Become A Jump Pilot!
Drop zones have never been busier and they need trained jump pilots.
Together, some 265 U.S. drop zones (the locations where people go to skydive) conduct over three million jumps a year, using nearly 400 jump aircraft, from Cessna 182s up to
multi-turbine airplanes. Jump pilots enjoy good pay and log lots of flight time, often quickly moving up to a DZ’s turbine jump planes. Being a jump pilot can be a fulfilling career, or a quick steppingstone to a flight department, charter or airline job.
Becoming a jump pilot.
Jump pilots need to hold an FAA commercial pilot certificate and an FAA 2nd class medical certificate. Then you need specialized training to be considered for hire by a drop zone. Flight training focuses on quick climbs and descents, weight and balance, high-altitude flight, jump-door operation, and emergency situations. Ground instruction covers aircraft systems, air traffic control requirements, the applicable FARs and skydiving’s basic safety requirements.
Train with Jumpers Away!
Jumpers Away offers tailored 2-day, 3-day and 4-day courses designed to give you the flight time and experience to become a jump pilot. Jumpers Away provides ground instruction and flight training in a fully jump-modified Cessna 182. You cannot get more realistic training. After your training, Jumpers Away can provide drop zone job placement assistance.
BUT...WHAT ABOUT THAT
500 HOURS TOTAL TIME INSURANCE REQUIREMENT??
Jumpers Away’s training program has been reviewed and approved by Falcon Aviation Insurance Agency, the major jump plane insurer in the U.S, and their underwriter, US Specialty. Falcon and US Specialty will favorably consider adding any Jumpers Away graduate with under 500 hours to a DZ’s insurance policy. Why the “favorably consider?” State insurance regulators don’t allow insurers to promise or insinuate coverage. Even so, several Jumpers Away grads with under 300 hours have been hired and placed on insurance.
Jumpers Away owner and skydiver Ed Scott holds an FAA commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating, and has logged over 900 hours, nearly half of it as a Cessna 182 jump pilot. During a 24-year career with the U.S. Parachute Association, Scott managed the affiliate program for drop zones, represented skydiving’s interests before the FAA, and implemented several jump aircraft and jump pilot safety initiatives. Jumpers Away provides ground instruction and flight training in a fully jump-modified Cessna 182. You cannot get more realistic training. After your training, Scott can provide drop zone job placement assistance.