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The Air Up There

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GILLIAM, La. -

If you want to beat the heat here in the Arklatex during the summertime, there is a place locally you can go where sometimes it's a little crisp and even on occasion, chilly.

"It's completely different. It's like you get a trip to Colorado and your right here in Louisiana. We're over ten thousand feet, which are a lot of the mountains and stuff in Colorado. So it's nice and cool and breezy" says Bill Geaslin, owner and operator of Skydive Louisiana in Gilliam

Jumping from a plane at ten thousand feet is definitely a refreshing turn from the oppressive heat and humidity those surface dwellers deal with on a daily basis.

You see, beating the heat doesn't mean you have to stay on the ground. In fact, the higher up you go in elevation the cooler it gets.

"Couple degrees every thousand feet you go up. And usually you get up above ten thousand feet and you're already about twenty degrees cooler than whatever it is on the ground" says Geaslin.

Escape the heat into the fresh cool air of two-miles up in the sky. That's why Brian Fowler decided take the plunge. But, it wasn't his first rodeo. KTBS 3 meteorologist Brian Fowler says he stopped jumping in college because he went broke. Since it had been so long since he had jumped, Brian had to take a refresher course before he was ready. Rick Rowe enjoyed throwing in a few teases too. 

Rick Rowe - "no second thoughts? You Anna back out? Nobody will know. I won't tell anyone."

Brian Fowler - "I'm kind hungry right now and thirsty."

Brian fowler - "I have nerves of foam rubber."

Rick Rowe - "You haven't done this in many years? "

Brian Fowler - "About 1995 or 96."

Rick Rowe - "wow! Surely you're a little bit nervous. Come on!"

Brian Fowler - "no! Not feeling a thing. Look at these hands. Rock hard."

"There's always just a tinge of fear. Especially when you hadn't done it in a long time" says Brian.

You're going up to altitude. Ten thousand five hundred feet. You get out on the step and the wind is pushing you because the plane is flying about 90 or 100 mph. So it's a struggle to get outside the plane. In the movies the plane opens up and people get sucked out. Well...These small planes aren't pressurized. You have to fight to get out on the step. And the air felt so good. It's 95 down here it's so hot. But up there it's about 65 or 70. It felt so incredible and you have the clouds all around you.

Bill held on to Brian to keep him stable while he did practice pulls. Brian said it felt "absolutely amazing. The cool wind not to mention the scenery and the feeling of flight are all together indescribable." 5500 feet was Brian's deployment altitude. Once he pulled, instantly he began falling slower than bill and our air to air camera guy Zach. Thankfully, Brian made it to the ground safely. 

So we're talking temperatures around ten thousand five hundred feet around seventy. You factor in the wind chill it may feel like it's sixty-five. So you're getting out on the wing of that plane. The plane's flying at 100. You have that wind on you. It feels really good.

So you still feel it every time. Brian says that sky diving helps him relax and gives him a little peace. 

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