekly and have team alignment calls every few days to keep each other moving forward on projects and planning. Sometimes we even play in all the snow on the dropzone. We’re really proud of the cohesive nature of our team and we think you’ll be quite happy with some of the new and improved procedures, products and events in store for the coming season. Woody‘s motto “don’t stop working, tomorrow is April 1st” is starting to feel more true with each passing day. We just hope you all are as excited for 2014 as we are.

Doug and Jason in the snow

Doug and Jason in the snow at the dz

Different than years past, we decided to keep the PAC here in Rochelle this winter to complete some elective upgrades and maintenance projects. She hasn’t had extended downtime since she was born in 2009, and we need her ready for a busy year. She’ll help us get back in the air on our official opening weekend at the end of March. Friday, March 28th we will be open for experienced jumpers only, and are now accepting reservations for tandem skydiving on Saturday, March 29th and beyond. Save the date for opening day!

Photo by Ben Mason

Photo by Ben Mason

Before we start jumping, we always begin the season by participating in USPA Safety Day. This annual gathering of jumpers to review important skydiving safety information and emergency procedures is a staple on our calendar and this year’s event is Saturday, March 8th, with seminars starting at noon. Skydivers of all skill levels from any dropzone, or non-skydivers simply interested in understanding how we encourage a culture of safety at CSC are welcome to attend.

Photo by Jason Kane

Photo by Jason Kane

We’ll kick off Safety Day with a free refresher course, courtesy of Freefall University. If you are a student who would like to jump at the beginning of the season, or an experienced jumper who needs to attend a course to complete license currency requirements, please plan to join us 9:30 – 11:30am on March 8th.

Bring any used gear you have for sale or trade, and set up at the swap meet/garage sale in the hangar. Perhaps you’ll help someone else find what they’re looking for, or go home with the gear you’ve been wanting without the hassle of shipping! For those not attending the refresher course, check-in begins at 11:30am. Upon arrival, we’ll sign updated waivers, introduce new staff members and begin a series of short seminars covering topics like aircraft safety, gear maintenance, canopy flight, landing areas and flight patterns, malfunction emergency procedures and more. The group will play a game of jeopardy after the seminars and attendees will be entered to win prizes like free jumps, packing tickets, Flight Deck Bar & Grill gift cards and even a free reserve repack! Rock Sky Market owners Steve and Jenny Verner would like to throw an official welcome party following the seminars to show off their new presence at CSC and get to know all our awesome jumpers. Stick around for some live music in the Flight Deck that evening.

Photo by Jason Kane

Photo by Jason Kane

We’re planning the details of our awesome events and boogies, and stay tuned for details. But for now, check out the CSC 2014 Calendar and save the dates for the events you want to attend! You’ll note this year, we’re working on adding scheduled load organizers to the calendar so you know exactly who will be here to jump with when you arrive.

Now is also the time to consider your plan for jumping at CSC this season and purchase a jump package to save money. We are also accepting proposals from teams who would like to train at CSC this year. If your team wants to schedule a training camp, tunnel camp with jump days or you’re looking for team sponsorship, please contact Doug with plans and requests.

We have another huge announcement to share when it comes to our growing CSC Team! Chicagoland Skydiving Center proudly welcomes Zach Sabel and Grace Trolinger to the team as the new co-managers of the Freefall University Skydiving School at CSC. This duo joins us from Colorado, where Zach has spent the past 4 years as an instructor at SkyVenture Colorado and traveling the US as a coveted load organizer at the biggest events; and Grace has been in the Air Force and instructing at Mile-Hi Skydiving. Both are accomplished instructors, great organizers, talented tunnel flyers and bring a wealth of coaching knowledge and great attitudes to our team. We are excited for the future of Freefall U. Please give a warm welcome to Zach and Grace!
Zach Sabel and Grace Trolinger

On the Flight Deck side, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting several large events recently. It’s been fun to see the winter business grow and there’s more interest than ever in our hangar as a banquet space! We’ve recently hosted events for Noah Carmichael’s Birthday, Rochelle Community Hospital, Maplehurst Farms, Lincoln Elementary, Rochelle Foods, the Rochelle Fire Department and more. There are plenty of great times ahead at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill. Check out the upcoming live music schedule, take the stage during open mic night and get ready for Thinkin’ & Drinkin’ Wednesday Trivia Nights to return in February.

Flight Deck Bar Wine Tasting

We’re trying out something new, so join us this Friday, February 7th for our first wine tasting at the Flight Deck. We’re partnering with our friends at the Maverick Wine Company to offer a night of great wine paired with appetizers prepared by our head chef. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the bar or by calling 815.561.3664.


CSC eNews Update | Happy Holidays from CSC

Happy Holidays to the entire CSC family! It was such a pleasure to spend this season with so many old friends and new faces. 2013 was an incredible year for both Chicagoland Skydiving Center and the Flight Deck Bar & Grill and we have you to thank! It seems the holidays are always a time for reflection and appreciation, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt wish for a wonderful new year to everyone. We hope we have the pleasure of seeing you again in 2014!

