Go Skydiving with the Friends of the Harvard Aviation Club

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Are you a thrill-seeker looking for your next adventure? Try jumping from a plane.

On Sunday, May 8, the Friends of the Harvard Aviation Club will be leading a skydiving trip. The trip is open to anyone who wants to lottery for one of 40 slots.

"It's a great experience," said Benjamin L. Brinkopf  '11, president of the Harvard Aviation Club. "And it's very, very safe."

The jump will take place in northern Massachusetts at Skydive Pepperell. Pepperell, situated on the border of Massachusetts and Nashua, N.H., is the closest drop zone to Boston.

The trip was a hit last semester after about 40 students entered the lottery for 10 skydiving slots. According to Brinkopf, the Friends of the Harvard Aviation Club were able to expand to 40 slots. However, over 100 students have entered the lottery this time around, and slots are filling up fast.

"I'm going skydiving this time," Brinkopf said. "I gave up my spot last time because so many people wanted the chance to do it."

An increase in the number of participants has allowed the cost of the trip to decrease by roughly $100 per capita. The cost of the trip includes transportation and skydiving, but not meals.

"We're running it at cost because we want people who have passion and desire to do it," Brinkopf said. "The lower the cost, the more people it will appeal to."

Those who have never gone skydiving before will be required to jump tandem, which means they will be harnessed to someone who has done the jump at least a thousand times before. The instructor will guide the first-time jumper through the process from freefall to landing.

Sign up for the trip here. The $50 deposit is due by tomorrow.

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