I enjoyed two skydives at Weston on the Green this afternoon, in cloudless skies. For the first, I floated out stable, looking up at the plane, before surveying from freefall the constituencies represented by John Howell MP and the Prime Minister. It’s a slightly flat landscape for my liking. For the second, I exited sitfly before rolling onto my back. My transitions are still unstable and I back-flipped several times before spinning wildly upside down. Tunnel time required perhaps… I […]
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Surveying Cameron’s constituency and jumping with a paratrooper
The weather was superb for skydiving yesterday and Weston was alive with skydivers, tandem passengers and their families. Beth caught me on camera a couple of times under canopy: I jumped three times. The first two were solo jumps for fun — one in shorts, one in my FS suit — allowing me time to survey Mr Cameron’s constituency at my leisure: it looks good. For both exits, I gently forward rolled onto my back for a good view of […]
Tags: Armed Forces, Democracy, Parliament, Skydiving, Weston
First jumps at Weston in 2009
Steve under canopy, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Shamefully, it took me until yesterday to jump at Weston this year. The weather was superb, with the perfect wind for relaxed landings. Jumped two formations with people not previously met and discovered my fall rate much improved by losing a few kg.
A great, chilly day for a skydive
A great, chilly day for a skydive, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. So I did: Steve under canopy, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Two sensible two-way formations and an unstable two-way fun jump. The temperature was about -15 deg C at altitude. A great way to finish the skydiving season.
Weston Boogie highlights
Personal highlights included falling backwards from a Jetranger at 5000ft with the moon in the background, finding a stable position on my back, and a 12-way tracking jump from the Skyvan. Highlights provided by other jumpers at the Boogie may be available on YouTube: I am not responsible for the content of their videos!
UK Skydiver Boogie pre-event jumping
We had just three skydives today but they were great fun, two-way formations. We spent our time waiting for military training to complete: a soldier was apparently badly injured after a malfunction. Three police cars, three ambulances and two helicopters attended and guards were placed on the gate. We feared the worst, but I understand the one lad involved walked from hospital the same day. We struggled to put the cost of the response into perspective, particularly considering the high […]
Tags: Aeroplanes, Boogie, Skydiving, Weston