TheMichigan Daily' Frid6f, June 5, 1981 - P6e 13
Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
CROSSING A BRIDGE at Gallup Park, a group of cyclists enjoy a nice day outdoors.
SOME PREFER TO STA Y IN PLANE
Skydive from soaring heights
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WHILE THERE are few physical
requirements for jumpers (one cham-
pionship group consists of amputees),
it's considered helpful for jumpers to
weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. Old
age is not necessarily a limiting factor.
Last year a 72-year-old former
physician jumped in Tecumseh. About
40-45 percent of first time jumpers are
female, said Lang.
Many first time jumpers seem to be
exhilarated by their experience. "It
was tough getting out of the plane, but it
was great once I did," said one jumper,
a University student. "It changes your
THE JUMP SITE is about 30
minutes from Ann Arbor in Tecumseh,
Michigan. Cost of the first jump, in-
cluding instruction and equipment, is
$50 for those affiliated with the Univer-
sity. Rides to the site are often
available through club members.
it's almost that time
The Staff at the
a great BREAK!
Some people, while enjoying flying,
do not skydive. As Dick Cupka, main-
tenance director at the Ann Arbor air-
port, said: "I prefer to stay in the air-
The Michigan Flyers also have a
program for beginners. After the stan-
dard pre-flight inspection and a sum-
mary of the basic points of flying, the
"Discovery Flight" begins. The in-
structor and student fly a club-owned,
Cessna 152, two-seat trainer.
THE FLIGHT lasts about 30 minutes.
The student does most of the flying, in-
cluding takeoff and landing with the
help of the instructor.
"There's a couple more things to
keep track of, but it's not much more
taxing than driving a car,' said Paul
Hendricks, a University student, after
his introductory flight. Hendricks plans
to continue his flight training.
After about 10 to 15 hours of instruc-
tion, students begin solo flights.
Legally, 40 hours of instruction is
required for a pilot's license. But 60
hours is recommended because of
today's more advanced planes. The
process to obtain a license typically
takes between two months and a year.
Instructors for the Discovery Flight
usually take their students over Ann
Arbor, often for a glimpse of where the
students live. The flights are offered
year round, by appointment, at the Ann
Arbor airport. The cost for those af-
filiated with the University is $20.
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The growing popularity of bicycles
has set off a rash of bicycle thefts in the
Ann Arbor area, according to Wright.
As a result, most bicycle commuters
prefer to ride inexpensive one or three-
speed bikes, while reserving the more ex-
pensive ten-speeds for recreational use,
when they are less likely to be parked
outside for long periods of time and ex-
posed to the possibility of theft, Wright
HE STRONGLY suggests the pur-
chase of one of the newer, stronger bike
locks, even though they may be more
expensive than conventional locks by
about ten dollars. He claims they are
"virtually theft-proof", but for some
reason people are reluctant to spend
just $10 more after they have just
spent $200 on a bike.
Two 'spots in the area to rent bicycles
are Gallup Park Bicycle Rental and the
Student Bike Shop. Gallup leases both
single seats and tandem bikes. The
Student Bike shop rents bikes by the
hour, week, or month. Typical prices
are about $2 an hour, with prices
declining with the length of duration.
From the Gallup Park rental area are
some good bike paths where you can
ride by the banks of the Huron. Both
bike rentals require a security deposit.
More information on officially
designated bike paths is available from
the Ann Arbor Bicycle Office.
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