As our core team spends the winter months in Illinois planning for the upcoming season, running our winter events in our facility and continuing to improve our processes and offerings, we do enjoy seeing our awesome instructional staff travel the world each winter while we’re on hiatus here. Enjoy some photos from the CSC Team abroad!

Spencer in New Zealand

Spencer in New Zealand

Jacko in Mexico

Jacko in Mexico

Buzz shooting a Mexican record at Skydive Cuautla

Buzz shooting a Mexican record at Skydive Cuatla

Chris in Mexico

Chris in Mexico

As always, we try not to go too long without seeing all our skydiving friends, so please plan to join us on Saturday, January 4th at Doug Smith’s house in Sugar Grove, IL for our annual CSC Winter Party. The fun starts at 6:30pm. Stop by to enjoy light appetizers and drinks and see your sky family! Event address: 669 Sheffield Circle, Sugar Grove, IL 60654. There are nearby hotels if anyone has a long drive. Please contact Becky or Doug if you need more information.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

We also want to make sure jumpers know there are a few days left to take advantage of early bird savings on 2014 jump packages. We’re offering a deeper discount if purchased before the end of 2013. Please contact Jason Kane directly to purchase one of the following jump packages. Jumps are valid all next season and can be used during any special event. At this time, regular experienced jump price will be $25 per jump during the 2014 season.

Early bird pricing – payment must be completed by Dec 31, 2013:
25 Jump Package $562.50 ($22.50/jump)
50 Jump Package $1,100 ($22.00/jump)
100 Jump Package $2,100 ($21.00/jump)
150 Jump Package $3,075 ($20.50/jump)
200 Jump Package $4,000 ($20.00/jump)

Click here for a full list of 2014 jump package prices. You can also check out the progress on our events calendar and start saving dates for some of your favorite events! In addition to special events, we’re also creating an easier to follow load organizer calendar for next season, so you’ll always know who is scheduled to be at the dz when you plan to jump.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

As we get ready to ring in the new year, plans are shaping up for a great New Year’s Eve at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill. We’ll have live music from 7pm to 1am, featuring Adrian Perez and the Brandon Weber Duo, a special surf & turf menu featuring prime rib, lobster tail and shrimp, plenty of awesome drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, check out the Flight Deck event details on Facebook.

The Flight Deck is continuing fun throughout the winter months, with our recent breakfast with Santa, live music every Friday night and a few special events coming up. We’ve also got a new winter menu out as of this week, so stop in to try some new items like our bourbon bacon hazelnut hot chocolate, reuben, open face ribeye sandwich, chicken piccatta and thai chicken egg rolls.

Photo by Rob Hubeny

Photo by Rob Hubeny

It’s been fun hosting some cocktail parties, business meetings and banquets in our facility and we look forward to many more during the winter months. We are becoming a high-demand event venue and catering provider in the area and enjoying it every step of the way. Contact Tony Houlahan if you have event needs in the coming months.

Winter PRO Shop

We hope to see you next weekend at the winter party. In the meantime, stay warm and stay tuned for more information about what we’ve got going here at CSC next year.


CSC eNews Update | 11.8.13

With just one more weekend left in the 2013 season, we’re turning our focus on 2014. In our weekly planning meetings, we joke that “tomorrow is April 1st” but we know next season will creep up on us before we know it. In preparation for 2014, we have some big news that we’ve been excited to share and it’s finally time for the announcement.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

CSC will become home to two incredible members of the skydiving industry next year. Steve and Jenny Verner are relocating to Rochelle to set up their very successful skydiving gear store, Rock Sky Market at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. They’ve been operating at Plymouth Sky Sports in Indiana the past three years and we’re excited to welcome them to our team. Jenny, an AFF instructor, camera flyer, and FAA Master Parachute Rigger will be taking over the rigging loft. Steve is a multi-rated instructor, examiner and S&TA. Both are accomplished instructors and videographers with 10,000+ skydives and will bring their years of experience and positive attitudes to our dropzone. Stay tuned for more announcements closer to the spring. Welcome aboard, Verners!

As part of this transition, CSC says goodbye to Betsy Hoats, operator of Third Coast Parachute Service, who has called our rigging loft home for two seasons. We wish her well as she pursues an amazing opportunity as the new loft manager at ParaGear in Skokie. Best of luck on your new adventure Betsy.  We are proud of you and thank you for all your hard work!

Photo by April Schuldt

Photo by April Schuldt

More congratulations goes to Jerry Locum, who earned his A-license last weekend. He’s helped round out a great season for Freefall University, and we’re glad he was able to finish the program this year, despite some tough weather the past few weeks. Way to go, Jerry! For anyone interested in learning to skydive solo in 2014, contact Jason Kane about a winter payment plan – save a little each month and start the spring with your account ready to jump!

Photo by Jason Kane

Photo by Jason Kane

Our jumpers were featured in a spooky short film recently, put together by Phathom, Inc. for an event in Chicago called the Zombeing Fallout Shelter. People spent the night in a “zombie shelter” getting “reports from the outside” about the situation in Chicago. It turns out, the zombie infection could be traced back to falling bodies in the sky. This was a fun project for us. Check out the teaser video of zombies skydiving!

