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Skydive Pennsylvania

Average Rating: 4.23
4.23 out of 5 based on 13 user reviews

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Location:
Grove City Airport (29D)
Lat: 41.1460278
Lng: -80.16775

Address:
496 Old Ash Road
Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137
United States

Contact:
800-909-JUMP
724-748-5377 (fax)
jump@skydivepa.com
http://www.skydivepa.com  (7203 Hits)

Last Updated: 2012-07-31
Aircraft:
Porter

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

Rates:
AFF: 289 USD
S/L: 199 USD
Tandem: 199 USD
Video: 79 USD
Jump Ticket: 21 USD to 14000 ft




Description:


Western Pennsylvania's only turbine Drop Zone. 50 mins North of Pittsburgh and 60 mins south of Erie.

Facilities:

  • Gear Rentals
  • Gear Sales
  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Coaches
  • Load Organizers
  • Bar
  • RV Hookups
  • Camping
  • Showers

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Great skydiving place


Skydive Pennsylvania Rated 5 by: myatt28 on 2011-07-31

Pros: Great vibe, friendly people, professional instructors
Cons: tough to get on load. PA weather

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Recently added new equipment to rentals. Top notch instructors. Knowledgeable riggers. Beautiful scenary.
(Review ID:6646)


From my first time there I felt right at home.


Skydive Pennsylvania Rated 5 by: quiet_zach_psu on 2010-08-04

Pros: Great staff, very friendly welcoming and professional.
Cons: small landing area

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When I first went to Skydive PA, it was my third summer trying to get through AFF. I had 9 jumps but my last one was the year prior. From the begining they were super friendly and took me in like one of their own. I never had that feeling like I was a bourdon to them as a new student like I have at other dropzones. Every coach or instructor I had was very experienced and always had tons of advice and tips. Even on bad weather days I still love to hang out and get every little tid bit of help I can get, and everyone there was more than happy to give it out.

The only downfall is the landing area is very small and the turbulance from the trees around makes it even harder to land. Where I first started AFF I was off radio by my 3rd jump. At skydive PA I am still relying on radio assistance to land after AFF level 10.

All in all the dropzone is great, it's not too big to where you are pushed to the side, but still big enough that there is a ton of very experienced instructors and coaches that are always willing to help out a newbie like me.

I highly recomend stoping by and making a jump or 2 if you are in the area. The partying afterwords is a good time too.

(Review ID:5897)


Was unable to jump because of poor management.


Skydive Pennsylvania Rated 1 by: maiios on 2010-06-06

Pros: It is in the middle of nowhere, but it is not too hard to get to. The price was competitive. Offer many kinds of jumps.
Cons: Poorly managed, feels a bit like you have to fight to get on the plane, not enough staff. Appointments dont matter.

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A group of 11 of us went to Skydive Pennsylvania for a memorial day skydive. We got an appointment about a month in advance because we knew that would be a more popular weekend, and we wanted to make sure that we all got to jump. The day before, we checked the weather report and saw that there would be rain by 1pm, or 2pm at the latest. We called the day of the jump to make sure that it would still go on with the possible weather and the number of us, and were told that it would not be a problem.

We arrived at 10:15 just to give us a little more time incase the weather showed up early, and 2 of our group was able to jump before 11am. Then the next four were directed out to the plane, but had to sit next to the plane in their gear and the May heat and humidity for half an hour without an explanation. But they got to go up by noon.

The last five were told that they would need to split into two groups because of the plane's size, but that there was a freejump group that was going up before us. We were a little worried about the weather, but it was not even 1pm by that point. However, another group was inserted before us, and we were told that we would definitely be next after them. But then a demo group went up.

I talked to the guy that was running it (the owner of 35 years) and asked him when we would go up, because I had been there for three hours already and I was concerned about the weather. He told me not to worry because he "was driving the bus" (he said this repeatedly to anyone that was concerned about being able to go up). This happened a few more times as more groups were put in front of us. Then as the weather was almost on top of us, he decided to stick one of the five of us on the plane that was about to depart to atleast get her up there (this was at 1:30pm).

At this point, the owner came over to our group and asked someone to come inside. He showed us the weather radar on the internet and showed us how a storm was coming right up on us, but pointed to a small hole and said there was a possibility that we might be able to get a jump in there (I didnt see how... it was small). And just as the weather forcast predicted the day before, the weather (very heavy rain) came at 2pm.

I went up to the owner and told him that I was really disappointed that I had been there for four hours and had seen group after group go in front of me, and only to be told that I was going to be in the next group over and over. I also told him that one of the remaining people in our group was a solider who was now having his Memorial Day skydive rained out. However, the owner did not care to hear about any of this and dismissed us by walking away. At this point, the weather was right over us (as predicted, right on time) and did not look like it was going to break anytime soon (it did not). So we left. It was a waste of a memorial day for us, and one of our service members.

It all comes down to terrible management, and could have been avoided if he allowed appointments to come before walk-ins.

(Review ID:5751)


DZ near the great city of Pittsburgh, PA


Skydive Pennsylvania Rated 5 by: jasonsobek on 2009-10-23

Pros: Safety-First, Great People, Beautiful Drop Zone, Autumn Foliage
Cons: no winter dives for students

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Nikki, Jeff, ET AL. make safety and caution their top priority; hence the absence of fatalities when searching dropzone.com. They are informative and do not "dumb it down" when it comes to the 'winds aloft forecast'.

I felt immediately comfortable with the staff: Jeff, Nikki, Sherri, Don, Johnny, Cindy, Cedric and Beth.

Recieved the recommendation of Skydive City in Zephyrhills, FL near Tampa for the winter. I hope to get another jump in PA as a student and finish up and get licensed in Zephyrhills, FL.


(Review ID:5444)


NEVER OPEN


Skydive Pennsylvania Rated 1 by: space_cadet on 2009-08-09

Pros: Nice website
Cons: Never open

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The DZ is NEVER open, even on good weather days. Not sure if they are still open. Calling leads to voice mail.
(Review ID:5310)

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