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[Updated: July 7, 2000] Page 1 - For more boogies see Page 2 and Page 3
|The World Freefall Convention
August 4-13, 2000
From August 4 to 13, 2000, Quincy, Illinois, will be transformed into the largest skydiving party on the planet - The 2000 World Freefall Convention! A ten-day paradise for skydivers will unfold which will include a Bell 412 helicopter, biplane, balloons, bombers, and a Boeing 727 jump ship. Even more impressive than the aircraft are the thousands of jumpers who make the WFFC the world's largest boogie! In 1999, 5,410 skydivers from 54 countries made 69,000-plus jumps!
Registration is only $59.00. This fee entitles you to participate in the WFFC and to jump the most exotic fleet of aircraft ever assembled. Also available will be free camping, hot showers, free nightly seminars, live entertainment nightly, including some of the best bands around, free Beer, free non-alcoholic beer, and free soda nightly!
Standard jump ticket prices and aircrafts used will include: Five Super Otters, several tailgate Casas, Mullin's King Air and King Air 200. The standard ticket price is $17, and most pilots give you an extra 1,000 feet or so!
How many jumps does one need to participate at the WFFC? A "B" License or the equivalent of 50 jumps. A 45-day USPA membership will be available on site for $8.00. Due to insurance requirements, those who do not yet have "B" license requirements will have only AFF training available to them, and the number of students is limited.
Chicagoland Skydiving will be holding the first jump training in 2000! The Accelerated Freefall School will hold several first jump courses and is prepared to take you from zero jumps to the ability to jump on your own. What better way to learn to skydive than at the "Woodstock" of skydiving events? All students will be jumping separately in Chicagoland's personal Porter aircraft and landing in an alternate area for safety.
Meet top-name load organizers who will help you improve your skills and have fun. There will be
Concepts Unlimited Challenging sequential skydives (20- to 60-ways) with Roger Ponce de Leon. There also will be Freefly Organizing by Brian Germain. Sit in on one of his seminars and learn from the expert. Freefly coaching, organizing, Wing Suit and skysurfing instruction available. Demos of wing suits provided by BirdMan Suits and demos of the Samurai are available as well.
A large number of vendors are on site to provide you with almost any product or service you need. In fact, many convention attendees that stay in "Tent City" find no need to ever leave the airport once they get to the convention!
Photo © 2000 WFFC
For more comprehensive information,
check out the convention's informative
web site at www.freefall.com.
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are trademarks or registered trademarks of WFFC.
The Hercules Boogie
August 12 - 19, 2000
Skydivers from all around the globe will come together to skydive and party in Sweden on Saturday, August 12, to Saturday, August 19 for the "Hercules Boogie" - a big formation boogie! This event will take place at Hovby airport outside the city of Lidköping. The city of Lidköping is situated 110 km northeast of Gothenburg. First organized in 1982, the boogie has been back about every second year since that time.
Photo © 2000 Hercules Boogie
The goal of the organizers is to provide cheap, safe, high quality jumping combined with serious partying. In 1997, 750 participants made 9,500 skydives and nobody got hurt!
The arrangement is a cooperation between Gothenburg Parachuting Club, the Swedish Air Force and the Special Forces Corps. The Hercules, Lockheed C-130, can take 80 skydivers to 13,500 feet in less than 7 minutes, and is normally operated by the Swedish Air Force. During the last two boogie days, two Hercules will fly. Since the Hercules Boogie is a big formation boogie, it will only be possible to manifest groups of eight or more skydivers. It's the only way to get the organization running smoothly, and the safety to stay at a high level. Because of these prerequisites, to be able to participate in the Boogie you'll need to prove with your logbook that you've made a minimum of 200 jumps after being cleared from student status to check-in.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the hangars at the DZ. There are also several different alternatives for accommodation. You can put up your tent or your caravan on our grounds, or rent a bed in the bunkhouse. There are also hotels, cottages and youth hostels in the city. In case of bad weather there will be seminars arranged at the DZ. The city of Lidköping is situated 6 kilometers from the DZ and, like any other city, it contains a great variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, sports and other facilities.
There wouldn't be a Hercules Boogie without beer, live music and one hell of a party! During the Hercules Boogie of 1997, 5,000 litres of beer were gulped down the throats of thirsty skydivers! The boogie bar is open every evening after the last load of the day takes off, and it stays open until the last customer leaves. Here you'll have the opportunity to hang out with the other skydivers, drink a few beers, sing karaoke, play pinball, dance, listen to live music, etc. Also, every night you'll be able to see a review of the day's events when the daily video is shown. There's a limit to the number of skydivers who will be able to check in, so it's advisable to register in advance. For more information about registration and costs, check out the Boogie's web site at www.gfk.se/hercules
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