Those of you thinking about your jumping plans for next year, please check out CSC’s 2014 jump package prices. For any licensed jumper planning on making 25 – 200+ jumps, there is a great deal to be had. Early bird discounts are available for packages purchased before the end of the year. These jumps can be used at any time, including CSC boogies. We’re also accepting applications for the 2014 PROpass. This is an all-you-can-jump membership good for the entire 2014 season. See details, terms, prices and apply for a PROpass here. Applications will be accepted until December 1st.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Once we officially go on our winter hiatus, the CSC hangar will transition to a winter events venue. The PROshop, classroom, conference rooms and hangar are cleared of skydiving equipment, and decorated for holiday parties, banquets, weddings, cocktail gatherings, business meetings and more. The Flight Deck Bar & Grill caters these events. If you or someone you know is looking for a unique party venue, please get in touch with Tony Houlahan. We appreciate our jumpers spreading the word on this new offering as we work on building our winter events business.

To thank our whole jumping family for a great season, please plan to join us for the CSC Winter Party on January 4, 2014. This annual tradition is a nice excuse to gather together over the winter. Doug and Carolyn Smith will once again host this gathering at their home in Sugar Grove. Save the date!

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

If you’re willing to brave the weather, we hope to see you this weekend for a skydive. This will be the final jumping days of the season and then our planes are off to Florida for the winter.

 

 


CSC eNews Update | 10.25.13

We’re in the final stretch of the 2013 skydiving season here at CSC. In fact, the first snow flurries of the fall were spotted in Rochelle this week. As we prepare to wind down for the winter, our schedule will change a bit. Starting this Friday, October 25, we will move to a weekend only schedule until the winter hiatus starts. Our office staff will be available each day, but we will only conduct jumping operations Friday, Saturday and Sunday until our planes head south to Florida in mid-November.

Photo by Ben Mason

Photo by Ben Mason

The weekend ahead includes load organizing by Rich Madsen, who would like to invite experienced jumpers of all skill levels to participate in 8-way formations. He says he’s got a successful slot for everyone and wants to end his season on a high note with the CSC jumper family. It could very well be the last jumpable weekend of the year, so bundle up and make a few more chilly skydives to round out 2013. Rich helped us organize Star Crest Award jumps a few weeks ago, and despite getting weathered out early, we had one amazing 10-way on the first try! Thank you to Chris Wilkins and Chadeo for the great video.

Photo by Chris Wilkins

Photo by Chris Wilkins

Jumpers, stick around for the annual CSC Halloween party. Even if you’re not skydiving on Saturday, grab your costume and head on over to Rochelle! Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends along. The party begins at 8pm at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill. Live music, costume contest, special menu and some spooky signature drinks for one night only. Ages 21 and up, and no cover if you wear a costume! It should be an awesome party and we hope to see you there!

Flight Deck Halloween Party

We have just received word that the totals are in for the 16th annual Skydiving for MS fundraiser. Drumroll, please! Thanks to the tireless efforts of Dave and Ceil Perez, our generous event sponsors, our partners at CharitySkydive.org, raffle-ticket purchases and loving family of skydivers, this year’s event brought in more than $25,000! That is a huge accomplishment and something we’re very proud to share. Your continued support of our efforts to raise money for the National MS Society is appreciated. Next year’s event will be Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Save the date for Skydiving for MS 17!

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Our team is proud to share a story of a very special jump we made this week with a woman named Katrina Shelby. Her doctor approached us about granting her wish to skydive, as she suffers from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and cancer. As her family faces medical bills, and the reality that she may not make it through the holidays this year, CSC sponsored her skydive so she could fly. Despite a cloudy day, we got one piece of blue sky above us in order to take her up to 14,000 feet. Thank you to Doug Smith, Jason Kane, Jacko, Buzz and Jes Miskinis for making this happen.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Several reporters visited the dropzone to meet Katrina and word is traveling about her story. Check out some awesome coverage and feel free to share the links with family and friends!

WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

NBC Chicago
ABC Chicago
Huffington Post
CBS Newsradio Chicago
Ogle County Life

The CSC management team travelled south for a couple of days last week to talk about the 2013 season and start putting plans in place for next year. We’re hard at work on a few things for our facilities, putting together the 2014 events calendar, creating our load organizer schedule, preparing pricing for 2014 jump packages and PROpass and gearing up for the winter events at the Flight Deck. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it will be great to grow even more next year. We’ll have some exciting announcements about some big changes at CSC too! We sincerely thank every student, experienced jumper, spectator and guest who was part of this year at CSC. If you have ideas you’d like to discuss for next season, please reach out to us!
Doug Smith – general ideas, prices, team training
Jason Kane – staff, manifest, PRO shop, guest experience
Woody – operations, facilities
Becky Johns – events, marketing and organizer suggestions

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Congratulations to our Freefall University students who finished out the season strong. Mike Buck, John Chimoures, and Emilia Bakun all earned their USPA A-Licenses in the past few weeks. It’s been great to have so many more new licensed jumpers this year. We look forward to even more growth of the FU program as the Chicagoland area gets several new iFly wind tunnels in the spring. Stay tuned for updates on how CSC will be working with the tunnels in 2014.

