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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I Schedule a Jump?

Give us a call at 1-866-JUMP-USA or 717-264-1111. You may select the day that you want to jump and the time. (See Jump Schedule, below) We will ask you for a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit per person to secure your time and date. Its as simple as that. If you have a group, you must have the names addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of each member of the group. We have designed an organizer planning sheet that you may use to gather the necessary information.

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How far ahead do I need to send in my deposit?

We never know how far ahead a given day will fill up. Some days book up a month in advance, others fill up just a little before. If you have your heart set on a certain day, it is a good idea to send in your deposit a month or more in advance. If you are more flexible in scheduling, then it might not hurt to wait ‘til closer to your desired jump date. Usually two weeks is adequate. But don't hesitate to email me or call 1-866-JUMP-USA or 717-264-1111 during the week to find out there is room on a shorter notice. Occasionally we can take walk-in’s, but we always will take our customers with reservations prior to walk-in’s.

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When is Chambersburg Skydiving Center Open?

We are open weekends all year. During the warm months, we are open 5 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). We can also schedule Mondays and Tuesdays by special appointment. We open at 8am and close shortly after sunset.  

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What time should I get there and when will I actually jump?

No matter what type of jump you plan to make you should arrive at your scheduled time. When you will actually jump depends on many things, including weather, equipment, whether you have video, and also how quickly you learn the required skills for the type of jump you are making.

Tandems

Please arrive at your scheduled time. For instance, if we have reserved the 10AM appointment for you, that is your arrival time. It is not the time you will jump. When you arrive you need to check in at the manifest counter in the blue hangar. We will get you signed in. Next you will watch a short video that explains the legal aspects of your paperwork and demonstrates the jump that you are about to make. Once the video is done, there is some paperwork (the waiver) that you are required to sign. The staff member at the counter will review your waiver. When that is complete an instructor will explain and demonstrate what is required of you in the plane, in freefall, under canopy and for landing.

Now you’re ready to jump! At this point, your names are put on a list and instructors are assigned to jump with each student. Obviously, not everyone can be first. We will list jumpers in order of the sign in at manifest. Generally, we can take 2 or 3 students on a plane. The exact number of students that can jump at one time is variable due to packing, instructor availability, size of the airplane, whether or not video is required, and weather.

You may be certain that we will do everything in our power to get you in the sky as quickly as possible using care and caution to optimize safety.

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Jump Schedule

For Tandem, we have groups arrive at the following assigned times.

May through September- 8AM, 10AM, Noon, 2 PM

October 1 through April - 8AM, 10AM, and Noon and 1PM

On weekdays we schedule tandems starting at 9AM.

For Static Line and Accelerated Freefall

The Static Line and AFF First Jump Courses start at 8:00 A.M. and last about 5-6 hours. We break for lunch so either pack a lunch or plan on going into town for your lunch. Your Static Line or AFF Jump will be made on the same day as your training, weather permitting, usually between 2:00 P.M. and sunset. If you have a group, we can arrange to train you on a weekday evening so you can arrive at the airport ready to jump early on Saturday or Sunday. For repeat AFF or Static Line jumps please arrive at 9:00AM. We will take Category B and above students at other times by appointment. If you just show up at the drop zone without scheduling, there may not be enough staff to get your Category training and jump in.

We also schedule AFF and Static Line on weekdays April – October. Our schedules are fairly flexible on weekdays. We usually start AFF and Static Line weekday classes at 9AM.

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Allow plenty of time!

Please! Don’t schedule major life changing events on the same day that you want to skydive! Since this sport is entirely weather related, its possible that you may be here for 5 or 6 hours or even the whole day. If you have a family reunion, birthday party, wedding reception or other major event planned, it can induce stress and ruin your day of skydiving.

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What if I’m late? 

ARRIVE ON TIME!

We can’t delay training for everyone just because one or more people are not on time. If you’re on the road and know you’re going to be late, please call us immediately, If you miss a class, or if a large part of a group arrives late and we miss the opportunity to get you up that day, it is your responsibility to reschedule and come back to make the dive. We train groups at the scheduled arrival time, and some of each group will go first, others will have to wait while we get these first student skydivers up and repack our parachutes. But it is still necessary that everyone arrives on time for the scheduled training session. We will do our best to work with you, but may not have the staff to train a separate late class for you. This is especially true of AFF and Static Line ground school, which takes quite a while.

