|Wendy won the coin toss to be strapped to Konrad...|
After some on-the-ground training, Wendy got suited up for her jump. Because they had arranged for it to be video recorded, they would not have been able to fit everyone into the one plane, so Wendy went first.
|Jumpsuits are quite slimming...|
|Getting the harness prepared - the weather was gorgeous|
|Ready to get in the 1956 Cessna 182|
Wendy found that the aircraft was both incredibly hot and incredibly close. At least she was sitting in Konrad's lap the whole time...
|Close quarters in the aircraft on the way to 10,600 ft|
|And away they go!|
Mark and Jason ran their still cameras at about 5 frames per second the whole time in free fall (about 35 seconds), so there were a lot of frames to see. He and Jason also recorded on video the whole time.
|Half a second from the plane|
|Jason scrambles out to catch up to them (they will soon reach 200 km/hr)|
|Konrad pulls a drogue chute to slow down, so Mark and Jason can catch up for pictures|
|This is the 'money shot' (notice Konrad's face in the wind)|
|Breaking formation and ready to pull the chute (Dundas Quarry below)|
|Chute deployed - check out the effect of the wind on Wendy|
|Wendy says the noise suddenly stopped and all was peaceful|
|8 minutes later, it is almost over|
|Coming in for a butt landing (on purpose)|
|And she arrives safely back to Dundas|
|Perfect landing, no injuries|
|Wendy receiving her first skydive certificate|
|Chris (Mel's trainer), Mel, Wendy, and Konrad after a successful day|
After landing, we asked Wendy if she would do it again - she said "no", even though she had a wonderful time and wasn't nervous at all. The worst part was being in the small plane (she hates flying), but there was no real sense of falling while in free fall or on the chute since the ground didn't really move very much as you were heading toward it.
Apparently, Adam now wants to go (we kept him apprised of the jumps by text).
Mark prepared a DVD video (with music), but it would be difficult to post it on YouTube and link it to this post as I have done in the past. I have added the video in a 'blogger video container', but this might not work on some systems. It also is quite low resolution. Try this first and see if it works, then go to plan B if necessary. For plan B, I have also provided the video as the original .mp4 file and it is available to download from the two different links below. These files are at a higher resolution than the embedded video below. You might be able to download it and play it directly on your computer or mobile device. I'll cross my fingers.
Alternate download links (if you can't see the video) :