SKYDIVERS ASSOCIATION (SSA)
SSA committee elected
committee members were elected at the AGM held
on 14 May 2008 and will represent the various
disciplines for the next 12 months.
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joins the SSA
the AGM held on 14 May 2008, PASA members voted
to include Atmonauti (Atmo) in the SSA stable
of disciplines. This will enable the discipline
to receive SSA funding in order to develop and
promote Atmo around the country. A committee of
4 representatives was elected and, moving forward,
this committee will be responsible for working
with NSTO to formalise the inclusion of Atmonauti
in the PASA Manual of Procedures and for organising
training and competition related events. It will
also liaise with worldwide efforts to institutionalise
competition formats for Atmonauti, with the view
to send an SA Atmo contingent to compete at the
Atmonauti World Championships from 2008 onwards.
A demonstration Atmonauti competition was held
at the recent Nationals meet at Skydive Xtreme.
Future Nationals meets will include a fully-fledged
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By Claire King
has been very positive progress in the judges'
competency over the past year. The quest to grow
our judging panel began at Nationals 2007, when
international FAI judges Pia Berggren and Barry
McAuley were brought to the Nationals events to
train and guide our SA judging team. An open invitation
was sent to all members to join the training camp
and learn about judging.
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|SURPRISE DEMO JUMP
as 100 of us gathered for a free jump
from a Hercules C130 as part of an
airshow at Springs. The plan was announced
- there would be two run-ins of 50
skydivers each, from
10 000 ft !!
I was on the first
run-in and (almost) everything went
according to plan - as we descended,
we noticed that the "airshow"
was rather poorly attended ......
in fact, on closer inspection, we
noticed that if there were 20 people,
it was a lot !!
Turns out that our
intrepid spotter had selected the
WRONG AIRFIELD - in Benoni !! Imagine
the surprise of some 20 aviation enthusiasts
at Benoni airfield as FIFTY skydivers
arrived unannounced !!
Luckily the second
group was spotted correctly and landed
at the airshow .... while the rest
of us had to make arrangements to
get back to the dropzone - as this
took place in the days before cell-phones,
it took a long time !!
SUBMITTED BY: Ron Brune
The North winds have arrived,
sweeping the cold fronts from the Atlantic Ocean
off Cape Point, and driving them inland, bringing
high winds, rain and cloud. It is not a great
time for skydivers, but this winter, we have a
suggestion for a perfect way to pass the time
on those non-jumping weekends !!
Light a fire, get behind your
PC, and bash out those great, warming stories
of your funny, crazy, mad or sad days, wild or
bad ass, colourful or grey days!! Any events that
stand out for you in your skydiving career, please
send us a short and fun story, with details or
pics if possible, to assist with our book on the
skydiving history of our country.
We have some absolute gems so
far, from a variety of jumpers and ex-jumpers,
but we still need many more to make this publishing
worthwhile !! So get writing !!
We are looking into having a
reunion (the biggest yet) to celebrate skydiving
in SA. According to the information we have the
very first jump in SA was in Pietermaritzburg
in April 1954 but it was in 1958 (50 years ago)
that it became a popular past time.
We look forward to hearing from you ....... YES
Terryl (Cliffe) D 342 and Jeff (Ayliffe) D 374
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