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 Where do I go when I get there? 

Go to the Blue Hangar with the sign “Skydive” on it. You will need to go to the front desk and sign in. You may park in the parking lot in front of the low white building. . 

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What about my friends and family coming along to watch?

Your friends and family are welcome at Chambersburg Skydiving Center. Please be sure that they realize that you might have a long wait. It will absolutely ruin your day if your friends and family are bored and asking you “When is it your turn to jump?” They need to bring lawn chairs, books, games, sunscreen and lots of patience. Please remind them that no alcohol is allowed to be consumed while jump operations are in progress. While skydiving is fun and exciting for you and just the thought of it gives you goose bumps, your friends and family may just not understand that its worth waiting to jump out of an airplane. Do not bring your children unless you have a designated baby sitter or nanny who will be caring for them 100% of the time. Airports and Drop Zones are dangerous areas. You will be too involved in your jump to watch them, and our staff doesn’t have the time or expertise to supervise your children.

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Do you jump in all weather?

No, we do not jump when it is raining, when there is heavy cloud cover, or when its extremely windy, but we still can do your training. That way you can be ready to jump right away if you have to come back another day. Weather can cause unexpected delays, so please be patient, we are trying to get you in the air as quickly and safely as possible. It is often said that the only sure thing about the weather is that if you are not at the drop zone you can’t make a jump. Sometimes the weather clears during the day for a short period of time, and the people who are here are the ones that get to jump! You can be sure that if our staff of professional skydivers and pilots are not willing to jump or fly, the weather is too bad for students.

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Do you jump when it is Cold?

Yes, we jump in the winter, within reason. The temperature at our exit altitude is usually around 40 degrees colder than on the ground. Add in the wind chill factor when you’re going 120 miles per hour and it can be very uncomfortable. Down to about 40 degrees, we can stay warm by wearing layers of clothing and gloves that will not let the wind penetrate. When it’s brutally cold we don’t take students.

After all this sport is supposed to be fun!

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Can I get a refund if the weather is bad?

No, there are no refunds if you get weathered out. You may reschedule your jump for anytime within one year from the time it was originally scheduled. The weather in Chambersburg may be entirely different than the weather where you live. Many times it clears enough to jump with a few students during the day. If you stay home there is no chance you will jump that day. If you are here, you might be the one with the big smile. You can check the weather page on our web site. But remember, the weatherman is not always correct!

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Consumer Alert

Can I get a refund if I Cancel?

No! There are no refunds, for any reasons. Not even if you get a “note” from your doctor. If you call at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled jump, you will be able to reschedule your jump and your deposit will be honored for 1 year from the date it was received. If you just don’t show on the day of your jump or don’t call at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled jump, you will lose your deposit. Deposits are not transferable to another jumper.

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Can we drink alcohol at the drop zone to Celebrate?

We don’t allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the drop zone during jumping hours. Aviation and alcohol do not mix. You must refrain from drinking alcohol at least 8 hours before your scheduled jump. If you smell like alcohol you will not be allowed to jump! Period! No exceptions!

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What about Drugs?

No Drugs!, No exceptions!

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Is Skydiving Safe?

Skydiving is a high risk sport! You may be injured or killed while participating. You must be willing to accept this risk to skydive. Chambersburg Skydiving Center is a United States Parachute Association (USPA) Group Member. We follow the recommendations of  USPA, which is the national skydiving organization that publishes skydiving rules and recommendations.

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What should I wear?

In the summer, wear shorts, t-shirt and sneakers. PLEASE! NO BOOTS, Please leave any shoes with hooks at home.

In the winter, layer your clothing. Long underwear, turtleneck, long sleeve t-shirt, sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers. Please don’t wear sweatshirts with hoods. Bring light weight leather gloves if you have them. If not we have gloves here.

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Can I wear my Eye Glasses or Contact Lenses?

