Featured Friday - Scott Daugherty

January 22, 2016

Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone. No - a GINORMOUS drop zone with a lot of people from visiting to local jumpers, staff, pilots, instructors, ground crew, maintenance, manifest to teams, event organizers and load organizers!!! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock

In this week's series, we meet a familiar face behind the counter in manifest and jumping whenever he can - meet, Scott Daugherty!

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What inspired you to make your first jump?
I was a student/solo glider pilot, so the sky was on my mind, a lot! Marana Skydiving Center was just down the road, and on my 18th birthday, I used a static-line jump as my first opportunity to sign my life away. I lost interest because of a lot of things like finances, but mostly because I was already flying gliders and canopy flight was similar in my mind. Plus, I got more time for each ride in a glider than under a parachute. A bunch of years later I got married, and figured a tandem skydive would be a great thing for the new wife and me to try. Soon as I was on the ground and disconnected, I dashed off to sign up for AFF! I'm not sure if I waited for the wife, but we had a hard time agreeing about skydiving after that. We are still good friends though!
 
Where did you learn?
Right here at Skydive Arizona! And, I am still learning here!
 
What’s the silliest thing you’ve done in the sky?
Silly, or Stupid? I guess the silliest thing would be my first attempt at videoing a 3-way. The plan changed from a belly dive to a hybrid at the last minute, and I was wearing a booty suit. We jumped, the hybrid formed, I got into sit fly, one booty came off, I went around and over! I laughed a good bit!
 
What are your goals in skydiving?
Learn, learn and learn! There is so much to learn and so many sources of knowledge!

 

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What’s the best resource you’ve found as a newbie?
The main landing area at Skydive Arizona! I have learned a lot of what should happen during a pattern, flare and landing by seeing a lot more of what NOT to do! You can also find almost any great skydiver there....sooner or later!
 
How do you explain to people that skydivers aren’t crazy?
Well, I don't start by saying, "Do I look crazy to you?"
 
Anything else you’d like to add?
Sometimes I do odd jobs like helping someone move, or other projects, for beer or lift tickets!
 
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