Boasting a combined resumé of 75 years of experience and more than 16,000 jumps, the members of Falcon Skydiving Team show off their aerial skills at exhibitions all over the states. They kicked off the US promotion of the latest Pokémon products with a whirling dive and perform as a highlight of the Richards-Gebaur air show. When not free-falling for audiences, they take up passengers with them and teach them the basics during tandem dives.
With Truman Lake Air Sports' airborne activities, adrenaline junkies can soar over the titular lake in a powered paraglider or free fall from a plane. Powered paragliding allows adventurers to use a combination of wind and motor power, instead of strings attached to a flock of birds, to glide through the air. Truman Lake Air Sports pairs students with an instructor during tandem flights that last anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes. Instructors can also take skydivers out on tandem dives.
There are some important—and impressive—numbers behind skydiving experiences with Missouri River Valley Skydivers. Here are some digits to keep in mind before you jump:
Up to 13,000: the number of feet you can ascend into the sky.
120: the mph speed of your free fall.
Up to 60: the number of seconds your free fall can last; after that, falling turns into floating as you coast gently back to the ground.
Another number to keep in mind: 1974. That's the year Missouri River Valley Skydivers opened its facility, cementing it as an authority in the skydiving industry. Today, the company's setup features an onsite snack shop, a covered observation area, and 160 acres of safe, unobstructed landing area completely void of hazards and quicksand.
If you're doing your first ever skydive with Heart of America Skydiving, the instructor you're attached to has done it at least 500 times before. Like every instructor in the state, Heart of America's dive gurus have at least three years and 500 dives under their belt, making them more than qualified to take the lead on tandem jumps.
Skydivers, meanwhile, forget about deploying their parachute and focus on the thrills found roughly 10,000 feet high in the air, such as the rush of adrenaline and clouds that are fluffy enough to clean your ears. After a 40-second free fall at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, the instructor opens the chute, and the rest is a 5–10-minute scenic float back down to terra firma.