Such a bummer. I can understand the increases from a business perspective, but I feel like it will end up losing money in the big picture. I know I personally jump at Lodi solely because of the price. If i'm going to pay the same rate as other DZs I will most definitely start venturing out. It was a good run, and all good things must come to an end. Whether I agree with it or not Bill has been a staple in the sport for longer than a lot of us have been alive and he deserves to do whatever the F@$% he wants to do with his business so kudos to him for that and I appreciate all the jumps at a killer price. When it all boils down we've just gotten spoiled with paying dirt cheap prices for far too long. Looking forward to meeting new faces and exploring new DZs in the not so distant future.
Apr 25, 2019, 6:33 PM
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Re: [erickunkel09] Lodi prices going up...
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I'm curious what the future of Lodi will look like with $25 jumps.
I've been going there for years on tues-wed when all of the other local DZ's are closed, and there were always enough jumpers to fly a couple otter loads. I doubt that there will be 30 jumpers there on a Tuesday with $25 jumps.
I also wonder if the prices for tandems in NorCal will start to go up. The prices at the surrounding DZ's have been some of the lowest in the USA just to compete with Lodi's crazy cheap $100 tandems.
I’m sure people will by enough tickets in the next week to keep things pretty strong into fall, but after that who knows. Maybe this is bill starting to cash out.
I’ll always remember my first trip there in 2005. Walked up the the counter and asked for a waiver to fill out. Bill replied “we don’t do waivers here, we do Skydive’s”. I also did a survey for a school project there probably 10 years ago. Bill filled out his numbers of jumps as 38,000.
I’ll always remember my first trip there in 2005. Walked up the the counter and asked for a waiver to fill out. Bill replied “we don’t do waivers here, we do Skydive’s”.
I remember going to the desk telling them its my first time here and asking for a waiver. Bill asked me if I can fall stable or do "flippy shit in the air". I tell him I know how to fly on my belly and next thing he points to the runway and says: this is your load! The plane was already starting up the engine, all jumpers boarding the plane and I havent even unpacked my gear yet. I barely made it jumping onto the already moving plane with loose straps and everything.
A few years back before the first Red Bull Aces there was a bunch of the pilots practicing at Lodi.
Fred and Vince arrived and came into the hangar asking what they needed to do to jump. We pointed them towards the manifest and they went over to see Bill.
Bill started asking them questions about their experience and wanted to see their log books and documents. He followed them towards the door as they went to get their stuff from the car giving us a wink and sly smile as he passed