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On this monthly page we feature whatever you can think of or what you might suggest to us. These suggestions can be about people, teams, drop zones, software, books, videos, games, and...and...
Mike McGowan's FunAir Productions is just that--a fun production of work by a renowned cameraflyer. Several of Mike's galleries show his fun-loving regard for his work with photographs of skydiving disciplines of every kind. If it's video you're after, you will find Mike's videotapes for sale here too. Mike is also occasionally available for seminars on various topics including tandems, still photography, videography & shooting documentaries.
Mike says, "As far back as I can remember, I've wanted to jump out of airplanes. I started skydiving in 1964, and I plan on jumping as long as my health allows. I have 1,200 RW jumps, 100 freefly, 200 R & D (test jumps for manufacturers), and 7,500 camera jumps." Check out Mike's great new web site at www.funairproductions.com for some awesome skydiving photos and videos.
Photos by Mike McGowan © 2000
Stop in for a visit to the Internet home of the National Smokejumper Association, the "Keeper of the Flame" for smokejumpers and others associated with wildland firefighting. Here you will find smokejumper video & audio files, historical information, and more. Go directly to what you're looking for with their search page. Shop for smokejumper merchandise in the Smokejumpers' secure online store.
Want to volunteer? Contact anyone on the National Smokejumper Association's Executive Committee. Learn what it takes to become a smokejumper. Join or start a discussion in the smokejumper forum. Pay your respects to the fallen at the Memorial page dedicated to those who died on the job. Smokejumping has a rich and colorful history, often passed along through oral tradition. One of the goals in maintaining this site is to preserve and share that history in a more permanent and widely accessible form.
|European Skydiving Center Lapalisse
If you want to dive for the first time in blue skies, or the sky is already your environment, if you're looking for appropriate means to fulfill your expectations, whatever your reasons, the folks at the European Skydiving Center in Lapalisse, in the middle of France, want to make your freefall dreams come true.
At Lapalisse, everything is set up for you to learn skydiving in the very best possible conditions. With 52,000 jumps in 1999, Lapalisse is an out-of-space infrastructure located on an airport totally dedicated to freefall. Whether up in the air or on the ground, everything has been designed for a top stay.
There you will find a 5,382 sq.ft. packing area, a 1,220 sq.ft. creeping area with 17 creepers, 25 bedrooms (total 96 beds), a restaurant and bar. Also available are a fitness room, sauna, swimming pool, games and a playground for children. Also offered are free camping, baby sitting on request. Animals are accepted, too.
The center is open seven days a week from April 1 to November 5. A Skyvan, permanently based at Lapalisse, brings the skydivers up to 14,200 feet. Whatever is your style, you will find all suitable conditions allowing you to express body and mind and get your best jumps. Permanent supervising and assistance according to the different periods of the year will be available from Patrick Passe, Mike Brooke, Richard Malblanc, Omar Alhegelan, Stéphane Fardel, Nicolas Arnaud, Wendy Smith, Eric Fradet, and many more.