We’ll announce dates for some winter skydiver gatherings in the coming weeks and hope we’re able to spend some time together over the winter. In the mean time, plan to swing by the Flight Deck Bar & Grill once in a while to say hi. Maybe even enjoy a drink from our new Sunday Bloody Mary bar. We’ll have college football and basketball, NFL, NHL and NBA games playing each week, continue with live music on Friday nights and some special parties around Christmas, New Years Eve and the Super Bowl. We also kick off winter beer pong league and banquet season in November. Contact Tony Houlahan for more information about Flight Deck events or catering.

Photo by Doug Smith

Photo by Amanda Brauer

We hope to see you this weekend for some jumps, some Halloween celebration or a little bit of both. Blue skies!


CSC eNews Update | 9.27.13

We’re heading into the final weekend in September and can’t believe the amazing forecast ahead of us for this time of year. We’re hoping the late start to spring means a late end to fall. It’s been an exciting past few weeks and we look forward to plenty of fun ahead.

Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

Thank you to everyone who showed outstanding support for yet another Skydiving for MS fundraiser at CSC. It was one of the biggest events we’ve had in MS history, and as we await the final fundraising total, we’d like to express our gratitude for the jumpers, spectators and families who support this event each year. Raising money for the National MS Society is a cause close to our hearts and we continue to be proud of the great work Dave and Ceil Perez do each year to make Skydiving for MS a reality. Your generous donations, raffle ticket purchases and show of support are what make it special. So, here’s to another great year!

Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

We’d like to congratulate the CSC teams who represented us at USPA Nationals earlier this month. 4-way VFS team PROskydiving, 4-way FS teams CSC Survival Instinct, CSC Inferno, CSC Now Call and CSC Flashpoint and 2-way CF team CSC CellMates made us proud in this year’s competition! Thank you to everyone who jumped on behalf of CSC and all our friends who spent time there on the ground showing support. We look forward to having even more teams training at CSC next season and we expect the addition of several iFly Indoor Skydiving facilities coming to the area this winter will make our dropzone an even more attractive place to train. If you are interested in a team contract with CSC, it’s never too early to start that discussion. Email doug@PROskydiving.com to express interest in training at CSC.

Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz

We also had another competition success story, with a bit of twist. Last weekend, CSC was part of the second-place winning team at Red Bull Flugtag Chicago 2013. This national event is held in five cities on the same day, and brings together teams of people who have built homemade, human-powered flying machines. Here’s a bit of backstory on our involvement with the project. Our operations manager/pilot/instructor extraordinaire, Woody, and our marketing director, Becky, were part of a team called The Bamzoniacs, and helped represent CSC in Chicago. The team was made up of some local Rochelle people who originally approached us for sponsorship, but ended up with a teammate, “press agent,” and so much more. Our flying craft made the farthest flight of the day in the Chicago event, and those points combined with judges scores for originality, showmanship and fan support led to a finish on the podium. Huge thanks to team captain Shane Theiss for bringing us into this project, trusting us to help him make his design fly and helping us put the CSC brand in front of 60,000+ people via this event.

Becky Johns

Becky Johns

At the dropzone, we’ve transitioned to our fall schedule. CSC will be closed on Tuesdays the rest of the season. All other hours are the same, open for jumping on weekdays noon – sunset and weekends 8am – sunset. We’ll still continue with our weekday tandem specials and $19 Wednesdays for experienced jumpers through the end of the year.

Experienced jumpers, please plan to join us in the coming weeks for our last few events of the season!

This weekend, join Rich Madsen and Woody as they organize jumps on Saturday to help jumpers get their Star Crest Awards. We have Chris Wilkins lined up to shoot video and photos, so we’ll have plenty of proof to submit along with applications. Whether you’re a newer jumper who wants to get in on this fun tradition, or a more experienced RW flyer who wants to help others, we welcome you to participate. There is no cost other than your own slot. Following the day of jumping, we’ll host our monthly beer fine party in the courtyard, celebrating the “firsts” and other achievements of our fellow jumpers in September. Stick around for beer and a bonfire.

Chad Hermes

Chad Hermes

The first weekend in October, CSC Inferno will be hosting a “You Call It” organizing day. Come out and jump with some of our teams. We’ll put together challenging RW as well as fun stuff like hula hoop dives and Mr. Potato Head jumps. Join us on Saturday, October 5 with an idea of what you’d like to do and Inferno members will help you build it! Later in the afternoon, CSC Flashpoint will organize memorial jumps and a missing man formation for their teammate Jamie Kail, who passed away suddenly several weeks ago. Help us honor our friend and fellow jumper as we aim to gather great footage to make a video for his family.

Ana Aponte

Ana Aponte

Last, but not least, start thinking about your Halloween costume, because the CSC Halloween party is coming up! We’ll celebrate on Saturday, October 26th with an awesome party at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill.

Help us take advantage of the great weather we have left this year. We hope to see you soon at CSC. Blue skies!


