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New Zealand Golf Open Parachute Display

New Zealand Golf Open Parachute Display

I had the pleasure of parachuting into the closing of the NZ Golf Open at The Hills Golf Course in Queenstown on the 31st Jan 2010.
To add to the fun, I was jumping a 3m x 5m NZ Open flag. I had to build & test jump the flag beforehand to test the deployment & flying characteristics, particularly the amount of weight needed on the bottom of the flag to make it fly correctly.

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Chuck Berry Parachutes into NZ Golf Open   Photo  Otago Daily Times

Rans S9 Chaos Aerobatics

Aerobatic flying is one of my passions & I get to indulge to the full in the wonderful Rans S9 Chaos microlight ZK-KLI which is based at Rangitata Island Airfield in Canterbury, New Zealand. I am one of ten share holders in the Chaos & we all thrill at taking our baby to the heavens. Powered by a 50hp Rotax 503 2 stroke engine, the Chaos is capable of most any aerobatic maneuver although sustained inverted flight isn't possible at this stage as due to having standard carburetors fitted.

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Rans S9 Flyby at Rangitata Island Airfield
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Rans S9 Chaos flying over Canterbury
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Our Rans S9 flying in close formation with the photo plane
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Rans S9 banking & cranking
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A fine evening to fly a Rans S9 Chaos
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Guinness World Record - Highest Static Trapeze Act

Guinness World Record - Highest Static Trapeze Act

Today's big news is from Guinness World Records who have approved the inclusion of the World's Highest Static Trapeze Act as performed by Chuck Berry (NZ), Amanda Vicharelli (USA) & Jojo Rose (GERMANY).

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Chuck & Amanda.  Guinness World Record Highest Trapeze Act, China 2008
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Stephan Mueller, Dave Major & Amanda Vicharelli ride the "Garden Seat"
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Amanda.  Guinness World Record Highest Trapeze Act, China 2008
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Chuck & Amanda.  Guinness World Record Highest Trapeze Act, China 2008
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Chuck & Amanda.  Guinness World Record Highest Trapeze Act, China 2008
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Chuck & Amanda.  Guinness World Record Highest Trapeze Act, China 2008
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JoJo landing.  Guinness World Record Highest Trapeze Act, China 2008

Chuck Skydives for Gudang Garam TV Commercial

Chuck Skydives for Gudang Garam TV Commercial

In late 2009 I worked with director, Mark Toia of Zoom Film TV to perform the skydiving & snow running stunts for this Gudang Garam TV commercial. A great team of people came together at The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown to shoot the ad.  Johnny from Heliworks did the jump flying in an E model Hughes 500, taking myself & camera flyer Lottie Blair to 14 000 feet to jump into my snowy landing zone in the Doolans Basin at a height of 5500 feet.

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Chuck exits HOT over the Doolans Basin
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Chuck skid riding on HOT        photo Rob Pine
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Heliworks Choppers on standby     photo  Rob Pine
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Lottie helps with packing.           photo  Rob Pine
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Chuck landing in the Doolans Basin       photo Rob Pine
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Chuck landing              photo  Rob Pine
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Helicopter Rope Swinging

In March 2009 I got a call from Queenstown alpine legend Dave Spoon McLeod to help develop a successful rope swing using a helicopter to swing from for an upcoming episode of the Jack Osbourne Adrenaline Junkies TV show. This is right up my alley, I jumped at the chance to combine rope-climbing skills with my favourite aerial vehicle, the helicopter.

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Chuck Berry - Helicopter Swing - Getting Ready
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Chuck Berry - Helicopter Swing - Fly By
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Chuck Berry - Helicopter Swing - Time to Jump
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Chuck Berry - Helicopter Swing - Taking the Plunge
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Chuck Berry - Helicopter Swing - I'm Flying
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Shane McConkey Memorial Skydive Squaw Valley Chuck Berry & Miles Daisher

Shane McConkey Memorial

I traveled to Squaw Valley, California in April to attend the Memorial Service of our good friend Shane. In the style that Shane lived his life, Miles Daisher & I arrived by parachute on a beautiful, blue, crisp, spring afternoon. To be in the sky above Squaw with Miles & the Sprit of Shane was special.

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Shane McConkey   Uncharted Expedition  MilfordSound     photo Graeme Murray
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Shane McConkey   Uncharted Expedition   photo Graeme Murray
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Shane McConkey   Uncharted Expedition   photo Chuck Berry
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Shane McConkey   Uncharted Expedition  Landed     photo Chuck Berry
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Shane McConkey   Uncharted Expedition Sinbad Gulley  photo Chuck Berry
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Shane McConkey   Uncharted Expedition Sinbad Gulley  photo Chuck Berry
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Uncharted Chuck Miles Shane & one of the locals
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Uncharted BASE Jump Exploration with Miles Daisher, Shane McConkey & Sol Vallis

Red Bull Uncharted

Wingsuit BASE Exploration. Fiordland, New Zealand. February 2008
Chuck Berry, Miles Daisher, Shane McConkey, Sol Vallis.
 

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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping- Miles & Chuck   photo Graeme Murray
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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping- Boys on Terror Peak   photo Graeme Murray
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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping- Sol Vallis & Shane McConkey   photo Graeme Murr
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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping   Shane McConkey   photo Graeme Murray
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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping    Shane McConkey  photo Chuck
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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping     Miles Daisher Landing  photo Chuck
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Uncharted BASE Jumping   Sinbad Gulley    photo Chuck
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Uncharted BASE Jumping   Shane at Sinbad      photo Chuck
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Uncharted BASE Jumping   Miles at Sinbad     photo Chuck
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Uncharted Wingsuit BASE Jumping   We did it...one more for the road.   photo Chu
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China Underground Cave Base Jump

On the China Cave Jump Expedition I joined up with 22 highly experienced Base jumpers from 12 Nationalities to BASE jump into the worlds largest sink hole known as Tiankeng (Sky Hole), as part of China’s National Day Celebrations.
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Chuck Berry, Shane McConkey, Miles Daisher - China Cave Jump     Photo Chuck
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Miles Daisher - China Cave Jump - Flip          Photo Chuck
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Chuck & Amanda Vicharelli - China Cave Jump -Trapeze Jump      Photo Dave Major
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Miles Daisher - China Cave Jump - First Jump      Photo Chuck
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Chuck Berry - China Cave Jump - Landing Zone     Photo Chuck
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Shane McConkey - China Cave Jump - Deep in the Hole     Photo Dave Major
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Chuck Berry - China Cave Jump - Setup      Photo basejump.com
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Chuck Basejumps Kuala Lumpur! KL Tower 2008

Red Bull Air Force gave me the call to be in KL , what could I say? It was short notice but Miles Daisher was not going to take no for an answer.

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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Base Jump
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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Sky
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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Crew
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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Over the City
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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Ready
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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Landing
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Chuck Berry - Kuala Lumpur - Manara KL Tower Jump - Wings
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Becks Beer TV Commercial Wingsuit Skydiving

Now, wingsuit skydiving for the Becks Beer ad campain was totally incredible. The job description was to jump from one heilcopter, fly my wingsuit close by a ground based camera crew, then fly close to the ridges on the front face of the Remarkables Range, right in front of the camera halecipter hovering further down the hill. Fantastic, this is the stuff I live for. I got the most amazing visuals, flying my body down through the terrain.

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Chuck Berry Becks Ad
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Chuck Berry Becks Ad
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