Skydiving enthusiasts, and would-be skydivers in Madison County, Texas just got lucky: a new drop zone has opened for business at Madisonville Municipal Airport. The owners of Texas Skydiving Company, Justin and Diane Silvia, chose the Madisonville Airport for its great location.
“Madisonville is in the Texas triangle. It’s close to Austin, San Antonio, Houston and there’s thousands of students at Texas A&M and Sam Houston State University. It’s a perfect spot for us,” Vice President Frank Silvia said. He and his family have been active in the skydiving business for more than fifty years, jumping professionally and operating various companies. They love skydiving and they want to share their passion with the world, making this new and exhilarating extreme sport more available for everybody. The new company offers packages for experienced skydivers, as well as first timers who want to find out why this seemingly crazy idea of jumping out of an airplane gains thousands of fans every day across the globe.
The Silvia family’s enthusiasm about skydiving is contagious. On March 3, Texas Skydiving Company invited Alex McCloud, a producer of the local TV station, KBTX, as well as a Madisonville City Councilman for their very first skydive. As both of them were inexperienced, they opted for a Tandem Skydive. This means that each man was strapped to a professional skydiving instructor who took care of the technical details, including opening the parachute and seeking out a good landing spot. All the first-time skydivers had to do was relish the sensations that come with this surprisingly invigorating extreme sport.
The airplane took them into the sky to an elevation of 14,000 feet, where they jumped out of the plane. Many skydiving junkies say that the best part is the free fall; the couple of seconds (usually between thirty and sixty) between jumping out of the plane and opening the parachute. During this time, nothing stands between man and gravity. Divers rushing toward the ground experience an exhilarating sense of freedom, which is the closest a human being can get to flying (without any equipment, that is.)
“I’ve never done anything like that before. I don’t know how to describe it, but I would certainly do it again,” Alex McCloud said afterwards. It’s not surprising: many people who try skydiving once are hooked for life and keep coming back for more. As Alex said, the sensation of free fall at a speed of 120 miles per hour is incomparable to anything else. It’s total freedom combined with extreme concentration and focus. The adrenaline rush accompanying a skydive usually lingers for days, creating a heightened sense of contentment and well-being for the skydiver.
Once the parachute is opened, then the pace of the dive changes. Divers can experience a gentler, smoother glide toward the ground, not unlike floating in a boat on the calm surface of a lake. This is the time when skydivers can marvel at the landscape below them, and Madisonville offers gorgeous sights, including the stunning Lake Madison or the lovely downtown core. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you were born and raised in Madisonville and know the city like the back of your hand.
Madisonville is excited to welcome the new company. It’s a win-win situation: Texas Skydiving Company gets a strategic location for its operations, which in turn will bring many tourists to the city. Tourists who will need a place to stay, eat, and do other things while they wait for their turn in the sky. The city expects a great boost to its economy by this new and exciting business opening its doors.
“It’ll give people the opportunity to come into Madisonville and see what we’re all about. They can have lunch, shop in some of our shops, and at the same time come out and do some skydiving,” Camilla Viator said. The Madisonville City Manager is excited about the possibilities Texas Skydiving Company will bring to Madisonville. The new drop zone opened at 2207 Airport Lane, Madisonville.
Dear potential skydivers in the Madisonville area! Now, that everything is ready for you, only one question remains: are you going to try it?