Rapid Descent FAQs

Where is Rapid Descent located?

Rapid Descent is located at the Hannibal Regional Airport. The physical address is 6079 County Road 425 Hannibal, MO 63401. County Road 425 is right off the Shinn Lane exit, off highway 36. We are directly across the highway from the Hannibal Regional Hospital.

When is Rapid Descent in Operation?

When is Rapid Descent in Operation?

Rapid Descent is in Operation on most weekends during the warmer months of the year, typically from the first weekend in April until the Last weekend of October, if the weather is fair. Due to this being a weather related sport we can not guarantee any specific day or time to far in advance.

When do I arrive?

When do I arrive?

Rapid Descent is usually tightly scheduled. You should arrive at the time you are scheduled, or you may arrive before. We make the schedule to allow time for each jumper to sign waivers and receive the required instruction needed before making the jump.

What about scheduling and my deposit?

What about scheduling and my deposit?

The amount of behind the scenes expense and effort that goes into providing your moment of glory in the sky in a safety conscious environment is enormous. We do our best to provide the aircraft, relatively new state of the art parachutes with the latest safety devices and carefully maintained Reserve parachutes, as well as the best instructors at the right place at the right time. After all this, you are expected to show up to make your jump as scheduled. If you fail to appear for your appointment you will be charged a cancellation fee of $40.00, this will be taken out of your payment for your Tandem. In order to reschedule you will have to pay that additional $40.00 before the day you are rescheduled for.

When will I actually jump?

You will most likely be able to jump approximately an hour after your arrival time. This is sometimes shorter and sometimes longer, remember this is a weather dependent sport; we MUST have good weather to jump or we will not jump.

Can I get a refund if the weather is bad?

Can I get a refund if the weather is bad?

If we happen to have bad weather, or any other mishap, and we are forced to reschedule your jump we will gladly work with you to determine a suitable date and time; or if necessary, we will issue you a refund. We don’t like for anyone to miss this experience and we will do everything we possibly can to be sure you get to make your jump.

 What if I am late?

What if I am late?

If it happens that you are late, it is your responsibility to call and let us know, and to reschedule to come back to make your dive. We train jumpers at the time they are scheduled and you cannot jump without receiving the required instruction.

If you are unable to arrive on the scheduled day or time of your skydive, please give us at least three days notice, otherwise there will be a $40.00 cancellation fee. This Fee will be taken out of your deposit and/or Tandem skydive itself.

What about my friends coming along to watch?

What about my friends coming along to watch?

Friends and family are more than welcome to watch your jump. Be sure they understand they may be waiting around a while, it is recommended that they check over these FAQ’s so they know what is to be expected.

How far ahead do I need to send in my deposit to schedule my skydive?

How far ahead do I need to send in my deposit to schedule my skydive?

We prefer not to take money on our scheduled jump days, however if you schedule over a week in advance we do require a $40.00 deposit to hold your appointment. The week before you are scheduled to jump we like to get the rest of your payment, it is difficult to take money on Jump days due to so much going on. We have a ticket system which allows us to sell the tickets before the actual jump so we have records of your purchase and so do you.

Cancellations?

Cancellations?

There is an enormous amount of organization that goes into your skydive, as is the commitment made by our instructors, parachute packers, videographers, and hard working behind the scenes organizers. It is all necessary to be ready to provide everything needed for you to make your skydive in a safe, prepared environment. If, for some reason, you need to cancel we ask for a minimum of three days notice, otherwise there will be a $40.00 cancellation fee to pay for the work done before the day of your jump.

We will not jump in unsafe weather conditions!

We will not jump in unsafe weather conditions!

