OPERATION SANDSNAKE V
Hosted by RCPT-USA
Main Aircraft - C47
All Jumpers - Event Registration Fee - $50 (Dinner at the hanger on Saturday, logistics, and t-shirt). Jump Opportunities: We will have several round jumps every day Thursday through Sunday. The Cessna jumps are $25. Chute rental is $50 all day for 1 day and repacks are $25 each. If you own your own parachute and plan on making multiple jumps a day, you are strongly encouraged to rent a second parachute.
Basic Parachuting Course (BPC)-$575 23-25 March 2021. Training available to members only, candidates must joint the team prior to registering for course. This 5-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 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 and 2 jumps from the event special contracted air frame from 1,500 feet AGL. Total cost for the course is $575. After completing the basic parachuting course, you will receive your RCPT-USA wings. Lunches are included on training days for students as well as event registration for the weekend.
Extended Airborne Refresher (EAR)- $250 23-24 March 2021. Training available to members only, candidates must join team prior to registering for training. 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 parachutes, jump procedures, and to prepare them for 2 jumps at the end of the course from a Cessna 182. The course price includes professional instruction, a reference manual, jump fee, parachute rental, and parachute repacking for two jumps. At the conclusion of the Extended Airborne Refresher the jumper is free to manifest 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 Airborne Refresher (BAR) - (Free Member Benefit) 25 March 2021, Basic Airborne Refresher is for returning RCPT-USA members who have not jumped in the last 180 days but who have participated in RCPT-USA jump events in the past or for AD paratroopers who need cross training with SF10 and MIRPS-SLCP. This course will update the jumper on current SF-10A parachutes and jump procedures, to prepare them for a jump (not included) at the end of the course. This course is only for RCPT-USA members who have jumped with RCPT-USA or AD paratroopers on current jump orders. Jumpers are still responsible for the $50 event fee.
NOTE: Current SL steerable round canopy jumpers do not need to join the team in order to straphang at our events however, anybody desiring to attend the BPC or the EAR must be a team member. Join the team prior to attempting to register for a course. You must pay for event at time of registration or your registration will be cancelled after 15 minutes. In order to guarantee your slot in a course you must pay the registration fee. If the course you need is full, please register on the waitlist, if someone drops out and can not attend we will add new registrants from the waitlist.
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.