Who are these people in the Aerodyne ad, and what are they doing?

Shared with permission from Aerodyne Research

We’ve had a few people bring up the latest Aerodyne ad, to ask – well – basically “what was that?”!

We contacted Bill Legard, President and CEO of Aerodyne with that question, and here is his input.

The individuals are as listed, Doug Forth, Larry Henderson, Kate Cooper-Jensen and Tom Jenkins. All are highly experienced big-way organizers and competitors with huge numbers expressing their experience levels (as included n the ad-52,000 jumps, 115 records, 140 years in the sport).
P3 is an organization which has created a product of big way skills camps and big way formation and sequential records. There are other members as well, most notably Dan BC, but this Aerodyne ad focuses on the Aerodyne Athletes which make up the bulk of the P3 leadership. P3 = Perris Performance Plus

The photo is taken in a “junkyard” at Perris Valley, with some building components, airplane parts, shipping containers etc. If you look at the sky, you’ll see canopies from a 100-way opening above them, so there is quite a bit of skydiving in the picture. 

Bonus: The ad is an homage to a photographic legend, Annie Leibovitz. She’s done a number of ensemble photographs with a cast of characters in an unusual location with a lot of shadows and somber faces.  The tie to jumping is showing these very strong, thoughtful, powerful people, who have combined their experience with their inspiration and have achieved wisdom.  That wisdom informs their choice of skydiving equipment and they exercise that wisdom by choosing Aerodyne! 

Shared with permission from Aerodyne Research

Shared with permission from Aerodyne Research

So, there you have it!


Aerodyne Introduces Colorful Reserve Handles


Aerodyne Research has released powder-coated reserve handles in bright new colors, allowing Icon owners to reach new heights in gear matchy-ness. Arch, look, reach and all that jazz – in style.

Handles are available in Corsa Red, Electric Blue, Electric Lime, Cab Red, Deep Purple, Gloss Black, Stealth Flat Black and Gunmetal. The good old standby of Polished Classic remains available.


Image courtesy of Aerodyne Research

Handles are available for order via the Aerodyne website and retail for $90.00 as a spare part. Icon owners should make sure to have your their serial number handy to complete the order.


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 info@flyaerodyne.com.

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). ChutingStar.com 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. 

Prairie Virgin of the Day: Monday


LP is one of those magical boogies with a larger-than-life,  legen (wait for it) dary reputation.  This week we’ll highlight people who are here for their pre-second time.

Monday’s virgin: Steve Hubbard
Home DZ: Skydive DeLand
What brought you here: Work! (Steve is a rep for Aerodyne).


Aerodyne Price Increase Imminent

Flying AIf you have been thinking about getting yourself (or your favorite Valentine) an Aerodyne canopy, you might save yourself a few $$ by making that call in the next few hours –  a price increase is coming!  From what we can gather the price increase is not huge, but still worth anywhere from a couple to a few jumps out of your favorite plane.

The price increase will be in effect as of Saturday February 16th, 2013 so you have until one minute before midnight tomorrow night to get your order in. Or, to be precise – your dealer does. You should probably allow for a few hours for your favorite dealer to process the order, so best to get that done during normal business hours today or tomorrow.