Skydiving for MS 16

Each September, Chicagoland Skydiving Center hosts an incredible charity fundraiser for the National MS Society. More than 20,000 people in Illinois are affected by multiple sclerosis, and this is our way of making a difference. In partnership with long-time friends of CSC, Dave and Ceil Perez, we dedicate a day to giving flight to friends and neighbors living with multiple sclerosis and doing important fundraising for research for a cure for the disease. Please join us this Saturday, September 7th for the 16th Annual Skydiving for MS event.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

There is a $25 registration fee for the event, which includes a t-shirt,  yoga & massage in the afternoon, a wristband for dinner in the courtyard courtesy of the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, a bonfire and four live musical performances: Burn n’ Bush 4-5:30pm, Zachary Harris 6:30-8:30pm, Adrian Perez 9-10pm and The Reserve 10pm-midnight. As always, we’ll take a break in the middle to draw the winners of our incredible prize raffle thanks to a generous list of sponsors. See below for full list of raffle items.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

For the experienced jumpers, we’ll have TJ Hine and Rich Madsen organizing, several teams training for Nationals and plenty of students, so the planes will be turning! In addition to the awesome prizes you’re used to, the industry manufacturers have generously donated prizes to this year’s event, so be sure to check out the list below.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

You do not need to be present to win a raffle prize. Buy tickets on-site at CSC that day in the lounge or at manifest, or online now until 6pm tomorrow via PayPal. If purchasing online, please include you contact information in the memo section so we can contact you if you’ve won. Click here to purchase raffle tickets online.

Photo by Ana Aponte

Photo by Ana Aponte

Raffle Prizes up for grabs. Tickets are $10 in person at CSC on Saturday and online until 6pm on Sept 7th!

2013 Skydiving for MS Prize List

General prizes:
Three ticket prize pack with pit & infield fan zone passes for the GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept 15
Downtown Chicago prize pack includes 4 Cubs tickets, signed White Sox picture of Alexei Ramirez, 4 tickets to Laugh Factory and $150.00 bottle of wine basket
Downtown Chicago prize pack including $100.00 Visa gift card, 4 tickets to Comedy Sportz and Improv class
Sybaris overnight whirlpool Suite with spa basket
Sybaris afternoon pool suite, 1 hour message with spa basket
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant – Case of wine
Chicago Sports container includes 5 sport shirts,  Champs Sporting Goods gift card, 2 Chicago Bears Bobble Heads, a picture of the Chicago Bears players and 2 Chicago Wolves tickets
DoubleTree guest suites by Hilton in Downers Grove – Weekend overnight stay including breakfast
Marriott Hotel & Resort Weekend overnight stay including breakfast
Hilton Hotel Lilse/Naperville 1 night stay
Silver Lakes Country Club Orland Park – 18 holes walking twosome including $75.00 gift certificates to the Patio restaurant in Orland Park
(2) Hyatt Place Lombard/Oak Brook – Complimentary weekend night stay Friday or Saturday
Outback Steakhouse gift certificate
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant – Receive a bottle of wine plus a three month wine club membership where you will receive a free bottle of wine for 3 months
SportClips hair product basket
Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Oak Brook – Weekend stay for two with complimentary breakfast
Olive Garden gift certificate
(2) Panera bread for a year
Carraba’s gift certificate
Houlihan’s gift certificate
Red Lobster gift certificate
Dell GC and bag
Buffalo Wild Wing Basket
Tommy Nevins gift certificate
Biaggi’s gift certificate
Hyatt Lisle 1 night weekend deluxe room
Walmart gift certificates
Rock Bottom gift certificate
Texas Roadhouse Bucket with gift certificates
Hooter’s gift Basket with certificates
The Cheesecake Factory gift certificate
Jack Lalane Power Juicer
Starbucks gift basket
Flight Deck gift cards

Skydiving Prizes:
(2) 20 minute block without coaching at Skyventure Colorado
Vegas Indoor Skydiving 15 Minute Block (up to 5 participants)
Free mini rig backpack from Sun Path Products
25% off a new Vertical Suits jumpsuit
30% off the base price of a new Mirage Containers rig
(2) 30% off base price and 15% off options of a new UPT Micron rig
(2) ParaGear gift certificates
25% off the base price of any Merlin Suits jumpsuit
Free one year US subscription to Blue Skies Magazine
Flight-1 Canopy course gift certificate for use in the US or Canada
100 Experienced Jump Package at Chicagoland Skydiving Center

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

We look forward to taking some individuals who have done a incredible job with fundraising on free tandem skydives to thank them for their hard work in supporting this awesome cause. We’ll also take several folks living with MS for skydives and can’t wait to cheer them on. This weekend we also welcome Ian Drennan of the PD Factory Team who will be teaching Flight-1 101 and 102 canopy courses for our jumpers.

It should be a fun weekend with plenty of activity on the airport. Skydivers and spectators are welcome to be part of this event and we thank anyone who helps us make it a success! See you tomorrow at CSC.


Labor Day Weekend at CSC

Labor Day is sneaking up on us. Do you have plans for the long holiday weekend? We have a fun few days lined up, so come hang out with us at CSC! Camping is always free.

