Pegasus Skydiving

 

A member of the US Parachute Association (USPA)

Pegasus offers the static line training system to make your first jump.

For all types of jump, gift certificates are available and would make an excellent gift for any friend or partner. Please call us for more details.

New! Please click here to see a selection of recent photographs of our skydivers


The static line course:

The static line method is the traditional way to make a first jump. If you want to make a solo free-fall and then go on to achieve the USPA "A" certificate, you should enroll in a static line course.

The static-line course starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Sometimes if we don't run the course on a Saturday, we may do a Sunday. Please call up on Saturday and ask if you are interested. You will spend the day in both classroom and practical lessons. In the mid to late afternoon, you will be ready for your first jump.

A static line operated parachute will open within 2 seconds of your leaving the aircraft at 3500 ft. You will spend the next 5 minutes controlling your high performance square parachute down to the landing area. You will be assisted down to the ground with visual and/or radio signals. To make a static line jump you must be no heavier than 300 lbs, in good physical condition, and at least 18 years of age. If you are younger than 18 (but no younger than 16), you can jump with parental consent."

After your first jump you must make at least 3 more static line jumps before you can make your first free-fall. From then on you will be going higher. You will learn to manoeuvre in free-fall and finally you will link up with other jumpers in free-fall from 10,000ft. At that time you will be ready to get the USPA "A" certificate.

It will take about 30 jumps to get the USPA "A" certificate. You are no longer a student at this time

Insurance:

All jumpers on a static line course have the option to be signed up with the United States Parachute Association prior to the first jump. Membership, offers amongst other things, a magazine and liability insurance. Temporary membership (3 months) costs $20 and one year membership costs $65. For more information on the USPA, call 1-800-371-8772 or visit www.uspa.org


Scheduling:

As we are trying to sell the business we cannot plan too far in advance. Classes will be smaller than previously. Please call to schedule.

CLASSES WILL NOT BE CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Costs:

For all types of jump, gift certificates are available and would make an excellent gift for any friend or partner. Please call us for more details.

First jump course training, and jump $140.

The cost of continuation jumps #2 through "A" license are $45.00 each

Licensed Skydivers:

Pegasus Skydiving does not train students on sundays, Also we do not do Tandem jumps. We do jump students that are already trained. As such we do have plenty of time to jump licenced skydivers. Licenced jumpers are invited to come on out and make a number of jumps which they might not get if they were at a busier drop zone.

Prices with own equipment range from $13 for 2000ft to $21 for 10000 ft


The Tandem Jump

** Not available at this time **

Tandem utilizes a dual harness, dual controlled parachute system. You are attached to your instructor at four (4) points. You leave the aircraft together and free-fall from 10,000 ft. down to 4,000 ft. This takes about 40 seconds. During that time your instructor will demonstrate a free-fall turn and assist you with the correct body position. At the end of the free-fall, your instructor will open the parachute.

The parachute has dual controls so during the next (5) minutes, your instructor will assist you with steering the parachute down to a soft landing on the drop zone.

The briefing prior to the jump takes about 30 minutes. Times are by arrangement as they have to be coordinated with the static line courses which take priority. The minimum age to make a tandem jump is 16 years (with parents consent if under the age of 18), a maximum height of 6 ft tall and a maximum weight of 200 lbs.

Costs:

** Not available at this time **

For all types of jump, gift certificates are available and would make an excellent gift for any friend or partner. Please call us for more details.

Information about skydiving is best obtained directly from the skydiving school (See USPA list.) or USPA itself. Information obtained from other sources is likely to be out of date or completely wrong. For information about Pegasus Skydiving not on this site, call Bob at (405) 222-1445


Release documentation

Jumpers 18 years of age and over will need to complete a 'release' on arrival. Jumpers aged 16 or 17 years of age should download the 'release', complete and obtain parents signature with notary stamp, and bring with you when attending the course.

Please click on the link above to download the 'release' document.

 

Scams

SCAMS and other less than perfect behavior.
Every industry suffers from issues that can bring it into disrepute. Experienced skydivers know the good from the bad, but novices and those first looking to enter the sport need guidance, so as to avoid unnecessary trouble and expense.

