There’s no end to the fun you can have along the Rock River Trail. With our new Rock River Trail Air Route, you have the chance to turn your eyes to the skies for adventure along the Rock River.
If you are looking for adventure, skydiving might be the thing for you. Skydive The Rock offers you an opportunity to spread your wings, so to speak. Skydive The Rock is located at the Beloit Airport in Beloit, Wisconsin on Highway 67. Tandem skydiving is offered from April through November, seven days a week weather permitting.
Ready to Dive In?
If you’re ready to jump on this adventure, you’ll need to start with a 20 to 30 minute training and safety class. After you’ve had your class, then you will be placed in a FAA approved harness where you will be teamed up with your United States Parachute Association rated tandem instructor. The two of you will then board the plane and travel to 14,500 feet to do your skydive. Then it’s time to jump out of the plane with your instructor. Upon exiting the plane you will freefall for 60 seconds, then open the parachute about one mile up. Once under the parachute you will glide for 3 to 5 minutes back to the landing area to meet your family and friends. While airborne you’ll have the opportunity to see the Rock River valley from a whole new perspective as you glide through the air.
Jumps are $239 per person and group rates, including student and military discounts, are also available. You must be 18 years of age and weigh less than 240 pounds. Visitors always can watch for FREE! For more information or schedule a reservation, please visit www.skydivetherock.com or call 312-757-4454.
Eric Bickel, the owner of Skydive The Rock, attended the January 19, 2017 Rock River Trail quarterly meeting in Beloit, WI and offered to take one of our new Rock River Trail Air Route signs to the Beloit Airport to be mounted near the entrance. Soon all airports located in communities along the Rock River Trail will have one of our bright blue signs hung up. Thanks Eric!
About The Rock River Air Route
The Rock River Trail Air Route features ten great airports along the river as it flows 320 miles through Wisconsin and Illinois. Each of these airports represents a gateway to the communities that the river has spawned over the many years since man has occupied the area.
Rock River Trail Aviation Trivia
First Flight In Wisconsin – Arthur Pratt ( A. P.) Warner brought Wisconsin into the age of aviation when on November 4, 1909 he flew his Warner Curtiss aircraft at the Morgan Farm in Beloit, Wisconsin. Warner was the 1st person to pilot an a powered aircraft in Wisconsin and was the 6th American to do so. The first flight in Wisconsin is recognized with a historical marker at 1811 Lee Ln, Beloit, WI.
First Woman Aviator from Rockford, IL – Bessica Faith Raiche was the first woman in America to fly a plane. Raiche, born in Rockford in 1875, made aviation history as the first woman aviator with her Sept. 16, 1910, flight in Mineola, NY. Learn more about Rockford’s aviation at an exhibit at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL.