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Start Skydiving 08 26 2013

News from Start Skydiving:

 Ohio Numbers  19 – 25  August 2013:

        Slots: 1433 
        Loads:  120
        Tandem:  476
        AFF: 32 
        Fun Jumpers Slots: 253

Photo By Ed MetcalfVery Nice Photo by Ed Metcalf,  Downplane with a 1000 SF Flag with John Hart and John Harth.

20130825_144142A-license! Congratulations, Cassidy O’Hair

1146609_10151545727927097_520200455_nHappy 100th Jump, Jordan!

ParachuteHappy 800th Jump, Gary!

The following jumpers attended the canopy control course taught by Team Fastrax Swoop member, Ray Dutch:

  • Jesse Johnson
  • Adam Hoffman
  • Julia Nish
  • Randy Baranosky
  • Brynn Crowgey
  • Jorden Zink
  • Peter Bedrosian


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.

SkydiveAnthony Federick learned today he hasn’t really been flying only driving the bus!

skydiving in IndianaMelanie over Start Skydiving Photo by Tom Bakerskydiving in OhioFun jumperrr Errrnestoooooo! Photo by Melanie Johnson skydiving videosAwesome exit shot of Greg Snarr. Photo by Tom Baker. what is skydivingThey’re ready to JUMP! Photo by Melanie Johnson. indoor skydivingMelanie Johnson plays with tandem. Photo by Lonnie Kirk

parachuteStart Slyfly exits for a training jump. Photo by Melanie Johnson  with Tyfani Detky and Tom Baker. skydiversJump to raise money for TEAM JACOB! the back of the shirts say… “Sometimes a superhero’s cape is a parachute” Photo by Melanie Johnson

skydiving in IndianaShawn and Paul searched Far and Wide for the lost canopy. Photo by Julia Nish. 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. 


Full Scale Assault - Celebrity BowfishingTony Ryan and Caden Gebhard all Ready for 1st AFF. 

Start SkydivingSgt. First Class (Ret.) Dana Bowman exits the plane. Check out his story at Photo by Melanie Johnson at Start Skydiving.





SERGEANT FIRST CLASS FRED W. ZABITOSKY, UNITED STATES ARMY, Studies and Observations Group, then a Staff Sergeant, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant team leader of a nine-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol operating deep within enemy held territory in Laos. On 19 February 1968, they were attacked by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit. Rallying his team members, he deployed them into defensive positions and exposed himself to concentrated enemy fire in order to better direct their return fire. He covered their withdrawal to a landing zone for extraction. Rejoining the patrol, now under increased enemy pressure, he positioned each man in a tight perimeter defense, encouraging them one by one and controlling their fire. Inspired by his example, the patrol maintained its position until the arrival of the rescue helicopter. The North Vietnamese pressed their attack when the helicopters arrived, and Sergeant Zabitosky again exposed himself to their fire, allowing the helicopter gunship to adjust suppressive fire. He positioned himself beside the helicopter door-gunner and fired on the enemy as the ship took off. The helicopter crashed after being engulfed in a hail of bullets and Sergeant Zabitosky was thrown from the craft. Recovering consciousness, he ignored his painful injuries and moved to the flaming wreckage where he pulled the severely wounded pilot and copilot from the blaze. He made repeated attempts to rescue his fellow patrol members but was driven back by the intense heat. Despite his own serious burns and crushed ribs, he dragged the unconscious pilots through a curtain of enemy fire to within ten feet of a hovering rescue helicopter before collapsing.


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:


DCIM100GOPROAdelle Molnar jumps with Clint Leighton at Start Skydiving Florida. 

DCIM100GOPROSteven Hart a 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:

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

Dedicated in Honor of Army Specialist Jesse Snow U.S. ArmyDavid Hart’s tandem Mark Hodges…Purple Heart, shot in the neck….flew proximity with 3 flags and loved it.

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”

08 24 2013 Spc Jesse A. Snow Memorial Skydive @ Dayton National Cemetery Team Fastrax Video”

News from Start Aviation Services:

We pledge to attend to our customers’ needs in a professional and courteous manner. We also will treat our customers with the utmost respect and regard. Start Aviation Services provides quality service combined with competitive pricing for a valuable choice.

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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 & Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team
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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. 


One thought on “Start Skydiving 08 26 2013

  1. Thank you for the tribute to my late brother Fred Zabitosky but that is not a picture of him. There are many pics of him on the internet if you want to google him and replace it with a proper pic. I would appreciate it. Again, I thank you for remembering him. He was an exceptional man in many ways and is dearly missed. Sharon Zabitosky Wilcox

    Posted by Sharon Z. Wilcox | October 30, 2013, 12:29 am

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