Experienced jumpers can enjoy a boogie vibe without the registration fee. We have a big Saturday night party planned and some great load organizers lined up for Friday thru Monday. We’ve even got Greg Rau here representing UPT and Vigil, and he’s got plenty of demo gear to try out (yes, even Skyhook demos!)

Photo by Ana Aponte

Photo by Ana Aponte

Sandy Grillet is here for RW/FS, so if you’re a belly flyer and want to put together some bigger ways or challenging sequential dives, head on over to get on his jumps. Rich Madsen is also lined up for organizing smaller belly jumps and working with newer jumpers looking to improve their skills in small groups.

Derek Vanboeschoten (former SkyVenture Colorado instructor) is here to get vertical with the freefly crowd. He’s available for all skill levels and group sizes, so let him know what you’d like to work on. Todd Ogino will also be available Sunday and Monday for freefly jumps.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

For the CRW dawgs, Jim Rassmussen will be here for your canopy-stacking pleasure. It’s been awesome to see so many new people get into CRW the past few seasons, so this is the place to be to put some bigger groups together with your friends. Ras and some of our more experienced CRW jumpers can also do one-on-one jumps or smaller groups for those looking for more coaching.

Saturday night, we’re partying Hawaiian-style at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill. We’re doing a pig roast all day, with the hog served at 7pm. We have enough for about 150 people, so first come, first served. This is open to the public. $8/plate gets you a delicious meal, and we’ll follow it up with the courtyard party. The patio grill will be open all night, serving food to those who can’t make it until later on in the evening. Wear your island attire! Get some sand between your toes dancing to live music after a fire dancer performance on the “beach” (transformed sand volleyball court) with new drink specials featuring Cruzan Rum.

Photo by Will Glynn

Photo by Will Glynn

What else is coming up?

This Friday, August 30, Freefall University is offering a FREE ground school to anyone interested in learning to skydive solo. Save $100 off the cost of the program and make your first training jumps this weekend! Register online by selecting AFF 1 on August 30.

Next Saturday, September 7, is our 16th annual Skydiving for MS. Stop by to cheer on our friends with MS as they jump out of perfectly good airplanes and show support for those who have done fundraising for the National MS Society! There is still time to do your own fundraiser. Bring in $500, and we’ll send you on a tandem skydive for free! T.J. Hine will be our special guest load organizer, and we look forward to hosting a new face in our LO lineup. The day of jumping wraps up with dinner in the courtyard, live music and our generously sponsored raffle! You can buy raffle tickets online and do not need to be present to win.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Next Sunday, September 8 is Sunday Funday at CSC! No need for a car to get out here for another summer adventure. We have a charter bus leaving downtown Chicago (corner of Clark & Lake), have slots reserved for tandem skydives and then the bus returns later that afternoon. $45 gets a round-trip bus ticket and is available to spectators as well as those jumping. You can purchase a 14,000ft tandem skydive + bus ticket package for $264.99. Call 815-561-3663 and speak to Jason Kane to make your reservation.

We hope see you soon. Let’s have an awesome holiday weekend!

The CSC Team


CSC eNews Update | It’s almost September!

We’ve got a huge few weeks ahead and hope everyone can join us as we celebrate the long weekend for Labor Day and kick off September with a lot of fun. There’s something special in store whether you’re making a tandem jump, starting solo training or you’re an experienced jumper looking for a fun upcoming weekend.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

This weekend should be a fun one on the airport. The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and 102.3 FM The Coyote are hosting the Summer Country Jam Concert here at Rochelle Municipal Airport on Saturday. All day tomorrow there will be country artists playing live on stage with headliner Chase Rice taking the stage around 8:00pm. There’s time to skydive in the morning and enjoy the show the rest of the day. The official concert after party is at our Flight Deck Bar & Grill.  Back Country Roads will be playing live for the bar crowd. Tickets are $20 and available today at the Flight Deck and tomorrow at the door for the concert. Keep your eyes on the sky around 4:15pm for a special skydiver fly-by!

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Next week, we’ll offer another free ground school at Freefall University. The free class saves you $100 off the cost of the program, so take advantage! There is no obligation to continue with Freefall University by taking this course. There is still plenty of time to complete solo training this season, so we’d like to give anyone interested in learning to skydive on their own the chance to get started while we still have great weather. The class will start at 6:00pm on Friday, August 30 and last 3 – 4 hours. Students can make their first training jumps as soon as the following morning. To sign up, please register online by selecting “AFF 1″ on Aug 30. Book your class here.

Photo by Javier Ortiz

Photo by Javier Ortiz

We’ve also got a Back-to-School tandem skydiving special going on. If you need to cross one more thing off your bucket list before your summer break ends or you’re looking for an adventure while the kids are out of the house and back at school, join us for a 14,000 ft tandem skydive for $189.99 through the end of September! Call us at 815.561.3663 or make your skydiving reservation online.

Photo by Ana Aponte

Photo by Ana Aponte

Two big events are coming up, so mark your calendar now for Labor Day weekend and Saturday, September 7.

