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Start Skydiving 08 19 2013

News from Start Skydiving:

 Ohio Numbers  12 – 18  August 2013:

        Slots:  1732
        Loads: 134
        Tandem:  528
        AFF: 27
        Fun Jumpers Slots: 366

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IMG951389A-license! Congratulations, Peter Bedrosian

1146609_10151545727927097_520200455_nHappy 100th Jump, Jordan!

Skydive ColumbusA-license! Congratulations, Joe Bernicke at Start Skydiving. Skydiving CincinnatiHappy 1000th Jump, Chris!

Tandem SkydiveHappy 1000th Jump, Harvey! Photo by Melanie Johnson at Start Skydiving.


Vector/Sigma Tandem Certification Course

To help your pursuit of becoming a full time skydiver, Start Skydiving offers the Vector/Sigma Tandem Certification Course, this course is for those of you who wish to become tandem Instructors. Course start’s Friday Sept 6th at 5:00PM. Contact Gene at if you are interested.

Each candidate is required to arrive at this course with all prerequisites completed, as specified on the Tandem Instructor Proficiency Card, This classroom, training, and evaluation for this course

Practical:  Candidates for the USPA Tandem Instructor rating will be evaluated during the course for their ability to jump equipment and safely prepare and handle tandem students during actual tandem jumps with simulated students

Initial tandem evaluation phase.
The candidate will make five tandem jumps using tandem equipment under the supervision of the USPA Tandem Rating Course Director Practice tandem phase: The candidate will make a minimum of five more tandem jumps acting as the instructor with qualified experienced jumpers acting as students.

Non-Method-specific training evaluations.
Candidates will successfully train, observe, and critique at least one Category D to be preformed by the course director during the course (waived for instructors who hold a USPA Instructor rating in another discipline).

Written exam.
Prior to attending the course, each candidate must correctly answer 80% of the questions on an open-book examination covering
This syllabus
The complete ISP syllabus
The USPA Basic Safety Requirements
SIM section 5


“Work Stinks Boogie Video

Mark your calendars! Only 2 months until the Work Stinks Boogie! Leave your suit and tie at home and come out and JUMP during Labor Day Weekend!! Aug 28th – Sept 2nd! Check out our ad in the current issue of Parachutist… See you there! “Registration Link”

Events are emerging for the 2013 Work Stinks! Boogie and you will want to be a part of it! We are limiting the participants to 500 this year so we can manage the event and ensure the safety of our patrons.

Aircraft slots will be $23.00 for the event  267 slots of lift per hour

  • 1- CASA 312 Tailgate seats 31 (3 loads per hour)
  • 1- Otter seats 23 (three loads per hour)
  • 1- Grand Caravan seats 17 (three loads per hour)
  • 1- Caravan seats 15  (three loads per hour)

2- R44 Helicopter slots are $60.00 if there are 3 people on the load and $89.00 if there are 2 people on the load. You must pre-manifest from 8am to 12pm Sat & Sun and Purchase helicopter jumps ONLINE.

RW Organizing
Big ways 30-40-50 with World Record Organizer Guy Wright and other special guests
4-10 ways with the ladies on Team Tenacity
Norman Kent will be documenting the event and will be available for private videos.

Free-Fly Organizing
Organizing of all skill levels with Jimmy T, Tom Baker and World Record Holder Melanie Johnson
10-20 ways with Brad Hunt

We are happy to announce that Full Service will be back on Friday evening. On Saturday evening, we will have live entertainment, a great BBQ meal and the Selection.Com Fastrax pyrotechnic aerial display and ground launched fireworks show.  A show you will never forget.

We will have gear representives on location providing demo equipment available to those who are looking to try out some new stuff.

We have a dedicated FREE camping area that has a bonfire pit for your enjoyment. We also have 20 RV hookups for the event ($100 for the event). The hookups are on a first come basis, so reserve them early through our online store. There is a $25.00 camper permit fee for all campers not using electric.

Shower Trailer
We will be bringing in an eight-bay shower trailer to compliment our three showers already at the DZ.

Register online and all you have to do is walk up to our VIP lane, pick up your packet, and have your rig checked by our rigger. You can place money on your account before you arrive and START Skydiving!

Registration  is $45.00 and includes your Saturday meal ticket, t-shirt, one lift ticket, and your Fast Slots card if you register before June 30th. Registration after June 30th will include all of the same items aside from the lift ticket.


SkydiveBalloon Fest Photo by Lonnie Kirk at Start Skydiving.

skydiving in IndianaShawn and Paul searched Far and Wide for the lost canopy. Photo by Julia Nish Wignall with Paul Wignall at Start Skydiving. Skydive XeniaThat’s a mighty big smile Photo by Mel with Phillip Volk at Start Skydiving.

skydiving in ohioCarmen!!! Photo by Mel with Carmen at Start Skydiving. skydiving warren countyZeke lays out over the city. Photo by Melanie Johnson with Zeke Allmon at Start Skydiving.

