Toogs DZ e-News #363 (31 Dec. 2018 – 6 Jan. 2019)

Monday, January 7, 2019


Taine Davidson – Completed AFF
Byron Birch – Completed AFF
Matt Ranken – Completed AFF
Sian Almond – Completed AFF
Terry Frey – Completed AFF
Tim Mingay – Completed AFF

Giovanni Pitzalis – Certificate A
Andre Dantos dos Santos – Certificate A
Heath Bamford – Certificate B
Masayuki Onishi – Certificate B
Darren Bundy – Certificate C

Angus Robertson – Head Up & Head Down Freefly Crests
Simon Backman – Head Up Freefly Crest
Jamie Lindsay – First jump in 5 years!
Steven Moppet – First jump in 8 years!
Ryan Baradas – First jump in 10 years!
Mick Tilly – 500 hrs
Olli Dixon – First jump in 2019.
Aaron Cost – Finished 1st Log Book.

Monday 31st December. We had a few new tandem jumpers here, Denise Kaitu, Kelsie & Jackson Mahon, Tanna Kelleher, Loche Scullion, and Claire Stephens.  Also, Matt Ranken did AFF Stages 7 & 8 and Taine Davidson did Stages 8 & 9 – completing his AFF! It was a great day, lots of party people here and a wedding proposal on the DZ, er, above the DZ! And the party started!

Kelsie’s tandem last day of the year
YEOW!  Look at that ring
Tanna and her ring after being proposed to on the jump – Photos by Sara
Matt hi 5 on AFF Stage 8 – Photo Doyley

Tuesday 1st January 2019. Happy New Year!  How fast did 2108 travel! The DZ was closed for the day, and the party continued – until about 3.00 pm, then….not a sole to be seen!

It was back to normal by Wednesday. Two new tandem jumpers kicked off our New year; Western Moss and Charlotte Noonan took to the skies.  Joel Pearson was here for Stage 3 of his AFF Course. David Pearson and Jared Moore both did Stages 3 & 4 of their Course. Ron Woonan did Stage 4, Sian Almond did Stages 6 & 7, and Byron Birch and Matt Ranken both did Stage 9 – completing their AFF! Fun jumpers emerged for a few loads. What a great start to the year.

Western with tandem certificate
Charlotte with tandem certificate – Photos by Karen
Joel WTS Stage 3
Dave WTS Stage 2
P7. Dave  WTS Stage 4 backloops – Photos by Sara
Jared WTS Stage 4 – Photo Adrian
Ron AFF Stage 4 – Photo Doyley
Sian AFF Stage 6
Sian AFF Stage 7 backloops – Photos by Sara

Thursday and again we had more new tandems arrive, Brett Craig and Jules Sarta took to the skies.  Lots of student were also here. Joel Pearson did Stages 4, 5, & 6, David Pearson and Ron Noonan did Stage 5, Jared Moore did Stages 5 & 6, and Sian Almond did Stages 8 & 9 – completing her AFF! Great stuff.

Brett’s tandem – Photo Doyley
Jules, Sara & Baptiste – Photo Karen

Joel WTS Stage 4 – Photo Doyley
Dave WTS Stage 5 – Photo Sara
Jared AFF Stage 5
Jared AFF Stage 6 – Photos by Adrian
Giovanni B-Rel 5 – Photo Kristina

On Friday Connor Vennard arrived for a tandem, and did two! Plus Terry Frey did Stages 7, 8 & 9 – completing his AFF! Other novices, B-Rels and experienced skydivers filled the loads.

Connor tandem number 1 – Photo Shelby
Connor tandem number 2
Terry AFF Stage 7
Terry AFF Stage 8 – Photos by Adrian
Terry AFF Stage 9
Gio & Nick B-Rel 4 – Photos by Tish
Gio & Sam B-Rel 6 with Tish and Shelby – Photo Shelby

It was a bit of a quiet weekend, still on Saturday two more tandem jumpers, Nathan Barradas and Tim Keiler were here for their big leap. Bevan Walsh got stuck into it & did AFF Stages 2, 3 & 4. Tim Mingay completed his AFF with Stage 9, well done! The regular jump crew were here along with a few new faces. Plus Costa had a crew of swoopers here utilising the Cessna 182 for hop and pops.

Nathan tandem
Tim’s tandem – Photos by Olli D
Ryan (Dad) back after 10 years with Nathan (tandem) and Vina (Mum)
Local Tim Keifer with family – Photos by Karen
Bevan AFF Stage 4 – Photos by Sara
Ryan refresher on jump 100 – Photo Doyley
Tim Stage 9 – Photo Sara

Sunday was a crusie day. A few of our regular staff actually had a day off. Not Bevan Walsh though, Bevan did AFF 5, 6 & 7. Or the swoopers. Or the novices. Or the regulars and other fun jumpers! It was a great weekend start to 2019.

Bevan AFF Stage 5
Bevan AFF Stage 6 exit – Photos by Sara
Bevan AFF Stage 7 – Photo Doyley
Sam and Gio B-Rel 6 – Photo Tish
Heath B-Rel 6.3 with Ian and Gio – Photo Olli
Simon B Head Up Crest 2 complete – Photo Doyley
Tracking jump Oli Morris and Chris Murphy – Photo Ty Fels

See ya! And Happy New Year from all of us here at the Drop Zone.

Macca & Team Ramblers.

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Loche Scullion – Awesome experience.  Adrian needs a pay rise.

Claire Stephens – Undescribable!  Excellent experience.  Thanks a mob Adrian!

Sarta Jules – Une merveilleuse experience pour cloturer mon superbe voyage dans votre pays!  Merci beaucoup pour ce souvenir.
(A wonderful experience to conclude my amazing journey in your country! Thank you for this memory).

Cacciaguerra Baptiste – Une dropzone fantastique, un staff en or dans souvenir inoubliable, un cadre sublime!
(A fantastic dropzone, a golden staff, a memorable experience in a sublime setting.  Unforgettable memories).
(Translations by Oli M & Marie).

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Did my first tandem jump with Sara what an absolute buzz & she made it completely painless highly recommended if you are looking to jump in Australia

Steve Lindley

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