First and foremost, CSC would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who visited our new facilities during our Independence Boogie. From July 4 – 9, we had nothing but great weather and great fun at the dropzone. Skydivers came from across the country to enjoy the event and we’re thrilled to hear how much everyone loved the place. Experienced jumpers, organizers and representatives from skydiving manufacturers with decades in the sport agreed we threw an amazing event and CSC is undoubtedly an industry leader in the making.
Here’s a little recap video to enjoy.
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We had more than 120 registered boogie attendees and over the course of the event, close to 2,300 skydives were made at CSC! In addition to our Twin Otter and PAC 750, jumpers also enjoyed a SkyVan and Helicopter over the weekend. It was great to see planes turning everyday and a constant stream of parachutes coming back down. Boogies can continue to happen because of the support of experienced jumpers and we’re thrilled so many of you made the trip to CSC to jump with our guest organizers and enjoy the company of our regulars. We couldn’t host these great events without you. We hope you enjoyed visiting our new dropzone. Let us know what you thought of our facilities, staff, aircraft and event on Yelp or Google.
Our guest organizers were a hit during this boogie. Huge thanks to Lyle Presse and Sandy Grillet for organizing fun and challenging RW jumps and big ways throughout the week. Simon “Bones” Palacio gave the freeflyers a challenge with some Illinois head-up state record attempts and a sit-fly speedstar competition. And we can’t forget Zach Sabel and Lee “Kiwi” Hamilton from SkyVenture Colorado – these boys coached both new and experienced freeflyers, organized hybrids and VFS fun jumps and even gave some lucky CSC jumpers free tunnel time in a duck drop! Congratulations to the “lucky ducks” Kristin Miller, Andy Metcalfe, Erica Piotrowski and Mario Maradiaga.
Our awesome vendors braved the heat to help jumpers demo gear, answer questions about products and even make time for some fun jumps! Huge thanks to UPT, SunPath, Aerodyne and Precision Aerodynamics for spending the week at CSC.
One of the highlights of the event was something we’ve been working toward and looking forward to since last fall. After months of construction, we finally celebrated our official grand opening on July 7. The morning started with the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce hosting a “ribbon swooping” ceremony outside our hangar as the first load of jumpers for the day took off in our Twin Otter. Jason Anderson and Peggy Friday from the Chamber, Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson, IL Representative Bob Pritchard, IL Senator Tim Bivins, Mark Delhotal of Rochelle Municipal Airport and Mike Wood and Doug Smith of CSC offered words of welcome to the crowd. We all then enjoyed exciting skydiver landings and seeing a huge American Flag fly through the Rochelle skies.
We were so proud to show off the business we’ve been building and will enjoy for years to come. The City of Rochelle, the airport and our government representatives offering their support means the world to us and we’re thankful we were able to celebrate this milestone in such great company.
To thank our boogie-goers for hanging out with us, we threw an amazing party on Saturday night. We’ll pat ourselves on the back for this one. We had hoped the construction would be finished on our new restaurant, the Flight Deck Bar & Grill, but we weren’t quite able to have the kitchen ready to serve food yet. We still filled the space with tables and had dinner catered for the crowd. After enjoying an awesome family-style meal, and of course free beer, we gathered everyone in the hangar for a champagne toast. Though Doug will never admit it, we loved hearing our DZO offer up a slightly teary-eyed toast. Mike Wood is our COO and was also the general contractor on the construction project and raised his glass to invite us, and future generations of skydivers, to enjoy CSC for years to come.
So now what do you do with a bunch of skydivers who’ve had hours of free alcohol? You party! We had a live performance in our hangar by Libido Funk Circus, Chicago’s premiere party band. They played great music and we danced well into the early morning hours.
Events Coming Up
There is plenty more in store the rest of July and in August.
Saturday, July 21: CSC’s Christmas in July party to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of America. Any jumper who donates a toy or game, will receive $10 off the first jump of the day. That offer goes for both experienced jumpers and unlicensed tandem students! That afternoon, we’ll be making it “snow” in the landing area by flying a low pass to drop 144 ping pong balls over a target. Buy a ball for $2 and take your chances at winning some awesome prizes: CSC merch from the PROShop, Liquor & Wine gift certificates and Flight Deck Bar & Grill gift certificates. Stick around after jumping for a holiday style pot luck & white elephant gift exchange. Please bring a gift ($15 value) and a dish to share if you’d like to participate.
Friday – Sunday, July 27-29: CRW Basics Camp. CSC is pleased to invite world record holder Jim Rasmussen and his teammates to our dropzone to lead a beginners CRW (Canopy Relative Work) camp. There will be a class on Friday evening beginning after 5:30. The cost is $25. We’ll have plenty of CRW gear available for rental at a very low cost of $20 for the entire weekend. Jumpers will be responsible for the cost of their own slots. This is a great opportunity to try out a new discipline under very experienced leadership. Anyone interested should call our manifest office at 815.561.3663 to register. We’ll need to know your weight so we can be sure we have the proper canopies to stay in the 1.1 – 1.4 wingloading range.
Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12: CSC hosts world-famous freeflyer and organizer Luis Prinetto. He’ll be here for the weekend to organize awesome jumps. CSC is covering his coaching fee and slots, so this event is no charge to experienced jumpers. Don’t miss out on a chance to fly with a great skydiver on our dime!
Friday – Sunday, August 24-26: Todd Hawkins Big Way Camp at CSC. Participation in the event will be limited to jumpers with sufficient experience to safely and consistently jump in a large group. Jumpers who participated in last year’s 16-way+ camp automatically qualify as do jumpers who were invited to the Mission Impossible challenge. Referrals welcomed. If you would like to be considered for an invite please contact Brian Darnell at email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to jump with a national champion, world meet medalist, former member of Arizona Airspeed and Perris Fury as well as Sector Captain for the upcoming Dubai 500-Way World Record. Todd will design the dives, jump with us and perform serious debriefing. We will have two planes flying and the price for the event is a $30 registration fee which includes dinner and beer/soda on Saturday night.
You can always find out what we’re up to on Facebook and see our entire events schedule on our website. We also tweet daily weather and flight reports. Anyone can have these updates sent directly to your phone via text message each morning. Simply text “Follow @cscweather” to the number 404-04. You’ll receive the messages even if you do not have a twitter account.
New this season, you can also see when we’re flying via our Live Departures viewer. departures.skydivecsc.com is linked directly to our manifest system and updates in real-time. You’ll know if we’re flying, how many empty slots are left on a load, how long your call time is and can double check that your whole group is on the load. We originally designed this to be a resource to our regular fun jumpers, but many others have found it useful on questionable weather days or while waiting to jump after a tandem orientation class.
- Patrick Talley: A-License
- Nestor Orjuela: A-License
- Forrest Hyler: 100 jumps
- Mike Tunney: 100 jumps
- Sabina Kotarba: 100 jumps
- Tim Hunckler: 500 jumps
- Rod Houart: 500 jumps
Please note we will tentatively be closed on Monday, July 30 for a much-deserved staff outing. We will resume normal hours and jumping operations on Tuesday the 31st.
The next big announcement will be the opening of the Flight Deck Bar & Grill. We’re very close to putting the final touches on the construction of the restaurant and look forward to inviting everyone out to give it a try and enjoy a cold beer while we watch jumpers land. We’ll see you soon.
-The CSC Team