"Dummy" Operations:
When scanning advertising on the web watch for skydiving operations that appear to be in your area either by city name or general location but do not give a specific address. It usually has a 1-800 number. When you contact them for information you are directed to a drop zone after you have purchased a gift or jump certificate.
Many times the drop zone you are directed to is hundreds of miles away from your home. Except in a few rare instances people across the country live within an hour or two from a skydiving operation that can service their needs. In most cases you can stay local. No need to pay someone extra for what is just a referral.
In Oklahoma there are two (2) legitimate skydiving operations. Our operation in Chickasha, (35 Miles S.W. of Oklahoma City) and one other nearer to Tulsa. Skydiving operators in Oklahoma do not use 1-800 numbers.
For a neutral, unbiased list of legitimate skydiving operations in Oklahoma and around the country call the United States Parachute Association - USPA - in Fredricksburg, VA: 540-604-9740 or go to their website www.uspa.org. You can also check out Oklahoma City and the Lawton Yellow Pages.

False or Misleading Information:
You call a skydiving operation for information but because it is some distance from your home - you ask if there are any other skydiving operations closer to your home. If the answer is no, it may be the truth, but sometimes it is not and then you travel much further than is necessary. All skydiving operations know where every other operation is; the list is right in front of us!

This may not be illegal, some would even suggest that it is good business, but in my opinion it is definitely unethical. And I might add that I would doubt all other information such a place provides. Again - For a neutral, unbiased list of legitimate skydiving operations call USPA. Look at a map and decide which best for you. You might also see listings for "Parachute Associations" these are just lists of Drop Zones that have paid to be on them. They are not complete lists. The USPA list, while it has to be paid for, the parachute operations have assured them that they will adhere to parachute regulations. The USPA also is the organization that issues all licenses and ratings to those of us who instruct you. No other "association" does that - call USPA before deciding where to jump.

The USPA is the governing body of the sport of skydiving. It issues licenses, certificates and ratings. It also offers insurance to its members and to those participating in exhibition jumps. It also coordinates teams and manages national and world championships, it produces "Parachutist" magazine for its members - if you need any kind of technical assistance call them.
The only other group that can offer unbiased information is he "Parachute Industry Association" - PIA, based in Skokie, IL 847-674-9742. PIA membership is made up mostly of parachute equipment manufacturers, Parachute riggers and drop zone owners. PIA gives technical assistance with parachute equipment.
If you encounter any of the issues listed above please contact us and let us know
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Safety:

Skydiving is an adventurous and potentially high risk sport, with care risk can be kept to a minimum. The owner of Pegasus has been operating drop zones since 1976 and has never had or seen a fatality. Like all operations we do see the occasional minor injury due to poor landing techniques. All participants have to complete a 'release' on arrival.

Equipment:

All but one of our parachutes and all of the automatic openers are of American manufacture.

Training Tools


Questions often asked:

Q What methods of training are there?

A There are 3 methods. Static Line (SL), Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) and Accelerated Freefall (AFF). SL and IAD are similar, relatively low cost and in the opinion of the writer, easier for the average person to learn and cheaper than AFF.

Q Where is the best place to jump?

A The best place is the US parachute Association Group Member nearest to your home. Check the listing on the USPA web site, or phone. As above if you see a center not listed with USPA, check with USPA as to its status.

Q What weather conditions are ok for skydiving?

A The maximum wind for student jumps is 14 mph. The minimum cloud height is 3000 ft. Weather forecasting is a very inexact science and weather often changes during the day. The best chance of getting your jump is to commit to arriving early and making a day of it. Attempting to guess the weather and or staying only an hour or two often ends in disappointment. In addition novice jumpers take longer to prepare for a jump so more time is needed.

Q Can my 11 year old do a jump?

A Afraid not. The age limit listed for the static line and tandem courses, set by the USPA, is at least 16 years old (with parents consent if under the age of 18)

Q I have been told that I have to go tandem on my first jump, is that true?

A No, USPA leaves it to the school to decide. Currently we are not doing any tandem jumps. At Pegasus we believe that most people can complete the static line course just fine. You will complete a medical statement during registration confirming your fitness for skydive training and solo jump.

Static line student
3-way formation
Typical picture from the wing mounted camera
Two Cessna 182's parked outside the training facility

 

 

 

 

Bob Swainson - USPA Instructor Examiner, Commercial Pilot, Master Parachute Rigger.

Parachute landing trainer

 


Aircraft mock up (simulator) used to practice exit procedures

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