I've got about 1300 jumps and have non current Static Line and Tandem Instructor ratings and am also a Senior Rigger for Back type parachutes. I've been out of it for a few years due to work and an injury but plan to start back jumping in the next few months.
Here's some of the more memorable things I've done:
1. Made jumps on three different continents - great way to meet locals in other countries and states when you are traveling!
2. Taken about 500 people up for their first jumps - pretty amazing to see the way different people react. Surprisingly very few react with terror(not counting the climbout from the a/c - this is tough for most the first few times). The craziest one was a girl who had an orgasm when the parachute opened on a tandem - very embarrassed young lady!
3. One "Mr. Bill" jump - This is where one jumper, the "Bill" holds on tightly to the second's harness while the second opens his parachute. After flying around like this for a while, the Bill let's go does a second freefall and opens. It's a lot harder than it sounds but a lot of fun.
4. Jumps from as high as 21000 ft and as low as 2000 ft.
5. Landings in interesting and fun places - some intentional others due to bad spots or stronger than anticipated winds, i.e. beaches(Florabama is best, free beer for jumpers!), sand bar in the middle of a river, large field next to a very large bull with a very bright 425 sq. ft. pink parachute(luckily my tandem passenger knew a lot more than I did about dealing with bulls), night demo into a soccer stadium in GYE for the opening night of the pro season, fields full of high cotton(hot tip, forget the wind and land parallel to the rows that stuff is sharp!), about ten feet from the Goodyear blimp as it was tethered in our normal landing field(they were really pissed off but the tandem passenger's boyfriend got a great picture of her landing with the blimp in the background), etc.
6. All the excitement of breaking in more than a few new jump pilots. More than once I've been out on the step that we replace the wheel fairing with when a noobie pilot has stalled the hell out of a 182. It's definitely a wild ride!
7. Great way to get rides in all sorts of airplanes, off the top of my head, I've jumped the following: C-172, 180, 182, 185, 195, 206, and 207, Beech D-18, Twin-Bo, Queen Air, and King Air(90 & 100), DeHaviland Beaver & Twotter, GAF Nomad, Douglas DC-3/C-47, Helio HST
-550, Shorts SkyVan(not my favorite, they stall horribly if the CG goes too far aft), and CASA 235.
8. If you thought the A380 evac test was impressive you should see a group of skydivers getting out of the a/c. For large formation jumps it's typically 1.5-2.5 seconds to get 20-40 people out a single door! Of course we'll usually cheat a bit by putting a few outside the door hanging on to the outside of the plane at first. The best for this is the HST
-550 or a C-47 - you can easily get 8 outside with either. Obviously tailgate a/c are not as big of a challenge although some(Skyvan as mentioned above have their own little quirks).
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I've only been once, jumping from a Cessna Turbo 207 at 15,000 feet, with a tandem instructor strapped to my back.
How long were you in the plane? 206/207 are true climbing pigs in most cases and that's a pretty tall fall.