Fans of the minor league Nashville Sounds were treated to a unique game experience on Tuesday July 4th with an American flag jump into First Tennessee Park by Taylor Smith and Mike Looney, owners of Music City Skydiving. Supported by Helistar Aviation, MCS demo jumpers took to the sky on Friday June 30th for a practice run into the empty stadium. Jumping from around 5,000 feet, Taylor and Mike made the successful dry run from a Robinson R44 helicopter.
Demo skydives and a flag jump in particular are not just your average every day jump. Careful planning is required along with regulatory requirements such as FAA authorization. The flag must be stowed properly and handled with care so as not to interfere with a deploying parachute. Stadium jumps present challenges like shifting winds, often 180 degrees off of the upper winds and swirling inside. this means the demo jumper must land in the opposite direction from their approach which involves a 90 to 180 degree turn at point low to the ground.
Monday came with some fog and winds but soon enough cleared out and conditions were excellent for the demo. MCS staff and regular jumpers were on hand to assist as ground crew. The jump went off exactly as planned and Taylor brought the flag in to several thousand cheering fans. Nashville’s news stations were their to document the event and MCS received some nice free press for the efforts. Afterward Mike and Taylor hung out, answered questions, promoted and then joined the group of fun jumpers up in the stands for the game. Unfortunately the jump didn;t bring the team enough luck as they lost 9 to 8.
July has been a wicked hot month so far. But good weather has kept us in the air most of the time. Also wicked hot this month has been the flying at Music City Skydiving. A couple of weeks back we had Scott Franklin cranking out the formation points, this weekend we had freefliers shredding up the skies over Waverly.
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Last Saturday, May 14th, Music City Skydiving gave Atoka, Tennessee 18 year old Jacob Hardin so
me hope in an otherwise challenging part of his life. Jacob has been diagnosed with chuvash polycythemia, a rare blood disorder. So rare in fact that doctors have no treatment much less a cure. Jacob is at high risk for blood clots and over the next 10 years, his organs will begin to fail as the disease progresses. Due to high medical expenses Jacob was unable to afford to skydive. His dream of joining the military was denied because of his condition. So Music City Skydiving stepped in to grant his dream. Tandem instructor and co-owner, Taylor Smith agreed to take Jacob free of charge. Our hope is that Jacob can find some peace with his condition and try to experience all of the great things life has to offer while he has time.
Just outside Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Skydiving is making dreams come true for tandem skydivers.
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The show, Tennessee Crossroads, covers tourism and outdoor activities all around Tennessee. The visit from the show was arranged by Humphreys County Tourism Consultant, Karin Davis, who is working hard to highlight tourism activities in Humphreys County. Show producer, Taylor Walters, and her amazing crew arrived early and shot all around the DZ before the jump on the first load of the day. The morning had perfect weather and light winds. The host’s tandem jump went off without a hitch and left him grasping for words to describe his experience. Music City Skydiving DZ manager, Taylor Smith, was interviewed by the TV show after a jump with the host and several other show members/crew. The show is scheduled to air between November of this year and February of 2017.
The rest of MCS’s opening weekend was not quite as smooth with high winds preventing much jumping for most of Saturday, even causing an off site landing for most of one load. All the same, we had many of our regular faces back in the air over Waverly. It looks like it’s going to be a great season!
Music City Skydiving is Tennessee skydiving's newest and best facility. Looking for an outdoor bucket list item to check off? MCS is a short ride from Nashville, Clarksville, and Chattanooga.