We’re giving the long weekend a Hawaiian theme, Mala Kohi (“blue skies”) with organizers Sandy Grillet (RW), Derek VanBoeschoten (freefly) and Jim Rassmuseen (CRW). No registration fee, $25 Otter and PAC jumps, luau beach party on our sand volleyball court with live music on Saturday night and a pig roast at the Flight Deck! Deck yourself out Hawaiian style and make some fun jumps Saturday thru Monday with these great organizers.

Photo by Chad Hermes

Photo by Chad Hermes

The 16th annual Skydiving for MS event is also quickly approaching. There is still time to do fundraising for the National MS Society and make a FREE tandem skydive! You can host your own online fundraiser via CharitySkydive.org – and if you raise $500, you’ll jump for free. Raise $750 and you can jump for free with free video or photos too! Click here to learn more.

This is one of our favorite events each year and we are proud to be working with Dave and Ceil Perez again to support this incredible cause. Even if you don’t plan to jump, please stop by to watch the activity on the airport that day, cheer on our friends with MS who are making skydives, and stick around for a great dinner at the Flight Deck followed by a huge raffle with all kinds of prizes from hotel stays to gift cards to indoor skydiving and more. You can buy raffle tickets online and do not need to be present to win. Click here to purchase raffle tickets and be sure to include your name and phone number in the notes so we can notify you if you win!

Photo by Will Glynn

Photo by Will Glynn

Congratulations:
Gene Frakes – 500 jumps
Matt Comer – A License
Ron W. Gibbs – A License
Marty Schriner – A License
Seth Bocker – A License
Liz Hopkins – A License
Becky Johns – C License
Jessica Stinson – Coach Rating

You can always keep track of what is going on at CSC via our Facebook page and the events calendar on our website. We hope to see you soon!

Blue skies,

The CSC Team


CSC eNews Update | Wingsuits, Boogies and more on the way

After a rough spring weather-wise, it looks like summer is finally here to stay. We’ve had an amazing few weeks as we get into the heart of our season and several of our largest events are coming up.

Earlier in June, we had our first fundraising event of the year to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Operation: Pink Sky crushed last year’s total and we thank everyone who jumped and partied with us to make this event a success. First-time skydivers even made free jumps due to outstanding fundraising efforts through our partner, CharitySkydive.org. Through registrations, online fundraising, t-shirt sales, Sarah Glynn’s famous “boobie cupcakes” bake sale and raffle ticket sales, we hit a grand total of $5,711.50!

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Throughout the day, we enjoyed plenty of activity and lots of jumps. CSC Survival Instinct 4-way team members Brian Darnell, Deb Middleton and Anne Webster led a Big-Way skills camp for lower number jumpers, passing on their knowledge of how to safely and effectively fly in larger groups to some of our up-and-coming RW flyers. Zach Schroedel was also here doing free wingsuit coaching to help some newer wingsuit jumpers up their skill level and prepare for the Wingsuit Sequentials Competition at CSC later this month.

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In addition to our aircraft, we enjoyed jumps from an R44 helicopter, courtesy of Higher Ground Helicopters. We had so much fun, we’re happy to say the helicopter will be back for the upcoming Independence Boogie. We finished off the night with our “Burlesque for Breasts” party with live music in the hangar and the drawing of raffle prizes donated by UPT, Rigging Innovations, Mirage Systems, Merlin Suits, SSK, Flex-Z Goggles, ParaGear, CSC and the Flight Deck Bar & Grill.

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve also enjoyed hosting the first Midwest Skydiving League meet of the season, a Freefly Skills Progression Camp with Simon Bones and a weekend of Flight-1 canopy courses led by Ian Drennan of the PD Factory Team. Our home teams PROskydiving VFS, CSC Survival Instinct, CSC Inferno and CSC Flashpoint have been training and look forward to competing at USPA Nationals in September.

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Patio season is in full swing at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, too. Our Tuesday & Thursday night sand volleyball leagues have been very popular, with teams playing well past sunset and having drinks with friends. We love having such a great vibe in the courtyard and thank our friends for enjoying the summer evenings with us.

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This week, June 24-30, CSC will host a POPS gathering and Accuracy event. Monday through Thursday will focus on a precision accuracy training camp, Friday will be an 10-round open class precision accuracy competition and 3 POPS precision accuracy rounds on Saturday followed by POPS sport accuracy and hit & rock. During the weekend, John Softcheck will be organizing POPS/SOS/JOS/JOES Sequential FS records attempts. A list of the current world records can be found at http://www.thepops.org/world/popsrecords.php and a list of USA and State records at http://www.thepops.org/usa/popsrecords.php. Please join us to set some Illinois records!

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Next weekend June 28-30, CSC will also host the first Wingsuit Sequentials Competition. 4-way wingsuit teams will compete with a new dive pool of docks and formations in this first-of-its kind competition. Zach Schroedel will run the event and we’re pleased to welcome Norm Kent to take some amazing photos.

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Last but not least, we have released the schedules, organizer lists and opened up pre-registration for our two largest events of the season. Please use the following links to learn more about what’s in store for the Independence Boogie July 3-7 and Sisters in Skydiving July 12-14.

