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Start Skydiving 7 03 2012

News from Start Skydiving:

  • Start Skydiving Now open 7 days a week!

During hot weather, remember to stay hydrated, use sunscreen and stay in shady areas when possible. If you “stop” sweating or suffer from a strong headache, get help.

R. Jack Wolf
Operations/Safety Director
Middletown Regional Airport


  • Cameron Caldwell earned his D-license!  Congratulations, Cameron!
  • Kailie Duncan Compled her 50th Jump!  Congratulations, Kailie!
  • Dana Mueller Compled her 300th Jump!  Congratulations, Dana!
  • James Webb attended Wingsuit First Flight Course!  Congratulations, James!
  • Anderson Bell attended Wingsuit First Flight Course! Congratulations, Anderson!
  • John Farneth attended Wingsuit First Flight Course! Congratulations, John!
  • Garrett Hoffar earned his D-license!  Congratulations, Garrett!
  • Emilee Langenkamp  earned her A-license!  Congratulations, Emilee!
  • Kathrine Kelczewski  earned her A-license!  Congratulations, Emilee!
  • Andy Kelly Compled his 100th Jump!  Congratulations, Andy!
  • Sara Winkler Compled her 100th Jump!  Congratulations, Sara!
  • Joan Esson Compled her 2000th Jump!  Congratulations, Joan!
  • Kyle Eaton earned his A-license!  Congratulations, Kyle!

A-license! Congratulations, Kyle!

D-license! Congratulations, Cameron!

50th jump! Congratulations, Kailie!

300th Jump! Congratulations, Dana!

A-license! Congratulations, Emilee!

A-license! Congratulations, Kathrine!

Ohio Numbers 25 June – 1 July 2012:

  • Slots: 1533
  • Loads: 100
  • Tandem: 342
  • AFF: 35
  • Fun Jumpers Slots: 633

Hybrid fun.  Photo by Brad Hunt

1st SiS Weekend.  Photo by Eric BoergerHappy 100th jump Sarah Winkler!“Flag Jump”

“Sister in Skydiving Girls”“Sister in Skydiving Speed Star”Dana What Goes Around Comes Around Like a Hula Hoop !!!

“Tiki bar”“Sister in Skydiving Girls at Start Skydiving”Doug’s all Ready“Old Greensburg Crew at Start Skydiving”The UK Wildcat made his first jump!  Photo by Kyle Whittier

“A-license Check Dive”

Clark Bockelman, with his head in the clouds on Sunset jump

Congratulation Treeman

SKYDIVER TRIBUTE TO US FLAG ON FLAG DAY – “WORLD RECORD”

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 Photo from the Past?

This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen.

Last weeks Photo from the Past? KYLE

“Don’t hate me cause I’m pretty, hate me cause I’m prettier than you



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.

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

We paved the short 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 paved short term FBO parking lot

Old FJC classroom with lighting

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

“New Ice Cream”


2012 Work Stinks! Boogie

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

AIRCRAFT FOR 2012:


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.

CANOPY CONTROL COURSES – JULY 27, 28 & 29
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

WINGSUIT FIRST FLIGHT COURSES

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

SALUTING OUR MILITARY:

SSgt Edward E. Lightle

SSgt Edward E. Lightle served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1977.  SSgt Lightle served as a Personnel Chief at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, NJ from 1972 to 1974, two years of sea duty aboard the U.S.S. Newport News and the U.S.S. Independence, and the remainder of his career at Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, VA.  SSgt Lightle received two meritorious promotions, a “Marine of the Year” award, and the highest scores in Marine Corps physical fitness tests.

SSgt Edward E. Lightle


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.


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News from Team Fastrax:

This Weeks Demo’s:

07 04 2012 Dayton Dragons

  • Bud Prenatt American Flag
  • Paul Stanford American Flag
  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Jeff Anderson Pilot

07 04 2012 July 4 event with Symphony

Dan Paganini arrive at The Highlands Golf Course in Elgin, Ill., on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Photo By Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media

Veteran Nick Mapson, center, greets members of the Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team as his wife Jackie, right, hugs Rita Unzner, executive director, Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, after learning that they will receive a free house, during a ceremony at The Highlands Golf Course in Elgin, Ill., on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Photo By Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media

Last weeks Demo’s:

06 29 2012 Harley Ralley in Dayton

  • Dan Paganini American Flag
  • Joe Frolick Streamer
  • Babs Ground Crew
  • Jeff Anderson Pilot

06 29 2012 Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Race

  • Bud Prenatt American Flag
  • Alex Hart  Swoop
  • Ray Dutch Swoop
  • Paul Stanford American Flag
  • Kyle Sward Ground Crew
  • Marshal Orchard Pilot

06 30 2012 Amelia, OH 04 July Party

  • Dan Paganini Pyro
  • David Hart Pyro
  • Babs Ground Crew
  • Marshal Orchard Pilot

06 30 2012 Honor Veterans Butler County Airport

  • Joe Frolick American Flag
  • David Hart American Flag
  • Sherri Balmer Ground Crew
  • Marshal Orchard Pilot

06 30 2012 Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

  • Bud Prenatt American Flag
  • John Harth Video Swoop
  • Fang American Flag
  • Ray Dutch Swoop
  • Paul Stanford American Flag
  • Kyle Sward Ground Crew
  • Sherri Balmer Ground Crew
  • 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.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 Get a Team Fastrax Coin From John. Trevor Meadows, and Wife Nicole Meadows stand Near Shaun

TEAM VIDEO’S:

04 05 2012 Dayton Dragons Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

04 15 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

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

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

06 14 2012 Start Skydiving “Flag Day” Hook Field Team Fastrax Video By “Brett Dennis”

06 14 2012 American Legion “Flag Day” New Carlisle Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

06 30 2012 Kentucky Speedway 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:

  • 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.


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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. 


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