Head-up Record – Day 2: It’s a wrap!

Photo by Lawrence de Laubadere

This just in from Lawrence!

After two attempts, on the 21st of November 2014, 44 skydivers set a new Upright/Head-Up Largest Formation record. The organizers contemplated stopping here but deciding the jumpers are having so much fun during these jumps they decided to keep going and attempt a 53-way formation. Andy Malchiodi commented “nine years ago we did a 53-way head-down formation and today we’re going to do a 53-way head-up formation”. The organizers did make it clear that for rules and logistical reasons, if a new larger record is set today, the 44-way would no longer be claimed but if the 53-way is achieved tomorrow then both will be claimed.

Congrats to everyone in Eloy!

Below a picture from a jump this morning.  A bit of a gloomy arrival allowed the participants to relax and warm up nicely prior to the first jump.  The cloud base was high, and allowed for a jump from approx 15,500ft.  Lawrence noted a major change in organization with three planes instead of two – allowing for 1) faster and more efficient build, 2) letting the other group (also working on head-up formations) to go up to max altitude and do a formation jump (prior to which they were only jumping from one plane from regular altitude), 3) if/when we go bigger, it will make the transition seamless.

Photo by Lawrence de Laubadere

Photo by Lawrence de Laubadere


Sunset Record Attempt

Photo by Lawrence de Laubadere

10819001_10152848152244367_834937499_nYesterday concluded after 5 jumps of intense work and pressure – venturing into the new and uncharted territory of large head-up formations.
The group came just two slots away from the attempted 44-way record. Absolutely amazing performance on all accounts for the first day.  Lawrence will continue his updates throughout the day, as he’s able. Here is a note from him setting the stage for today. The jumps are now a 44-way, after one

On the fourth jump an issue occurred with the base, which resulted in many throughout the formation to let go of their grips.
Normally the doing sequence dictates that you should only dock if what you are docking on is built and ready. When it’s the base that has an issue, rather than a pod, things get a little confusing. Stay on or let go? The take home point for the group was that if you feel yourself adding to the stability of the formation – stay docked – but if you feel that you are a part of what is leading to instability, let go in a controlled manner. Stay on level and in your slot, and rebuild as soon as possible.

Managing levels remains super important and good presentation of grips as well. This is something the group will continue to work on throughout the event.

Today, day 2 (out of 3) the group assembled at 7:45 AM (Eloy time!) to implement some changes.  The pressure will increase and the group is expecting wheels up  shortly for attempt #6! I’ll leave you with one last sunset photo from Day 1!

Photo by Lawrence de Laubadere

Photo by Lawrence de Laubadere


Click here to visit the update from Day 1.

PRO Pass




Chicagoland Skydiving Center is offering up a PROpass again for 2015 season!
The PROpass is an all-you-can-jump season pass, available for a flat fee paid up before the start of the season.

Applications for the pass are accepted until the end of this month (November) from interesting parties.

The PROpass includes unlimited jumps from CSC aircraft (on visiting aircraft on a space available basis) from April to November, 2015.
Hop ‘n pops, full altitude – whatever you desire. You can get out at any scheduled pass between 3.500 and 14,000 feet. Jumps are good during boogies, canopy courses, skills camps, etc. The only thing ruled out is turn loads, but back to back loads with a shutdown in-between are fine.

For those of you that already dug out your calculator, break-even point for retail is at just under 200 jumps. During the past several years, people have put an average of 300 – 450 jumps on a pass. The record is 660 jumps in a single season! Teams have purchased passes to do a ton of training in a season, individuals purchase them so they can work on video flying or get the jumps needed for instructional ratings – and fun jumpers planning on a huge season of jumping.

PROpass applications are currently being accepted – get yours in before November 30th!  Please contact CSC directly with any questions you might have.

Photos from the 1st FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving


Going on right now at iFly Austin in Austin TX – competition kicked off this morning with FS and VFS, moving into Freestyle and Freefly this afternoon.  We’ve been monitoring the live feed this morning, and there is some amazing flying going on.

Here are a few photos courtesy of Elle Da Silva, showing a few of the competitors and staff doing their thing.