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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!