Kickstarter: Documentary about Gary Connery’s no-parachute wingsuit landing

Remember the glorious summer of 2012 and Gary Connery’s audacious stunt?

Hard to believe it was three years ago, but that means it’s just about time for a documentary about the whole project. Actually a bit past due, but Mark Sutton, Gary’s wingman and the driving force behind the documentary, went in on his own wingsuit jump in Switzerland a year after Gary’s historic jump. “Mark was helping fund the project as it went onto post production. Without him everything was put on hold and it became uncertain if the film would still get made.”

Now a team has put together a Kickstarter project to complete the documentary: The Man Who Flew To Earth. Documentary in Post-Production.

There are some crazy rewards, like dinner with three stunt doubles for £1,500 (~$2,300) or a £90 (~$140) t-shirt. You have until Friday, August 7 at 22:32 GMT (6:32 p.m. EST) to make your pledge and support this project. If you get a good reward, be sure to document your experience and let us know.

Moments Lived

Norman Kent is a master of his craft. We picked his brain for our i67: July 2015 article, “Wisdom from the Masters,” but he shared so much more that didn’t make it to print. I wish everyone could hear him describe his process – how he thinks about his photography, what goes into each shot, what he wants to convey. And now you can!

Norman’s just released a video describing exactly that. It’s well worth 6-ish minutes of your day, especially if you’re into any of the following:

  • Beautiful pictures
  • Behind-the-scenes commentary
  • How professionals think about and process their work
  • Head-down records
  • Skydiving
  • Clouds
  • Sun
  • Sky
  • Life

i67: July!

The July issue of Blue Skies Mag is in the mail now to current subscribers!

Please wait until August 1 for your mag to arrive. If you don’t have it by then, please email and we’ll get you sorted!

We have a new cover style! What do you think?

Blue Skies Magazine i67: July 2015 | Seth Claytor over Skydive Lake Wales, Florida. Photo by Randy Swallows

Seth Claytor over Skydive Lake Wales, Florida. Photo by Randy Swallows •

In This Issue

  • Photo Interview: Katie Hansen by Zach Lewis
  • Write Your Own Boogie Article by You
  • Wisdom from the Masters: Norman Kent
  • Raven One Tracking Suit Review by Owen Tomkins
  • Welcome, Juniors by Kurt Gaebel, NSL
  • All for a Good Night’s Sleep by the F*ckin’ Pilot
  • Jim by Melanie Curtis
  • and more …


If you’re in the market for stuff of any kind, buying from these guys (and letting them know you saw them in Blue Skies Mag) will help keep the mags coming to your door.

Bee Realty Corp
Bev Suits
Fluid Wings
In Flight Dubai
Larsen & Brusgaard
Melanie Curtis
Opening Shock
Performance Designs
Skydive Arizona
Skydive Radio
SSK, Inc
Sun Path Products
Sunrise Rigging
Tony Suits
United Parachute Technologies
Vigil America
Velocity Sports Equipment
Wicked Wingsuits
Handsome Dave DeWolf’s Rigger Courses

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Reader question: What comes easy to you? What doesn’t?

This month’s reader question is a two part-er! We all have things we have to work at in skydiving and BASE jumping and paragliding and life and what-have-you. But then there are some things that just came naturally and we didn’t even have to think twice about doing them.

For me, landing a canopy has never really been an issue; I can generally fly a pattern, flare at the right height and stand up (when appropriate). Body flight though, hoo boy. There is a disconnect between my brain and my body parts that I have to work really hard on. “Okay, so I want to side-slide to the right, that means I have to dip my left … no, right … no wait, left? Knee? Elbow? Hair? Shit!”

What is 1) your natural talent and 2) your “I will have to work on this until my dying day” non-talent?

Selected responses will be printed in the August 2015 issue of Blue Skies Magazine. Comment here with your name exactly as you would like it printed in the mag.

Skydive DeLand PAC makes emergency landing Thursday, no injuries or damage to plane

Skydive DeLand’s PAC reportedly made an emergency landing yesterday just after takeoff. Everyone is safe and sound back on the ground. We haven’t received confirmation of any details from the drop zone yet but will relay that information when it comes. We’ve updated this post with Skydive DeLand’s official statement (bottom of post).


This was less heart-pounding than Skydive Dubai’s incident earlier this week, but it’s a good reminder that a) airplanes are not magical bubbles of safety, b) you should be prepared for emergency situations from the moment you step foot in the airplane, not just when you leave it and c) love your pilot like he or she is saving your life every time you get in their vehicle (because they are!). It may be a good time to review our favorite pilot’s tips for making your pilot’s job easier: “Pissed off pilot? What your pilot may be thinking and why.


Edit 15:41 EST: Skydive DeLand has released an official statement: “Yesterday, the PAC engine lost power shortly after take-off. Mark, the pilot, made the immediate and appropriate response needed for a safe, landing with everyone in the aircraft. There is no damage to the PAC and everyone landed safely with no injuries. Kudos to our amazing pilot, Mark, for the spectacular landing and keeping everyone safe!”