Tanner from NY
I had a great time doing jump runs today! Your course was very well formed for my needs. Doing the ground school and getting an understanding about jump runs was a huge help before flying them. I also really appreciated the information and practice on emergency bailouts with the parachute.
Kyle from VA
Ed's course is exactly what I was looking for to prepare me to be a jump pilot. Ed is very knowledgeable and provides a lot of learning materials and explains everything clearly. After completing his course, I feel confident I can be a safe jump pilot. In fact, at my first job, the tandem instructors asked if I'm interested in coming back for the next season. Even after training, Ed is very helpful with job placement assistance and continues to follow up. I highly recommend Ed's course to anyone who wants to become a jump pilot. Thank you, Ed for being a great instructor and for all your help.
Michael from NC
It was basically all I expected. Less aileron input than I was expecting when they are hanging off the wing. There was a lot of cloud coverage, though, and some of the jumpers were trying to convince me to fly when it was broken at 2,000'. So, it was a tough call when I had zero experience, but some of the other guys vouched for safety so we ended up waiting 45 min for some more holes to form.
Alex from GA
The course taught a lot about conducting jump runs, emergencies, and FARs. Ed is very knowledgeable about the industry and is easy to understand. I'd recommend this course to anyone looking to feel well prepared for a jump pilot job. I liked the training manual provided ahead of time; it contains a lot of great information even after completing the course. Overall, it was a great experience, and I was glad to have done the training.
Jaxon from TN
Jumpers Away expanded my knowledge of flying and got me ready for a job as a jump pilot. Even with low hours—220 total time—this course helped me find a job because when employers heard I had the training, they were more open to talking to me. Ed is a great guy who cares about teaching young pilots the correct techniques to perform jump operations safely. I would recommend Jumpers Away to any low-time pilot who is seeking the non-traditional route in their aviation career.
Andy from CA
Your course helped me in getting a jump pilot job due to the extensive training I went through over the three days. And your course prepared me for the job by teaching me how to plot and execute the climb and jump run on ForeFlight. Also, maneuvering around the clouds was a great practice during training. I can definitely recommend your course to anyone that wants to be to a jump pilot.
Nick from FL
For any low-time pilots out there on the fence about taking Ed's course, just do it. He has decades of knowledge, experience and connections within the skydiving community. I learned everything and more from him to feel confident and safe flying jumpers. He goes above and beyond to try and find you a job that is a good fit for you. I had multiple job offers lined up right after completing the course and started flying jumpers the following week. I can't thank him enough for helping me take the next step in my flying career. 10/10 would recommend!
Chandler from NC
I walked away from this course with everything that was advertised, the experience exceeded expectations. Understanding how to confidently handle jump runs, and in-flight emergencies as well as a deep understanding of systems and FARs. Ed is very knowledgeable, and I am very appreciative to have had the opportunity to learn from someone with as many years of experience as he has. Aside from great training, it was an enjoyable experience. If you are looking to get into being a jump pilot, I couldn’t recommend this course enough.
Ray from FL
This program was an absolute blast. From day one you're learning the ins and outs of being a jumper dumper. Towards the end of the program, we did an amazing cross-country flight to First Flight Airport (where the Wright Brothers flew) and I also got to see a large drop zone in operation. Within 24 hours of finishing my course I already had multiple job offers. Thanks for everything Ed. I had an awesome time.
Brent from TN
Not all Drop Zones require much training for their pilots and it shows. Jumpers Away was everything I knew I needed and so much more that I didn’t know. Ed is a passionate facilitator and accomplished skydiver as well. He spends plenty of time on the ground, as well as hours of airwork, giving you everything you need to nail the jumpruns when it’s time to do it for real. With a beautiful location to learn, and everything laid out so cleanly, it’s hard not to be set up for success!
Elias from VA
Overall great course, good balance of preflight/theory and real-world practice, great to do it all in the DZ environment and being able to talk with the other jump pilots. Really appreciated your commitment as well to help in the job search after training.
Nic from AZ
Today was my first day flying at another drop zone. Everything you taught was important. I would not remove any of it. I really appreciated learning from someone who understands both sides of the operation. Below I’ve listed the pro’s…
-Well Maintained aircraft for training
-Instructor who understands being a jump pilot as well as being a jumper
-Fantastic knowledge about both industries
-Well put together binder with necessary information
-Detailed oriented training with valuable constructive criticism
-Checklist for Jump Pilots (which I’m using)
-Excellent follow thru on navigating toward a jump pilot job
-Enough flight hours to attain the muscle memory needed to start Jump operations
Nathan from VA
"Learning what to expect as a jump pilot was my biggest takeaway from Ed’s course. It helped me gain the experience I needed to be on jump run the first time, every time. Ed’s course focused a lot on the safety aspects of flying jumpers and how the flight up shouldn’t add to the risk of skydiving. This setting provided a safe environment in which to hone my skill and learn common mistakes to avoid. I would highly recommend his course to any aspiring jump pilot!"
Abby from NC
"I can't thank you enough for your help this past week. It was such a great experience and I am really looking forward to flying skydivers. I'll see you around the DZ."
Ethan from TX
“Had the opportunity to get the best jump pilot training from the former head of the USPA, Ed Scott. I will now be flying as a bus driver in the sky for adrenaline junkies this summer and can’t be more happy about it. I would never have been able to get this opportunity without Jumpers Away. I’m forever thankful.”
DROP ZONE OWNERS
CRYSTAL COAST SKYDIVING
Five Stars! I would recommend Ed’s course to aspiring diver drivers and DZO’s looking for a pilot 100 percent. We caught wind of Ed’s course and hired Ethan. Ethan arrived as if he had been flying jumpers for years. He knew Part 105 like the back of his hand and nailed the spot and altitude first load he flew for us and every load since then. Not only that but he also had SOP’s in his bag of tricks that most skydivers don’t think of. Like premature deployments on the step, jumpers hung on the step, etc. It totally eliminated us having to train a fresh diver driver ourselves and gave me peace of mind that he has had the proper training, which is huge! Thank you Jumpers Away!
SKYDIVE PALM BEACH
Your program…truly sounds phenomenal. Maybe I can send some pilots who inquire with us in the future your way. It’s just an all-around win-win situation: well prepared jump pilots which contributes to the safety for all of us, lower insurance minimums and the time savings for us to train them. Why wouldn’t any DZO have their future jump pilots go through your program? Congrats and thanks for the referral!
SKYDIVE COASTAL CAROLINAS
I sent one of my pilot prospects to Jumpers Away for initial jump pilot training. It saved me time while she learned all aspects of becoming a jump pilot. From her first day of hire she has flown full-time, doing an outstanding job. I can recommend Jumpers Away to any DZ owner or pilot who wants complete and thorough training that results in a safe, professional jump pilot.
CHAMBERSBURG SKYDIVING CENTER
Hi Ed, I just wanted to let you know how happy we are with Nick our pilot who went to your school. He's very professional and had a good basic understanding of flying for skydiving! He's very anxious to learn, is turning good times in our 182 and is very responsible for the plane. Thanks for training him and referring him to us!
NO LIMITS SKYDIVING
The pilot we got from you for this year has been great! We will be hiring another one late this year.