OPERATION Phoenix III
January 12-14, 2024
Hosted by RCPT-USA
Main Aircraft - CARAVAN
Static Line Jump- $35.00
Schedule of Event:
Jan 12, 2024- Jump Candidates Register (invitation only)
Jan 13, 2024- 1st Jump EAR/BPC
Online registration for designated invitees. This is a closed course of instruction by invitation only
Jan 14, 2024- Final Jumps and graduation
All Current Jumpers - Limited straphanger opportunities available with priority to manifest going to BPC/EAR jump candidates.
Training is for members only, membership registration must be completed separately.
Basic Parachuting Course (BPC)-$750 Must have registration code provided by RCPT-USA. This is an invitation out of cycle training course. Registered jumpers arrive NLT 0730 Friday 12 January 2024 ready to train with all documentation on hand (Medical if required etc)- Training available to members only, to register candidates must join the team prior to registering for course. This 3-day course teaches the basics of jumping with a static line steerable round parachute. You will be instructed on the use of the SF-10A and MC1-1C parachute. 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 jumps from a Cessna 182 initially and transition to jumps from the caravan. The course price includes professional instruction, a reference manual, all jump fees, parachute rental, parachute packing tickets, and lunches during training. After completing the basic parachuting course, you will receive your RCPT-USA wings.
Extended Airborne Refresher (EAR)- $350 Arrive Must have registration code provided by RCPT-USA. This is an invitation out of cycle training course. Registered jumpers arrive NLT 0730 Friday 12 January 2024 ready to train with all documentation on hand (Proof of Training, jump logs, Medical if required etc)- Training available to members only, to register candidates must join the team prior to registering for course. This 2 jump Refresher Course is for jumpers who have been to a Basic Airborne Course and have jumped static line round canopies, but who are not on current active duty jump orders, or who have never jumped with RCPT-USA before, and have not jumped in the last 180 days (or 18+ years!). This 3 day course runs congruently with the BPC and will update the jumper on current SF-10A parachute systems, jump procedures, and prepare them for 2 jumps at the end of the course from a Cessna 182 or Caravan. The course price includes professional instruction, a reference manual, all jump fees, parachute rental, parachute packing tickets, and lunches during training. At the conclusion of the Extended Airborne Refresher the jumper is current and is free to manifest and jump at the event at the same cost as a strap hanger (jumps/parachute rentals/re-packs paid separately).
Lodging options - Camping at the DZ (there is space for tents or RVs at skydive palatka $5.00 nightly fee). Lodging options include Holiday Inn Express Palatka, 3813 Reid St, Palatka, FL 32177 PH# (386) 325-2500. Holiday Inn Express is 1 mile from DZ (if available ask for skydiver discount), Hampton Inn (Hilton) 100 Memorial Pkwy, Palatka, FL 32177 (386) 530-2420, Best Western 119 Hwy 17, East Palatka, FL 32131 (386) 325-7800, and VRBO/AirBnB have many decent houses around Palatka at great prices for the week. If we did not list a hotel, that hotel is not recommended for lodging.
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.