Tony Ryan“Tony Ryan Alex and Tom on Tony’s 1st AFF”

Full Scale Assault - Celebrity BowfishingTony Ryan and Caden Gebhard all Ready for 1st AFF.Start Skydiving Florida Clint prepares to throw the drogue. Photo by Tom Baker at Start Skydiving.

Start SkydivingSgt. First Class (Ret.) Dana Bowman exits the plane. Check out his story at Photo by Melanie Johnson at Start Skydiving.Skydiving Ohio This jump is On FIRE! Photo by Alex Hart with Tom Baker at Start Skydiving. Skydive IndianapolisBen Pace and his daughter train for the Amazing Race. Photo by Rob Baumann with Paul Wignall at Start Skydiving  


 Tandem jumpEdith Pratt celebrated her 80th Birthday with a skydive and lots of support from family and friends. Photo by Melanie Johnson at Start Skydiving. 

Melissa Losekamp 012“Nice View”


SALUTING OUR MILITARY:  Sergeant Peter S. Cimpoes


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Peter S. Cimpoes, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 11 October 2012 during combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States as a Reconnaissance Surveillance Target Acquisition Technician for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant Cimpoes selflessly and with no regard for his own personal safety, maneuvered himself onto the targeted compound engaging multiple enemy combatants and was responsible for saving the lives of fellow rangers and turning the tide of the engagement. While under effective direct enemy fire, Sergeant Cimpoes engaged enemy combatants within a range of one meter, simultaneously regaining the initiative while conducting intense combat by throwing two grenades and suppressing the enemy allowing the assault force to fall back and evacuate members of the assault force who were critically wounded. Sergeant Cimpoes’ distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, this Command and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Sergeant Cimpoes distinguished himself through exceptionally valorous achievement on 11 October 2012 as a Reconnaissance Surveillance Target Acquisition Technician while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 11 October 2012, the Strike Force conducted an off-set infiltration for a Joint Task Force raid targeting a known enemy, in Ghazni Province. Upon infiltration, the Assault Force conducted a foot patrol to the targeted compound. Throughout the movement to the target compound, a report confirmed that one insurgent was moving around the rooftop of building A. During planning, the Assault Force identified this particular building as follow-on because it was a historical compound of interest associated with insurgent activity. Because of the significant movement in the A series, the Assault Force took a tactical pause at the release point in order to get the best situational awareness of both target compounds. Once the assault force received the call that the one enemy combatant had moved back internal of the A series, the assault force went ahead and set in isolation for both the A series and the B series as planned. Once isolation was set, first squad and the Afghan Special Operations Partners prepared to conduct a silent clearing of the B series. The Afghan Partners entered and cleared the B series first with a Ranger Squad Leader immediately following. Once the targeted compound was clear and secure, the assault force moved to post assault activities, was able to determine that the information received matched our target development and was enough to move to and clear the A series compound. At that time, the Afghan Partners and the remainder of the assault force moved to the A series. As the assault force approached the A series, another Ranger Squad Leader and his isolation element were engaged with direct fire by multiple enemy combatants throughout the compound at distances as close as one meter to five meters. Immediately after contact was made, the assault force sustained two urgent surgical casualties on the first floor rooftop of building A. Without hesitation, Sergeant Cimpoes quickly climbed up a ladder positioned on the south side of the A series, directly in line with the enemy fire. Sergeant Cimpoes placed himself under direct fire and simultaneously engaged three heavily armed enemy combatants barricaded on the second floor of the targeted compound. Sergeant Cimpoes’ heroic actions at distances ranging from one to five meters from a heavily armed and barricaded enemy were critical to securing our casualties and ultimately lead to the decisive point in the operation. By putting himself in the line of fire, Sergeant Cimpoes began to make head way at gaining the advantage over the enemy simultaneously closing the distance between him and the two casualties. After linking up with Staff Sergeant Herd on the rooftop, Sergeant Cimpoes identified the first enemy combatant lying next to Sergeant MacPherson and engaged him. As soon as he established a base of fire and gained fire superiority, Sergeant Cimpoes called out to and identified Private First Class Pesce who was critically wounded only feet from the breach point where the enemy was still engaging. With little to no regard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Cimpoes moved to secure Private First Class Pesce in order to pull him out of the kill zone, which ultimately saved his life. After dragging Private First Class Pesce to safety, he called out to Sergeant MacPherson. Sergeant Cimpoes responded that Sergeant MacPherson was hit, and that he was located immediately in front of the breach where the enemy combatant was engaging from only feet away. Sergeant Cimpoes made a split second and selfless decision to make his way to Sergeant MacPherson and move him to safety. He identified a second barricaded shooter located just inside the breach point and engaged and killed the combatant. Sergeant Cimpoes continued to protect the breach point in order to secure Sergeant MacPherson and almost instantly, he identified and engaged a third enemy combatant attempting to crawl to a position of advantage further inside the room. Sergeant Cimpoes pulled out a grenade and threw it into the bravo level of building A. Sergeant Cimpoes employed another grenade and continued to provide suppressive fires which enabled two members of the assault force to maneuver the two critically wounded casualties down to other members of the assault force in the alley. As a result of the employment of the hand grenades, Sergeant Cimpoes was able to tip the scales in favor of the Assault Force as they began to gain the momentum necessary to safely withdraw the two critically wounded Rangers who were within feet of two armed, barricaded, and heavily armed combatants with a clear position of advantage. Sergeant Cimpoes voluntarily risked hi life to establish a clear foothold and extract two seriously wounded Rangers in clear line of fire with multiple enemy combatants. Once the call was made to push back for a kinetic option on the A series, Sergeant Cimpoes placed himself with a base of fire element and continued to provide suppressive fire allowing the Casualty Collection Point enough time and freedom of maneuver to move to the casualty evacuation zone and extract the two urgent surgical casualties. The remainder of the assault force continued to maneuver back to the designated fallback position while being covered by Sergeant Cimpoes and other members of the Assault Force. Once the kinetic strike was complete, the Assault Force moved to the exfil helicopter-landing zone and returned to the forward operating base. During an engagement with an enemy that held multiple advantageous positions, Sergeant Cimpoes’ valorous actions saved the lives of two members of the assault force and directly contributed to the Assault Force’s ability to defeat a determined enemy and evacuate two critical casualties. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Sergeant Cimpoes displayed courage under fire and outstanding leadership. Sergeant Cimpoes’ actions and leadership reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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

