Skydive Orange operates it's FAST CLIMBING Super Otter YEAR 'ROUND!

Supre Otter Skydiving Jump Plane serving Northern Virginia skydivers
THE SUPER OTTER !!!!!!

Back to the Aircraft! - Aircraft Safety!

The DeHavilland Twin Otter has many desirable safety characteristics that other commonly used skydiving aircraft lack. The Super Otter is a short takeoff and landing aircraft, and has very good flight characteristics at low airspeeds. That makes for a comfortable transition into the air for skydivers. The door is located far enough foreword so jumpers will not affect the Center of gravity adversely when they climb out. It was upgraded to an excellent set of -27 Turbine engines Spring 2002 so it is now a FAST CLIMBING Super Otter, hauling loads of up to 22 skydivers to over 13,500' at 20 minute intervals all day long on busy days. These things may not sound impressive to a novice skydiver, but for professional skydivers, these are things that allow us to concentrate on the business of skydiving without having to be distracted by the quirks of aircraft that were designed just to transport people from airport to airport without thought to the things skydivers care about.  But what this really means to you is that when you jump at Skydive Orange, you are jumping at one of the most active and safety conscious skydiving centers on the east coast, staffed with extremely knowledgeable instructors. We routinely put up over 400 skydives on a summer weekend, so we attract and get to choose and keep the most experienced and knowledgeable staff.  Licensed skydiver jump price. Student skydiver jump prices.

This is the same kind of aircraft used for the spring 2001 rescue of  Dr. Ronald S. Shemenski from the South Pole in extremely cold conditions. It was  chosen for the rescue because of it's reliability.  And yet another rescue in September 2003!

It has a nice big door:

Exiting the fast climbing skydiver jump plane
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for safe, easy exits without having to be crowded into a tight doorframe, so there is less chance of an accidental unintended parachute deployment. The tail on our Otter is up nice and high so there is almost no chance of a skydiver colliding with it. This makes the twin Otter the perfect aircraft for our Orange, Virginia Washington DC skydiving center. Aircraft used at many other skydiving centers have the horizontal control surface situated directly behind the door, introducing one more potential hazard that our aircraft do not have.


[]Saturday August 28, 2010 WE BROKE THE SKYDIVE ORANGE RECORD BY SAFELY MAKING 560 JUMPS ON 34 OTTER LOADS IN ONE DAY INCLUDING TWO NIGHT JUMP LOADS!

Click the Image at right of skydivers getting on the jump plane for a bigger picture. We follow a strict airplane loading procedure here everyone approaches from behind, never from near the propellers.


Ready to jump!
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Getting Ready to Jump

Here's a close-up of one of our skydiving certification program graduates in the door of the Otter

Page updated 09/27/11


The Otter is bunches better, and much more trouble free than the kinds of planes they used to jump out of in the old days!!!!

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