you're reading...
Skydiving, Start Aviation, Start Skydiving Florida, Team Fastrax

Start Skydiving 6 18 2012

News from Start Skydiving:

“Record May @ Start Skydiving”

  • Total No. slots: 5,733
  • Lifts: 413
  • AFF: 278
  • Tandem: 1189
  • Video: 639
  • Handycam: 211
  • Fun jumpers Slots:  1962
  • Start Skydiving Now open 7 days a week!
  • Casa This weekend: 30 people to 13,500 ft in 20 minutes or LESS. We just want you to know Tailgate exits are AWESOME!

  • Kevin O’neil  earned his C-license!  Congratulations, Kevin!
  • Patrick Welsh  earned his A-license!  Congratulations, Patrick!
  • Phillip Volk  earned his A-license!  Congratulations, Phillip!
  • Nate Varns Compled his 4000th Jump!  Congratulations, Nate!

C-license! Congratulations, Kevin O’neil!

A-license! Congratulations, Phillip Volk!

A-license! Congratulations, Patrick Welsh!

Ohio Numbers 11 – 17 June 2012:

  • Slots: 1,248
  • Loads: 80
  • Tandem: 279
  • AFF: 28
  • Fun Jumpers Slots: 544

Skyvan and the guard at sunset. Photo by Julia Nish.

Mel taking a break and working on the tan!

Alex Hart swooping the pond at Land of Illusion. Photo by Lonnie Kirk!

Line Guys Gone Wild!

Alex Hart Swoopin’ at The Farm. Photo By Raymond Adams

Dan Treeman and Gary Holden at Start Skydiving. Photo By Tyler Roemer.

Alex Hart Swoopin’ at The Farm. Photo By Raymond Adams.

Ray Dutch Swoopin’ at The Farm. Photo By Raymond Adams

Craig Armstrong Skydiving in Ohio @ Start Skydiving, Photo By Mel.

Team Fastrax Swoop.

Congratulation Treeman


Skydiver to Jump Ten US Flags in One Day – Largest Flag is 7,800 Square Feet

MIDDLETOWN, OH (June 14, 2012)  Today, Team Fastrax Skydiver, a US Army Veteran, Dan (Treeman) Aukstikalnis will set a world record skydiving with Ten US Flags in a single day.  The largest flag is 7,800 Square Feet, the largest US Flag jumped in the World.  Another flag Dan will jump is 3,500 and was hand made by Team Fastrax Skydiver, former US Army Ranger and Purple Heart recipient Gene Newsom.  Gene cut out every star and strip and sewed it together by hand, a sort of Betsy Ross of Skydiving.  The flags are enormous and beautiful to see in flight.

Today Dan will skydive with one flag every hour on the hour until sunset.  The public is encouraged to come to Start Skydiving at Hook Field Municipal Airport, Middletown, Ohio any time today and watch this Flag Day tribute.  The largest flag will be jumped at 8:00pm/sunset, and the team will attempt to fly 10 flags all at the same time.

On September 11th, 2011, 10 skydivers, including Dan Aukstikalnis from Ohio-based Team Fastrax jumped from an airplane over Hook Field Municipal Airport, Middletown, Ohio and deployed and flew 10 giant U.S. flags.  A tribute is designed to honor the courage of the people who acted in the face of their own peril, the police and firefighters who lost their lives and participated in evacuations of the twin towers, and the courage of the people on flight 93 in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

The skydivers are from Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team, based in Middletown, Ohio. Since the inception of Team Fastrax in 2001, they have performed nearly 1,000 exhibition skydives as far away as Moscow, Russia and Normandy, France.  The team has also jumped over balloon festivals, air shows, NASCAR, Indy Car, symphony performances, golf courses, amusement parks, mall parking lots, tennis courts, Red Bull Air Races and Veteran support events.

Fox19 Video From Flag Day

This weeks Baby Picture Baby Picture: Guess Who?

This Staff Member was thinking:  When I grow up, I want to be a PILOT because it’s a fun job and easy to do. That’s why there are so many PILOTS flying around these days. PILOTS don’t need much school, they just have to learn to read numbers so they can read instruments. I guess they should be able to read road maps too, so they can find their way home if they get lost.

PILOTS should be brave so they won’t get scared if it’s foggy and they can’t see, or if a wing or motor falls off they should stay calm so they’ll know what to do. PILOTS have to have good eyes to see through clouds and they can’t be afraid of lightning or thunder because they are much closer to them than we are.

The salary PILOTS make is another thing I like. They make more money than they know what to do with. This is because most people thing that PLANE flying is dangerous except PILOTS don’t because they know how easy it is. I hope I don’t get airsick because I get car sick and if I get airsick I couldn’t be a PILOT and then I would have to go to work.

Last weeks Baby Picture Baby Picture: Guess Who? Dan Paganini

“The outdoors Life started at a young age for this Start Skydiving Staff member”

Channel 19 FOX WXIX “Pink Survivor Jump participants” Link”

Construction Update @ Start Skydiving!  

