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

BSBD Daniel Pelrine, Skydive Pepperell

Photo by Alaina Bellucci

BSBDcrop smDaniel Pelrine died from injuries following a hard landing on Sunday August 17th, 2014 at Skydive Pepperell.

He was an experienced jumper and is reported to be current and have had around 500 jumps.  The tight knit community at Pepperell remembers Daniel as a one of a kind guy that was an important part of the dropzone life. The Barefoot Boogie (their annual event) is taking place this weekend, offering opportunities to share memories and good times.

The incident is under investigation.  We send our sincerest condolences to Daniel’s friends and family and everyone at Pepperell.

Photo by Alaina Bellucci

Daniel Pelrine – photo by Alaina Bellucci

News Reports: wcvb.com, The Boston Globe

BSBD: BASE Incidents on Brevent, Mont Granier and Brento

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BSBDcrop smThree BASE jumpers were killed this past weekend. Two in separate incidents in the French Alps this past Sunday (August 17th) and one in Brento, Italy (Saturday August 16th).

An Australian jumper died after jumping Brevent, near Chamonix, France. The name has not yet been released. The jumper was wearing a wingsuit. Brevent is known as a technical spot, not suitable for inexperienced jumpers. BASE jumping was temporarily banned there, but allowed again with some restrictions following a review last July (2013).

French BASE jumper Éric Plassard died after jumping Mont Granier, France. He was an experienced BASE jumper.

French authorities are investigating both incidents.
- News reports: ABC.net.au, BBC.com, The Sydney Morning Herald

Spanish jumper Abraham Cubo Lopez died Saturday August 16th after a jump from Brento, Italy. He was wearing a wingsuit.

Investigation is pending.
- News report: La Voz de Calicia (Spanish)

Those interested in learning more information on BASE incidents should visit BLiNC Magazine and review the BASE Fatality List. BLiNC does an excellent job of gathering and publishing useful information, so that others may learn. Detailed information on the above incidents will be made available there in due time, following a thorough review.

BSBD: Ryan Erickson, Skydive Kapowsin

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BSBDcrop smExperienced jumper Ryan Erickson died from injuries sustained during an extremely hard landing at Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton, Washington on Sunday August 17th, 2014. Ryan had around 1000 jumps and at this point there is no indication of equipment problems contributing to the hard landing.

The incident is pending investigation.
Our condolences to Ryan’s family and friends.

News Reports: The Seattle TimesKOMONews.com,