Meet The Team


 
 

Steven “Stooby” Stewart

D-29799 – Jumps: 6000+

Drop Zone Owner

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, AFF Instructor/Jumpmaster, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, Tandem Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member.

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?


 
 

Mike Cordell, Sr.

D-7096 – Jumps: 2000+

Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA)/Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Peacefulness.”


 
 

Steve “Steve-O” Phelps

D-26782 – Jumps: 3800+

Chief Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, AFF Instructor/Jumpmaster, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, Tandem Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member, 12 Hour Freefall Badge, 24 Hour Freefall Badge, 36 hour Freefall Badge, 1000 Jump Wings, 2000 Jump Wings, 3000 Jump Wings

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The expression of first time jumpers after they experience freefall for the first time.”


 
 

Daniel Herndon

D-31890 – Jumps: 1550+

Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, AFF Instructor/Jumpmaster, Tandem Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“I am always trying to improve my skills and work on becoming a better skydiver. I love creating memorable experiences for my students.”


 
 

Jeff “Tippy Toes” Hunt

D-34254 – Jumps: 680+

Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, USPA Freefall Coach, Tandem Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“There are so many different things you can do in skydiving that you can try something new on every jump. Above all you never stop learning. Blue Skies!!!”


 
 

Pablo Esqueda

D-32911 Jumps: 930+

Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, AFF Instructor/Jumpmaster, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, Tandem Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The challenge of becoming a better skydiver, helping new skydivers, and the shenanigans afterwards.”


 
 

Gary Sheely

C-33971 – Jumps: 500+

Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, USPA Freefall Coach

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Sharpening my skills and being able to pass it along to others.”


Thor Maddock

D-32612 Jumps: 1,000+

Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, Tandem Instructor, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

 


 
 

Mike Cordell

C-42471 -Jumps: 350+

Instructor/Rigger(S&TA)/Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, USPA Freefall Coach, FAA Senior Parachute Rigger

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“I grew up in a drop zone and skydiving has always been a big part of my life. There’s a sense of community you get with people from all over the world that share a common interest and you don’t find anywhere else. “


 
 

Sara Gaines

C-43821 – Jumps: 250+

Instructor/Financial Manager

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, USPA Freefall Coach, USPA Big Sister

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“It is my therapy. It is my freedom. It leaves me feeling refreshed, cleansed and confident.”


 
 

Drew Hansen

D-30740 – Jumps 1110+

Coach

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, USPA “PRO” Exhibition Rating, Skydive Airtight Demo Team Member

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Sniffing Clouds.”


 
 

Roy Quitter

D-34017- Jumps: 640

Coach

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“How much fun it is, and how fun the people are.”


 
 

Bill “Flagpole” Drake

C-43649 – Jumps 300+

Coach

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, USPA Freefall Coach

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Traveling to different dropzones, no matter where you go, you have a skydiving family.”


 
 

Phil “Pecos” Ashby

D-32073 – Jumps: 900+

Chief Classroom Instructor

About Me: First Jump Classroom Instructor, IAD Instructor/Jumpmaster, USPA Freefall Coach, Freefall Videographer, Video Editor

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The positive attitude of my fellow skydivers.”


 
 

Steve “Wildman” Wilemon

Jumps:1

Chief Pilot

About Me: Commercial Pilot, Multi Engine Land (MEL), Single Engine Land (SEL), Instrument (INS) rating.

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The friendships and watching the faces of the first time jumpers.”


 
 

Dennis Devries

Jumps:1

Pilot

About Me: Commercial/Instrument Pilot, Single Engine Land (SEL), Aircraft and Power Plant License (A&P)

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The great flying and the skydive community”


 
 

Emily Applegate

Jumps:0

Pilot

About Me: Commercial Pilot

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Meeting new friends and flying jumpers.”


 
 

Katie Mettler

USPA #301470 -Jumps: 35+

Manifest

About Me: Manifest

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“When I get to jump, I forget about all the stressors of my life, the sky is my happy place.”


 
 

Mario ”Runway” Valenciano

USPA #259312 Jumps: 10+

Public Information/Marketing

About Me: Chief Video/Still Editor, Public Information, Marketing Liaison, Executive Chef,

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The brotherhood. The sisterhood. The free staff hoodie.”


Rob “Perm” Everhart

3796079 – Jumps – 150+

Chief Rigger/Packer

About Me: FAA Licensed Senior Parachute Rigger

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Watching the students learn and grow as skydivers.”


 
 

Connor Henley

Jumps: 1

Packer

About Me:

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The adrenaline rush and feeling of freedom as soon as you leave the step.”


 
 

Jason “Rook” High

B-42942 – Jumps: 100+

Packer

About Me:

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The freedom and the family.”


 
 

Jeff Mettler

B-43802 – Jumps: 60+

Packer

About Me:

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“I enjoy the feeling of freedom and saving my own life every time I pull.”


 
 

David Brood

Jumps: 0

Packer

About Me:

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“Knowing the dangers at hand and having fun with it.”


 
 

Laken Mapel

A-77290 – Jumps: 43

Chief Photographer

About Me:Staff photographer, Packer

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element then get out of the vehicle.”


 
 

Lloyd Chapin

D-14860 – Jumps: 2000+

Dropzone Founder

About Me: Dropzone Founder and Builder, Pilot

What is your favorite thing about skydiving?

“The adrenaline rush and the joy of teaching freefall to beginners.”