Learn About The Chuters

WHAT WE DO

The Chuters are a parachuting demonstration team dedicated to providing awe-inspiring, patriotic themed professional parachute demonstrations. We also provide parachuting instruction to the public & specialize in aerial photography, particularly as it relates to parachuting.

MEET THE TEAM

KEITH WALTER

Keith Walter is a retired US Army Officer with multiple overseas deployments.  Keith spent most of his career jumping out of planes with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 7th, 10th and 20th Special Forces Groups, the Airborne Test Board, the US Army Golden Knights, and the US Special Operations Command “Para-Commandos.”   Now retired from the military, Keith continues to jump, serving as Chief of Operations for “The Chuters.”  Keith has more than 5000 jumps, has competed in skydiving competitions at the State and National Levels, and is a multi-rated skydiving instructor.  However, his passion is performing for the crowd, and he specializes in providing precision aerial demonstrations at events around the world.   Very personable, Keith loves to talk, so come on up and say “Hi!”

YVETTE WALTER

Yvette Walter is the President and Owner of The Chuters.  A career Army Wife, Yvette has a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Art, and makes designer jewelry, custom paintings and specialized freefall and ground photography.  Yvette has almost 2000 jumps.   She is a certified Skydiving Coach, and has competed at the State and National level in Formation Skydiving while working towards her Professional Skydiving Rating.  She has performed for the public in the United States and abroad; performing as a jumper. photographer and member of the ground support team.  She relishes the public interaction, and never misses an opportunity to sign autographs or take pictures!

KEITH HANLEY

Keith is a retired Army officer with multiple special operations assignments and deployments during a 23 year career.  He made his first jumps over 30 years ago and since then he has performed as a jumpmaster, instructor, coach, demonstrator, and competitor.  He also performed on several military parachute demonstration teams while in the service and he now has over 2800 jumps.  His current skydiving passions are to participate in challenging freefall maneuvers with other jumpers, conduct demonstration jumps as part of the The Chuters, and share his excitement for life and the sport with others.

PATRICK FORTUNE

Patrick retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2004 after 20 years of service.  He's been deployed on five of the seven continents on a wide range of exercises and causes.  He started skydiving back on May 2nd, 1998 when he found out he was being assigned to an “Airborne” unit.  NOTE: Skydiving and Airborne are totally different.

Since that time, He's made 2200 plus jumps and has accomplished not only fun jumps but a few world records to include being part of the largest Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS) formation (130 jumpers).  He was also part of the largest two point POPS formation (108 jumpers),   as well as part of a new world record 3 point 111 way.

His second love is animals.  He works with three different rescue groups finding homes for animals (normally dogs) that other people either give up or don’t want.  He enjoys talking about both skydiving and animals.

KAT HUFF

Kat Huff is an avid fun jumper. As a Medical Physicist by day and mom to young children, her passion for skydiving has had to take a back seat.  Kat has over 2000 jumps.   She has competed at the Collegiate and State levels in Formation Skydiving and holds a World Record for the Largest All Female Formation Skydive in 2002.  She even attempted to try out for Survivor, the long running television show, as a flying Wonder Woman. This launched a wild desire to convince as many fellow skydivers as she could to take to the skies in Super Hero costumes! Kat loves to answer question about the physics of freefall and any other skydiving related questions, so feel free to ask!

RON BROOKS

Ron Brooks is a US Army Reserve, Command Sergeant Major assigned to Atlantic Training Division, 75th Training Command and former active duty United States Marine with several overseas deployments.  Ron started skydiving in 2008 and has made over 1100 jumps to date.  A member of the United States Parachute Association, Ron currently holds Coach and Pro/Demo ratings.  Spending winters in Florida and summers in Maine, Ron calls Skydive City, Zephyrhills, FL and Skydive New England, Lebanon, ME his “Home” drop zones.  Besides skydiving, Ron devotes a lot of time training with his Border Collie “Xe” for K-9 agility trials.  Ron joined the Chuters in 2015.

KEN ATES

Ken Ates is an active duty US Army Special Forces Officer with more than 10 combat and training overseas deployments all over the world.  Ken has spent his current 27 years of service parachuting with the 82nd Airborne Division (with one combat jump into Panama in 1989), the 143rd Infantry (G Company, Long Range Surveillance), the 3rd Special Forces Group, the United States Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team (Black Daggers) and the US Special Operations Command "Para-Commandos."  When not performing at demonstrations, Ken serves as a multi-rated parachute instructor.  Ken has over 3300 jumps and is a North Carolina State record holder.  Ken enjoys sharing skydiving not only with the public, but also at a one on one level with those wanting to learn about skydiving. Ken's spends his free time running half marathons, paddle boarding around Tampa Bay, riding his Harley and reading classic literature.

