Skydive Taft


View Larger MapLocation: Taft-Kern County Airport (L17)

500 Airport Rd
Taft, CA 93268-3017
90 miles N of Los Angeles

Phone: 661-765-5867
Fax: 661-763-1555
E-Mail: info@skydivetaft.com
Distance to nearest hotel/motel: 1/8 mile

ircraft: 1 Cessna 206 turbo
Training: AFF, Tandem
On-Site Services: Videographers, Wireless Internet/Internet Access, Camping, Showers, Pool, Gear Sales/Rental, Rigging Services, Organizers, Packing Services

Open everyday except Wednesdays. One hour and 45 minutes north of L.A. Freefly and RW coaching available!

Aircraft: 1 Cessna 206 turbo
Training: AFF, Tandem
On-Site Services: Videographers, Wireless Internet/Internet Access, Camping, Showers, Pool, Gear Sales/Rental, Rigging Services, Organizers, Packing Services

Open everyday except Wednesdays. One hour and 45 minutes north of L.A. Freefly and RW coaching available!

Rules:
-Watch out for yourself
-No Swooping
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Wingsuit: 
-200 jumps
-First Wings Course (FWC) proof required!
Landing Pattern: 
-Left hand pattern with a soft riverbed for students
-Small gravel peas pit, everywhere else is hardpack dirt so watch your landings
-Watch for tandems like usual
-After a few jumps you can land close to the DZ and save yourself the van ride/ walk back
Night-Ops:
-Not sure
Boogies & Fun:
-Old Farts Boogie in early June/ late May
-2013 they brought up an Otter from Perris for both days.
-About 100 people or so, partied hard so best bring your game face
-Big way RW to finish off the weekend

 

The bottom line:

PROS  If you’re a beginner student and want to advance your skills with other people early on head over to Taft. To makeup for the long/ cramped plane ride up in the 206 you’re able to rock a camera from day 1 almost.  So if that’s important to you (it can help if you know what you’re doing) head here for some fun jumps.  This is where VooDoo did his infamous jump if you haven’t seen it i suggest you watch.  Not sure if the girl still works there, but she should..

CONS  Not a lot of local up-jumpers means you’re going to be riding up with a lot of tandems.  The smaller plane can suck as well, but some people like it more intimate.  It can get quite hot here as well, so make sure you bring your water.  Town is pretty small but it’s right there so there’s gas stations and decent food nearby.