Shannon Pilcher 

Connect with Shannon at:


“I learned so much in 101! I can hardly wait to attend more Flight-1 classes! Shannon was amazing, and conveyed his lessons from the heart in a captivating manner. He patiently taught us what to look for in our debriefing, and gave us useful tools understanding canopy flight that I will use on every single skydive to come! This was worth every penny!”

~ Melissa

“What an exceptional course! I recommend for every skydiver to take opportunity to learn from the best. Thanks Shannon for imparting your knowledge.”

~ Jackie 

“Thank you Shannon Har-Noy Pilcher for amazing course!”

~ Jan


Started Skydiving: 1991

Total Jumps: 20,000+
Nationality: USA
Home DZ: Skydive DeLand

Occupation: Consultant of High Performance Leadership Teams, Speaker, Flight-1 Instructor, 4-way Formation Skydiving Coach, Business Owner
Education: BS in Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology; Master of Science in Organization Development, American University
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Podcasting, Playing with my daughter

Licenses/Ratings: D-18803, PRO Exhibition Rating, FAA Senior Rigger

Total Skydives: 20,000+
Camera: 1,000
Freefly: 600
RW/FS: 9,000
Hop-n-Pops: 5,500
High Alt. Hop-n-Pops: 3,000+
Other: 600 (Wingsuit, Demos, CReW, AFF, Tandems, Skysurf)
BASE Jumps: 90
Cutaways: 1 Freefall, 4 Subterminal

Main Canopy: Valkyrie 79, Storm 120, Peregrine 79
Container: Javelin Odyssey
Reserve Canopy: PD Optimum 126
AAD: Speed Cypres 2
Helmet: Cookie Composites
Jumpsuit: Liquid Sky Suits
Altimeter: Alti-2 Atlas
Eyewear: Oakley Designs 


2016 - US National Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 2nd
2015 - US National Championships (FS) – 4-way Open - 2nd
2010 - US National Championships (CP) – Overall - 2nd
2010 - 2nd Gulf Cup, Dubai (CP) - Distance - 1st
2009 - US National Championships (CP) – Overall - 2nd
2009 - U.S. National Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 2nd
2009 - Last Big Splash Swoop Comp (CP) – Overall - 1st
2007 - US National Championships (CP) – Overall - 1st
2007 - European Swoop Tour (CP) – Overall - 1st
2006 - U.S. National Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 1st
2006 - World Skydiving Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 1st
2006 - U.S. National Championships (CP) – Overall - 1st
2005 - U.S. National Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 1st
2005 - Texel Beach Swoop – Overall - 1st
2005 - King of Swoop – Overall - 1st
2005 - World Games (FS) - 4-way Open - 1st
2005 - World Games (CP) - Overall - 2nd
2004 - World Skydiving Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 1st
2003 - U.S. National Championships (FS) - 4-way Open - 1st


2005 Skydiver of the Year, SKYDIVING Magazine Readership Poll
Professional Skydiving Coach/Speaker (1997-Present), including Australian, Austrian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Irish and Norwegian national teams
News Journalist, Skydiving Magazine (1996-2001)
Three-Time Collegiate National Champion Team (Ga. Tech, 1991-93)

World Records

2009 - 4-way most formations in 35 seconds
2005 - Distance (CP) 418ft
2002 - Distance (CP) 478ft
2000 - 16-Way (FS): 19 pts

HP Canopy Expeditions

2010 Switzerland – Swiss Alps
2007 Arizona - Grand Canyon
2006 France - Mt. Blanc
2006 Italy - Dolomites
2003, 2005, 2006 Norway - Fjords


I logged my first skydive in the autumn of 1991.  I now have more than 16,000 jumps, including numerous national and world titles in multiple disciplines.  I was dragged through student status so that I might fill the vacant position on our soon-to-be collegiate championship team. Sixteen years later, I and one of those college teammates won the coveted world title, and were publicly recognized as "Skydivers of the Year."  Our team went on to found Flight-1, where we teach and coach teams and individuals throughout the world.  

Should DZs restrict the size of turn on landing and to how much?  Are there any exceptions?

Yes, drop zones should designate landing areas according to the degree of turns being used by the landing jumpers.  And they should ensure that the airspace above does NOT overlap or conflict.  The horizontal speed of today's parachutes is greater than ever before, which means we cover more distance across the ground than ever before -- as we fly and as we land.  The difference is we have no engine.  So once we've committed to a maneuver, we cannot abort or change course, or add power and climb.  Yet we have proportionately smaller landing areas, and far fewer rules or procedures than aircraft, which do have the ability to change course.  Imagine if airports went only as far as designating a landing direction (as many DZs do), with just an open field and planes of all sizes and speeds allowed to enter the field from any altitude or angle at any given time.  And before doing so, they had to kill the engine.  It would never work.  In a very short time there would be runways and specified patterns for all aircraft to follow.  Oh wait - that is how it already is. Has that inhibited the advancement of aircraft technology, or the opportunities for pilots to push the boundaries of flight?  On the contrary, it has helped to nurture a safer flying environment, which has in turn fostered, not hindered, the evolution of aviation. 


Shannon Pilcher


Manta 288 ~ 16 jumps
Maverone 260 ~ 20 jumps
Fury 220 ~ 100 jumps
Fury 200 ~ 40 jumps
Raider  ~ 20 jumps
Cricket  ~ 20 jumps
Esprit  135 ~ 200 jumps
Nova 135 ~ 200 jumps
Pro Series ~ 500 jumps
PD Stiletto 135 ~ 400 jumps
PD Velocity 111 ~ 1,000 jumps
PD Velocity 103 ~ 2,000 jumps
PD Velocity  96 ~ 1,000 jumps
PD Velocity 103, 96, 90, 84, 79 – 7,000 jumps
PD Storm 120 – 100 jumps
PD Peregrine 79
PD Valkyrie 79

Forgot Your Password?
Student Login