Jerry Blanton

Jerry Blanton

1. Age:

68

2. Birthplace:

Oklahoma

3. Occupation:

Pilot

4. Total number of times you've flown skydivers:

Over 5000 loads of skydivers! 4800+ here at Piedmont Skydiving.

5. Fixed-wing flying philosophy:

You have to learn to put the airplane on and wear it, not just sit in it and drive.

6. How (and where) did you start flying?

Soloed in Maryland, immediately went to Arizona and trained as a crop-duster.

7. Of all of your flights, is there one that stands out most?

The one I’ll always remember: I was a newly minted crop-duster, spraying a wheat field, when an adult duck came through my windshield and hit me in the face.

8. What's the most amazing thing you can do in the air?

I can FLY!

9. What kind of flying student were you?

As a student I was dedicated to learning my craft. I finished my training and went to work flying professionally in a seven-month timeframe.

10. Do you have any suggestions for would-be pilots?

Put your ego aside. Stay humble. Find an instructor who will take you beyond the syllabus and teach you to survive.

11. What makes a great pilot?


Great pilots are quiet, humble, and always learning, never satisfied, always striving to be better.

Want to jump from Jerry’s plane? Make your reservation to jump at Piedmont Skydiving!.

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Both of us had a great experience! Thomas especially made our first jump fun and enjoyable. All the staff were professional and competent, and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone for their first skydiving experience!

» Ashley Ly