Wingsuiting over the Pink Lake (Lake Hillier)


Stephan Mueller, Dave Major & Amanda Vicharelli ride the "Garden Seat"


Our Rans S9 flying in close formation with the photo plane

Paratenting at the New Zealand International Airshow 2013

Paratenting under the Red Bull WigwamStatic line jump from the helicopterA beaautiful deploymentCutting away the Wigwam...& holding one riserWhat a fun way to entertain the crowd

The NZ International Airshow organiser asked me to come up with a stunt for the show. What could be more fun than doing a static line jump with the Red Bull Wigwam event tent, from a helicopter?
By wearing two harnesses, I could jump the tent, fly it for 30 seconds, release it, fall away & still have my full skydive rig to land with my normal, square parachute.

What fun to get in the heli, climb away to 2000' overhead where I throw a drifter (a roll of newspaper with a 10' tail of crepe paper) to assess wind drift. Important when jumping a tent.
The heli climbs to 3000' & runs in, My checks done, I spot the heli into the right location upwind of the landing zone, climb out onto the skid, check again... the step off backwards & watch the lines snake out of the deployment bag, followed by the canopy which flaps as it begins to inflate.The noise of the helicopter & freefall are  replaced with an airy peace while hanging under an unsteerable tent.
At 2500' I pull the release handle while holding the Wigwam's right set of lines, acellerating under a now uninflated tent...kicking.
Time to let the crow off the hook & open my main parachute & land.

This was my first drifter throw, static line jump, roundy jump & cut away for many years. It took me back to my very early days in parachuting.

Such good fun at the show with some fine folk.