There is a lot going on this past week at the DZ.  The painting has been completed and the electric is now operational in all of the rooms.  The HVAC has been delayed as our installer is missing in action.  We hope to have things wrapped up this weekend and have the final inspection on Monday.  The ceiling tiles are scheduled to go in on Tuesday and the flooring Thursday of next week.

Brian Klosterman has the drawings almost completed drawings for the RV park state permits.  Duke Engery will be pulling power to the new location in the next couple of weeks and we will be trenching for all of the hookups right after that.

The new Drop-In Grill is being painted and will be ready for the health inspection this Tuesday.  It will be open the weekend of the 23rd serving from 11am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.  We will open for breakfast the following week.

We are in the process of painting the large FBO hanger with our skydive blue to match our packing hanger.

We paved theshort term parking lot in front of the FBO and signage will be installed indicating short term parking.  Please use our large gravel parking lot on the south side of our large hanger.

Start Skydiving Weather Cam Link

Our new riggers loft with lighting

Our new paved short term FBO parking lot

Jump Institute FJC classroom with lighting

The new Drop-In Grill with a fresh coat of paint

New GoPro Stuff.

2012 Work Stinks! Boogie

Events are emerging for the 2012 Work Stinks! Boogie and you will want to be a part of it!


June 1st through June 31st we will be flying the CASA, Caravan and 206.
July 1st through July 31st we will be flying two Caravans and the 206.
August 1st through Sept 3rd we will be flying the CASA, Caravan and 206.
Sept 4th through Nov 1st we will be flying two Caravans and the 206.

Team Fastrax Swoop will be holding additional canopy courses Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27-29, one course each day. There is an 8 person maximum so register now!

Click here to register for July 27 Canopy Course

Click here to register for July 28 Canopy Course

Click here to register for July 29 Canopy Course


Mark Duber will be holding more Wingsuit First Flight Courses on June 23, July 14, and Oct. 13. Please contact Mark at for more information and to reserve your slot.

Start Skydiving will be hosting a Sisters in Skydiving (SIS) weekend June 30-July 1. We will have RW and freefly coaching and organizing from the ladies of Team Tenacity and world record holder Melanie Johnson. We will also be holding various seminars throughout the weekend and a tiki cookout Saturday evening. This is a great weekend to come out and promote women in the sport and get to know your fellow female skydivers. Coupled with Jump ’til You Drop and the CASA all weekend, this is an event you definitely don’t want to miss!
Click here to register for Sisters in Skydiving weekend


Sergeant Major Gainey enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program in 1974 and entered basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky on 17 June 1975. Since then, he has served in every leadership position from command group gunner to Command Sergeant Major. and most recently as the Command Sergeant Major for The III Armored Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas

Sergeant Major Gainey

On 6 August, 2011, Taliban insurgents shot down a US Military CH-47 Chinook helicopter in the wee hours of the morning as it arrived for a mission in Eastern Afghanistan.

John Faas Foundation

Here are a few good links:

Start Skydiving YouTube
Start Skydiving Live Load List
United States Parachute Association
Start Skydiving Newsletter sign-up

News from Start Skydiving Florida:

Kenzie with Thomas

Anjum Ahmed and Lonnie Kirk at Start Skydiving Florida.

That being said – don’t forget to show support for us by Liking us on Facebook and leaving 5-star reviews on our Google Places page: Start Skydiving Florida. Every little bit helps get our name out there!

News from Team Fastrax:

This Weeks Demo’s:

06 21 2012 HBAGC Golf Outing Elgin, IL

  • John Harth “Rudder” American Flag
  • Gary Holden American Flag
  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Adam Ralston Ground Crew
  • Marshal Orchard Pilot

06 22 2012 The Greene

  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Babs Ground Crew
  • Marshal Orchard Pilot

06 24 2012 Bishop Fenwick Festival 60th Anniversary jump

  • Dan Paganini Tandem Master
  • Bud Prenatt Tandem Master
  • Paul Stanford American Flag
  • Gene Newsom Ground Crew

Last Weeks Demo’s

06 14 2011 American Legion “Flag Day” New Carlisle

  • Scott Stilwill “Gila” American Flag
  • Paul Stanford American Flag
  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Bud Prenatt American Flag
  • Gary Holden Ground Crew
  • Jeff Anderson Pilot

06 14 2011 Start Skydiving “Flag Day” Hook Field Team Fastrax Video By “Brett Dennis”

  • Dan “Treeman” American Flag
  • John Hart American Flag
  • David Hart American Flag
  • Joe Frolick American Flag
  • Jeff Anderson Pilot

Shaun Meadows A disabled veteran and his family are in a new home with the help Operation Finally Home, and many others. Shaun Meadows lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan nearly four years ago. He now gets around with the help of prosthetic legs.  On Thursday, Team Fastrax traveled to Linville, Tennessee located in Giles County about 90 miles south of Nashville for the unveiling of the home. At 01:00pm Shaun proudly Landing at his new house By Parachute and the help of Team Fastrax.
The Meadows’ family officially moves into their new home on Friday.

