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Logan


Logan Donovan

Team Captain and Software Ninja

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Logan


Logan Donovan

Team Captain and Software Ninja

Photo by Jeff Donohue

Photo by Jeff Donohue

Jumps: 2100+
Home DZ: Crosskeys, Williamstown NJ
Main Canopy: PD Valkyrie 75
Reserve Canopy: PD Optimum 126
Container: Sunpath Javelin
AAD: Airtec Speed Cypres
Audible Altimeter: L&B Optima 2
Visual Altimeter: L&B Viso 2+
Training Aids: Fly Sight

Logan began jumping in May of 2010 at Skydive Orange in Virginia. Her initial interests were free flying and wingsuiting; she enjoyed the challenge of different types of body flight. She also earned an AFF rating and senior riggers ticket to try her hand at working in the sport.

After a few failed attempts at starting a freefly team while training for the women's head down record, she fell in love with canopy piloting. Realizing a need in the community, she used her background as a software engineer to build the initial version of the scoring software, Control Tower, and traveled around the world running many meets while learning how to swoop. In the spring of 2014 she started the CT Swoop team with Matt. Since then, the software has been used at over 40 competitions including the last 3 seasons of FLCPA and the 2014 World Championships of canopy piloting at Skydive City/Zhills. (You can read more about it here.) In the process she became a nationally rated judge which gives her a unique perspective as both a judge and competitor to improve the software and swoop comps in general. Logan has earned two 3rd place finishes and 2nd place for the season at NECPL, in addition to the Golden Snorkel award for sportsmanship at US Nationals. She is focused on training to earn her pro card and eventually a slot on the UK Canopy Piloting Team.

When not skydiving, Logan enjoys photography, making cocktails, riding her bicycle, traveling, and spending time with friends.

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Matt Bio


Matt Leonard

Pro Swooper and Instructor

Matt Bio


Matt Leonard

Pro Swooper and Instructor

Jumps: 2600+
Home DZ: Jumptown, Orange MA
Main Canopies: PD Peregrine 67 & Valkyrie 75
Reserve Canopy: PD Optimum 126
Container: Sunpath Javelin
AAD: Airtec Speed Cypres
Audible Altimeter: L&B Optima 2
Visual Altimeter: Viso 2+
Training Aids: Fly Sight

Matt began skydiving in March 2010 and fell in love with the sport immediately. While still in college, he won several medals in RW and sport accuracy at USPA collegiate nationals. Those experiences led him to look deeper into the sport for other areas where he could compete – then he found swooping.

Learning about the challenges of competitive canopy piloting led him to join Logan as she started the Control Tower canopy piloting team. During his first year of competition, 2015, he won the USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals in the Advanced category. He is now focused on being a Pro Canopy Pilot on the world level. As a member of Control Tower, he loves traveling to compete, pushing the limits of canopy flight, and learning more about what our sport offers in every discipline.

Outside of competition, Matt enjoys teaching and consequently earned his Coach, TI, and AFF-I ratings then worked for several years as an instructor at his home dropzone. Outside of skydiving he works as a chemical engineering manager for Globalfoundries.

When not training, competing, teaching, or coaching he loves to travel, hike, and explore. He is look forward to more traveling, more competitions, and many more wins!

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The Team


The team

The Team


The team

So where did the name Control Tower come from?

When Logan was trying to think of a name for the software she realized a parallel between an airport managing planes landing and the meet manager overseeing canopy pilots landing, so she chose the name Control Tower.

What are we focused on now?

Both Logan and Matt are primarily focused on training and competing in canopy piloting competitions. In addition to that they enjoy freeflying and attending boogies such as CarolinaFest and Mountain Gravity. When not competing or training, they are looking into more opportunities for advanced canopy work such as dynamic flocking, XRW, and mountain flying. Both team members are committed to helping the community grow through coaching and mentoring, just as we have benefited from those who have helped us get where we are today. 

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Coaching


Looking for Canopy Coaching?

Coaching


Looking for Canopy Coaching?

Control Tower trains with SFS.

Superior Flight Solutions serves both the military and civilian world to meet all of your canopy coaching needs. No matter what the level - just cleared for solo status or looking to hone your 450s - they have you covered. SFS was started by Greg Windmiller who is a former member of the US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, and one of the most decorated competitive canopy pilots out there. Team member Matt is also working as a coach with SFS now, so look out for his courses at a dropzone near you!