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john_mc_evoy  (A License)

Mar 1, 2013, 12:16 PM
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Hey everyone.

Where in the US is the busiest DZ?
Like if I go somewhere for a week where can I get the most jumps in ?


Premier NWFlyer  (D License)

Mar 1, 2013, 12:27 PM
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What time of year?


catfishhunter  (D 28796)

Mar 1, 2013, 12:36 PM
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Depends on the time of the year. Fall/Winter/Spring Eloy or Perris/Elsinore.Summer time you can pretty much take your pick of any large DZ except Eloy as they hut down early as jumping in 120 degree temps suck big time.


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Mar 1, 2013, 12:40 PM
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Depends on the time of the year. Fall/Winter/Spring Eloy or Perris/Elsinore.Summer time you can pretty much take your pick of any large DZ except Eloy as they hut down early as jumping in 120 degree temps suck big time.

Some of the FL DZs might also rival the AZ/CA ones in the fall/winter/spring (and be just as empty in the summer... FL humidity... yuck!)


labrys  (D 29848)

Mar 1, 2013, 12:41 PM
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Where in the US is the busiest DZ?
Like if I go somewhere for a week where can I get the most jumps in ?

Sometimes those 2 things conflict with each other. If a DZ is very busy with tandems and students, it can be hard to get a slot unless you want to do a bunch of solos filling in the last slot on a load.

Solos are great and should be a part of your jump plan right now, but doing too many solos at your level may cause you to burn in some bad habits. You should be looking for people with 5-10x times your jump numbers or so and learning small way skills with people who can give you positive feedback and coaching.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Mar 1, 2013, 12:51 PM
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If you go in the summer, Skydive Chicago is not a bad place to be. Sure it can have some hot days, but not the humidity like Florida or parts of Texas.

The Ranch north of NYC is a pretty busy summer DZ too, as is Skydive Cross Keys in NJ

Winter DZs include Skydive City in Z-Hills, Lake Wales, Deland and Sebastain, all in Florida, plus Skydive Houston in TX, Skydive Arizona, Perris and Elsinore.

All are multiple-aircraft DZs as far as I know.


john_mc_evoy  (A License)

Mar 1, 2013, 1:54 PM
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Thanks everyone. I'm looking at May/June.
I have no intension of mainly doing solos as well, not sure where you got that. I just meant getting in jumps. Solos or multi ways


dqpacker  (D 32043)

Mar 1, 2013, 3:06 PM
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If you go in the summer, Skydive Chicago is not a bad place to be. Sure it can have some hot days, but not the humidity like Florida or parts of Texas.

The Ranch north of NYC is a pretty busy summer DZ too, as is Skydive Cross Keys in NJ

Winter DZs include Skydive City in Z-Hills, Lake Wales, Deland and Sebastain, all in Florida, plus Skydive Houston in TX, Skydive Arizona, Perris and Elsinore.

All are multiple-aircraft DZs as far as I know.

Skydive Houston is no longer open.
Skydive Spaceland is and is a multiple plane dz that stays busy all year.
Also there is westside skydivers in the Houston area.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Mar 1, 2013, 3:33 PM
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If you go in the summer, Skydive Chicago is not a bad place to be. Sure it can have some hot days, but not the humidity like Florida or parts of Texas.

The Ranch north of NYC is a pretty busy summer DZ too, as is Skydive Cross Keys in NJ

Winter DZs include Skydive City in Z-Hills, Lake Wales, Deland and Sebastain, all in Florida, plus Skydive Houston in TX, Skydive Arizona, Perris and Elsinore.

All are multiple-aircraft DZs as far as I know.

Skydive Houston is no longer open.
Skydive Spaceland is and is a multiple plane dz that stays busy all year.
Also there is westside skydivers in the Houston area.

Oops... Spaceland is what I actually meant. My bad. Thanks for the correction.


rnicks  (A License)

Mar 1, 2013, 4:20 PM
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If you go in the summer, Skydive Chicago is not a bad place to be. Sure it can have some hot days, but not the humidity like Florida or parts of Texas.

Ha! That's funny. Zhills is my home dz but I go to Summerfest every year. I think their is humidity is waaaaayyyy worse!! Funny how people interpret weather differently.


brucet7  (C 38954)

Mar 1, 2013, 4:57 PM
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Thanks everyone. I'm looking at May/June.
I have no intension of mainly doing solos as well, not sure where you got that. I just meant getting in jumps. Solos or multi ways

Reread the post. He said that busy DZs with lots of tandems and students might not have the slots for fun jumpers. He did not assume you wanted solos.


labrys  (D 29848)

Mar 1, 2013, 9:20 PM
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Reread the post. He said that busy DZs with lots of tandems and students might not have the slots for fun jumpers. He did not assume you wanted solos.

Yup, I wasn't assuming the OP wanted to do solos, just pointing out that solos can sometimes be the only option for getting in lots of jumps at some very busy DZs, and that's not always optimal at sub-50 jump numbers.

Just an observation and an attempt at advice. The prickly response wasn't necessary Tongue


madhunter  (B License)

Mar 2, 2013, 6:13 AM
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Chicagoland Skydiving Center (CSC) is great for getting jumps in. They have full time load organizers for low numbers jumpers as well as big ways and occasional freefly coaching.

easy to get 10-12 in a day!


