Competing Against the Evil Empire

The great irony of being a DZO is the disparity between what an up jumper experiences and what a DZO experiences on the same day; while jumpers have the time of their lives, DZOs observe things through a different lens, noticing every costly movement with an elevated blood pressure. For example, as jumpers excitedly chat about how many points they just turned, the DZO may observe an instructor chat with a student while dragging a drogue across the runway. No one is more aware of the immense cost of everything. Trying to keep expenses low, battling the uncontrollable whims of Mother Nature and the continuous mechanical needs of an airplane can make the DZO’s job a tad stressful.