Ramblers Drop Zone Action ⭐️ e-News #464 (10-16 May 2021)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 Alex Weichkert –  Completed AFF
 James Pop –  Completed AFF
 Calypso McDonnell –  Completed AFF
 Mitchell Cummings –  Completed AFF

 Jade Grobler – A Certificate
 Alex Simmons – B Certificate & C Certificate
 Kev MacDonald  – B Certificate & C Certificate
 Yesid Ferney Lopez Garcia – Display General
 Claudio Manganiello – Display General

 Alex Simmons – 100 Jumps
 Toddy – 700th Jump
 Kerry Hook – 1000 Jumps
 Ty Fels – 1000 Jumps

Monday 10th new student James Pop did Stage 5, 6 & 7  of his AFF Course,  and Alex Weichkert did Stages 8 & 9 completing his AFF Course.

James AFF Stage 5 flying super stable
James AFF Stage 7 diving out the plane – Photos by OliM
Alex AFF Stage 8 – Photo JohnH
Jade Grobler B-Rel 3
Jade B-Rel 4 – Photos by JohnH
Sam taking a dock B-Rel 4 – Photo Robin

Tuesday 11th  James Pop did Stages 2 & 3 & Jay Goodwin did Stages 8 & 9 completing his AFF Course.

James AFF Stage 9 – Photo OliM
Captain Breeze – Photo Sara

Wednesday 12th was stormy.  Thursday 13th  new student Domenic Moore did Stage 1 of his AFF Course.

Dom TAFF Stage 1 with OliM

Friday 14th student Domenic Moore did Stages 2, 3 & 4 of his AFF Course. Calypso McDonnell and Mitchell Cummings did Stages 8 & 9 completing their AFF Courses.

Dom AFF Stage 3 doing some turns  – Photos by Adrian
Dom AFF Stage 4 – smiles and turns
Caly AFF Stage 8 tracking hard – Photos by OliM
Caly AFF Stage 9
Mitch AFF Stage 8
Mitch AFF Stage 9 – Photos by JohnH

The Tandems Saturday 15th   were Shane Brown, Jamie Newton, Thomas Lanzon, Leigh Cooper, Logan Watson and Jade Watson.

New student Robert Kerr did Stage 1 of his AFF Course, Domenic Moore did Stages 5, 6 & 7 and Steve Ling and Brandon Haluptzok did Stages 7 & 8 of their AFF Courses.

Martin Klapper and Ben Nordkamp ran BigWays during a two day event for beginner and intermediate level FS. This event was supported by SQPC, Skydive Ramblers, and the Toogoolawah Skydivers Club.

Thomas tandem – Photo MarkS
Leigh under canopy – Photo Adrian
Logan loving freefall – Photo Sara
Jade tandem exit
Dom AFF 5 – flying by himself for the first time – Photos by Adrian
Dom AFF Stage 6 checking alti before pull – Photo OliM
Dom AFF Stage 7 dive exit
Dom AFF Stage 7 – solid track – Photos by Weaver
Steve AFF Stage 7
Steve AFF Stage 8 – Photos by JohnH
Brandon AFF7 – backflipping for days
Brandon AFF Stage 8 – tracking like a boss
Caly B-Rel Stage 1 – Photos by Sara
Damien B-Rel Stage 1 – Photo MarkS
Jade B-Rel Stage 6 – Photo Adrian
James Pop – Popping Out – Photo Skydive Ramblers

The Tandems Sunday 16th   were Darrin Davies, Dean Stodin-Wall and Jenna Gould.

Domenic Moore did Stages 8 & 9 – completing his AFF Course.

And Martin Klapper and Ben Nordkamp continued their BigWays event for beginner and intermediate level FS.

Jenna tandem freefall
Dom AFF Stage 8 tracking for days – Photos by Adrian
Mitch B-Rel Stage 1
Max B-Rel Stage 1 – Photos by Sara

Big Ways (15-16 May)

Two days of Bigways at Ramblers with clear, blue skies, a mild Queensland autumn and challenging jumps; magic.

The first day included 15-way loads, starting with easier formations and moving into more difficult set up and transitions. On Sunday a smaller group of ~11 jumpers went on to try their hands at less familiar and more trying jumps. Given that five of the participants were Bigways novices, performances across the jumps were excellent, and many lessons were learned about stack ups, presentations on exit, stop before dock, eyes across formation, safe break offs, tracks, openings, canopy flight and landings.

From the first jump onwards we got the first 11 outside the door in two seconds or just over – a stellar performance.
Our junior jumpers in particular showed great improvement in understanding and demonstrating solid Bigways skills. A a great start to the year of Bigways at Ramblers. Next camp – 17 and 18 July.

Our thanks for the wonderful support for this event by Toogoolawah Skydivers Club, Ramblers Toogooolawah and South Queensland Parachute Council, and to Ben Nordkamp for coaching and to Steve Fitch as always for excellent camera work.

A few of Fitchy’s great pictures attached for your edification.

Martin Klapper

Photos by Steve Fitchett – www.fitchimages.com

Ty Fels 1000th Jump


 Jade Watson: “Amazing –  Great crew great place – THANKS.”
 Logan Watson: “Best experience that has happened to me.  Recommended.”
 Jenna Gould: “Adrian was amazing!!  So much fun & I will be back!”

See ya,

Macca and Team Ramblers.

DZ Flashback – Blast From The Past

1980-81 No pool, no bar – Photo courtesy of John Meara

(to be confirmed…)

The DZ is amazing. Awesome plane which brings you to 14000 ft in the blink of an eye. Friendly staff who feel more like family.


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