The Gift Of Human Flight – Diane Starr

Skydive Chicago has teamed up with The Free Fall Foundation to give away a FREE tandem skydive and FREE video package to individuals who want to skydive but simply can’t afford the cost of skydiving.

Diane Starr was nominated by her friend, David Schilling, because of her tireless work ethic.  She is a single mother who works multiple jobs to support her son.  She would never take the time or the money to spend on a skydive and that’s the exact reason she deserves this skydive.  David wanted Diane to feel the experience and freedom of skydiving and she got to do just that!

Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Free Fall Foundation in 2017 to help deliver the dream of skydiving to those in the Greater Chicagoland Area and surrounding communities for those who want to skydive but cannot muster the means to chase their dreams. Just like The Free Fall Foundation, Skydive Chicago believes everyone should feel the experience of skydiving. In fact, that is Skydive Chicago’s goal for all who walk through their doors and into their skies. The family and staff at Skydive Chicago live, work, and play in the world of skydiving because they believe in the freedom, family, and experiences that motivate them to push their boundaries to grow as skydivers and people as they return year after year to continue to give that gift to all who want to be a part of the experience.

If you know someone you think deserves the gift of human flight at Skydive Chicago, click here and nominate your friend or family member today!

Illinois State Women’s Record

Illinois State Women’s Record

On the weekend of August 18-20, 2017, fifty-one women will attempt to achieve the Illinois State Women ‘s Skydiving Record at Skydive Chicago.  in 2013 and 2015, JaNette Lefkowitz of Skydive Chicago’s Rhythm XP skydiving team, successfully organized and achieved the Illinois State Women’s Skydiving Records but JaNette felt there was opportunity and skilled women who would be interest to aim for an even larger record.

This weekends Illinois State Women’s Skydiving Record event will include three-plane jump attempt, a weekend of forging new friendships and countless learning opportunities from the best women in the sport of skydiving.  Women will arrive Thursday evening from all parts of the country.  The weekend will then kick off with dive planning from JaNette Lefkowitz.  Jumping will begin on Friday and continue through the weekend.

The goal for the weekend is to achieve a one-point, fifty-one way record.  This means that fifty-one women will dive out of two planes flying at 18,000 feet, thus requiring oxygen on the ride to altitude, and build a formation that will include linking everyone by hand or leg grips in a specific pattern.

In a sport made up of only 13% women, this is an opportunity for women to set themselves apart from the community and drive home the importance of women in skydiving.  There will also be lectures and speakers from the Women in Skydiving Leadership Network that will focus on empowering women to be leaders in the skydiving community.

Won’t you please join us this weekend as we attempt to complete a record setting set of skydives that will set our state apart in the industry of skydiving as fifty-one skill and competitive women will break records and forge new new steps in equality for women skydivers.

Give The Gift of Human Flight

Give The Gift of Human Flight

Do you remember how it felt when you overcame your fear and how awesome of an experience it was?  Would you like to give that experience to someone else and share the memories with them?

Now you can…

This July, Skydive Chicago and The Freefall Foundation to give away a FREE tandem skydive and FREE video package to two different individuals who want to skydive but simply can’t afford the cost of skydiving.

Simply click on this link and visit The Freefall Foundation’s website.  Tell us why your friend or family member should go on a free tandem skydive.  Tell us who would benefit from the dream and exhilaration of skydiving.  While we would like everyone to be able to skydive for free, this free skydive and video package is focused on those who do not have the funds necessary to pay for the experience.

Nominate your friend or family member today to share the experience of human flight and change a life by opening it up to the possibilities that can shape their future.  Click here to get started now!

The Freefall Foundation was created to provide people who have wanted to skydive or want to overcome obstacles in their life but simply do not have the means to actually go skydive.  They had a a simple dream to share the sky with those who can’t afford it. They did this because skydiving allowed them to realize the amazing potential of the the sport that enriched their lives and turned the edges of life, that were once feared, into the wonderful balconies of life that they enjoy every day in the sky.

Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Freefall Foundation in 2017 to help deliver the dream of skydiving to those in the Greater Chicagoland Area and surrounding communities for those who want to skydive but cannot muster the means to chase their dreams.  Just like The Freefall Foundation, Skydive Chicago believes everyone should feel the experience of skydiving.  In fact, that is Skydive Chicago’s goal for all who walk through their doors and into their skies.  The family and staff at Skydive Chicago live, work, and play in the world of skydiving because they believe in the freedom, family, and experiences that motivate them to push their boundaries to grow as skydivers and people as they return year after year to continue to give that gift to all who want to be a part of the experience.

