Holiday Shutdown for 2014


For those of you planning on doing some skydiving business over the holidays, keep in mind that many manufacturers and some shops have shorter hours or close altogether around that time. Check the list below to see when they are or aren’t available. Many will have representatives at events or boogies over the holidays, ready for your onslaught of questions (and requests for FREE stuff).

Aerodyne Research, DeLand, FL: Closed December 24 – January 5, 2015.  During that time most of the staff will monitoring email periodically. In case of an emergency, please email

Blue Skies Magazine, DeLand, FL: Closed December 24 – January 5, 2015. During that time we will lightly monitor email, so drop us a line with anything urgent.

ChutingStar, Marietta, GA and DeLand, FL: closed on Christmas Eve,  Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (Dec 24-25 and Jan 1, 2015). is always open for business!

Cookie Composites, Australia: Cookie’s sales and customer service departments in Australia will be closed 22 December to 5 January, 2015.

Icarus USA: Closed Dec 24 – Jan 1, 2015.

Mirage Systems, DeLand, FL: Closing at noon on December 24 – 26. Open on Monday and Tuesday (Dec 26 and 30), closing at noon Wednesday December 31, back open January 5, 2015.

Performance Designs, DeLand, FL: Closing on Wednesday Dec 24 and will reopen on Monday Jan 5, 2015.

Sun Path Products, Raeford, NC: December 19 – January 5, 2015
If you need immediate assistance during that time, please contact Chris Talbert (910.603.2390). Orders placed via online store after 3:00 PM North American Eastern Standard Time 9th December 2014 will be processed and shipped after our holiday shutdown.

United Parachute Technologies, DeLand, FL: Closing at noon Thursday December 18, returning Monday January 5, 2015.

Velocity Sports Equipment / Infinity Rigs, Bend, OR: Closed entire week of Christmas and on New Years Day.  Return to office on January 5th, 2015. In case of an emergency, please email Nicole Fulk.

Vigil America, DeLand, FL: Closing at noon Thursday December 18, returning Monday January 5, 2015.  For immediate technical assistance during that period, contact service@vigil.areo.



This list is as comprehensive as we know it – but we might have missed someone.  If you would like your skydiving business added to the list, drop us an email with the dates you are closed, along with any special notices you wish to share. 

Skydive Carolina hiring packers for 2015

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Skydive Carolina is looking for full-time packers!

Skydive Carolina does over 4000 tandems per year and 35,000 sport jumps.  We would prefer packers who already have or are working on their tickets. We are a year-long operation with peak times between April and November. Want to become part of the Skydive Carolina family? Email with your resume and questions. Skydive Carolina is a drug free environment and all sub-contractors are subject to company drug policy. 

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Tony Suits releases new wingsuit: The Foghead


From Tony Suits:

We are proud to announce the release of our newest wingsuit: The Foghead.

The what?
Let us explain. “Neblekopf” directly translated from German is “foghead” (Nebel = fog, Kopf = head). We chose this name from the Name That Suit competition, as a tribute to our dearly departed friend, Jeff Neblekopf.

Jeff was more than just a friend. His help at TonySuits was invaluable. Working closely with Tony over 10 years, Jeff assisted in the designing and development of wingsuits.
It was during this time that he discovered the German meaning of his last name, which quickly became an affectionate nickname, and then the name of the studio where he showcased his artwork.  And now the name of our newly released intermediate suit.

Tell me more about this new wingsuit?
R2B2 was the prototype, a wingsuit with BIG performance in back and belly flying.

We would like to give a big thanks to:

  • Blue Skies Mag for hosting the ‘Name That Suit’ competition
  • All the people who submitted name suggestions
  • The winner of the naming competition, Aaron Webb
  • Matt Higgins, for providing the comp award, his new book, Bird Dream

Jeff was a talented and enthusiastic individual who lives on in the hearts of many, and it is our hope that this tribute honors him and his wife Sita.


Ridiculous Maneuvers at 2014 USPA Nationals

Photo by Ted Volpendesta
Photo by Ted Volpendesta

Photo by Ted Volpendesta

I dare you to find a team with a more awesome name than Ridiculous Maneuvers of iFly Seattle. Double dog dare you. The video below shows the raw footage from their competition jumps at the last USPA Nationals, held at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. Complete with busts, ouch. This performance brought the team a Gold medal in 2-way MFS (Mixed Formation Skydiving) in its debut year. It does a great job showcasing what that discipline is all about.

Team members are Eric Busto and  Jessie Vander Schauw Brownlow with Ted Volpendesta on camera.

The team sends lots of love to their sponsors: iFly Seattle, Liquid Sky, Larsen and Brusgaard, Rig Sleeve and Skydance Skydiving

Cessna from Skydive Sussex flips over following an off airport landing


incidentsA small Cessna from Skydive Sussex carrying 5 jumpers and a pilot experienced engine troubles and was forced to land off. The plane put down in a field near the Sussex Airport in Wantage, New Jersey.  Due to the wet/muddy conditions in the field, the plane flipped over on landing.  Only minor injuries were reported and all occupants are reported to have been able to walked away. Dropzone owner Rich Winstock was piloting the plane.

The incident remains under investigation.

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