Featured Friday - Dave Arnett

November 17, 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 an eccentric fella who has lived several different lifestyles before he discovered skydiving and makes wickedly hilarious skydiving films. Meet the one and only, Dave Arnett!

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What/who inspired you to make your first jump and why?

I was raised by wuffos (wolves), but from a very young age I was taught that I was to be better. Knowing this, I decided to build my own AAD out of tequila, fireworks and jet-A. As the debris settled and the smoke cleared, a figure approached. He spoke in a dude-like voice. Both soothing but still badass. He said "I am Johnny Gunn. This is cool". And then he was like..."How can I be a part of this?" 16 minutes later I had my F license and 1200 jumps. He was like the missing puzzle piece that you gave up on looking for, and accidentally find a few months later only after you move your couch and then you pull the almost completed puzzle out from under your mothers chifforobe in a shoe box to complete it with the new found, but previously lost piece.

Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you?

A student? Nay! I was poured from a tap at the prop.

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Who was/is your skydiving role model?

Jared Miller, because I literally have look up to him.

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What did you do before you discovered skydiving?

I lived a lot of different lifestyles based around different sports. Each of which I constantly swore that it would be the sport I stuck with for the rest of my life. Usually lasted about 4 years... So I've got 2 more left in skydiving.

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You make awesome videos, for example, “Mr. Wind” won last year’s Christmas Film Festival. Where do you come up with the inspiration and what motivates you to make these awesome films?

Most of the time I let the liquor do the thinking. I've also got a running list of funny ideas that pop into my head. Lots of people around the DZ throw ideas my way as well. The more popular videos weren't mine. I just stole the wheels off of other funny videos and applied them to skydiving. Carrying an original concept to film is tiresome, so after 20 minutes of filming I usually start looking for shortcuts.

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What’s your advice to up & coming film makers in skydiving?


What are your future goals in skydiving?

Drink less. Be less fat.

Anything else you’d like to add?


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