Toogs DZ e-News #313 (15-21 Jan. 2018)

Monday, January 22, 2018


Mohd Rizwan Abdullah – Certificate A
 Vinckx – Certificate B
Wayne Gannon – Display General
Holly Godwin – Instructor D

Yahoo it’s Newsletter Time, for the week starting Monday 15th January. Our pilot Eloise’s pilot mate, Travis Rozario, came to say hi and do a tandem and got more than he bargained for – Cessna Caravan formation practice at 5000 and 12,000 ft.

Our newest skydiver Lindsay Spencer also did Stage 1 of his AFF Course. Our local regular fun jumpers got a few jumps in too.

Travis’s tandem with Adrian – Photo Sara

More fun jumpers were here on Tuesday. Annika and Christine from Germany arrived and stayed until Sunday. The Caravan got going for a couple of loads. Lindsay did Stages 2 & 3 of his AFF Course.

Lindsay AFF Stage 2
Lindsay AFF Stage 3 with Adrian – Photos by Doyley

On Wednesday both Caravans (and Sara and Doyley) went to Murwillumbah for a couple of days for practice jumps into the hinterland mountains. The Cessna 182 carried the loads at the drop zone.  We had a few regular jumpers here.

Justin & Matt – Celeb practice
Justin pretending to be a Celeb
Cameraman landing at Celeb jump – Photos by Ben Nordkamp

Charlie the 182 sure carried the loads on Thursday, all 13 of them. Nicolas Pichon arrived for a Refresher jump. Fun jumpers and Hop & Pops were the order of the day.

Coming in to land at Sunrise – Photos by Adrian
Nic’s refresher

The Caravans were back on Friday. There was a bit of everything happening. Our two newest skydivers Dion Francoeur and Stewart Scoffell (Brian’s lad) did Stage 1 of their AFF Courses. It was a great little day.

Dion TAF Stage 1 with Doyley and Peace Sign – Photo Alex
Stewart TAF Stage 1 – Photo Sara
Nic checkout – Photo Doyley
Gavin B-Rel 5 – Photo Adrian
Gavin B-Rel 6 – Photo Sara

Saturday was big! Forty three fun jumpers had the Caravan hot loading. We also had seven students on the go. Dion and Stewart did Stages 2, 3 & 4 of their AFF Courses, while Jeff Teunissen did Stages 3 & 4, Cory Teunissen did Stages 6 & 7, and Heath Bamford did Stages 7 & 8. Jake Mackell got stuck into it and Ryan Heathwood arrived for a jump in the afternoon.

Dion AFF Stage 2
Dion AFF Stage 3
Dion AFF Stage 4 – Photos by Sara
Stewart AFF Stage 2
Stewart AFF Stage 4
Jeff AFF Stage 3
Jeff AFF Stage 4 – Photos by Doyley
Cory AFF Stage 6
Cory AFF Stage 7 tracking
Heath AFF Stage 8 – Photos by Sara

Saturday was also the day of Martin Klapper’s Big Ways: “We had 12 participants, got three jumps in, with Ben Nordkamp on camera and doing a great job. Many of our regular jumpers were there on the day, plus a few new faces. Welcome in particular to Doug Munford, Tibor Glesk and Jodie Prime, with Craig Kelly also joining us. Great job by Andy Pike organising the jumps and debriefs on the day.” Said Martin.

Bigway exit
12 Way

Flying nice and steady – first point

Martin’s Big Ways – Photos by Ben Nordkamp

We had our first bonfire in a while.

Sunday was quieter. Stewart Scoffell did Stages 4, 5 & 6 and Dion Francoeur did Stages 5, 6 & 7. Jeff Teunissen did Stage 5. Fun jumpers were down to 12.

Stewart AFF Stage 4
Stewart AFF Stage 5
Stewart deploying on AFF Stage 5 – Photos by Doyley
Stewart AFF Stage 6 – Photo Adrian
Dion AFF Stage 5
Dion exit AFF Stage 6
Dion AFF Stage 7 backloops – Photos by Sara

It was great weather and a great end to a good week.

See ya,
Macca and the Ramblers Team.

Visitor Book Comments

Travis Rozario –  First jump and was an amazing experience. The crew were very friendly and Adrian made the experience very enjoyable… (“and needs a pay rise”)

Major Rizwan Abdullah (3007511) – Amazing!!!  Awesome experience being in Australia especially DZ Toogs.

Anika Vopel & Christine Carius – Awesome Team, great jumps, friendly, funny atmosphere.  Thank you for everything. 🙂

Memorable, fabulous, passionate, friendly, accomodating, professional. FUN!!!

Tamara Scheiwe

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