Performance Designs Hiring: Video Production

DeLand based parachute manufacturer Performance Designs, Inc is looking to hire a person to handle video production as a part of their marketing department team. Job description is posted below, but you can visit the PD website for more information.


Are you an experienced skydiving videographer or action sports video producer looking for a dream job? Well you’re in luck! We are actively seeking a videographer to join our marketing team. This awesome, creative person will be responsible for editing, producing and creating compelling visual media for PD’s branding, educational and marketing efforts. In addition to extensive video production skills, we’re looking for someone with a creative eye, and a good sense of humor, and an appreciation for a good doughnut.


– Create engaging video content from concept to completion, and maintain all workflow processes
– Develop and maintain a production calendar to ensure the best quality and highest volume of work
– Coordinate with other departments such as Engineering/R&D to create video content


– Video shooting/editing skills; a portfolio of past work is required
– Ability to shoot video content both in the field and in a studio setting
– Proficient with Final Cut Pro (or equivalent video editing program) with editing transitions
– Adobe Suite experience (After Effects a plus)
– Proficiency with DSLR cameras and their specific manual settings
– GoPro (all models), drone and steady cam
– Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
– Willingness to learn other applications, as required
– Knowledge of MAC OS

IBA – National Kids Competition

The Kids Contend

logoOn October 13th the International Bodyflight Association is sanctioning the first ever National Kids Competition. Thirteen tunnel locations across the United States are participating in this extraordinary event. Kids compete at their home tunnels, scores are tallied and compared, and in the end one team takes home the grand prize of 5 hours of tunnel time at whatever participating tunnel they choose. The team with the most overall points wins, but second place won’t be too upset with their 3 hour prize and third place wins 1 full hour. Any tie-breakers will be determined by the team that scores the highest number of points in a single round.

This year, kids will be competing in 2-way Formation Skydiving. Teams are already beginning to train and we are excited to see the kind of show they will put on. From now until October we will feature interviews of teams and individuals with their eyes on the prize. You will get to hear their stories, watch their videos, and cheer them on!

Photo by Josi Bogdon

Photo by Josi Bogdon

Wait what’s that? You want your child to compete?

Chances are there is a tunnel not too far from your house. All participating tunnels feature a weekly Kids Club where your little superhero can fly at a huge discount & get one-on-one coaching with an experienced instructor. All sessions include 5 minutes of flight time, gear rental, and digital videos & photos.

Below you can find a list of participating locations, rates (prices before tax), and Kids Club schedule.

  • iFLY Austin (Austin, TX): Buy 5 Kids Club sessions at $69.95, get 1 free! Monday & Wednesday 5:45pm-7:15pm.  
  • iFLY Dallas (Dallas, TX): Register for the Kids Competition and receive $10 off each Kids Club. Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm.
  • iFLY Seattle (Tukwila, WA): $59.95 session when you purchase 5 up front, or $69.95/session. Wednesday & Thursday nights.
  • iFLY Naperville (Naperville, IL): $69.95/session. Monday & Wednesday 6pm-8:15pm.
  • iFLY Rosemont (Chicago, IL): $69.95/session. Tuesdays at 5:30pm.
  • iFLY Hollywood (Universal City, CA): $69.95/session. Tuesday nights & Saturday mornings.
  • iFLY Denver (Lone Tree, CO): $69.95/session. Wednesday nights.
  • iFLY Orlando (Orlando, FL): $39.95/session. Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm-7pm.
  • iFLY Memorial (Houston, TX):  $69.95/session. 5:30pm-8pm.
  • iFLY VA Beach (Virginia Beach, VA): $74.98/session when you purchase 4 up front, or $89.95/session. Kids ages 10-17 fly Tuesdays 6pm-7:30pm and kids ages 5-9 fly Wednesdays 6pm-7:30pm.

Visit for more details and information about Kids Club.

Sun Path CP Open 2015


The 3rd Annual Sun Path CP Open will be held Oct 8th – 11th at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford North Carolina.

The total purse will be 8500 USD Sponsored by Sun Path Products, the Canopy Piloting Training Series and NZ Aerosports. Additionally there is more than 1.5 hours of tunnel time at Paraclete XP SkyVenture up for grabs!

Registration is open – competitors can sign up on the Sun Path website.

For further information you can visit the event page on Facebook or contact Chris Talbert via email or phone (910-875-9002).

Vertical World Record Attempts: Melissa Lowe’s recap of day 3

Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 2 Recap (Thursday, July 30, 2015).


Day 3 – riding the wave & going for 165

Jump #1 – builds nicely, but a few leg burbles pops people out

Jump #2 – we thought we got it! Now we gotta repeat the calmness & mental focus

Jump #3 – we thought we had it again but didn’t get too excited because we didn’t get the last one. Now we have to keep the energy up & stay sharp, patient & preserve.

Jump #4 – we thought we had it. Nope. Now it’s about riding the wave. We have eliminated one slot, and the record is now 164.

Jump #5 – one person out.

Welcome to the rollercoaster! And it’s a wild one! What’s amazing is we built 160 ways ALL day long. That proves we are persevering, rising above the fatigue & frustration. That means we are world-class athletes that are working out butts off to stick this!

And we will… It’s just a matter of when.

7:30am for morning briefing & 8am wheels up – going for 164!  #WorldRecordForBreakfast

Brian Buckland has generously allowed us to share some photos from the record! Follow him on Facebook for photo updates, and check out the full album from the record on his website.

Follow Melissa on Facebook for posts or updates, or catch the live updates via Periscope app for smartphones (MelissaLowe).

Vertical World Record 2015 – it’s ON!
Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 1 Recap (Tuesday, July 28, 2015).
Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 2 Recap (Wednesday, July 29, 2015)