DAVIS, CA, Dec 19, 1996 --- Jan Meyer, organizer of the Women's World Record in Large Formation Skydiving Event, announces that there are more than 110 PAID deposits for the event Mar 27-30, 1997. The players are posted on the web site at: http://www.MakeItHappen.con/~asw/record.htm Meyer will recruit up to 150 women to participate. Meyer attributes the successful recruiting efforts to a long lead time, requiring 2 references from every participant and candid evaluations of jumpers' skills by nearly 50 other prominent jumpers. Most of the participants have over 1000 jumps.
Meyer is seeking sponsors of this event to help defray the costs of on board oxygen, travel and hotel accommodations for the judges and drinks and fruits provided for the participants during the event. Art Bori of Cutaway Enterprises is providing FREE rigging services during the event for any participant. Skydive Arizona is hosting the event. Larsen & Brusgaard is sponsoring T-shirts. Inquires should be directed to Jan Meyer at the contact points listed above.
The ground crew, dubbed the Coyotes, consists of Toby Harness, Roger Taranto, Duncan Meech, Francis Wiser and Mary Traub. Their reasons for being Coyotes are also on the web site. The web site also includes readings on skydiving and details of the event.
The camp held at Perris Valley Skydiving Center, Nov 9-11, will be featured in Glamour magazine in March. Another camp will be held at Perris early next year. The next camp is at Skydive Arizona from Dec 27 to Dec 30, with special emphasis placed on C-123 exits. Plane captains, Ginger Kuhlmann, Ellen Monsees and Dany Brooks, will also be assisting at the December camp.
There will be a 40-way load organized by George Jicha during the March event to help keep the Otters in synch. There are a limited number of slots on this load. Interested people should contact Jan Meyer.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dany Brooks; 415-285-4246, email@example.com,
or Jan Meyer; 916-375-1026, Aerosoftware@MakeItHappen.con
TOP SKYDIVERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO GATHER TO BUILD LARGEST ALL-WOMAN FREEFALL FORMATION
Skydive Arizona to Host 120-way World Record Event March 1997
DAVIS, Calif., November 27, 1996 -- Under the direction of organizer Jan Meyer, more than 120 women will gather at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona March 27-30 to build the largest all-woman skydiving formation. Large skydiving formations take months of planning including choosing a skydiving site, recruiting skilled skydivers, organizing aircraft and ground crew, and mapping out the skydive formation. Current status and updates are posted regularly on the internet by Meyer and can be found at http://www.MakeItHappen.con/~asw/record.htm.
A large skydiving formation is built by having all the skydivers run out of the airplanes and connect while in freefall. A way of demonstrating this would be to imagine you are in a big hotel around a central courtyard and there are five doors into the courtyard. With just over a minute to work with, all 120 skydivers have to run out of the building and go to the right place without bumping into anyone, grab the correct hands or legs, hold them for three seconds all at the same time, and then run away so they are no closer than 50 yards from anyone else. All this without talking or using hand signals.
The current women's world record stands at 100 and was built in 1992 in Le Canet de Maures, France. The last official women's record attained in the United States was a 79-person formation held in Orange County, New York in 1989.
For this event, multiple aircraft will be flown side-by-side with jumpers positioned inside them in correspondence to a pre-planned freefall formation. Per Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) rules, the world's air sports federation that certifies and registers aviation records, the completed skydive must match the planned blueprint with all skydivers in their assigned areas. In addition, the completed formation must be held for a minimum of three seconds. The planes will fly to an altitude of 18,000' giving the jumpers approximately 75-80 seconds before everyone needs to separate by 5000'.
Practicing on the ground is done by having the jumpers lay down in the pattern of the formation. A skydivers body position in freefall is just like that of a person laying on their stomachs, with their legs bent 90 degrees at the knee, and their arms bent so that their hands are about a foot away from their ears on either side. Using a large open area, jumpers simulate the dive by running to where they are assigned and laying down in the freefall position. This aids in identifying any potential traffic problems and ensures that the formation will be built quickly and efficiently. The planned formation is being created according to proven designs from previous record events.
Plane captains and organizers will work with Meyer as sub-heads before and during the event to aid in rotating the skydivers and fine-tuning the engineering of the dive itself. To qualify as a participant, several minimum requirements must be met for consideration including a 500 jump minimum, exceptional flying skills, and demonstrated knowledge of standard safety practices.
The Skydive Arizona drop zone in Eloy was chosen because of their great weather that boasts over 340 skydiving days a year, their large fleet of aircraft, and their professional staff and facilities. Eloy is located in the heart of the scenic Sonoran Desert, and lies midway between Arizona's two largest cities, Phoenix and Tucson.
For more information, please contact Dany Brooks at 415-285-4246, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jan Meyer at 916-375-1026, Aerosoftware@MakeItHappen.con.
Jump Schedule: Five jumps per day March 27-28, 1997: Two groups of 60-way sequential from a C-123 and Twin Otters March 29-30, 1997: 120-way large formation
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An all woman world record setting large formation (120-way) and large formation sequential event will be held at Skydive Arizona »»» SkyAZ@aol.com, Eloy, Arizona, USA during the end of Easter week of 1997: March 27-30, 1997. That's more than a year away.
Jan Meyer is organizing the event and chose Skydive Arizona because "that's where the planes are!" Larry Hill, owner of Skydive Arizona, says he can always get more. The one year lead time is to get the FAI to officially recognize the event and to avoid conflicts with other large load formations and US National competitions.
There is a 500 jump minimum required for all participants.
Interested jumpers should contact Jan Meyer at (916) 375-1026 or aerosoftware@MakeItHappen.con or PO Box 356, Davis, CA, USA 95617. Check the Aerosoftware web site http://www.MakeItHappen.con/~asw/ for the latest information.