Air Traffic Control Privatization – How It Affects Our Skies

A Message From The DZO

We are fortunate enough to live in an exciting time. With so much happening around us it’s easy not to realize that there is an important reorganization happening with Air Traffic Control (ATC). If you like skydiving or are a skydiver you want to learn more about proposed bill H.R.2997. This proposal is currently in front of a full House which could privatize air traffic control. This may not seem like a big deal, until that private corporation makes the well-funded airlines the priority and the skydiving operators are left on the ground. Currently the FAA has control over ATC and they follow a ‘first come first serve’ guideline. This means when someone ‘radios ATC’ they have to work you in the order that you call. They can’t deny someone, which is a great system and has worked for years. My biggest fear is that the new private corporation will not follow this guideline and will service the major airlines first. As you know corporations have a strong desire to make money as efficiently as possibly.

Another part of this proposal is user fees. This means that every time you require ATC handling you will have to pay a fee. Let’s say that fee is $2.50 per flight. Multiply that fee by the 9,000 flights we make each year and that equates to $22,500 per year, fees which we in turn will have to pass along to you, the jumpers.

While this proposed bill seems daunting, there is some positive news. Almost every general aviation association is against this proposal, but the fight is far from over and I need your help.

You can help by writing to your congress member and telling them you are against this bill. The United States Parachute Association has drafted a letter to help get you started.

You can find a sample letter HERE or by clicking this link: http://www.uspa.org/Portals/0/files/misc_ATCSampleLetter.pdf

If you need help finding your local representative, click the following link and enter your zip code: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

Time is of the essence as they will be voting soon. I thank you for your help in supporting Skydive Chicago.

~ Rook Nelson, Skydive Chicago CEO

The Gift of Human Flight – Jimmy Ruggeiro

Skydive Chicago has teamed up with The Free Fall Foundation to give away a FREE tandem skydive and FREE video package to individuals who want to skydive but simply can’t afford the cost of skydiving.

Nominated by his boss, Scott Ayers, Jimmy Ruggeiro overcame drug addiction and multiple incarcerations to re-invent himself for both him and his family.  Jimmy works tirelessly these days to build his life around his family and friends and strengthen his life for the future.  Watch him tell his story here and feel the experience as he moves forward to another chapter of his life.

Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Free Fall Foundation in 2017 to help deliver the dream of skydiving to those in the Greater Chicagoland Area and surrounding communities for those who want to skydive but cannot muster the means to chase their dreams. Just like The Free Fall Foundation, Skydive Chicago believes everyone should feel the experience of skydiving. In fact, that is Skydive Chicago’s goal for all who walk through their doors and into their skies. The family and staff at Skydive Chicago live, work, and play in the world of skydiving because they believe in the freedom, family, and experiences that motivate them to push their boundaries to grow as skydivers and people as they return year after year to continue to give that gift to all who want to be a part of the experience.

If you know someone you think deserves the gift of human flight at Skydive Chicago, click here and nominate your friend or family member today!

Skydive Chicago’s Week in Rewind 6.19.17

What an awesome week at Skydive Chicago!

We had so many awesome dives that it was hard to put them all into just four minutes!  Thanks to everyone who came out this week and shared in all the fun.  We had wingsuits, free fly fun, vertical 16-ways, relative work 4, 8 and 16-ways and a bunch of other silliness and awesomeness. Take a moment and watch all the fun right here and we will see you soon!

Skydive Chicago’s Week In Rewind 6.2.17

What a fantastic week at Skydive Chicago!  We had amazing weather, great jumps, and MWSL Meet and a Starved Rock Resource Center Car Show For Kids and Fly In.  Thanks to everyone who came out to share in all our family and fun! See you all soon!

Skydive Chicago’s Week In Review – Memorial Day

Thanks to everyone who came out to Memorial Day Boogie and Weekend last week.  We had a great time, as you can see!  Take a peek at this week’s video edit and get ready for this weekend’s warm weather, fun and friends.  Take care and see you all soo

The Gift of Human Flight – McKenah Childress

Skydive Chicago has teamed up with The Free Fall Foundation to give away a FREE tandem skydive and FREE video package to individuals who want to skydive but simply can’t afford the cost of skydiving.

Nominated by her friend, Kristin Runion Lovings, McKenah Childress was recently chosen to receive the free experience of skydiving. McKenah recently lost her brother to a battle with depression. Part of her recovery was a desire to overcome her fear and what better way to that than to jump out of an airplane. Watch her tell her story and feel the experience with her as she embarks on a whole new chapter of her life.

Skydive Chicago is partnering with The Free Fall Foundation in 2017 to help deliver the dream of skydiving to those in the Greater Chicagoland Area and surrounding communities for those who want to skydive but cannot muster the means to chase their dreams. Just like The Free Fall Foundation, Skydive Chicago believes everyone should feel the experience of skydiving. In fact, that is Skydive Chicago’s goal for all who walk through their doors and into their skies. The family and staff at Skydive Chicago live, work, and play in the world of skydiving because they believe in the freedom, family, and experiences that motivate them to push their boundaries to grow as skydivers and people as they return year after year to continue to give that gift to all who want to be a part of the experience.

If you know someone you think deserves the gift of human flight at Skydive Chicago, click here and nominate your friend or family member today!

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