Featured Friday - Jason Jones

November 16, 2016

Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone with many extraordinary people! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock!

Today we meet someone who watched skydivers from his office window to now being on a competitive 4-way FS team and a load organizer. Meet, Jason Jones!

What/who inspired you to make your first jump and why?
20 years ago I was working at the building complex you see out the window of the airplane as you take off from Skydive Arizona. I kept watching these crazy people land these super fast parachutes, and it looked like a lot of fun.
Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you?
I did my first static line jump in Marana out of a Cessna 182 in 1997. I guess I was an average student. I was told my feet hit the lines on my first hop and pop.

Who were your mentors and idols as you learned, and why?
I've had so many people to learn from in the sport, but the biggest influence was probably Terry Gardner. As an organizer he just took me in to the group and allowed me to learn and gain confidence with no pressure.

What has been your path in skydiving to get you being a local load organizer?
One day not too long ago, I was asked to organize out here. That sounded like a lot of fun, I mean what the hell.. free jumps! Organizing definitely brings it's own unique challenges, and I do my best to make sure everyone has fun and stay safe.
What’s the story of your interest in 4-way FS and getting on the team, Arizona Defiance?
I became interested in 4-way FS when Ian Mackenzie grabbed me one day and told me to do it. Yes..... Just like that. I was completely intimidated about the idea of launching difficult exits, and then trying to spin pieces etc. Now, I'm completely addicted. 

Early in my 4 way career Brianne Thompson from AXIS adopted me along with some others. It's was the beginning of ALOT of badly needed coaching from Brianne. This year, my team Arizona Defiance has ambitiously started advanced 4 way. Lots of work, lots of time, lots of money. I absolutely love it!
What’s your drive in skydiving and future goals?
In the future, I'd like to hopefully do some big  way stuff. I've discovered it can be quite technical and difficult to put together large formations. One person's lack of focus or mistake can send shockwaves through the whole thing.
Any advice for newbies?
I always try to tell newer jumpers to join a team and compete. I think you get a lot more out of skydiving when you apply some competitive drive. 
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