TULSA, Okla. - If all the recent talk about sky diving has piqued your interest, you may wonder just what's involved, how long it will take, how much it will cost and even how high you fly before you jump.
KRMG called Dale Settle at Sky Dive Tulsa for some answers.
With sixteen years' experience, Settle has helped a lot of people take the plunge.
He tells KRMG a tandem jump, in which the passenger jumps while harnessed to an instructor with a parachute, only entails about an hour's training on the ground.
The airplane will fly to about 11,000 feet and the free fall will reach speeds of about 110 miles per hour as you plummet for about a mile.
At 5,000 feet, the instructor deploys the chute and the passenger then helps guide the chute to the landing zone.
The price tag: $210 for people weighing 200 pounds or less.
Surprisingly, Settle says he's only had two people flatly refuse to jump in his sixteen years.
To be sure, he adds, "at 11,000 feet and with the engine noise, 'no' sounds like 'go' a whole bunch."
And if plunging at 110 miles per hour sounds fast, Settle says it really isn't.
"They've developed some new free-flight techniques in the last 10 to 12 years where you can accelerate up into the 200's. I've been clocked at 254 on a 23,000-foot jump before."
Sky Dive Tulsa holds its classes and jumps on weekends.