Shaun Meadows home dedication ceremony Skydive video by John “Rudder” Harth

Shaun Meadows with John Hart Before His New home dedication ceremony. Photo By John Rudder Harth.Team Fastrax, Shaun Meadows, Scott Page and Stephen Page Before Shaun Meadows home dedication ceremony.Team Fastrax, Shaun Meadows, Scott Page and Stephen Page flying to The Drop Zone “Shaun New House”John hart looks at the Spot.Shaun and John Spotting Before the Jump.Just out the Door 2500 AGL “First look at Shaun New House”Shaun Meadows and John hart just after exit from 13500 AGL.Shaun Meadows and John hart 10000 ft above Shaun’s New Home.Shaun Meadows and John hart Just before pull time.Shaun at 500 ft.“Shaun Lands at his new house”Shaun Get a Big Hug from his son Trevor.Shaun Get a Team Fastrax Coin From John. Trevor Meadows, and Wife Nicole Meadows stand Near Shaun


05 18 2012 University of Cincinnati Baseball  Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

05 19 2012 Dayton Dragons Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

Dan Paganini with Team Fastrax prepares to land on the field of Akron University’s Infocision Stadium June 19, 2010 during the LeBron James Appreciation Day rally. Cavs fans were hoping to persuade James in staying with the Cavs during his free agency quest

Upcoming Demos:

  • 06 21 2012 HBAGC Golf Outing Elgin, IL
  • 06 22 2012 The Greene
  • 06 24 2012 Bishop Fenwick Festival 60th Anniversary jump
  • 06 29 2012 Harley Rally in Dayton
  • 06 29 2012 Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Race
  • 06 30 2012 Kentucky Speedway NASCAR (New)
  • 06 30 2012 Honor Veterans Butler County Airport
  • 07 04 2012 Dayton Dragons – 7 pm
  • 07 06 2012 Dayton Airshow Tandem
  • 07 07 2012 4th for our soldiers (New)
  • 07 09 2012 Dayton Defense Golf Outing – 8:00 am
  • 07 12 2012 Celebrity Softball Game (New)
  • 07 13 2012 Ohio Challenge (Night Pyrotechnics)
  • 07 14 2012 Ohio Challenge (Night Pyrotechnics)
  • 07 15 2012 Ohio Challenge
  • 07 21 2012 Tri-State Rhythm and Rib Fest
  • 07 23 2012 NCR Country Club (New)
  • 08 03 2012 Yankee Trace Golf Course (New)
  • 08 17 2012 All Ohio Balloon Fest
  • 08 18 2012 All Ohio Balloon Fest
  • 08 18 2012 478th Golf Outing
  • 08 18 2012 Wounded Warrior Home Dedication Antioch, Illinois
  • 08 24 2012 Piqua High School – 7:00 pm
  • 08 24 2012 Talwanda High School – 7:00 pm
  • 08 24 2012 Yankee Trace Golf Course 
  • 08 25 2012 Dayton Dragons – 7:00 pm
  • 08 31 2012 La Salle Football vs. Covington Catholic 
  • 09 15 2012 Air Force Marathon
  • 09 15 2012 The after party at the Greene 
  • 09 15 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Pittsburgh
  • 09 28 2012 La Salle Football vs. Moeller 
  • 10 06 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Miami Ohio
  • 10 13 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Fordhame
  • 11 03 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Syracuse
  • 11 17 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Rutgers
  • 11 23 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. USF (PYRO JUMP)

Team Fastrax and NY Skyline

Team Fastrax.

News from Start Aviation Services:

Don’t forget to show support for us by Liking us on Facebook and leaving 5-star reviews on our Google Places page: Start Aviation Services Every little bit helps get our name out there!

Start Aviation Services.

Take time to smell the roses @ Start Aviation Services

Sunset At Start Aviation.

The Team Jacob Foundation 

For more information or to make a donation see the Links Below:


Gene Newsom

Start Skydiving & Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team
Middletown Regional | 1711 Run Way Drive | Middletown, Ohio 45042
877GOJUMP2 / 877.465.8672
Click Here For New 9 /11 Memorial Jump 2011
Click Here For Team Fastrax Skydiving Video
Click Here For Team Fastrax documentary
Click Here For 9/11th Memorial Jump in New York

Start Skydiving proudly serves the Skydive Cincinnati, Skydive Columbus, Skydive Dayton, Skydive Cleveland, Skydive Lexington, Skydive Louisville and Skydive Indianapolis areas. Start Skydiving is where Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky go to skydive. If it is your first skydive or you are an experienced skydiver, come skydive with Start Skydiving Ohio. We teach more people to skydive than any other skydiving center in the Midwest. Find out why we are the #1 place to skydive in the world. 


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: