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Western New York Skydiving

Average Rating: 4.56
4.56 out of 5 based on 9 user reviews

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Akron Airport (9G3)

Akron Airport
Akron, NY, New York 14001
United States

716-909-2224  (3577 Hits)

Last Updated: 2009-11-21

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

Tandem: 225 USD
Video: 95 USD
Jump Ticket: 23 USD to 10000 ft



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Tandem to AFF and now a Licensed Skydiver

Western New York Skydiving Rated 5 by: CCGV19 on 2014-02-12

Pros: Great Staff, Professional, SAFE!, and lots of FUN
Cons: Buffalo Weather

I had made a few Tandem Skydives before while on vacation and really had a blast. I decided to take a friend who was visiting Buffalo and I wasn't sure where to go. I went to Google to search for places near Buffalo. After finding out safety history and making phone calls I found WNY Skydiving. I spoke with Tim (the Owner) let me tell you this guy is awesome. He has a strong passion and energy for Skydiving the "right & Safe way".

On the day of the Skydive we were told to be there early for briefing/ instruction before the skydive. I was a little unsure where to go but the Staff were all very friendly and explained what and with who we needed to meet. Training was clear and it was off to Skydive. They had a good time in the plane on the way up to altitude and they kept me loose and excited. I was the first out. Once the Door opened we looked for the spot and Tim told me to lean my head back and focus on my arc!

It was amazing! I recommend it to everyone there is nothing like it. The freefall was great and under the canopy was even more fun. I got to grab the Toggles with Tim's help and control our turns. We had a soft and smooth flare at the end and landed just great!

Fast Forward I enjoyed Tim & his staff soo much that I went back and did my ground school and AFF with WNY Skydiving! I earned my A License and now have my B License. Tim and others have continued to look out for my safety and helped me choose the right gear for my needs not my wallet. There have been days where weather was not good for jumping and they kept positive spirits before calling weather hold. I am glad we didn't jump in bad weather as another dropzone in Buffalo did and they had a major accident. I am glad that WNY Skydiving takes safety to the highest level.

Their whole operation is professional and I love going back. For first timers I highly recommend the video and still photographs they were well worth it and my buddy was bummed he didn't get a video after watching mine.

Go visit WNY Skydiving they have an excellent staff and will take care of you!

(Review ID:8368)


Western New York Skydiving Rated 5 by: RochesterUE on 2012-11-07

Pros: Instructors, facility, planes.
Cons: WNY weather!

I was convinced to try skydiving by a friend of mine earlier in the summer. To say I was nervous when I showed up for my first tandem was an understatement. When I arrived, I met with the owner (Tim) and when through the normal paperwork etc. Tim's excitement and confidence quickly rubbed off on me, and I was at ease and ready to make the jump. Tim took me through the entire system, and showed me where and how we would exit the aircraft. Tim's confidence and excitement about taking me for my first skydive was contagious. I too, began to feel comfortable and excited about what we were about to do. The skydive was by far the most amazing experience of my life. Seeing how much I enjoyed it, on the way down Tim suggested I come back and learn how to jump on my own. I initially brushed him off and said there was no way I could afford another hobby. I think Tim knew I'd be back. Sure enough, within a month I came back and made my second tandem with Bob. Since then I have started the AFF course and have made a total of 5 jumps, with Tim, Bob and Jason. Tim and Bob in particular are amazing at putting students at ease, and teaching them to be confident in themselves and what they are doing. I was shocked to read the review that is below mine. I have spent a total of 2-3 weeks hanging out at the drop zone with the entire crew at WNY Skydiving, and have gotten to know their staff and many of their fun jumpers. The staff is not only competent, but extremely experienced with skydiving. If you are considering making your first skydive, or even taking the AFF course, I highly recommend WNY Skydiving. Show up early and plan on spending the entire day at the drop zone. Even if the weather isn't cooperating, the DZ is a fun environment for all, and being on "weather-hold" can be a great part of the experience too. Unfortunately, this is Western NY, and the weather can be unpredictable. But, the nice thing about WNY Skydiving is that the second the skies clear and the pilot and instructor give the OK, you will soon be having the experience of your life. - Teddy
(Review ID:7704)

This is a response to rvandint from WNYSkydiving who has made it his mission to review us everywhere

Western New York Skydiving Rated 5 by: timuuu on 2012-11-06

Pros: legal skydives
Cons: not everyoen likes us...

We at WNYSkydiving are governed by the FAA and are not able to skydive in solid cloud conditions (FAR 105). As happens in western New York (and the rest of the world) clouds move in and out. This not something that we have any control over and unfortunately, weather in Buffalo, NY is unpredictable at best every day. Throughout the morning, we were able to take several students up but as the day wore on clouds began moving in. When we reached Laura and her friendís place in our rotation (last in the morning group because she was late for her scheduled class), the clouds had moved in making jumping impossible.

We were asked several times by Laura to take up her and her friend into illegal airspace. We refused, not only on the grounds that it was illegal but also because it would have jeopardized their safety. While we realize this put a monkey wrench in your day, our staff has by far the best safety record in the area because we refuse to compromise on safety issues. Please contact us if you have any questions about our safety protocol here at WNYSkydiving.


Tim Allen

(Review ID:7701)

I can't imagine a better place to jump than here

Western New York Skydiving Rated 5 by: cwolf92 on 2012-11-06

Pros: Extremely talented instructors who simply love to jump
Cons: C-182's aren't that fun

I never considered skydiving to be a lifetime sport, I thought it was just something to try once and then move on. I wanted to make one solo jump and be happy with that, so I started looking for drop zones near me. After calling several DZ's I decided to make a tandem jump at WNY, even though it was not the closest place. I talked with Tim (the Owner) and immediately could tell he was passionate about his sport and also very safety oriented. After jump 1 at WNY I was hooked, and came back again and again that summer to graduate the student program. Everyone at WNY were so helpful and supporting while I was a newbie, and still are today now that I'm licensed. Though their aircraft are small and the weather isn't always perfect, all the staff and fun jumpers make WNY a great place to jump and learn about the greatest sport in the world.
(Review ID:7700)

Just throwing your money away.

Western New York Skydiving Rated 1 by: rvandint on 2012-11-04

Pros: Beautiful area
Cons: Rude Staff/Owner, Lack of foresight and scheduling, Inconsiderate

1) The girls in charge of scheduling was more concerned with ordering pizza and buying pumpkins to throw from planes then actually getting flights off the ground.

2) There was a plane that was not running. According to the staff, this was because they had just got a new plane and had been using it more. The old plane hadn't been started for week. The battery was dead and kept dying. After 4 hours it finally took off. This is something that could have been easily dealt with before the day before.

3) Tim was rude pretty much the whole day. In fact, he said that they would come right back as soon as the weather improved. They left to throw pumpkins from planes as the skies were the clearest they had been since it started raining.

4) I understand that they are at the whims of the weather like the rest of us. However, they use this as a justification to keep your money. Sadly, this really seems to impact their customer service as they really do not seem to give a shit.

5) I partially take that last part back. I watched Tim ask his instructors if they are willing to finally take Laura and her friend up for a jump. After about 7 minutes of "no I won't do jumps that short" or "its too cold." I definitely give props to Bob. Everyone that jumped with him had a blast. If you do end up going to here, jump with Bob. Also, Bob lands on his feet so be ready.

6) They kept asking if we want to reschedule, we kept saying no. The jump would've gone off at least 3 hours earlier rather than at 6 pm. It really seems like they try to discourage you from jumping when it is an inconvenience.

In conclusion, check out some other reviews and places before dedicating yourself to this business. If you do decide to go, pay the day of because you won't get your money back and you will have to force them to take you up.

P.S. There was a small foot platform on their strut that they had to keep kicking into place before they finally took it off. This following an incident they laughed about earlier in the summer when a piece of equipment fell off the plane. I think that should be enough said.

(Review ID:7697)

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