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Our Skydiver Training Program instructors are highly talented teachers of the awesome sport of skydiving. Every day, they guide and give wings to students who travel here from around the world to learn to fly.

Tommy Miller
Tommy Miller
Position: Chief Instructor
Jumps: 4500
First Jump: 2009
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-32741, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Coach
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Being able to meet new people everyday.
Spacelander Since: Sept 2014
Matthew Peterson
Matthew Peterson
Jumps: 4500
First Jump: 9/10/2007
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Senior Rigger, Tandem Instructor, STP Instructor
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Flying my parachute
Spacelander Since: 4/10/2009
Jason Hyder
Jason Hyder
First Jump: October 12, 1990
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-18960, PRO, S&TA, Aff-I, Tandem-I, Instructor Evaluator, ATP Pilot
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Witnessing people's lives change so quickly in a positive way.
Spacelander Since: October 2008
Katie Piele
Katie Piele
Jumps: 1000
First Jump: May 2014
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-35263, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Skydiving is the greatest thing in the whole wide world and I love being able to share my passion with people. Being part of someones first skydive or their skydiving journey is a very special experience for me. This sport offers many opportunities for personal growth and has a rad community full of goofballs. My favourite thing about skydiving is.. Skydiving! It's so neat!
Spacelander Since: Sept 2014
Keen Hurt
Keen Hurt
Jumps: 500
First Jump: Dec 2012
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: AFF-I, Coach, FAA Senior Rigger
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Teaching newbies to fly!
Spacelander Since: April 2016
JP Furnari
JP Furnari
Jumps: 13049
First Jump: June 1999
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-23489, AFF-I, TI (Vector/Sigma), Retired Vertical Wind Tunnel Instructor, 2005 Advanced Canopy Piloting Silver Medal- Overall/ Gold Medal - Speed, 2003 Largest Sequential Formation Record Holder (120way), FAA Commercial Pilot ASEL/AMEL, S&TA, Professional Exhibition Rating.
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I love being in the sky, using the talents and technology to master the resources of lift, air, and gravity.
Spacelander Since: March 2010
Hank Prewitt
Hank Prewitt
Jumps: 10000
First Jump: Sept 2000
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: USPA/UPT Tandem Examiner USPA Coach Examiner, AFF-I, S&TA
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Sharing the skydiving experience with new jumpers
Spacelander Since: September 2009
Danny Garcia
Danny Garcia
Jumps: 4000
First Jump: 2004
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: AFF-I, Tandem-I, Coach, Cameraman, 7 time Brazilian/South American Largest Formation Record Holder
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I have yet to find anything more challenging and exciting to do... so far..
Spacelander Since: May 2016
Liz Sass
Liz Sass
Jumps: 20000
First Jump: June 23, 1999
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: AFF - I, Coach, Coach / AFF Evaluator, 8x TX state record holder, General Gravity Enjoyment Enthusiast therapist
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Respect for gravity.
Spacelander Since: 2010
DJ Marvin
DJ Marvin
Jumps: 8000
First Jump: August 23, 1997
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem and AFF Examiner
Val Marvin
Val Marvin
Position: Mentor Program Leader
First Jump: August 28, 1998
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: C-31137, AFF-I, IAD-I, Coach Course Examiner for The Ratings Center
Spacelander Since: 2006
Ira Pardo
Ira Pardo
Jumps: 8207
First Jump: Summer of 96
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-20844, AFF I, Tandem I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Teaching students to how to fly and watching them become awesome skydivers!
Spacelander Since: June 2002
Daniel Angulo
Daniel Angulo
Position: Co-Director of Event Demonstration Skydives
Jumps: 9850
First Jump: Scary, static line August 4, 1994
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: AFF-I, Coach, IERC
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Swooping and Swooping
Spacelander Since: June 2012
Pedro Ramos
Pedro Ramos
Jumps: 5000
First Jump: Dec 7, 1996
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-22505, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Coach Examiner, UPT Tandem Examiner, PRO Rating
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Teaching and helping people learn. This dropzone has amazing teamwork!
Spacelander Since: May 2016
Tony Cascino
Tony Cascino
Jumps: 3200
First Jump: April 2007
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem-I, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Sharing that first jump experience with tandem students.
Spacelander Since: June 2015
Adam Chamberlain
Adam Chamberlain
Jumps: 2000
First Jump: October 2009
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor, Coach
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Every jump is different so it never gets old. I can't believe I do this for a living!!
Spacelander Since: January 2015
Chris Fudala
Chris Fudala
Jumps: 560
First Jump: 11/18/2012
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D 35097, AFF-I, Packing like a madman
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The community and all of our collective craziness!
Spacelander Since: 11/18/2012
Blair Hamelink
Blair Hamelink
Jumps: 8000
First Jump: 2007
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D license, Tandem-I, Coach, AFF-I
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The people!
Spacelander Since: 2015
Jay Veenendaal
Jay Veenendaal
Jumps: 7700
First Jump: September 2002
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-29692, USPA Coach/TI/AFFI/PRO/TIE/S&TA, UPT Tandem Examiner, IBA Coach/Instructor/Trainer, Multiple World Record Holder
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The people!
Spacelander Since: 2010