Ian Drennan

Age: 41

Nationality: US citizen born in South Africa
First Jump: December 1996
Total Jumps: 5,000+
Home DZ: Skydive the Farm

Occupation: Software Engineer and Flight-1 Instructor
Education: Financial Information Systems - Port Elizabeth Technikon (BS equivalent)
Hobbies: Drumming and working out

Licenses/Ratings: D-25821

Total Skydives: 5000+
Freefly: 1800
RW/FS: 200
Hop-n-Pops: 3100
Camera: 100
Other: 3 (Wingsuit and CReW)
Cutaways: 4

Main Canopy: PD Valkyrie 67/75, Peregrine 64
Container: Javelin Odyssey
Reserve Canopy: Optimum 126
AAD: Speed Cypres
Helmet: Cookie Composites G3
Jumpsuit: Liquid Sky Suits
Altimeter: Neptune 3 Audible and Visual
Eyewear: Oakley Designs


2017 - Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving Championships - (AA) 4 way FS - 3rd
2017 - Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving Championships - (AA) 8 way FS - 2nd
2016 - South African CP Nationals - Overall - 2nd
2016 - South African CP Nationals - Accuracy - 3rd
2016 - South African Nationals - Distance - 2nd
2016 - South African Nationals - Speed - 2nd
2013 – U.S. Nationals (CP) – Overall – 6th
2013 - FLCPA Meet 5 (CP) - Overall - 4th
2012 – U.S. Nationals (CP) – Overall – 10th
2012 – Pink Open (CP) – Overall – 6th
2012 – Pink Open (CP) – Speed – 2nd
2012 – World Championships (CP) – Accuracy – 20th
2011 – U.S. Nationals (CP) – Overall – 15th
2011 - PD Big Boy Pants (CP) - Overall - 9th
2010 – FLCPA Meet 2 (CP) – Overall – 3rd
2010 – FLCPA Season Champions (CP) – Overall – 3rd
2009 – World Cup (CP) – Speed – 10th
2009 – U.S. Nationals (CP) – Accuracy – 12th
2008 – FLCPA Meet 4 (CP) – Overall – 2nd
2008 – FLCPA Meet 5 (CP) – Distance – 3rd

Other Skydiving Accomplishments:

Has represented both the USA and South Africa in World events

Maine Distance State Record
Georgia Distance State Record

HP Canopy Expeditions:
2010 Switzerland – Swiss Alps


I started skydiving in 1996 at E.P. Skydivers in Grahamstown, South Africa. From the first jump, I found flying my canopy the most exciting thing about the experience. I moved to the US in 1998, and in 2003 I entered my first competition, a RedBull event, in Lebanon, Maine. To put it bluntly, I got annihilated.  The experience made me realize how little I knew and I began to actively pursue coaching and competition. In 2006 I started teaching because I wanted to share everything I'd learned with those who wanted to listen. In 2007, due to a tragic canopy collision, I lost one of my closest friends. This drove me to be even more passionate about sharing canopy flight knowledge. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to be welcomed into the PD Factory Team family, after a week tryout process with my peers. After 8 successful years on the PDFT, I officially retired from CP competition and am now pursuing new passions in the FS arena with STF-Vega XP.  Today I balance Family, Team, and Work responsibilities and feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world! The dream continues.

Can you share some of the better practices at DZs you have seen that have been implemented to improve safety under canopy?

Without a doubt, I would say the separation of landing areas. While every situation is unique because of landing area layout, aircraft, number of jumpers, and a myriad of other factors, dropzones are taking the issue seriously and doing what they can to ensure that landing areas are logically grouped. Dropzones continue to take this further and further by having well defined rules for each area (such as type of pattern and how landing direction is set) to further increase the safety margins.


Ian Drennan


Manta 260
Cruiselite 210
Zp.exe 150
Heatwave 135
Heatwave 120
Hurricane 120
PD Velocity 96
PD Velocity 90
PD Velocity 84
PD Velocity 79
PD Comp Velocity 90/84/79/71
PD Peregrine 75/67/64
PD Valkyrie 75/67

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