JUMPERS HIT IT; With much consternation, discussion, and weighing the pros and cons RCPT-USA is sorry to say it just isn’t in the best interests of our jumpers and their families to continue with plans to hold Operation Sandsnake IV.
With current global and national emergency situations the risks just outweigh any benefit of holding the OSSIV as scheduled. As stated in previous announcements, this is an evolving situation and contingencies have not been ironed out but the BOD for RCPT-USA feels that to delay this decision further, just places increased burdens on our members.
RCPT-USA regrets any inconvenience experience by those who were continuing to plan on attending and hopes you understand the position we are in during this pandemic. RCPT-USA is working on rescheduling some sort of event in the future, so we do not lose our entire investment in OSSIV. The announcement of any rescheduled event is pending and we will let you know as soon as we have something locked in.
Thank you, stay safe and healthy,
Airborne All The Way!
OPERATION SANDSNAKE IV
Hosted by RCPT-USA & American Airborne Group (AAG)
Main Aircraft - C47
All Jumpers - Event Registration Fee - $50 (lunches on Friday and Saturday as well as Dinner at the hanger on Saturday, logistics, and t-shirt)
Basic Round Canopy Jump Course -$600 24-27 March 2020. This 5-day course teaches the basics of jumping with a static line steerable round parachute to team members. You will be instructed on the use of the SF-10A parachute, currently in use with the US Army as part of the MC-6 parachute system. Instruction will include equipment familiarization, actions in the aircraft, actions during descent, landing techniques, the basics of round canopy control and emergency procedures. After completing ground training, you will conduct 3 jumps from a Cessna 182 or Kodiak and 2 jumps form the event special contracted airframe from 1,500 feet AGL. Total cost for the course is $600. After completing the first jump course, you will receive a RCPT-USA Certificate of Completion. Lunches are included on training days for students as well as event registration for the weekend.
Extended Jump Refresher - $275 ($200 for Members) 24-26 March 2020. This 2 jump Refresher Course for Troopers who have been to a Basic Airborne course, but who are not on current active duty jump orders, or who have never jumped with RCPT-USA, and have not jumped in the last 180 days (or 18+ years!). This 3 day course runs congruently with the BRCJC will update the jumper on current SF-10A parachutes and jump procedures, to prepare them for 2 jumps at the end of the course from either the Cessna or Kodiak. The course price includes professional instruction, a reference manual, jump fee, parachute rental, parachute repacking, and RCPT-USA Annual Membership. At the conclusion of the Extended Jump Refresher the jumper is free to attend and jump at the event as they so choose. Lunches are included on training days for students as well as event registration for the weekend.
Basic Jump Refresher - (Member benefit) 26 March 2020, Refresher Course is for RCPT-USA members who have not jumped in the last 180 days but who has participated in RCPT-USA jump events in the past. This 8 hour course will update the jumper on current SF-10A parachutes and jump procedures, to prepare them for a jump at the end of the course. This course is for RCPT-USA members who have jumped with RCPT-USA. Jumpers are still responsible for the $50 event fee. Lunches are included on training days for students as well as event registration for the weekend.
Lodging options - Camping at the DZ (we have space for tents or RVs) or sleeping in the hangar. Hotels options include Sleep Inn Palatka 3805 Reid St, Palatka, FL 32177 PH# (386)325-8889 or Holiday Inn Express Palatka, 3813 Reid St, Palatka, FL 32177 PH# (386) 325-2500. Hotels are adjacent to one another and are 1 mile from DZ (ask for skydiver discount)
Arrivals: Nearest airports are Gainesville (GNV) and Jacksonville (JAX). Let us know your flight plans, so we can help link up travelers for car-pooling to and from the airport.
Clothing: Any style military field uniform is fine, but you can wear any long sleeve, long pants, and over the ankle boot ensemble you like. Participants typically wear service specific ACU/OCP type uniforms as well as WWII style M1942 uniforms and flight suits. Suitable helmets include the Pro-Tec, Crye, Ops-Core FAST (ballistic and bump), Team Wendy, PT Alpha/Bravo; RCPT also has available ACH helmets for use. Airsoft helmets are not suitable for parachuting.