Guest post by Laura Morris
Since 2004 Skydive Midwest has been operating out of two trailers placed inside old, ratty airplane hangars. No running water was available and 13 glorious port-a-johns were the only restroom facilities. A little tandem puke required a trip to the local gas station to wash up, causing instructors to miss loads. After 190 tandems on a Saturday the bathrooms were very ripe and made Sunday a long, long day for all. The dedicated jumpers at SDMW loved the place for reasons other than the facilities, that’s for sure.
But alas, Skydive Midwest will be opening the doors to a brand new facility on March 31, 2012. The new hangar is 12,000 sq ft located on a private airport just north of Chicago in Sturtevant, WI. This new two-story facility is a skydiver’s heaven, complete with a padded packing floor, 1,500 sq ft elevated observation deck and a full café. Other features include a gear store, team room, AFF classroom, bathroom/showers, elevated manifest control tower and lockers for skydivers. Patrick Opiola, a SDMW building crew member and experienced jumper said, “I can’t believe it’s finally here. This is going to be our best season yet.”
Join SDMW for a pot luck dinner as they kick off the 2012 season the right way, Saturday, March 31 after sunset. Together, we can say, “Goodbye blue water!” as we say farewell to the port-a-johns and let loose at our new place together.
More pictures of the new facility and updates on the building can be found on their website, www.skydivemidwest.com.