Options for Training and Skydiving near Springfield
Tandem skydiving is the most popular option for, but you don’t have to do a tandem jump the first time. You can go solo if you want. No matter which method you choose it takes a minimum of 25 jumps to get your license.
We covered some general information about tandem skydiving above. Tandem skydiving allows you to jump from full altitude attached to your instructor. Visit our Tandem Skydive page for more information. There are two different solo jump options that we offer as part of our skydive Springfield experiences. They both have pros and cons. Here is a summary of Static-Line (IAD) and Accelerated FreeFall (AFF).
Static-Line (IAD) Skydiving
Static-Line (IAD) is similar to military jumps where the parachute deploys as you leave the airplane from 4,500ft. This simplifies the skydive a little because you don’t have to worry about freefall skills on your first jump. All you have to focus on is exiting the airplane and flying the parachute. This method is less expensive because your first jumps are from a lower altitude and you only have 1 instructor with you. And, at the end of the day, you can still get your license in 25 jumps. This is our most popular method for learning to skydive. Visit our Skydive Training page for more information.
Accelerated FreeFall Skydiving
Accelerated FreeFall is a newer form of training where two instructors hold onto you during freefall. With this method, your first jump is from full altitude so you get freefall time in addition to the canopy flight. This also means you have more to do during the jump. After you complete the freefall skills you then have to deploy the parachute and fly the parachute. AFF is also more expensive because you are going to full altitude with two instructors.
Solo Skydiving near Springfield
No matter which solo method you choose you’ll need to attend a 4-5 hour ground course. During the course, we’ll cover information on Exit, FreeFall, Canopy Flight, Emergency Procedures, Equipment, and Aircraft Operations. One great thing about skydiving is that you’ll meet a lot of interesting people. Part of the fun is just hanging out with everyone.
We also have a great social atmosphere. Our team is always doing things together. We skydive together, eat together, and function like a small community. As you get into skydiving or any aviation activity, you will start to see that it’s more about the people. We always find ways to entertain ourselves with activities like the mini rock wall, throwing axes, and the slackline. Weekends go by quickly and we have to get as much out of them as we can. We fire up the grill around 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The meal varies a little each day as we alternate between burgers, chicken, pizza, etc. The initial skydiving A-License requires 25 jumps. Once you get your A-License we stamp your forehead and you officially become a licensed skydiver. The newest addition to our list of activities is the hot air balloon.
Hot Air Balloon Experience near Springfield
This year we’ll be offering Hot Air Balloon rides and tandem skydiving near Springfield, MO. A hot air balloon ride or tandem skydive is vastly different from an airplane. In an airplane, you have the loud noise of the engine and 100 mph wind speed as the door opens. The noise and wind sensation causes your adrenaline to kick in. In a balloon, your surroundings are completely quiet, other than the periodic burning of propane. You can take in more visually as your senses are not overloaded by noise. We never really know where the wind is going to take us. If the winds carry us south we may be skydiving in Springfield. Hot air balloon flights are more dependent on weather than any other aviation activity. Once you have been skydiving and go for a balloon ride you can complete the experience by flying an airplane.
Airplane Rides near Springfield
Want to take the controls and fly the airplane yourself? Discovery flights include a short ground lesson that covers controlling the airplane and tailoring the flight to you. We inspect around the aircraft, engine compartment, and inside the cabin. This helps ensure the aircraft is airworthy for flight. After startup, you’ll taxi the aircraft to the runway and prepare for takeoff. As we pick up speed down the runway your instructor will help you lift off the runway. We can fly toward Springfield, Stockton Lake, or Pomme de Terre Lake. En route you’ll be able to fly the aircraft and learn basic navigation. After landing and parking the aircraft we’ll debrief the flight. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the flight and make a plan for your next lesson if you wish to continue. We check the weather frequently before deciding to go flying.
All aviation activities are weather-dependent. Each activity has different weather limitations. When it comes to wind, balloon flights are the most restrictive. The winds have to be almost perfectly calm. We can continue skydiving in a little higher winds. Airplane rides have the highest wind limit although it can be less enjoyable in gusty weather. All of these activities must avoid clouds and rain. Weather can change quickly, especially in Missouri. At times we may get delayed behind schedule due to weather. We start checking the weather three days in advance of your adventure. If the forecast looks bad we can reschedule. We’ll do another weather check the morning of your flight. After one last check of the weather, you are now ready for your lifetime experience.
Putting It All Together
All of us at Flight Providers are excited to share these lifetime experiences with you. Springfield skydiving tandem, Balloon rides, and flying an Airplane are all a unique adventure. They can give you a new perspective on life. This can even be the start of a lifetime enjoyment of aviation. This is what we want to share with you.
Our skydiving instructors have been trained by World Class Examiner Michael Wadkins part-owner of www.Xcelskydiving.com. Michael and Mercedes are professionals driven by a passion for teaching and a deep love for the sport of Skydiving. Every year our instructors attend one or more of Xcelskydiving’s training courses.