Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The question about whether single-engine planes versus multi-engine planes are safer has been asked recently. Until now I had not grouped the jump plane accidents here in those types of categories. You can click here to see the results that will update as accidents are added to the database.

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Thank you for your support!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

November 22, 2013 saw the official re-launch of I want to thank Christy West for her unfailing dedication to helping me see this website flourish. If it wasn’t for her I could not do what you see now. Also, this December will be the 14th anniversary of the original launch of the website in 2000.

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

How many of you would say that you had adequate, in depth training to be a DiverDriver? Did you come to that first 182 job already “checked out” in 182s or did the DZ train you? When I was first hired that was the norm to already have time in type and then they would train you for the jump pilot part of the job.

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Safety Day… For Pilots!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

USPA is once again entertaining Safety Day March 8, 2014 for skydivers. It’s a day designed to refresh everyone on managing the threats associated with skydiving. Often dropzones will have their pilot or visiting pilot give talks on aircraft safety to the local skydivers.

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Want to take your jump plane somewhere?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Let’s face it. We build up time in our planes pretty quick. We become confident in our control and satisfied with our precision. However, at some point you may be asked to ferry your aircraft to another location to fly jumpers. This may seem like no big deal as we’ve all done cross country flights to attain our licenses. Right?

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Your preflight…is your responsibility.

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Witbank,South Africa,c2001:  During a normal day’s flying our C205A,someone assisted me with a refuel. I ,stupidly,neglected to check the fuel caps. All was normal on the climb to 9000ft,dispached the load and started the descent where upon fuel started to flow into the cabin through my door and window and through the airvent,soaking the dash and me. I was supposed to call FAJS approach by now,decided not to touch anything at all! After a flap-less landing,I pulled the big red knob and walked away. Left everything switched on until,maybe an hour later,I returned in fresh attire to kill all the electrics! Had to make a call to FAJS to explain my silence! comments: Many operations do use “fuelers”.  But they MUST be fully checked out on how to safely do it.  From the sounds of the description here it may not have been a regular occurrence having someone else fuel the aircraft. I once had something similar happen after a fueling in a Twin Otter.  Jet-A was streaming out of the aft tank fueler port.  Fortunately at a safe altitude a jumper was actually able to reach the cap and stow it.  A long debrief and refueling...

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