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PASA Chairman’s Message

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 to Robertson.

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 festive season.

Email address:
Charl Rootman
Chairperson: Parachute Association of South Africa (PASA)



Formation Skydiving Skills Camp : 15 – 16 August 2009, EP Skydivers
Canopy Formation Skills Camp : 22 - 23 August 2009, Robertson
2nd Annual tonto Boogie : 3 – 4 October 2009, Johannesburg Skydiving Club
Angels Way Jump Fest : 31 October – 2 November 2009, Durban Skydive Centre
Wingsuit Weekend : 21 – 22 November 2009, Robertson
Atlas Angel visits Robertson : 28 to 29 November 2009
5th FAI World Cup in Canopy Piloting : 2 – 6 December 2009


Angels Way New Year’s Jump Fest : 28 December 2009 – 2 January 2010
Paradise Beach : 21 December 2009 – 4 January 2010
Freefly Skills Camp : 6 – 7 February 2010, Johannesburg Skydiving Club


New licences and ratings issued
Administration update
Aero Club Annual Awards


The various SSA committees are dedicated to improving skills at all levels. If you are interested in learning more about a specific discipline, please contact the representatives – they are all listed on the Sports page at

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Hi All

2009 closes out, and with it happy memories of a great reunion at Wonderboom, but sadly with the loss of Hugo “Swaer” Kritzinger, who did so much to assist us with the running of the bar on the day. We would like to offer condolences to all of Hugo’s family and friends.

Please can we make another appeal to you to use just a small piece of your time over the festive season to send us those stories for our book. We are planning to start work in earnest on the first draft early in the new year, and have been promised so many stories during the reunion !!

We would also make a special appeal for any stories and memories of the late Mike Snoyman. It has been suggested by Julie Teague from Wonderboom to write a few lines / paragraph on his numerous “blow out’s” and antics.

Julie writes :  Pete Zam and I were on the first Porter load, having been on the last Cessna load, and were busy packing when he arrived. He got straight into the Porter and basically said he was taking off whether we were ready or not. It ended up with Peter driving me to boarding point (unheard of in 2000) and then me running along the runway with him taxing away and ignoring me. I eventually got into the plane only because there was a hold at the threshold.

Mike was one of our very colourful characters and was probably best remembered for his fiery temperament as opposed to being a very talented skydiver and pilot.

  • We believe on one occasion he climbed out of his seat to hit someone who had farted and then proceeded to descend and land.
  • Going ballistic when the late Eddie Meintjies rode his motorbike into the Clubhouse.

We wish all of you a safe and happy holiday period and a peaceful 2010, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Terryl D342 and Jeff D374

Chairpersom                    Chairpersom
Roy Magnussen (Garry’s younger brother                          Largest formation built in SA
practicing for “a tricky jump”                                         over Westonaria – 1980

Sounds Wild record cover found by Wrolf van Munster in a second hand store in Perth – note the permission from the “Springs Skydiving Club” on the back cover