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Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith is CEO/President, and Guest Relations Associate at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. He has owned and operated the business since 2000. He has been skydiving since 1994, and in addition to leading the CSC Team, is currently an instructor, videographer and pilot for CSC.

There's a lot going on at CSC...

Despite the time of year, it's busy around the dropzone. It's event season in the Flight Deck and we have private parties, corporate events, and company meetings nearly everyday and Rock Sky Market is always busy. On the CSC side, we're developing a very exciting event schedule for 2019 including plenty of camps, comps, boogies, and parties. Keep a close eye on our events calendar as we're adding events all the time and more details will be posted daily. Our goal is to finalize the event planning soon so everyone can plan their summer travel schedule and have the information on what's going on at CSC. Consider subscribing to the CSC Events Calendar. New events will get added directly to your calendar along with information, links, and any changes and updates that may happen in the future. 

If you're skydiving, you're probably just looking for a quick ride in an airplane. Typically, jumpers are focused on the freefall ahead, but rarely give much thought to the person in the cockpit. At many dropzones, few jumpers even know the pilot's name.

Some say jump pilots are the unsung heroes of skydiving. I'm not sure about that, but we certainly have to manage a lot of variables from the lonely front seat.

Skydiving operators throughout the country are concerned about the decreasing price trend for tandem skydives. Many point to the prominence of daily deal websites for this decline. Groupon is the most popular in this category, and many dropzones rely on it as their core marketing strategy these days. It's a problem, pushing our industry to circle the drain and price ourselves out of business.

How did we get here? Why can't we break the cycle? Well, I may have started this mess, and I'm truly sorry. 

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