Facilities & Aircraft
Start Skydiving is one the top five largest and fastest growing Drop-Zones in the world. Start Skydiving’s location at the Middletown Regional Airport in Middletown, OH, features a 1.15 mile long runway that can support extra-large aircraft for special events, more than 23,000+ sq ft of hangar space, over 600+ acres of obstacle-free soft cut sod to land on, and world-class coaching in all disciplines from world-renown professional skydiving team, Team Fastrax™.
Other numerous amenities include our patented self-manifesting system, indoor padded and carpeted packing areas, paid packing services, clean showers and restrooms, an RV park and campgrounds with a bonfire pit, free Wi-Fi, an ATM, a huge family park with a fishing pond, splash pad, playground, and soccer and baseball fields, kayaking on the Great Miami River, biking on the Great Miami River Trail (over 75+ miles long!), and over ten restaurants and hotels within less than a half of a mile away.
Tail number N208HF is our Cessna 208B Caravan. Patriot One is powered by a 675hp Pratt Whitney turbine engine and is capable of flying cross country. This skydiving aircraft has the latest in avionics and has the ability to carry 13 demonstrators to 14,000′. Patriot One has flown over the City of Philadelphia where the team landed in front of Independence Hall. It routinely participates on humanitarian missions carrying wounded warriors and their families across America. Patriot One is the flagship of our fleet.
Tail number N9529G is our Cessna 208 Grand Caravan. Lady Liberty is powered by a 870hp Pratt Whitney turbine engine and can fly cross country. Lady Liberty can carry 18 skydivers per load and make ten more loads every day with our Blackhawk XP140-powered turbine engine. Based at 3,700 ft, we can climb to 16,700 ft for the jump in only 14 minutes while using less fuel per load. This skydiving aircraft with supplemental oxygen can climb to 22,500′. Lady Liberty has flown over New York City and was given her name after the jump performed over the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty has also flown on several humanitarian missions to Haiti after the massive earthquake delivering much needed medical supplies.
Tail number N442SS is our Cessna 206. Freedom is powered by a 285hp Continental engine and is capable of flying cross country. This skydiving aircraft has the ability to carry 5 demonstrators to 10,000′. Freedom has flown over the multiple NASCAR, NFL and MLB events and is commonly used on demonstrations requiring less than six demonstrators.