EXPERIENCED JUMPERS

REQUIREMENTS, SAFETY, LANDING AREA

Welcome to Skydive Chicago

The World’s Largest Skydiving Resort

If there is anything we can do to enhance your time with us please do not hesitate to ask a staff member. Our Goal is to provide you a customer experience that meets or exceeds your expectations.

Our facility provides disc golf, camping, swimming, fishing and other athletic recreations—we have combined skydiving with outdoor family fun. There are numerous picnic areas in perfect locations to watch America’s extreme sport.

As the director of Skydive Chicago®, the staff and I look forward to having you jump with us. Whether it is another championship or assisting you on your first jump, you can be assured Skydive Chicago® will remain the world’s premier skydiving center.

Rook Nelson, Director

Please note that the following is required when jumping with us:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must be a current member of the USPA holding an ‘A’ license or higher.
  • International jumpers must have USPA membership (temporary memberships available) and your country’s A-license equivalent or higher.
  • You must have a current logbook. An electronic version such as a ProTrack will work as well.
  • You must have a reserve packing card for each rig you wish to jump in-date per FAA 180-Day requirements.
  • AAD’s are not required but recommended.

2016 Jump Rates & Packages:

  • Jump Tickets (13,000) – $25.00 each
  • Gear Rental – $35 per jump plus Jump Ticket
  • Hop-n-pop (4,500) – $20

Pre- WPC 2016 Jump Rates (August 27 – September 11, 2016):

*Rates apply to all jumps from August 27th – September 11th, 2016

  • Full Altitude (10,000 – 13,000 ft): $26.00 each
  • Canopy Formation (6,500 – 9,500 ft): $25.00 each
  • Hop-n-Pop / Accuracy (3,000 – 5,500 ft): $24.00 each

2016 Jump Packages:

  • 100 jump package: $2250 ($22.50 each)
  • 50 jump package: $1200 ($24 each)
  • *Skydive Chicago® AFP Graduate 50 Jump Package: $1000 ($20 each)!
    *Must be purchased within two weeks of graduating

SDC Unlimited

April or October
$1150/Month
  • Monthly memberships includes all the jumps you can do in the purchased calendar month.
  • A limited number of 15 memberships will be sold each month.
  • The membership does not cover event fees.
  • There are no refunds. (unless injured)
  • There is no double manifesting.
  • Jumps must be from SDC aircraft.
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SDC Unlimited

June, July, or August
$1300/Month
  • Monthly memberships includes all the jumps you can do in the purchased calendar month.
  • A limited number of 15 memberships will be sold each month.
  • The membership does not cover event fees.
  • There are no refunds. (unless injured)
  • There is no double manifesting.
  • Jumps must be from SDC aircraft.
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License Requirements

USPA A-license holders who have not made a freefall skydive within 60 days should make at least one jump under the supervision of a currently rated USPA instructional rating holder until demonstrating altitude awareness, freefall control on all axes, tracking, and canopy skills sufficient for safely jumping in groups.

USPA B-license holders who have not made a freefall skydive within the preceding 90 days should make at least one jump under the supervision of a USPA instructional rating holder until demonstrating the ability to safely exercise the privileges of that license.

USPA C- and D-license holders who have not made a freefall skydive within the preceding six months should make at least one jump under the supervision of a USPA instructional rating holder until demonstrating the ability to safely exercise the privileges of that license.

 

Landing Areas and Procedures

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  • Always a left hand pattern if altitude permits and can be done safely

Separated Landing area (Blue)

  • Landing areas are separated by a line from the wind sock east until the taxi way. (refer to map)
  • Main Landing area
  • Less than 1000 jumps must land south of the line.
  • Do not fly over the 1000+ jump area while in your landing pattern.

1000+ jumps and Tandem Landing Area (gold)

  • If you do not have 1000 you are not allowed to land here.
  • Very Turbulent on East Wind Days
  • High performance turns are allowed here. Low man has right away.
  • Keep your eyes open. Please use extra caution while landing in this area

Swoop pond (Purple)

  • Alternate landing area or high performance.
  • Must have special permission to swoop the pond.
  • Do not walk across tarmac when coming back to the hangar.

Crossing the runway

  • Skydive Chicago is a private airport, non-skydiving traffic is rare. Pilots should know skydiving is in progress.  Still use caution when crossing the runway.
  • Try and not cross the runway under 1000 feet. On north landing days this is quite difficult.  Be vigilant of traffic if crossing under 1000ft.
  • Please do not fly under 1000ft at the end of the runways.
  • If crossing the runway on foot, please look both ways on the runway and the horizons. If an aircraft is approaching you should be at least 20 ft from the runway, contain your canopy and take a knee so the pilot knows you see them.

On light and variable wind days the landing direction is set

  • Do not chase the windsock, a downwind or crosswind landing is far better than a canopy collision
  • Landing direction is changed by staff.  SDC has many aircraft flying and dropping jumpers at any given time.  It is important that EVERYONE knows if the landing direction has changed.

Landing out and Hazards

Fox River (Red)

  • Located EAST of the dropzone. (outlined in red)
  • All banks surrounding the Fox River are NOT ideal for landing. They are uneven and forested, resulting in high turbulence.
  • You should decide as early as possible (2000 feet or higher) if you will not be able to land on this side of the river, AND find an alternate landing area.
  • If you must land east of the Fox River, safely fly yourself east towards HWY 71. Give yourself enough altitude to locate an open field for landing, and turn into the wind. There are no roads or boats to pick you up between the Fox River and HWY 71, you will need to walk to HWY 71 for us to pick you up.

Horse Farm (Shaded Purple)

  • Please avoid landing here, if you can do so safely.
  • Avoid the horses, if you can do so safely
  • If you must land at the Horse Farm, upon landing STAY PUT! DO NOT MOVE AROUND! We will come to pick you up. Startling the horses may result in the horse injuring themselves.Large Area Landing hazards
  • These horses are VERY EXPENSIVE! Failure to follow the rules will result in a $350 fine, and you will be held financially responsible for any injuries to the horses and/or damage to the property.

Corn/Soy Bean Fields

  • If you land in a corn/soy bean field be careful not to damage any plants. Follow the rows to the end of the field to exit.
  • These fields are our neighbor’s livelihoods, please be as careful as possible. If any significant damage occurs, please inform manifest so we can compensate the field owner appropriately.

Quarry (Light Blue)

  • The quarry is located directly north of the dropzone. It is a large tan/grey spot.
  • DO NOT land here!

High Voltage Power Lines (Yellow)

  • These power lines are located to the north of the dropzone and run East/West.
  • The height of the power lines is about 70 feet, and they carry high voltages.

Turbulence

  • Turbulence may caused at any time without warning however with proper knowledge and avoidance you can reduce the chances of having an incident due to turbulence.Turbulent East Wind Areas copy
  • East wind days at Skydive Chicago tend to be the most turbulent.  Wind coming off the bluff, trees, and hangar can cause undesirable landing conditions.  However Skydive Chicago has a large landing area in which their are other locations to land that will not be affected as much.
  • The map located to the right is just a guidline.  The effects of turbulence may be prevalent outside the area presented on this  map.  Please use caution and make safe choices on where to land.

EJECT

Experience Jumper Emergency Cutaway Training

EJECT FINAL GREY BACKGROUNDHave questions about a particular malfunction or want to practice in a hanging harness.  EJECT is a monthly emergency procedure refresher for licensed skydivers.  Located downstairs in the AFP classroom.  Starting at 7:30am.  I will last as long t as everyone wants it too.  No sign up is required.  Practice cutting away on your own rig.  Safety Day is everyday you put on the rig.