3331  (D 3331)

Mar 2, 2013, 10:35 AM
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Deland Florida is the center of Skydiving on planet earth.

You have to spend more then a few days there to realize this.


Andy9o8  (D License)

Mar 2, 2013, 11:09 AM
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Deland Florida is the center of Skydiving on planet earth.

You have to spend more then a few days there to realize this.

http://www.dropzone.com/...post=4451216#4451216

Tongue


Amazon  (D License)

Mar 2, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Deland Florida is the center of Skydiving on planet earth.

You have to spend more then a few days there to realize this.

http://www.dropzone.com/...post=4451216#4451216

Tongue

Just gotta do that Byron patented "hook it for safety" landingSly


john_mc_evoy  (A License)

Mar 2, 2013, 2:06 PM
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Thanks everyone Smile


Shredex

Mar 2, 2013, 4:50 PM
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Lodi you can get 50 jump tickets for $650. AND they are usually very busy.


ChrisD  (No License)

Mar 3, 2013, 10:20 AM
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You have two questions in here, ...

The first, is hands down, Perris, has the largest numbers wise number of jumps annualy. Although the folks at Eloy, will be quick to point out their the largest...

Going somewhere for a week, although a wonderfull thing to be able to pick anywhere, can be another issue because of weather, money, popularity etc and at the same time expect a ceertian number of jumps is another question.

Late winter and Chigago may not be a good idea, Central florida and be willing to drive around a bit may be the best bet but the folks in CA and AZ do very well as well. The summer time and you might find central FLA empty...

May/June Unless you want to take a trip, by this point, at your level, you have a number of places all good, to choose from. In your curreent area. May /June in FL can really be all over the scale weather wize. CA AZ NM LA can be hot, but not as hot as in July/AUG. At the rate your progressing perhaps yo might want to just go to AZ and start hanging around Airspeed ! Seriously you might want to consider giving the folks at eloy a call directly.

All I really wanted to add was the fact that peerhaps expecting down time is a big part of jumping...and very understandibly it seems you are trying an end run in your questiion? Smile Please let us know how this works out, I can't begin to tell you the number of times I have blown weekends waiting for the weather to clear. And what can suck the most is when you travel half a day or more for this wonderfull experience. Sometimes just focusing on the number of jumps can be a big disapointment...in other words having other reasons to go a certain place over another place is a good thing, have a back up plan??? And yes I know that you already know this,...

And why the F&*^ are you keeping this to yourself? Get on the banter and see if anyone else is also interested in a road trip?? Do you have your own gear? Ask, this time of year you might be able to "obtain" a loaner or demo, and thus saving some cash for the plane! I call this the Disneyland effect: You wish to ride in the front of the Monorail, well the only way to ride in the front of the monorail is to ask!! They don't advertise, but you will be totally surpized at the number of other things you can do there if you just ask, cause they arn't going to advertise or tell you! I suppose this is what your doing by this post, but I think you will be very surprized if you push this a little further as well. Smile

I would head someplace sunny for 3 weeks and If I didn't like the vibe or just wanted a change then I would go somewhere else...

I might also suggest quality over quantity and that my friend is a very subjective thing. Smile There have been a number of most excellent DZ's mentioned in prior posts and they are all great! And we have yet to scratch the surface regarding the number of places that haven't been mentioned!

Lodi would be a wonderfull choice! Your choices if money is a consideeration is that going south by air around 200+ from Bos, but San fransico or oakland, Sacramento air fares are going to be in the 400 and up range and a car, unless you find a ride, and I do reccomend using this forum to find a ride or share will then be a must and you have to add in another 400 for the car for a week in CA. Check the rental rates for gear, there are big differences in prices!

I wish I had your problems.Smile

I'm envious that you can take a week off! That's awsome!! Wink

PM me for the rest, you can borrow my camping stuff, go to DeLand, you know some people there, and I can tell you how to take Delta and the city bus (you won't need a car!) and it will cost about 220 bucks round trip! From BOS. They have 4 dollar dinners at the local DZ, every manufacturer in the world is there, in case it rains for field trips, and Disney world is only a , well it's about an hour away, and there's a wind tunnel as well...if it really starts to rain...


(This post was edited by ChrisD on Mar 3, 2013, 11:34 AM)


madhunter  (B License)

Mar 3, 2013, 6:01 PM
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ChrisD,

Really awesome thing you just said, for real man! That is great advice for any of us that want to jump.

On of my favorite experiences I have is a trip with six other skydivers (none of which I previously knew) to Skydive Superior for their Turbine Boogie. I met some of the greatest people and got to jump A LOT.

To the OP, if you ever want to check out the upper Mid-West, hit me up. I would gladly take a few days and road trip through Illinois and Wisconsin to make jumps.


demoknite  (D License)

Mar 3, 2013, 10:24 PM
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SDAZ still manages to put up 15-20 loads before 1pm or so in the middle of summer. At least the couple of days I was passing through. However those last couple of loads arent for the faint of heart.



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