Skydive Spaceland Tandem Instructors

Kevin Purdy
Kevin Purdy
Position: Operations Manager, Ratings Examiner
Jumps: 16,000
First Jump: 1991
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Accelerated Freefall/Static Line/Tandem Instructor, Tandem/Instructor-Assisted Deployment Instructor Examiner, Coach examiner, FAA Senior Parachute Rigger
Fun Fact: Learning to skydive was not easy for me to do, but I loved the exhilaration and excitement that came with the experience.
Spacelander Since: 2014
James Englund
James Englund
Jumps: 1,200+
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D license# 32671, Tandem Instructor (Sigma/Handcam), Accelerated Freefall Instructor, Coach, Unicorn Cowboy
Fun Fact: In 2006 I made my first jump; it was a static line jump at Skydive New Mexico. It wasn’t until 2008 that I had decided to go for my Coach rating. In 2012 I acquired my AFF-I rating, followed by my Tandem rating in 2013. I hit the sky jumping, then decided to cutaway from the real world, pursue my passion, and start skydiving full time in 2015.
Spacelander Since: May 1, 2015
Henry Kochen
Henry Kochen
Jumps: 1265
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: Coach, senior parachute rigger, D-33880
Fun Fact: Coach, senior parachute rigger. > D-33880
Spacelander Since: 2016
David Rose
David Rose
Jumps: 1,600+
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Skydiving gets me in the zone, especially when I'm pushing my comfort zone to learn and experience more. And there's always going to be more to learn and experience, and share and teach.
Spacelander Since: 2015
Rafael Oliveria
Rafael Oliveria
Jumps: 900+
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-35266, Coach Rating, TI Rating
Fun Fact: Visited places like Nepal, Oman, Iran, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Panama, Dubai, Texas, Tennessee, California, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida. Skydiving is my thing, you'll see me smiling ALL the time at the dropzone.
Skydiving: Favorite Part: I simply love Freefly. Teaching and training in the sky are my passions. I also love traveling and jumping around the globe.
Spacelander Since: 2014
Elliot Rueb
Elliot Rueb
Jumps: 700+
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-35006, Coach Rating, Tandem Instructor
Fun Fact: Outside of Skydiving: During the week I spend my time as a Project Business Manager for Kiewit Infrastructure, working large construction projects. When I’m not skydiving on the weekends I enjoy my time in the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, hiking or boating. I also travel around the U.S. doing Elite Spartan Races throughout the year, and spending some time in the mountains snowboarding in the winter.
Skydiving: Favorite Part: The camaraderie of the sport, I’ve had the opportunity to jump at a lot of dropzones and I continue to meet great people and amazing skydivers. It’s also awesome to help introduce people to skydiving, and get them as excited about the sport as I am.
Spacelander Since: 2015
Cray Adamson
Cray Adamson
Jumps: 650+
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-35207, Tandem Instructor
Skydiving: Favorite Part: Taking nervous people on their first skydive and experiencing with them the thrill of a lifetime.
Spacelander Since: 2016
Charles Price
Charles Price
Position: Tandem Instructor
Jumps: 700+
Fun Fact: Motto: Do not dent the earth.
Spacelander Since: 2015
Eduardo Chacon
Eduardo Chacon
Jumps: 1,200+
License, Ratings, Accomplishments: D-33679, USPA Coach Rating, Tandem Instructor
Fun Fact: My favorite thing about working for Spaceland is that it’s a world-class drop zone with very experienced professionals that have been in the sport for a long time. The vibes and environment are great and make me want to give my best and learn from all the staff members every day.
Skydiving: Favorite Part: You never stop learning and you get to meet great people and build strong friendships with them.
Spacelander Since: May 1, 2015

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