We’re going big with the planning of both of these events and can’t wait to show everyone how hard we’ve worked to put it all together. We’ve got specialty aircraft, world-class organizers and photographers and have jumpers from all over the world planning to attend. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it.

For more information about what’s happening, you can check out our events calendars on our website and Facebook page. See you soon!

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Congratulations:
Rodica Piotrowski – A-License
Jarrod Riser – A-License
Steve Kaufmann – Coach Rating
Becky Johns – Coach Rating
Matt Faivre – Coach Rating
Woody – AFF Instrcutor Rating
Matt Toth – AFF Instructor Rating
James Lovaas – AFF Instructor Rating
Mark Snyder – AFF Instructor Rating

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CSC eNews Update | 4.26.2013

Now that the season is picking up, we have moved to a 6 day a week schedule – closed on Tuesdays. This will be in place until Memorial Day, when we are open every day through the end of September. We do have an adjusted schedule this Saturday. We will opening at 10am, following a morning staff workshop with James La Barrie, one of skydiving’s most respected marketing and customer service experts. As we strive to create fun, safe, and exciting experiences for all our guests at CSC, we’re committed to starting the season on the same page as a team. Jumping will begin immediately following so we can enjoy the day.

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Saturday around sunset, we will be celebrating Arbor Day by planting the Hinckley Tree on our grounds. We’ve come a long way in the past few years, and this is one way to honor our roots. We’ll have a short ceremony at 7:00pm as we put the tree in the ground and welcome jumpers who have been part of our family since we were located in Hinckley, IL.

Stick around for live music in the hangar with Hitman Rockband and our first monthly Beer Fine keg party. This season, jumpers who earn beer fines for “firsts”, milestones, licenses, and paying penance for fouls of the beer line will contribute $10 to manifest to be pooled together to purchase kegs for the whole dropzone.

A Canopy Safety Reminder from our S&TA

Let’s kick off the season by respecting the landing rules and maintaining a safe canopy environment. As always, only 90 degree turns in the main landing area during a regular load. Jumpers doing hop and pops may obtain permission to swoop in the main landing area if there will not be other canopies in the air on landing.

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We do have a very large landing area to use, including the area west of the taxiway, so spread out if there is traffic! After last week’s unusually heavy rain, the student area is a bit soggy, so instructors will be discussing landing near the pea pit to gain separation from most other jumpers on the load.

The south landing area is the designated high performance landing area, only to be used by jumpers with a minimum of 1,500 jumps. Courtyard swooping will only be allowed on the last load of the day with prior permission obtained. This is a to help maintain safety of both the jumpers and spectators in that area.

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Upcoming Events

Next week, we kick off one of our most-loved traditions, discount day for experienced jumpers. Beginning May 1, licensed skydivers can enjoy $19 full altitude PAC or Otter jumps every Wednesday!

Saturday, May 4: Spicy Scrambles with CSC Inferno. RW Scrambles organized by one of our very own CSC 4-way teams with lots of fun and great prizes up for grabs from Blue Skies Magazine, SunPath Products and more. All licensed jumpers are welcome to participate. Stick around after jumping for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill.

Friday, May 10: Live Music by Briar Hill at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill.

Friday May 10 – Sunday May 12: Coach Rating Course with Steve Verner. There is still time to sign up. Email Steve at moreratings@hotmail.com. Requirements: 100 jumps minimum, B-License, coach course proficiency card completed.

Sunday, May 12: Special Mother’s Day Brunch at the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, 10am to 2pm. Reservations highly recommended. Call 815.361.3664.

Construction News

We’ve continued to put finishing touches on our amazing facilities with two projects we added this week. In anticipation of a very busy summer, we’ve decided to expand the patio outside the Flight Deck Bar & Grill. This will allow room for more outdoor tables as well as an outdoor bar addition that will serve drinks and quick grilled food options like burgers, hot dogs, kabobs and more.

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We’ve also started building the permanent bonfire area, which will continue to expand as we lay the patio bricks around the pit. We hope this area will grow in a circular way like rings on a tree. If you want to leave your permanent mark on CSC, personalized engraved bricks are available for purchase. Two sizes are available: 4″ x 8″ bricks are $50 and 8″ x 8″ bricks are $100. Contact Woody to purchase a brick.

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Freefall University

Congratulations to Amy Bowen, who earned the first A-License of the 2013 season! We’ve enjoyed having a surge of new students after our free ground school earlier this month and everyone has been doing a great job on their training tandems and solo jumps. We have several students from across the country (even Alaska!) who are currently spending several weeks at CSC while they learn to skydive at FU.

For those who missed our last ground school and are interested in jumping solo, please join us on May 5. We are offering one more free ground school this spring, a $99 savings off the cost of the program. Licensed skydivers or current students may also attend as a refresher course to meet currency requirements. Please sign up online at www.skydivecsc.com/reservations.

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Hope to see many of you this weekend for our Arbor Day Hinckley Tree celebration and to take advantage of the great weather forecast. We’re hoping spring is finally here to stay. See you in the sky!

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