Atmospheric Decelerator Engineer (Parachute Rigger)
4. Total Number of Jumps:
5. Skydiving Philosophy:
Understanding the concept and the function behind skydiving equipment keeps us all safe! Give out knowledge freely to help us all.
6. USPA Licenses and Ratings:
C-41620, Coach, Parachute rigger
7. How (and where) did you start skydiving?
I started skydiving because of a Black Hat and a Tan Boot, out of a US Air force C130. This was on the Fryar dropzone in Fort Benning, Georgia, at US Army Airborne School. That led me to love riding “magic carpets” to the ground. I started civilian skydiving in Cañon City, Colorado and love jumping in my home state of North Carolina.
8. Of all of your skydives, is there one that stands out most?
The Halo jump down in Puerto Rico from 22,000ft, going 248mph on my head and landing on the beach. It was amazing to take in all the beautiful views looking out over the Caribbean!
9. What's the most amazing thing you can do in the air?
I can hold in a fart until we get the door open. To most, that sounds unimpressive--but to a skydiver, that is amazing and a greatly appreciated skill. Also, I love to freefly!
10. What kind of skydiving student were you?
When I started jumping as a civilian, I had already been jumping out of airplanes for the military, so I was nervous, but not like most.
11. Do you have any suggestions for students?
Be safe driving home. That is the most dangerous part of skydiving.
12. What makes a great skydiver?
The ability to be friendly to all and staying humble.
13. Pet Peeves:
Air in canopies people have brought in for me to pack. Also: when people don't rerack weights, and people riding in the LEFT LANE!
Skydiving, slacklining, working out, running, hanging out at the beach, rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding...just being outside and active.
Wanna jump with Lee? Request him when you book your skydive at Piedmont.