2015 PIA Symposium


PIAThe Parachute Industry Association (PIA) is gearing up for the 2015 PIA Symposium, to be held in Daytona Beach, Florida March 30th – April 3rd, 2015. Which means it will be in full swing on April 1st, offering nearly UNLIMITED pranking potential, but that is a topic for another time.

If you are into skydiving gear, rigging or manufacturing, the PIA Symposium is an event you might want to seriously consider attending. It is loaded with seminars by some of the top gurus of the industry. The event offers opportunities for continuing education for riggers.

For 2014, PIA has launched a separate website for the Symposium: visit PIASymposium.com for more information about the event. Registration opens September 1st, 2014 (today!).  You can also like the PIA on Facebook  (direct link to “event page”) and get updates there.

Movie Club: Angles and Swoops. And Woosh.


Curated and presented by Movie Club President Missy Keough!

It’s FRIIIIIDAY – Movie Friday!

Get up and get moving with some jazzy clips by Richard Scheurich  (thanks to Keith Creedy for the hot tip!).  We bring you an episode of Fly4Life (currently there are 4 episodes and they are all fucking great).

Episode 2: Angles and Swoops

Get cha some.
Want more? Grab a beer (or 2), head on over to Richard’s Vimeo page, subscribe, share and ENJOY.

The ALS ice bucket challenge in skydiving

Sonic ALS

Sonic ALSYou’d have to have been living under a rock to have missed the Ice Bucket Challenge craze, gone viral to the point of having it’s own Wikipedia entry. Even living under that rock, someone would probably have slipped you a sticky note saying “you got 24 hrs, get on it”.
Dumping a bucket of ice cold water on your head (or someone else’s) on a dare is right up the alley of most skydivers – especially in the August heat. We bring you a few of our favorite ones!

Kamuran ‘Sonic’ Bayrasli of TonFly USA got a little help from local Ranch hands with his bath AND managed a selfie mid-splash (see above). Well done. 

Joel Lipsky combines an air-bath and ice-bath for a winning combo under canopy: 

iFly Seattle Will Ostag and Cole Farr hit the tunnel with a proper bucket! 

When Bruno Brokken (skydiving photographer extraordinaire) accepted the challenge, he decided on a rather large bucket: a firefighting plane! The plane is reported to have held 400 gallons of water (1500 liters), and dumped that from a height of only 22 feet. Bruno was knocked unconscious and airlifted to a hospital.  Thankfully he is expected to make a full recovery. This took place at Skydive Empuriabrava, Spain,
No video – just best wishes to Bruno for a quick recovery, and we are very glad that he is made of sturdy stuff!

News Reports: The Telegraph, Mirror, Breitbart.com

What’s in a World Record?


FAIThe World Air Sports Federation – perhaps better known as FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. They ratify world and continental records and coordinate all international air-sports competitions, including parachuting.

You can view and search parachuting/skydiving records on the FAI website, or check out the short version on Wikipedia. (Jay Stokes will hopefully need an updated entry on that page shortly!).

Records are classified as Competition Records (set during a competition) and Performance Records (records set outside of dedicated competition).

If you have what it takes and want to set a FAI record, this page tells you how you get your ducks in a row for that. To set a one, it’s not enough to go the furthest/fastest/biggest – you have to make sure you are setting a record in an existing discipline/category/event and that you follow proper procedures. You’ll need to know the current record, conduct yourself in harmony with the FAI Sporting Code, have a valid FAI sporting license from your National Airsport Control (NAC) organization, and finally there have to be qualified judges/monitors/official observers on hand to make sure everything is as it should be, and to sign the paperwork.

Once the record has been set, FAI must be notified of your performance within 7 days (there is a form for that). Your local NAC must also be notified, in order to do their due diligence. If everything checks out, they will sign off on your new national record (celebrations ensue). Within 120 days, the NAC must then send the entire dossier along with required evidence (such as the photo of a record big-way) on to the FAI, requesting an approval for a world or continental record. The FAI does their own vetting as well, so some time can elapse from them receiving the claim until the give the stamp of approval.

From here on out, we plan to bring you news and updates any time a record is ratified –  hopefully with a little bit of inside commentary from the record setter(s).  Keep an eye out for the tag “record” on our website or let Google do the dirty work for you.

BSBD Keith Murray, Skydive City

BSBDcrop copyKeith Murray died from injuries following a low turn at Skydive City, Zephyrhills, Florida on Saturday August 23rd, 2014.

Following an uneventful skydive and deployment, Keith initiated very low turn and impacted the swoop pond.  He was immediately retrieved and CPR started. Emergency services took over upon arriving and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It is not known why Keith made this turn. He was not a swooper and not known as an aggressive pilot. Keith was current and a capable jumper with over 900 jumps. It is not believed that traffic or equipment were a factor.
An investigation is underway.

We send our deepest sympathies to Keith’s family and friends.

News Reports: wfla.com, tampabay.com, tbo.com