First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Ratings: Tandem Instructor | USPA Coach Examiner | Senior Rigger | PRO | IAD | Aerial Videographer
Jumps: 9000+ | 1 Base Jump
USPA: # 105912 / D-20295
Where are you from: Born and raised in Connecticut, living in Vermont since 1984
When was your first skydive experience: 1992 was my first jump with my lovely wife Tricia Small, At Airborne Adventures in Northampton Mass where I learned and then worked until the end of the 2006 season. We've been at Jumptown since 2009. Been throwing myself out of semi perfectly good airplanes for almost 25 year straight. Been strapping people to me and pushing them out since 2000.
What do you love most about skydiving/ Jumptown: They say If you love what you do you never work a day in your life! What's not to love? The people, The friendships, The memories, The history, Beautiful scenery, Not to mention the turbine aircraft isn't bad either but honestly I'm happy with anything that gets my knees in the breeze. I love planes. When I was in 5th grade I moved to Simsbury Ct and lived about a mile from the Airport. I used to play in a WW2 fighter plane that was just a main body on wheels, no wings and mostly junked just off the end of the runway but I played pretend pilot for weeks when one of the pilots came over and asked me if I wanted a ride in a real plane. I jumped at the chance! He told me to get $5 and he would take me for a flight so I went home and dug through the couch cushions and snatched a little of my dad's poker change and got my first flight in a 2 seat red baron triplane replica and did aerobatics while holding onto the seatbelt for dear life. I was hooked! Since my first flight I have been blessed to have jumped from numerous different Cessna's, porters, king airs, Otters, PAC750's, a military C-54 which is the civilian DC4, Skyvans, Casas, C-7 Caribou, a Stearman biplane (Beauty and the Beast), a 1929 kinner bird biplane, a Pitts special biplane, numerous Hot-air balloons, Bell 412, Robinson 22 and 44 plus a couple other helicopters I can't remember what kind and a couple experimental I can't talk about... oh, and off a bridge! My lowest jump at 870feet. My highest was 27,000 feet and I got a 2 minute freefall. My dream jump would be from a BLIMP! My first instructor said "If you keep coming back you could have my job some day!' I thought that was crazy but it ended up being true! Ya never know where life will take you!