News from Start Skydiving Florida:


DCIM100GOPROAdelle Molnar jumps with Clint Leighton at Start Skydiving Florida. 

DCIM100GOPROSteven Hart a Start Skydiving Florida.

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News from Team Fastrax:

06 14 2013 Independence HallIMG_78001000 Ft Above LZ Photo by John Hart..

Demo JumpDavid, Rudder, Bud, Robin, Babs, Josh, Rob, Heater and Gem.  US ArmyTeam Fastrax at All Ohio Balloon FestivalTeam Fastrax“Bud and Dragon’s Fan”

parachute teamI want to thank Skydiver’s Dan (Treeman) Aukstikalnis and Scott Gila Stilwell for being kind enough to pose with our girls! (We were on a field trip to Philly from Babylon, NY (Long Island) I was able to take a couple of pictures of you guys coming down. (photo by Flo Siemsen) Delta ForceThis was a wonderful surprise for our kids who were on a field trip here in Philly, to see this great view in the sky! I’m glad I had my camera ready!” (photo by Flo Siemsen) exhibition parachute jumps

“Great Photo of Dan”Green BeretSuccessful test jump: Downplane with flag John Hart and Rudder.

IMG_9034“Group Photo with Leroy Petry, Team Fastrax, Dana, Darrin  and USMC Honor Guard”

 Demo JumpAnother day at the office with Babs Waguespack, Gary Holden, Derick Creech and Josh Guerra at Bath Co. Wheels & Wing car and air show.

VIDEO’S Wounded Warrior Event at Texas Motor Speedway:

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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”

07 28 2012 Nuxhall Miracle League Team Fastrax Video By “Dan”

08 24 2012 Simon Kenton High School (ARMY) Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

09 01 2012 Mead Cusa Cup West Carrollton  Team Fastrax Video By “Rudder”

09 01 2012 Mead Cusa Cup OAK GROVE PARK Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

08 31 2012 Fairfield High School Game Team Fastrax Video By “Dan and Rudder”

09 01 2012 IU vs. Indiana State Team Fastrax Video By “Dan”

09 02 2012 WEBN Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 06 2012 University of Cincinnati Football vs. Pittsburgh Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 09 2012 Darby Dan Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 15 2012 Air Force Marathon Team Fastrax Video By “Team Fastrax”

09 15 2012 Safety Fair Team Fastrax Video By “Dan P”

09 15 2012 University of Cincinnati Football  Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

10 06 2012 University of Cincinnati Football  Team Fastrax Video By “Bud”

10 12 2012  Logan Hocking  Team Fastrax Video By “Dan”

06 23 2013  Dayton Airshow  Team Fastrax Video”

06 26 2013  KY Speedway NASCAR  Team Fastrax Video”

News from Start Aviation Services:

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Take time to smell the roses @ Start Aviation Services

A wide variety of aircraft visit our ramp.

The Team Jacob Foundation 

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Start Skydiving proudly serves the Skydive Cincinnati, Skydive Columbus, Skydive Dayton, Skydive Cleveland, Skydive Lexington, Skydive Louisville, Skydive Orlando, Skydive Florida 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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