Featured Friday - "Red" the Packer

January 29, 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, meet the hard working guy with the red beard usually found at the packing concession, "Red" the Packer!



What/who inspired you to make your first jump?
My best friend Mike said that there was a big group going to do tandems and he and I were the only ones that showed up.

Where did you come from before Skydive Arizona and what made you choose to come here?
I started at DSC in Buckeye, AZ. I came here for the German World Record in October  2014 after working a season at Skydive Chicago, and just kinda never left haha.

How long have you been known as Red?
Since the fourth grade


How fast can you pack a parachute?  
With the ideal setup a little over 4 minutes.

What’s the most number of pack jobs you’ve done in a day? 73

Many packers don’t jump, used to jump, or don’t jump often. How do you balance work as a packer and getting in fun jumps?
Haha.... Umm I'm still trying to figure that one out.

What’s the best resource for newbie packers?
I feel the best recourse for any packer is hard work. 


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