In the wake of accidents, incidents and far, far, FAR too many BSBD’s in the recent weeks, it’s sometimes hard to remember why we do this stuff in the first place, when the costs seem so great. But, then we remember that feeling. The first jump. The love we have for each other and all our sky-brother and sky-sisters. That bond that skydivers around the world share that makes our community so unique and so strong. I can’t explain it, but I can certainly feel it. We will always remember those lost, but I can’t think of a better way to honor their memories than getting all bad-ass in the sky. Fun, challenging jumps that exude pure joy and love for human flight.
Eight jumpers lost their lives in a plane crash in Jämijärvi, Finland yesterday (April 20th, 2014). A total of 11 people were onboard. Three people, one of them the pilot, were able to bail out and landed safely under their canopies, suffering minor injuries.
The aircraft, a Comp Air 8, is reported to have run into engine trouble during the climb and then lost altitude rapidly. Investigation to determine the cause is underway. The plane had been flying jumpers attending an Easter Boogie.
We send our deepest sympathies to friends and families of those lost, and to the skydiving community in Finland as a whole.
The Z1 helmet has been a staple in the skydiving market for a number of years, well known for their no-fuss flip up visor. Parasport Italia has now launched the next generation, the Z1 SL-14, offering up new design on both the shell and visor of the helmet. The major improvements over the old Z1 include a wider face opening allowing for better peripheral vision, a new collar design and new latching system.
Travis Mickle of Wicked Wingsuits will be touring the land this coming summer, in this decked out contraption. Travis plans to visit a smattering of drop zones and boogies, bringing with him a bunch of wingsuits and offering first flight courses as he goes. The best part about the Wicked Wambulance is that it will have a good selection of recent issues of Blue Skies Magazine onboard. At select events, Travis will also possess information about a discount code for a subscription. If you desire that information, find Travis (he’s hard to miss), do the secret handshake, get the code.
Nadia Kellam, a jumper at Skydive Carolina, Chester, SC is one – member of freestyle team Carolina Breeze.
Under the sweet, southern belle exterior is a keen brain and a skydiving bad-ass. Check out her TEDx talk from UGA, sharing her personal journey in life – about cutting away.