Stuart Schoenfeld

Age: 36
Nationality: USA
First Jump: June 2001
Total Jumps: 5,500
Home DZ: Mile Hi Skydiving

Occupation: Canopy Piloting Instructor
Education: BS Psychology from Oregon State University
Hobbies: Staying fit, golf, skiing

Licenses/Ratings: D-26814

Total Skydives: 5,500

Freefly: 300
RW/FS: 400
Hop-n-Pops: 2500
Camera: see below
Cutaways: 3
Tandem: 400
Video: 400
Main Canopy: VE 75 and VC 84
Container: Vector Micron by United Parachute Technologies
Reserve: OP 126/143
AAD: None
Helmet: Very old Factory Diver
Jumpsuit: Vertical Suits - Raptors
Altimeter: Suunto Core and Neptune (audible)
Eyewear: Sun glasses
Sponsors: Performance Designs, United Parachute Technologies, Vertical Suits, Blue Skies Mag.

SKYDIVING RECORDS/COMPETITIONS

2013 - US National Championships (CP) - Overall - 20th
2012 - US National Championships (CP) - Overall - 11th
2011 - US National Championships (CP) - Overall - 17th
2010 - US National Championships (CP) - Overall - 4th 
2008 - PST Championships (CP) - Overall - 3rd
2008 - World Championships (CP) - Overall - 25th
2008 - US National Championships (CP) - Overall - 3rd
2007 - PST Air Festival (CP) - Overall - 2nd
2007 - US National Championships (CP) - Overall - 5th
2005 - CPC Championships (CP) - Overall - 2nd

HISTORY/TEACHING EXPERIENCE

In 2001 I started my jumping career at Skydive Snohomish in Washington State. I earned my A-license through the static line progression and was introduced to the importance of flying your parachute correctly and safely at a very “young” age. Through my first few years within the sport I tried just about every discipline but it wasn’t until about 2003 that I truly fell in love with the canopy portion of skydiving, and it was at that time that I started dedicating nearly all my jumps to my canopy skills. In 2004 I started the North West Canopy Piloting Circuit giving an avenue for pilots in Oregon and Washington to be introduced to competitive canopy piloting; this is also where I started to dabble in teaching very basic canopy flight. In 2005 I gained my “Pro” status on the canopy piloting circuit and since then I have qualified for multiple US National teams and have been coaching people from all over the world.

“You're from a dropzone that's well above sea level. What advice would you give to jumpers going to a DZ with a higher elevation than they have jumped at in the past?”

If you’re at a DZ that is at or near sea level and you’re traveling to a DZ that is at a higher elevation I would  advise all jumpers to take a step back and slow things down a little bit. With a gain in elevation the air gets thinner and faster, meaning your parachute is going to come in faster and lose more altitude quicker. For those who do traditional straight in approaches I would say pull a little higher than you normally do and practice your flares higher and make sure you have a solid idea of how you want fly your pattern. For those that conduct high performance landings raise your turn altitudes and your recovery arc altitudes (aka finish your turn higher so you have a longer rollout). With the elevation gain your swoops will be faster but at the same time you will lose more altitude when doing your turn.

 

 

Stuart Schoenfeld

CANOPY PROGRESSION

Skymaster 220-290
PD 190
Triathlon 175
Stiletto 150
Stiletto 135
Impulse 120
Stiletto 107
Crossfire 97
Velocity 96
VX 84
JVX 87
Velocity 79,84,90,96
Competition Velocity 71,79,84,90

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