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Interested in hosting RCPT-USA Foundation for a demonstration parachute jump at your event?  Contact RCPT-USA at [email protected] or Frank Cashman at (904) 219-7998.

Upcoming events

    • 6 Oct 2023
    • 8 Oct 2023
    • 21600 Corwin Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92307

    Apple Valley Airshow 2023

    RCPT-USA returns to the San Bernardino County Department of Airports for the 20th Annual Apple Valley Airshow & NAPA© Auto Parts Car Display on Saturday, October 7, 2023

    RCPT-USA will be performing a demonstration static line parachuting jump Saturday October 7, 2023 from a C53 Skytrooper (scheduled) aircraft.

    We are in need of jumpers and ground support personnel for this airshow.  Space is limited.

    The Apple Valley Airshow is a 1 day event from Saturday, October 7, 2023. Jumpers are to arrive NLT midnight October 6, 2023 with all equipment and uniforms prepared to jump Saturday October 7, 2023.  All participants (jumpers, JMs, DZSOs) must commit for the entire event.

    This is a great opportunity for our west coast jumpers!  Closest arrival is for our traveling jumpers is Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino County, California.

    Jumpers must be an active and current member of RCPT-USA (no members who have never jumped with RCPT-USA in the past), Jumpers must also be approved to perform in an Air Show, and must have at least 35 round canopy jumps with their last jump with their last jump within 90 days from October 7, 2023 (July 09, 2023).  Jumpers can be approved by the RCPT-USA JM team and or RCPT-USA's Training and Safety officer to participate in an Airshow. Uniform will be M42's, brown boots, and steel pots. If jumping own equipment MIRPS-SLCP must have an FAA rated rigger packing with a date not earlier than April 11, 2022. Jumpers MAY NOT jump any additional equipment.

    Hotel lodging is available to team members and is double occupancy rooms in the city of Victorville, California.  Rooms are reserved for team members only (no family members not working the airshow).  Camping (RV and Tents are recommended for this airshow).  Jumpers are responsible for your own transportation to and from the Airshow. Hotel details will be released as soon as they are available.  Arrangements for family and friends will be made at the cost of the team member.

    • 23 Oct 2023
    • 29 Oct 2023
    • Kay Larkin Field


    OPERATION BLACK CAT VII-  RCPT-USA wishes to honor all paratroopers past present and future as we continue to salute those who have come before.

    Hosted by RCPT-USA

    MAIN A/C- CASA 212 (Tailgate/Ramp Jump) $50.00 jump

    Guest Speaker:  COL(R) Ron Tucker, who served with 1st Ranger Battalion during Operation URGENT FURY

    FreeFall: There will also be freefall opportunities from the CASA 212 (price to be determine) with Sunday morning offering a 20,000' HALO jump for those qualified. For intermediate-altitude jumps (15,000-20,000 feet MSL), participants should hold at least a USPA B license and have made 100 jumps.

    Schedule of Event:

    October 23- JM refresher (invitation only)
    October 24- BPC and EAR course begins (0730hrs)
    October 27-29- Open jump operations with CASA 212

    October 29- Intentional Water Jump

    All Current Jumpers - Event Registration Fee - $55 (Dinner at the hanger on Saturday, logistics, and t-shirt). Jump Opportunities: We will have several round jumps every day Friday through Sunday. C47 jumps will be $50.00 per jump, Caravan jumps are $35 per jump, Cessna 182 jumps are $25 per jump, reminder, students have priority. Chute rental is $50 for the entire event 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 to prevent delays due to packing.

    Training is for members only, membership registration must be completed separately.

    Basic Parachuting Course (BPC)-$750.00 REGISTRATION IS FULL for the BPC/EAR.  Straphangers are welcome.  Arrive NLT 0730 Tuesday 24 October, 2023 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 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 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 3 jumps from a Cessna/Caravan and 2 jumps from the event special contracted air frame. 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.  Lunches are included on training days for students as well as event registration (see above) for the weekend.

    Extended Airborne Refresher (EAR)- REGISTRATION IS FULL $350. Straphangers are welcome. Arrive NLT 0730 Tuesday 24 October, 2023 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/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).  Lunches are included on training days for students as well as event registration (see above) for the weekend.

