About Us

The Drop Zone
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At Skydive Flying V Ranch we enjoy the freedom allowed by having our own Private Airstrip. Large groups like Bachelor and Birthday Parties can enjoy the swimming pool, Shooting Range, Fishing Pond, BBQ grill and after hours socializing in the hot tub or around the Campfire telling their first Skydiving Story.

Why did I select this location to be my Drop Zone?” by the owner, Van Pray Jr

My experience growing up at an airport and as a Pilot/Pro Skydiver flying all over the US prepared us for selecting the best location to skydive. We picked this area for many reasons. Everyone wants to go Skydiving in St. Louis but with all the air traffic and congestion it is best to be a  little out of the city and by studying aeronautical charts we ensured that our operations would not conflict with airliners  Air Traffic control lets us go higher.  As I grew up my father was the airport manager bringing the Public and General Aviation together with activities like Airshows, Ballooning, Air Racing and of course Skydiving. The airport didn’t close at sunset, evenings were spent around the campfire having BBQ and listening to skydiving and flying stories. I wanted to duplicate that and bring the joy of aviation and Safe Skydiving to the public.  We have made friends in Aviation and Skydiving all over the world and many have come here for R&D and to skydive with us. See a sample here.   Local pilots and Celebrities have dropped in with their own aircraft to sit and enjoy this lost experience.


Our Aircraftimg_20140527_101506_670At Skydive Flying V Ranch we use the Newest and Largest aircraft in the area for Skydiving.

These Cessna U206s were designed by the manufacture for Skydiving to make make them the safest and easiest jump platforms.   Additional FAA approved modifications improve the safety and performance of these aircraft making them the most comfortable and fastest climbing Jump aircraft in the area.

Aerial Transport (DBA Skydive Flying V Ranch) is currently getting approval from the FAA for our installation of the most modern aircraft TurboProp engines that will make it one of the most reliable and Fastest Climbing aircraft in the World for Skydiving.

Staff

Van Pray Jr /Owner :

Van Pray Jr /Owner

Skydiving Ratings – Tandem Instructor, Accelerated Freefall Instructor, Static line instructor, Coach.
42 years in sport, 7400 jumps total
Airline Transport Pilot 8000 hours
FAA certified parachute senior rigger, aircraft A&P with Inspection/Authorization
 
Larry Miyasaka / Instructor :

Larry Miyasaka / Instructor

Tandem instructor, AFF instructor, Coach
21 years in sport, 7200 jumps total
 
Sean Hutto / Instructor :

Sean Hutto / Instructor

Tandem Instructor, Coach, FAA Parachute senior rigger
16 years in sport, 3000 jumps
 
Emiko Pray / Pilot :

Emiko Pray / Pilot

Airline Transport Pilot 8900 hours
28 years in sport, 2015 jumps total
 
Richard Kennedy / Customer service, Parachute packer :

Richard Kennedy / Customer service, Parachute packer

5 years in sport
40 jumps
 


Our Parachute Equipment

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We use Dual Hawk Tandem system manufactured by Strong Enterprises.  The company was established in 1961 and the oldest parachute manufacturer of general aviation parachute equipment in the United States.  Its products are widely used in the military and skydiving centers around the world.  Strong Enterprises products have even flown on early NASA Space Shuttle Missions. We believe the Dual Hawk Tandem system is the best, safest and most reliable equipment out there for Tandem Skydiving.  Only the Strong Enterprises Tandem systems are life limited. Requiring us to replace the entire system often making ours the newest Tandem Skydiving equipment in the area.

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