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potatoman  (Student)

Nov 14, 2012, 3:43 AM
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Is there a place to find out how busy a DZ is?

Suppose this can be subdevided into 3 main groups:
Seasonal DZ
Weekend DZ
Permanent DZ

I am looking for numbers.
If I can recall correctly, my nearest turbine dz did about 12 000 jumps last year (weekender DZ)


davelepka  (D 21448)

Nov 14, 2012, 7:35 AM
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How many people know this type of info about their DZ?

Really, too many factors come into play. You have year-round DZs and seasonal DZs, and within each catagory, there will be DZs that are open 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 days per week. Comparing them becomes tough when you have such a variety of days open per year.

Just wondering, why do you ask? My feelings are if I can show up to a DZ and make as many jumps as I want, the place is 'busy enough'. If I want to make 7 or 8 jumps per day, and they fly 25 loads and I get on every 3rd load, good for me. If they fly 8 loads, and shut down in between each one so I have time to pack, and I make every load, also good for me.


airtwardo  (D License)

Nov 14, 2012, 9:28 AM
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 My feelings are if I can show up to a DZ and make as many jumps as I want, the place is 'busy enough'. If I want to make 7 or 8 jumps per day, and they fly 25 loads and I get on every 3rd load, good for me. If they fly 8 loads, and shut down in between each one so I have time to pack, and I make every load, also good for me.
That sums it up concisely.

I have a lot of Cessna DZ friends that ask how can I possibly enjoy going to such a 'busy' drop-zone as mine.

It's simply because I an jump all day at my pace and not have to wait for a load...it's just 'busy enough'


skyjumpenfool  (Student)

Nov 14, 2012, 2:44 PM
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^ What these guys said^

Plus, I find my bank account usually determines my pace of jumping. Cool I can't spring out the doe like the million airs above. (spelling is as intended)
CoolCool


hillson  (D 33134)

Nov 14, 2012, 3:16 PM
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No idea why you're looking for the numbers but I'll bite...mainly because I'm bored...and enjoying beer.

Perris: 130k. Source: reported to Perris chamber of commerce

All of the below were included in the FAA PLA study:

Deland: 93k
X-Keys: 53k
Sebastian: 20-40k
Palatka: 16k
Rando FL Cessna DZs - mainly TDM: 1500-5k

ZHills: 74k - as reported on their FB page and in the email newsletter.

Conclusions? CA, FL, "Joisey" all doing pretty damned good. I'm sure AZ may do a jump or two as does Chicago and the PNW and New England and TX.

Better stats: buddies that have done the x-country roadies and have always been able to find a plane to jump from, in season.

But like everyone else: comes down to desire and dollars...


potatoman  (Student)

Nov 15, 2012, 2:18 AM
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I was just wondering.....
93k is 250ish per day.


davelepka  (D 21448)

Nov 15, 2012, 5:12 AM
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I was just wondering.....
93k is 250ish per day.

Sure. 11 Otter loads is 231 slots, and it's not hard for a busy DZ to swing that. Consdier that on the weekends, some busy DZs are running two Otters non-stop, which could be 20+ loads (per plane).

So that's 40 loads per day, which equals 861 slots/day on Sat and Sun, for a weekend total of 1722 slots. If you're looking for a yearly total of 93k, that's 1788 per week, so a busy weekend takes care of most of their weekly quota. So factor in some weekday activity, and some weather days, throw in a boogie or big-way event (or both), and there you go.


potatoman  (Student)

Nov 15, 2012, 5:15 AM
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Difficult to comprehend when you come from the smaller places....
Sure that is more per day than some countries do in a year.


airtwardo  (D License)

Nov 15, 2012, 7:40 AM
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One day this summer my home DZ had about 300 tandems on Saturday and another close to 200 on Sunday IIRC. They had two otters a sky-van & a caravan running nonstop.


antibac  (C License)

Dec 13, 2012, 3:04 AM
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It's fairly busy. We did about 16k jumps in 4 months. We're a seasonal DZ.


potatoman  (Student)

Dec 13, 2012, 3:06 AM
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Seasonal but open 24/7 during the season? Probably not just weekend...


antibac  (C License)

Dec 13, 2012, 3:13 AM
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Not just weekends, every day, 12 hours a day.


potatoman  (Student)

Dec 13, 2012, 3:39 AM
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I seriously need a seasonal job.....



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