    Basic Airborne Refresher (BAR) - (Free Member Benefit) 27 October, 2023,  Basic Airborne Refresher is for returning RCPT-USA members who have not jumped in the last 240 days but who have participated in RCPT-USA jump events in the past as an RCPT-USA member 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 $55 event fee. 

    NOTE:  Current SL steerable round canopy jumpers do not need to join the team in order to straphang at our events.  Strap hangers must present logbook with proof of currency or you will not be manifested.  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. 

    Intentional Water Jump

    -  We are planning on closing the event 29 OCT 2023 with a water jump into the St John's River.  Jumpers must be registered for Operation Black Cat VII Cost is $250. Fee includes team parachute and reserve which will need to be washed and dried within 24 hours prior to repacking or risk being unserviceable. All jumpers will be required to wear a USCG approved personal flotation device. Jumpers are responsible to bring their own PFD. ALL jumpers for the deliberate water jump must have completed wet silk training. RCPT-USA will run the wet silk classes throughout the week, as time, personnel, and resources permit. No combat equipment. No helmets. Jumpers must wear shoes and clothes that are suitable for water activities (swim trunks or shorts), that won't come off, or present a hazard in the aircraft or the air - so no swim fins or flip flops. Recommended jumpers not wear boots. Registration code required for registration for water jump, complete your event registration and then return to registration page and complete water jump registration. Registration code will be sent to registered jumpers when the manifest for the water jump is opened.


    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.

    RCPT-USA reserves the right to refuse service to any person, Member or Non-Member at any RCPT-USA event.


Past events

14 Aug 2023 RCPT National Airborne Day Celebration at Currahee Mountain
30 Jun 2023 RCPT-USA's All American Water Jump and Accuracy Competition 2023
2 Jun 2023 National Warplane Museum 42nd Annual Geneseo Airshow
19 May 2023 Elkhart Salute to Veterans Airshow 2023
20 Mar 2023 Operation Sandsnake VII
24 Oct 2022 Operation Black Cat VI
7 Oct 2022 Apple Valley Airshow
6 Oct 2022 LTG(R) David E.Grange Honor Guard
23 Sep 2022 40's Fly In- Jefferson City, Missouri
1 Jul 2022 RCPT-USA's All American Water Jump and Accuracy Competition 2022
2 Jun 2022 National Warplane Museum 41st Annual Geneseo Airshow
28 Feb 2022 Operation Sandsnake VI
5 Feb 2022 Palatka Classic Car and Fly-In
12 Nov 2021 Stuart Air Show 2021
25 Oct 2021 Operation Black Cat V
17 Sep 2021 Jefferson City Veteran Salute
2 Jul 2021 RCPT-USA's All American Water Jump and Accuracy Competition
15 May 2021 2021 Armed Forces Day Celebration
22 Mar 2021 Operation Sandsnake V
6 Nov 2020 Stuart Air Show 2020
26 Oct 2020 Operation Black Cat IV
8 Oct 2020 WWII Air, Sea and Land Festival 2020
13 Aug 2020 Inaugural National Airborne Day 2020
23 Mar 2020 **CANCELLED** Operation Sandsnake IV **COVID 19**
31 Oct 2019 Stuart Air Show 2019
14 Oct 2019 Operation Black Cat III
12 Oct 2019 Skyfest 2019
16 Sep 2019 75th Anniversary Market Garden Memorial Airborne Operation
27 Jul 2019 Proficiency/Tune Up Jump For Op Market Garden
3 Jun 2019 75th D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation
18 Mar 2019 Operation Sandsnake III
2 Nov 2018 Stuart Air Show 2018
22 Oct 2018 Operation Black Cat II
6 Apr 2018 Space Coast Warbird Airshow 2018
27 Feb 2018 Operation Sandsnake II
27 Oct 2017 Operation Black Cat
26 Oct 2017 RCPT-USA SF10A Refresher Course
23 Oct 2017 RCPT-USA Jumpmaster Refresher
13 Sep 2017 Operation Market Garden 73rd Anniversary Commemoration
30 Jul 2017 Cornhusker State Games Round Canopy Accuracy Competition

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