BILL BICKNER

Bill Bickner is an avid skydiver and has been so for more than 20 years.  He has more than 3500 jumps and holds numerous local, state, national and world records for different skydiving formations.  He is a four way, eight way, ten way and sixteen way formation skydiving competitor, with his most recent competition at the 2016 US Parachute Association National Championships.  He has been featured in the Parachutist Magazine and was selected for the Ches Judy Safety Award for promoting safe parachuting.  He's a people person; so come say HI!

KENT PARO

Kent Paro is a retired Navy SEAL Captain with 31 years of service and multiple combat and training deployments all over the world.  Kent began jumping in 1989 when he received initial military freefall training while assigned to SEAL Team THREE.  He continued jumping in Guam and Spain when he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Units ONE and TEN.  Kent jumped in Virginia Beach while assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group TWO and while he commanded both SEAL Team TEN and Special Boat Team TWENTY.  He also got to jump in Germany and Normandy while assigned as the Commanding Officer at Naval Special Warfare Unit TWO.  Kent first joined the US Special Operations Command “Para-Commandos” in 1997 while assigned as the Aide-de-Camp for GEN Hugh Shelton and served as a Demonstrator until he moved in 1998.  Joining the “Para-Commandos” again in 2011, he served as a Demonstrator and US Parachute Association PRO for six years, participating in dozens of jumps into NFL (Bucs, Jaguars, and Chiefs) and College football (FSU, Vanderbilt, Bama, USF, and many post-season bowls) stadiums.  Kent is a tandem instructor and a coach, and has just under 800 jumps.  He enjoys sharing the thrill of parachuting with the public, and loves making new friends.  Kent keeps busy with his teenage daughters and their sports interests, and enjoys jogging and reading (not classic literature like Ken 8s).  He’s the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet and he’s a Navy SEAL, who doesn’t want to meet and talk with a Navy SEAL?  Come say “Hey!”

Nov 18, 2017 - Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc Top Shot Competition http://www.blackdaggermhc.org/about-bdmhc/ and https://www.facebook.com/BDMHC/ for info

 

May 2017 -  Grand Bahamas Air Show

 

May 2017 -  Westchase Golf Course - Tampa, FL Brian Bill Charity Golf Tournament

 

March 2017 - San Jose, Costa Rica Motocross Race in Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica

 

February 2017 - Florida Fun Shoot

 

December 2016 - Hosting a US Parachute Association "PRO" Skydiving Rating Course for Jumpers with more than 200 jumps at Skydive City in Zephyrhills FL

 

November 2016 - Hillsborough County Sheriff's Range - Lithia FL for the Black Dagger Military Hunt Club's Wounded Warrior Top Shot Competition

 

October 2016 - Tampa Palms Golf Course in NW Tampa for the Claybaker D.U.S.T.O.F.F Charity Golf Tournament

 

April 2016 - Gold Star Teens at Operation Blackbeard

 

April 2016 - Bahamas Air Show

 

February 2016 - Black Daggers Military Hunt Club Fun Shoot, Sarasota, FL

 

November 2015 - Black Daggers Military Hunt Club Wounded Warrior Military Top Shot Competition, Lithia, FL

 

November 2014 - 3rd Annual Military Heroes Top Shot Competition

 

November 2014 - TAMCO Foundation Charity Golf Outing

 

August 2014 - PRO Camp - Skydive City, FL

 

June 2014 - The Beaches of Normandy with the Liberty Jump Team for the 70th Anniversary of D Day

 

April 2014 - Hawks Ridge Golf Club in

Ball Ground, GA

 

November 2013 - Operation Hot Shot

Lithia,  FL

 

May 2013 - Never Quit Fitness Competition

Jacksonville Beach, FL

 

April 2013 Sun 'n Fun Lakeland, FL

WHERE WE'VE BEEN

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The Chuters are a parachuting demonstration team dedicated to providing awe-inspiring, patriotic themed professional parachute demonstrations. We also provide parachuting instruction to the public & specialize in aerial photography, particularly as it relates to parachuting.

 

 

To request the Chuters or to get more information, contact us at Info@TheChuters.com.

 

 

Our charges are generally non-negotiable, but we do make some concessions for charity and veteran events.  Our standard fees are:

 

Demos - $2,000 per day plus expenses

AFF Instruction - $300 per day plus expenses

Tandem Instruction - $225 per jump

Wind Tunnel Instruction - $300 per day plus expenses

 

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