Being in the skydiving business as we are, we must ask you to accept in advance that Skydiving is a weather controlled sport. Weather forecasts just one day previous to the jump day are less than 50% accurate when used to try to guess if you will be able to jump or not. Hence, in the event that you come out and the weather is bad so we can’t jump (High winds, turbulence, clouds, rain), or if it causes the day’s jump schedule to be backed up so that you cannot jump that day, it is your responsibility to reschedule your jump. We will do everything we reasonably can to work with you to reschedule, and we will give you priority when you return to try again. Remember, what matters is the weather at the intended time of your jump directly over and around the airport. All weather reports are little more than rough guesses that are loosely applied to areas thousands of times this size. Let us point out three considerations for those who like to listen to the weather guessers: Partly Cloudy = partly Sunny, “Cloudy” Does not address how high the clouds are. If they are above 13,000′, then they will have little if any effect on skydiving anyway, but sometimes they guess exactly right! Don’t get mad at us if you come out despite a bad weather report, and it indeed turns out as predicted.

Do you jump when it is cold?

Rapid Descent’s normal jump season is April through October, so we are not open during the colder months of the year. During our months of operation we usually do not have problems with the weather being too cold to jump, however if weather does seem cold we will discuss it with our Tandem Student and the Instructor so we can take the necessary steps.

Do I get a Confirmation number after I Reserve my Skydive?

Do I get a Confirmation number after I Reserve my Skydive?

Instead of giving out Confirmation numbers we require everyone to purchase a ticket before the date of their scheduled skydive. The ticket holder must bring the ticket with them when they are scheduled to jump. Each ticket has a ticket number, and an expiration date.

Weekday Skydiving?

Weekday Skydiving?

We are, unfortunately, unable to do much weekday jumping due to not having staff available during the week.

Can I ask you a question?

Can I ask you a question?

Always, we realize you do not know much about skydiving and we will be glad to inform and educate. We would rather you ask then not, if you do not understand something we want you to understand it. You will be jumping at 10,000 ft, the more you know and understand the easier it will be on your instructor and on you.

Can I bring my children or my pets?

Can I bring my children or my pets?

We understand that some of our customers will have children come with them, this is completely fine as long as your child will not be left unattended while you are doing your jump. We can not watch your child or your pet, our staff has duties that they must take care of and cannot take that time to babysit. You will need to bring another adult with you to watch your child. Please remember this is an Airport and being such means there are planes that take off and land at any given time, it is a dangerous area for children to be unattended.

Can I bring my own camera on my skydive?

Can I bring my own camera on my skydive?

We encourage taking photos on the ground by you or your guests. However we can not allow any cameras to be taken on your skydive, our cameras are designed for Skydiving we can not guarentee yours are safe. Safety is the most important thing, if you would like your Skydive to be captured on video and in still pictures we have a Videographer on staff to accommodate that.

What if I have a fear of heights?

What if I have a fear of heights?

If you have a fear of heights, it will not apply in the same way for skydiving. You are so high, it does not look high not in the same perspective as looking down from a ladder or out a high window.

What about fear and apprehension?

What about fear and apprehension?

Fear and apprehension will get worse and worse until you are out of the plane and skydiving, then most of it goes away. When you come back for repeat skydives, you will find that repeat jumps made on the same day will be more enjoyable since you will get a lot of this out of the way on the first jump of the day. We recommend doing whatever you do to calm your nerves the best you can, and at your last moments in the plane just go!

Which kind of skydive should I do for my first skydive?

Which kind of skydive should I do for my first skydive?

For a first time jump we require that you start with a Tandem Jump here at Rapid Descent. A tandem is a good way to begin the course anyway, taking the least amount of training and preparation. A Tandem Skydive give you all of the thrill and experience with less responsibility on your self then when you start jumping solo.

What do I need to bring?

What do I need to bring?

Most importantly you will need to bring your ticket, your picture ID, or other form of identification, and a good attitude! You will also need a pair of tennis shoes to wear when you jump and a pair of gloves if you want them.

What to wear?

We suggest that skydivers wear a t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes for their jump. No loose clothing or shoes that could potentially fall off. Keep in mind that the temperature at altitude is lower than it is on ground level. We provide jumpsuits as needed. If you feel that you will be cold, pack a pair of gloves and a sweatshirt. Goggles are provided, and anyone with long hair must tie it up in a pony tail.

Eye Glasses/Contacts?

Eye Glasses/Contacts?

We prefer for skydivers to wear contacts if possible, instead of glasses. We do provide goggles for you to wear so don’t worry about contacts being lost in the air. For those who only wear glasses we provide over the glasses goggles as well.

Smoking & Drinking?

Smoking & Drinking?

Please don’t smoke in the hanger, near aircraft or around the parachutes. If we pack a parachute on top of a hot cigarette butt, it causes a lot of very expensive damage. At Rapid Descent Skydiving you will NOT be permitted to make a skydive if you have consumed any alcoholic beverages or if you are incapacitated, do to alcohol or drugs, neither are permitted on the airport property. This is NOT negotiable. Safety is our number one priority; we do not dive under the influence.

Where do I go when I get there?

Where do I go when I get there?

When you arrive at the Hannibal Regional Airport, you must use the drive labeled “Rapid Descent”, do not drive across the ramp. We do not permit driving or parking on the ramp. The parking area is located in the grassy area in front of the green hangar. Check in at the portable trailer.

When can I jump by myself?

When can I jump by myself?

In our AFF program you will jump completely by yourself on your 8th jump, the Tandem skydive is the only jump where you are totally strapped to your instructor. Around your 8th AFF jump is solo skydives where you do front flips, back flips, barrel rolls, and tracking.

What about AFF LEVELS 1-7?

Are you interested in our AFF program? Levels 1-7 have Instructor(s) that jump out with you. They stay with you during FreeFall for different lengths of time depending on what jump number you are doing. If you want to learn more about AFF levels 1-7 you can click on our AFF tab or you can click the uspa.org link to watch some videos.

What if I am under 18 years old?

What if I am under 18 years old?

Due to legal concerns you must be 18 years old or older to skydive. There is NO exceptions to this rule, no persons under 18 can jump at our Drop Zone.

Do I need to buy anything else?

No, you don’t need to buy anything else at this point.

What if I am over the weight limit?

The weight limit is 240 lbs. If you are over this limit we will not be able to allow you to sky dive here. We apologize are we are sorry for any inconvenience it may cause; this precaution is for the safety of our staff and our customers.

What about Aircraft Safety?

What about Aircraft Safety?

At Rapid Descent, we recognize that safety starts before we even get off the ground. As a student skydiver, we ask that you stay close to your Instructor while approaching the aircraft or walking on the ramp. Approach the plane only from the rear or side, staying very close to your instructor. If anyone is coming to watch you skydive, we ask that they stay near the parking/hanger area, by the Manifester and other ground personnel AWAY FROM THE AIRCRAFT LOADING AREA.

Do I get an Automatic Activation Device?

Do I get an Automatic Activation Device?

Yes, Absolutely. We have AAD’s on all of our Drop Zone Parachute Rigs.

How do I know you are safe?

How do I know you are safe?

All instructors are United States Parachute Association Certified –uspa.org

Can I get just still photos of my skydive?

Can I get just still photos of my skydive?

Video and still photos are both offered here, they are an additional cost to your skydive. You can get just still photos and no video but the cost will be the same.

Can we get one <a href="http://www.skydiveorange.com/video.htm" target="_blank">video</a> or set of still photos for our whole group?

Can we get one video or set of still photos for our whole group?

It is best to discuss this with your videographer. Your videographer can only video one skydive at a time, so each jumper must purchase the video. It is then possible to combine all the jumps from your group onto one disk, but this takes allot of time and effort. If you have access to a computer with a DVD burner, you may make as many copies of your disk as you want.

What is it like?

What is it like?

The sensation of skydiving is not that of falling but that of flying.

What is the landing like?

You will raise your feet and legs up and hold them up and let the instructor dictate the landing, either sliding in or stand up landing depending on conditions, for a safe landing.

Don’t see your question listed here?

Please contact us at your convenience click on our “Contact Us” tab or you can send us an email directly at robinlarae@gmail.com. We will get back with you as soon as possible. You can give us a call in the office 573-221-3230 Monday through Friday during regular business hours or call the Rapid Descent Cell 573-822-5009 a staff member caries this phone at all times.