With only a few weeks left before we
say our goodbyes to 2009, the realisation
suddenly strikes that it is already time
to reflect on yet another year that has
passed. And for PASA and skydiving in
South Africa it was a full and busy year,
filled with events and innovations and,
unfortunately, some sad moments as well.
A number of
varied skills camps were held recently,
which you can read about in this issue.
Robertson was particularly busy, hosting
both wingsuiting and canopy formation
skills camps. The long-awaited Atlas
Angel (Turbine Kudu) was also introduced
to skydivers. You can find out more about
this in the articles on the Angels Way
jump fest at Eston, and the Atlas Angels’ visit
The Aero Club of South Africa held its
annual Awards Dinner during November
2009. PASA members received numerous
awards, trophies and recognitions, including
national colours, for skydiving accomplishments.
JSC has been a hive of activity hosting
the 2nd Annual Tonto Boogie in October,
as well as the recently completed 5th
FAI World Cup in Canopy Piloting. It
is a feather in the caps of everyone
involved in organising the World Cup
that the chairman of the IPC Canopy Piloting
committee, Thomas Tuominen, stated after
the event that the international judges
all considered this to be one of the
best organised events they had ever had
the privilege of judging at.
We all know skydivers hate admin and
paperwork, but we all need to do this,
at least once a year. In this issue there
is a short section on administrative
issues relating to fees and the PASA
annual general meeting (AGM).
As always, feel free to email this newsletter
to all your friends worldwide, and thank
you to all who contributed.
The PASA Management Council would also
like to wish all our members and their
loved ones a very happy, merry and safe