Fans of the minor league Nashville Sounds were treated to a unique game experience on Tuesday July 4th with an American flag jump into First Tennessee Park by Taylor Smith and Mike Looney, owners of Music City Skydiving. Supported by Helistar Aviation, MCS demo jumpers took to the sky on Friday June 30th for a practice run into the empty stadium. Jumping from around 5,000 feet, Taylor and Mike made the successful dry run from a Robinson R44 helicopter.
Demo skydives and a flag jump in particular are not just your average every day jump. Careful planning is required along with regulatory requirements such as FAA authorization. The flag must be stowed properly and handled with care so as not to interfere with a deploying parachute. Stadium jumps present challenges like shifting winds, often 180 degrees off of the upper winds and swirling inside. this means the demo jumper must land in the opposite direction from their approach which involves a 90 to 180 degree turn at point low to the ground.
Monday came with some fog and winds but soon enough cleared out and conditions were excellent for the demo. MCS staff and regular jumpers were on hand to assist as ground crew. The jump went off exactly as planned and Taylor brought the flag in to several thousand cheering fans. Nashville’s news stations were their to document the event and MCS received some nice free press for the efforts. Afterward Mike and Taylor hung out, answered questions, promoted and then joined the group of fun jumpers up in the stands for the game. Unfortunately the jump didn;t bring the team enough luck as they lost 9 to 8.
April 1st started off with dodgy weather, low clouds were the order of the day for Saturday until about 1:30 p.m. Once the sky began to open the views were 100 miles in all directions.
The Super King Air arrived shortly after the break and MCS was off and running back to backs. We had several amazing groups including “Paw Paw” who did a jump for his 88th birthday!
Sunday we hosted MTSU’s annual tandem skydiving trip. This group led by our fun jumper, Connor Shepard, always has a great time. Fun jumpers were out from all over doing freefly and tracking jumps. Check out this video of some of the good times.
Music City Skydiving is Nashville's premier skydiving center with a 10,000 sq ft facility and a Super King Air. World class hospitality!
Check out our newest AFF graduate, Jen Brooks, and our latest A licensee, Ellen Pulford! MCS has had quite a few new jumpers lately and are working hard each weekend to get more AFF’s through the program.
Music City Skydiving is Tennessee's top facility for skydive certification or tandem skydiving. Located close to Nashville, Chattanooga, and Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
September 11, 2016, Music City Skydiving jumper and veteran Mike Paiser honored those lost on 9/11 with a flag jump. It’s hard to believe 15 years has passed since that fateful morning that changed all of our lives. We are all grateful we get to skydive each weekend and have our families to come home to.
Music City Skydiving is a top rated skydiving facility serving Nashville, Chattanooga, all of middle Tennessee and Ft. Campbell, Kentucky
Friday September 2nd, MCS DZO’s Taylor Smith and Mike Looney treated Williamson County high school football fans to an memorable show, bringing the game ball onto the field in style via parachute.Using the Channel 4 news helicopter, the seasoned, PRO rated skydivers jumped into the football field from 5,000 feet. Taylor was first in with a perfectly executed 90 degree performance turn to a slide in, stand up landing in style. Mike, known better by Williamson County residents as “Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Looney,” followed with a 50 yard line stand up finish that would make the Golden Knights demo team jealous. Great job guys!
Just an hour from Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Skydiving is available for demo jumps into high schools and other functions.
July has been a wicked hot month so far. But good weather has kept us in the air most of the time. Also wicked hot this month has been the flying at Music City Skydiving. A couple of weeks back we had Scott Franklin cranking out the formation points, this weekend we had freefliers shredding up the skies over Waverly.
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We had a great weekend of weather July 9/10 despite really horrible forecasts. The King Air was enroute from maintenance Saturday morning carrying our weekend’s entertainment host, Scott Franklin. Scott is a former gold and silver medalist at the USPA Nationals in 8 way and 16 way and currently the formation organizer at Skydive Atlanta. The plane arrived around 9 a.m. and Scott wasted no time getting to work with the participant students.
Scott began with a lecture on the fundamentals of formation skydiving. During this he corrected many of the myths and misnomers we are taught as young jumpers. He outlined the goals and strategies for successful dives and how they were going to achieve them and then they got to work.
A lot of fantastic dives were completed and with only a few weather holds for passing storms we were relatively unimpeded jumping throughout the weekend.
Thanks to everyone that came out and participated! Scott regularly holds 4 way camps and invitationals at Skydive Atlanta, in Thomaston, GA and will be organizing July 23-24 at the Summer Boogie.
Music City Skydiving is #1 in Tennessee for fun, whether formation skydiving or tandem skydiving.
Last weekend Music City Skydiving observed Memorial Day in a special way, with helicopter jumps! The helicopter, out of Nashville, flew 30 jumpers Monday, making it a very successful time. Overall it was a great weekend with a ton of fun jumpers coming out. A big thanks to DZO Taylor Smith for all the hard work to make it happen.
Nashville Tennessee's #1 skydiving facility is Music City Skydiving. With an 8,000 square foot facility and the most amazing skydiving views in Tennessee, no one can top us.
Last Saturday, May 14th, Music City Skydiving gave Atoka, Tennessee 18 year old Jacob Hardin so
me hope in an otherwise challenging part of his life. Jacob has been diagnosed with chuvash polycythemia, a rare blood disorder. So rare in fact that doctors have no treatment much less a cure. Jacob is at high risk for blood clots and over the next 10 years, his organs will begin to fail as the disease progresses. Due to high medical expenses Jacob was unable to afford to skydive. His dream of joining the military was denied because of his condition. So Music City Skydiving stepped in to grant his dream. Tandem instructor and co-owner, Taylor Smith agreed to take Jacob free of charge. Our hope is that Jacob can find some peace with his condition and try to experience all of the great things life has to offer while he has time.
Just outside Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Skydiving is making dreams come true for tandem skydivers.