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About Skydive Central New York

Skydive Central New York was created by Michael Burgess. Mike grew up in Baldwinsville, NY and started skydiving in 1992. He worked in sales and marketing for a local bank while skydiving on the weekends. In 1997 he decided to leave banking to follow his love of skydiving and moved to Las Vegas to become a full time skydive instructor. While visiting and working at skydive centers around the country Mike found that many were lacking quality instruction and continuing education for their instructors. Mike's philosophy is simple, "To provide the safest skydive training with the best instructors using the most advanced instruction and coaching methods available." All of our instructors are carefully chosen by Mike, from many qualified applicants, for their outstanding commitment to safety and customer satisfaction.

Whether your goal is to only make only one jump, get your skydiving license or become a skydive instructor, Mike and his team are willing to share their experience with you to help you meet and exceed your skydiving goals.

Why would you want to skydive anywhere else?

Meet the Team
Michael Burgess - Drop Zone Owner (DZO)
16,800+ Total Jumps
Tandem Instructor
Accelerated Free Fall Instructor
Static Line Instructor
Master Parachute Rigger
Safety and Training Advisor
PRO Rated
Jeff "Fluffy" Whitt - Chief Instructor
Jeff Whitt, also known as "Fluffy", is the Chief Instructor at Skydive Central New York. He grew up in central Ohio where he began jumping 7 years ago. With over 7000 jumps, he has achieved status as an AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Tandem Examiner, Coach Examiner, and FAA Senior Rigger. During his skydiving career he graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. His decision to pursue skydiving instead of accounting was due to the overwhelming love of the sport and the unappealing prospect of sitting behind an accountant's desk all day. He enjoys helping individuals who are ambitious about the sport improve their skills so they can become better skydivers and instructors. He hopes his contribution to the skydiving industry will help improve the quality of skydivers and instructors around the country.
Jeni Burgess - Office Manager
Bio coming soon.
Kelly Corcoran
Accelerated Free Fall Instructor
Tandem Instructor
Senior Rigger

I am a big fan of living life to the fullest and have no interest sitting behind a desk.

I have been skydiving over 18 years and have almost 10,000 jumps. I started working professionally as a skydive photographer, and after approximately 1,500 jumps I earned my Tandem and Accelerated Freefall Rating. I am also an FAA senior rigger. I have worked for skydive centers in California and Nevada for most of my career. I love teaching and introducing people to the sport and lifestyle of skydiving.

My second love of life is for the ocean and sailing. I also have earned my Coast Guard 50 ton Master Captains license and started my own sailboat charter business in the Caribbean.

I am back with friends at Skydive CNY to have the best of both worlds. Skydiving over the beautiful Central New York countryside in the summer and sailing the warm Caribbean in the winter.
Kevin Ewanow
Accelerated Free Fall Instructor
Tandem Instructor

Married 15 years to Heather, with a 5-year old Rottweiler.

Kevin is a full time police sergeant and trainer in a suburb of Rochester, and enjoys spending his off-time on his Harley, and at Skydive CNY. Kevin started his skydiving career almost 20 years ago after getting hooked by his first tandem. He took a 17 year hiatus from skydiving in order to focus on his career. Now, after getting hooked all over again, he is shifting gears and preparing to retire to the sky. Here he can continue to teach others in what is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding sports available.
Scott Haynes
Video Editor
Ground Support

Spending his summers in the Adirondacks hiking, biking, and mountain climbing, Scott developed a love for the outdoors and an active lifestyle at a young age. While quite contentedly pursuing a bachelor's in English and working full time at a local pharmacy, Scott tried skydiving for the first time and immediately fell in love with it. Three years later and it's only getting more fun for him as he has recently began to focus on wing-suits, which adds an amazing element to the sport. He hopes to begin to work towards his coach and instructional ratings in the near future, all while having as much fun as possible in the sky.You can usually find him on weekends lying in the sun immersed in an over sized novel as he waits for a parachute to need packing, or his turn to get on a load.
Tim Young
Video Editor
Ground Support

Bio Coming Soon
Larry Olivia
Commercial Pilot

Larry is a local commercial rated pilot who also calls Whitford's Airport home. He started flying at a small private turf strip not far from Whitford's in a Piper Cub J-5 at the age of 12 and was hooked. He had to spend hours mowing the runway to get time in the air. Many years later Larry finished his Private and Instrument ratings at Whitford's airport under the instructional supervision of Mr. John Whitford II, flying a Cessna 172. Larry also has a Multi-Engine Rating, and spends time flying tail-wheel aircraft as well. In the near future he would like to add a CFI certificate and a Seaplane rating to his list of credentials. Larry is also the AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer for Whitford's Airport.
Alex Torea - Pilot
Alex is from Aurora, New York and spent his childhood flying with his grandfather. He first soloed at age 15 and earned his private pilot's license at age 18 from his grandfather who also served as his CFI. Since then he has earned a bachelor's degree in visual arts and graphic design and started a side business in aerial photography. Alex has always been passionate about flying and is now pursuing a career in aviation where he hopes to join the regional airlines. Alex recently obtained his instrument rating and is after his multi-engine rating next. His love for aviation drives him to want to know and experience it all! His goal is to provide a safe and smooth ride for the skydivers so they have the best experience ever!
Steve Shelton
Commerical Pilot

Steve started flying with his father when he was 6 years old. His father was a commercial pilot who flew for Buckeye Aviation. His Mother was also an Aviator. Steve began training at Bill Law Aviation in 1993.

In 2007 he attended ATP flight training based in Jacksonville FL where he obtained his:
Instrument rating.
Multi-engine rating
Commercial pilot
Flight instructor single engine
Flight instructor multi-engine.
Luke "Cupcake" Weaver
Tandem Instructor
Video Editor

Luke grew up in Central New York, studying Digital Animation and Graphic Design in college. When he did his first tandem jump he immediately fell in love with the sport. Not wanting to sit inside a studio staring at a computer screen all day he decided to leave that industry and has made skydiving his full time career.
Waldo Moore - Pilot
Bio coming soon
Brian Corley
Commercial Pilot

Brian grew up in Roselle, NJ and started flying in 2003. He Graduated with his Bachelors in Aviation & Flight Technology from Utah Valley University. After school Brian decided to put his flight career on hold in order to serve in the U.S. Army on active duty. Embracing his time deployed and the awesome experience of brotherhood, he says that made him more humble and focused. Continuing on his quest to be the best aviator possible, Brian continues to be a small voice in aviation and tries to pass along his knowledge of flight to any and everyone. He also says that he would like to hold every flight certificate possible including his seaplane rating. Brian is a goal-oriented pilot with aspirations to fly as a captain for Delta Airlines or FedEx one day. But before any of that takes place, Brian came to us and said "Man you guys look like you are having a lot of FUN and I really want to be a part of it!" So it's been great to have him apart of our team!

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