Yes! If you have glasses, we will give you over the glasses goggles for your skydive. Contact lenses are preferable, since standard goggles work nicely. Although rare, contact lens occasionally come out in freefall and usually stick in the goggles. We recommend you bring your own saline solution and a lens case to rewet them just in case.

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What if I am under 18 years old?

It is not legal for a person under the age of 18 to enter into a binding contract. We therefore do not take anyone under the age of 18 on any type of skydive, even with parental approval. We realize that many parents are willing to sign the contract for their children, but it has been upheld in a court of law that a parent does not have the legal right to sign away rights for their underage children.  

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 I am afraid of heights! How can I possibly skydive?

Many skydivers are afraid of heights. When you are 2 or 3 miles above the earth, the visual picture is so different that the mind doesn’t compute fear in the same way. Most new jumpers have some apprehension before their skydive. This is certainly normal. The more jumps you make, the less fear you will experience.

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Can I get just still photos of my skydive?

No, still photos are complementary with the purchase of your video.

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Can we get one video for our whole group?

No. It is impossible for a freefall camera flyer to be in more than one place at the same time — tandems are as much as a quarter mile apart in freefall. We can edit all of your videos onto one tape for an additional fee.

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Can I bring my own camera on my skydive?

No, it would get in the way and could compromise your safety.

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Do you jump on Weekdays?

Yes! We can arrange weekday jumping, just give us a call at 1-866-JUMP-USA.

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Which kind of skydive should I do on my first jump?

Tandem skydiving is the choice of the majority of first time jumpers. It allows you to experience freefall without committing yourself to half a day of training. If you’re not sure whether you want to continue skydiving or are sure this is just a one time adventure, tandem skydiving might be for you.

You don’t have to do a tandem on your first jump. Accelerated Freefall is definitely the “go for it” option. If you’ve already made up your mind that skydiving is going to be your sport and you want to get licensed, then AFF is for you!

Static Line might be your choice if flying the parachute is more interesting to you than experiencing freefall. Again, it requires more training than tandem, but you get the satisfaction of flying the parachute on your own. If you have had prior jump experience in the military you may be more comfortable doing a static line jump.

In the end, its your decision to make. You choose the method you want, and we’ll get you in the sky!

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When can I jump by myself?

By AFF jump number 3, most students will be freefalling without the instructors hanging on to them. In order to jump solo, the student needs to be cleared to self supervise. This usually takes about 8 or 9 jumps.  

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Do I need to buy anything else?

No, you don't need to buy anything else for the first jump. If you plan to continue you will want to get a copy of the student progression and Skydiver's Information Manual available at manifest for $30 tax included. Your own goggles and altimeter will be the next items you will want to purchase. 

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Can I bring my pet?

There is no shade on this airport or most others for that matter! It is cruel to ask your best friend to lay in the sun with no protection from the elements. If you bring your dog or cat or monkey, they must be kept on a leash at all times, and you must personally clean up after them.

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But I saw someone with a dog...

Some people just don’t care who they inconvenience.

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Children at the Drop Zone

Children will be bored. They just don’t have the patience to wait for hours while you train, fret, watch in awe and fulfill your dream of skydiving. If you bring them, make sure to bring a nanny or babysitter to entertain them. Bring their books and games. We do have lots of hiking trails in the area. During the summer there is a large community pool in Chambersburg. We love children and almost everyone on staff has kids. They are the future of our sport, our future pilots and rocket scientists. They just don’t want to be here for very long!

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What about AFF LEVELS 1-7?

In the past, AFF was taught using 7 levels which taught basic body maneuvers, but did not include enough training for a student to understand how to survive in the sport unsupervised. It was “well ok, you passed 7 jumps, you’re on your own”. The sport has changed. We realize that more training is necessary to bring sound, safe, adept skydivers into our sport.

Chambersburg Skydiving Center is teaching  United States Parachute Association's new and much improved student training program, the Integrated Student Progression (ISP). We still call it AFF. Some skydiving centers still use the obsolete "Levels 1-7" and believe that new jumpers shouldn’t have to pay more for the training necessary to make them safer in the air. We’re not going to compromise your training for any amount of money.

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Don’t See your Question?

Please email us at manifest@skydivingcenter.net  

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