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Old 04-05-2005   #1 (permalink)
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>500 miles/hour

Hello PlayaPeeps,
I am visiting for the 1st time in May and really really want to try skydiving but I had to talk to hubby first.After telling him my greatest desire he grabbed a pad and pen and proceeded to the dining room. Odd to some perhaps, but not me I've seen this behavior before. After about ten minutes he returned with a formula about a 1/2 page long with the answer to a question I did not ask . How fast would I hit the ground if the shoot did'nt open . You guessed it about 568 miles/hour. Well I could have strangled him, trying to rain on my parade.
Well the jokes on him I still want to go but I need some info. Does anyone know the weight limit for a tandem jump(sp?) and what is the price. I have someone traveling with us thats also interested and info is greatly appreciated.
P.S. Thanks to everyone on this site I ahve found it entertaining and informative you peeps are grrreaat...
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Old 04-05-2005   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know the wieght limit. And if the price is not on the web site I won't know that either. However this I do know:
"By diving or "standing up"in free fall, any experienced skydiver can learn to reach speeds of over 160-180MPH. Speeds of over 200MPH require significant practice to achieve. The record free fall speed, done without any special equipment, is 321MPH. Obviously, it is desirable to slow back down to 110MPH before parachute opening."

If you can get to 500mph you will be a world record holder.
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Since you hubby rained on your parade, let me open up an umbrella. Terminal velocity for a freefalling skydiver is generally accepted to be between 53 m/s to 76 m/s. That converts to between 119 mph and 170 mph. See, that's not so bad!!! Forget the umbrella, I hope your chute opens!

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Old 04-05-2005   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by PhilaRN
Hello PlayaPeeps,
I am visiting for the 1st time in May and really really want to try skydiving but I had to talk to hubby first.After telling him my greatest desire he grabbed a pad and pen and proceeded to the dining room. Odd to some perhaps, but not me I've seen this behavior before. After about ten minutes he returned with a formula about a 1/2 page long with the answer to a question I did not ask . How fast would I hit the ground if the shoot did'nt open . You guessed it about 568 miles/hour. Well I could have strangled him, trying to rain on my parade.
Well the jokes on him I still want to go but I need some info. Does anyone know the weight limit for a tandem jump(sp?) and what is the price. I have someone traveling with us thats also interested and info is greatly appreciated.
P.S. Thanks to everyone on this site I ahve found it entertaining and informative you peeps are grrreaat...
I don't know the weight limit but the cost is $200 pp for tandem through Skydive Playa and be sure to book your jump through this site so you can get your free Skydive t-shirt and certificate. If you were to call directly you would be given the exact same price and you don't get the T-shirt free.
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Old 04-05-2005   #5 (permalink)
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Two factors compete in this, I think. Earth gravity accelerates a falling body at about 32 feet per second squared, if I remember the high school physics. But, atmospheric drag retards the acceleration, producing a much longer wait for impact at a much slower speed than might seem at first.

Didn't Bumper recently post something wise about the merits of voluntarily leaving a perfectly good aircraft? Can't seem to find it on the spur of the moment now.
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One guest of ours weighing in (I'm told by another member of his party) at 260 lbs was told he was over the weight limit of 230, although later it seemed that he was told it was not out of the question for him to do such a jump on a sufficiently windy day.

I do not pretend to know what the last part means (although I'm sure some of you out there must). I am only reporting this for the sake of the forum.

Ba-dum!

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Old 04-05-2005   #7 (permalink)
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Your hubbies calculations uses simple Newtownian physics that do not take into account air resistance. If you neglect air resistance a drop at 10,000 feet would indeed see you hit the ground at, my quick calculation, of 547 miles per hour. Dale and Micheal are correct in the situation of a sky diver you need to account for air resistance which is some what difficult unless you know the diver's exact mass and the crossectional area that is falling perpendicular to the ground. But, I trust thier numbers as they seem reasonable.

Bottom line is in favor of your hubbie, either way if your shoot doesn't open, you are as good as dead...............so go do it anyway.
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Next year ...junping is on my list of must.....I love the video James has in multimedia....getting down under 230 its been a while.
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OK Peeps,
Hubby just got home from rugby practice and I just saw the responses to my posts. So to be smart I yelled down to hubby and asked if he took the air resistance into account and his immediate response was " How about 140" So much for me mouthing off . hubby likes to flaunt his Physics degree over my lowly assosciates in nursing , although I don't know how his degree helps with bouncing.
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You better keep an eye on him. He knew about air resistance the entire time but opted out with the easier (and more to his point) number...............
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Old 04-05-2005   #11 (permalink)
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Lol
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Just like to point out that someone calling himself Tonydead [my emphasis] is providing this information!

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Hey, R-berg, if she gets jinks it is all about that last comment you made and nothing about what name I go by.

I'm just giving information on physical laws and mathematics (because that is what I know, not so much about Playa like everyone else).

Really PhilaRN the safety factors are so high it is probably as safe as the airplane ride your are going to take getting there, just check out the company I'm sure they are reputable.

Just for that R-burg I'm going to crash you party in a couple of days.

See you soon.
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Old 04-06-2005   #14 (permalink)
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I'm sure you're right. Just funnin' with ya. Or rather with your username in conjunction with this particular topic, at least.

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Skydive Playa was very professional and upstanding when we were there. My 2 sons both jumped along with their girlfriends and I felt completely at ease on the ground. All of their jumpers have over 10,000 jumps and their instruction before the jump is top notch. The gentle landing on the beach was crucial because both boys were 6 weeks out of knee surgery.

GO FOR IT!!!! You will not regret it. The kiddos smiled for weeks afterwards.
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