Air Capital Drop Zone is a skydiving business located on Cook Filed (K50) Southeast of Wichita Kansas.
We fly one Cessna 182D, and tach 500 +/- hours annually. We're a Part 91 operation, operating
primarily on weekends year round. We typically try to manage four Commercial pilots in a rotation,
so each will fly approximately two weekend days per month and approximately 100 hours annually.
Our ideal pilot is someone who is settled, whose life is not constantly in flux, or in a constant
process of job hunting, and whose weekend schedule is very flexible. We need an absolute minimum
of 300 hours, preferably 500 to comply with insurance requirements. Skydiving operations is not
just "a trip around the patch", it’s mentally and physically demanding. Most guys after their first
few training loads are surprised at how challenging the job is, and how many new skills are involved
in something as “simple” as dropping skydivers over an airport.
The descent profile we fly is a slipping spiral (aerobatic). This configuration tends to push the limits
of pilots who have little experience in unusual attitudes. That being the case, any aerobatic experience
would be a great advantage. Also, real spin recovery training would be great. I have contacts with
aerobatic and spin instructors.
Flying a couple of days on the weekend a month is obviously not a job that's going to feed your
family. Those who fly for us are primarily in it for the time in the left seat, and enjoyment of flying.
There are quite a few guys with Commercial ratings, but who can’t justify spending $80 an hour to go eat
a hamburger. Flying for us is a way to stay current, build a little time, spend time with fellow aircraft enthusiasts, etc.
If being a “Skydiver Driver” for Air Capital Drop Zone sounds interesting, and you’re up to the challenge, drop us an
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Air Capital Drop Zone