Tomorrow, several members of the IA team will travel to Portland, Tennessee, and begin making final preparations for Monday’s special Eclipse HAHO Jumps. If all goes as planned, a lucky group of international adventurers will be in the air during Monday’s total and partial eclipse, literally enjoying a bird’s eye view of the darkened sky. The thrill-seekers are set to make extreme high-altitude, military-style “HAHO” jumps, allowing them to remain airborne 20 minutes or more.
I had the option of going along for the adventure, but agreed to stay behind and oversee our Sarasota office. Instead, I’ll be heading to DeLand, Florida in October to oversee our next special skydiving event….a high-altitude jump over Florida, with Skydive Everest’s Tom Noonan.
For more information about the skydiving adventures I sell and help to develop, visit www.skydivehigh.com.
It’s hard to describe the feeling of being weightless. I’ve been selling zero-gravity adventures for more than two decades and still haven’t found the perfect words. I can only say that there is nothing else like it.
Jessy, a new member of the Incredible Adventures team, completed her first zero-gravity flight last week. I think the smile on her face says more than I ever could.
If you’d like to book your own zero-gravity space training adventure in Florida, send me an email or give me a call at 800-644-7382.
I am a wealth of adventure-related info. Over 20 years in the adventure business will fill your head with all sorts of things. I know the best way to attach mesh to the frame of a shark cage is with plastic zip ties, but also that the zip ties must be clipped tight and sanded, to make sure fingers aren’t pierced by shark divers, grasping onto shark cage bars. I know the MiG-29 can climb to 20 km high, but that the typical altitude reached is 17 km in summer months and 18 km in winter months. I know you’re much less likely to become airsick or seasick if you have a little food in your stomach, so one of the biggest mistake MiG flyers make is not eating anything prior to flying. I know it’s best for HALO jumpers to be clean-shaven, so the required oxygen mask fits better and that great hammerhead season in Bimini is December through April.
If you’re considering a life-changing adventure and have a question, don’t hesitate to ask me. I just might know the answer, and if not, there’s a good chance I’ll know someone who does.
A key part of putting together any shark dive adventure is partnering with the right vessel and captain(s). We definitely scored a victory when we found Jose and the Solmar V. The Mexican-flagged vessel is absolutely beautiful and serves as an incredible platform for great white shark adventures in Isla Guadalupe. Best of all, Jose and the rest of the Solmar V team share our dedication to providing incredible service.
I got asked again today if women can participate in our Covert Ops Counter Terror Adventure. Of course women can! (Historically, we’ve found our female clients to be better shooters.) Adventure isn’t a guy thing. Women can also fly MiGs, Skydive Everest, train for space and experience every other adventure we offer. In the last 23 years, I’ve personally verified that every adventure we offer is “female friendly”.
I love our new Covert Ops training facility in the Florida Everglades. The military and law enforcement tactical training center was once a high-security state prison and still features most of its original prison infrastructure. There are multiple cell blocks, plus a prison chapel, law library and farm. At 1150 acres in size, the property is HUGE and offers infinite possibilities.
It would be a great place to film an action-themed TV show or movie. The facility is remote and highly secure and has its own airport and helicopter landing pads, so celebrity talent could go completely undetected by paparazzi. (Do we have paparazzi in Florida?)
I’ve had a lot of fun working with production companies the last 23 years and can’t wait until the next film or TV project crosses my desk.
Today is a big day in space history. April 12th, 2016 marks the 55th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight. And, on April 12, 1981, 20 years after Yuri became the first man in space, the US launched its very first space shuttle.
Eight years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Star City, home of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. I received a private tour of the facility and had the opportunity to step inside a real Orlan Space Suit….that’s the suit worn during a space walk outside the space station. (I used to have trouble remembering which suit was which…now I think “Orlan” starts with “o” like “outside” and is worn outside the space station and “Sokol” starts with “s” like “Soyuz” and is worn inside the Soyuz capsule.)
We’ve been offering a variety of space suit training programs at Star City since 1994. Take it from me. If you’re the least bit claustrophobic, steer clear of the Orlan suit and opt for Sokol suit training.
Star City is not open to the general public. Security clearance is required and visits must be arranged more than a month in advance. If you’re interested in going behind the scenes of the Russian space program, let me know. Maybe I’ll go with you. I’m due for a return visit!