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Leave it to [Bill] Beaver
If you're a fan of top-notch skydiving photography, then let camera flyer Bill Beaver satisfy your craving for great aerial jump shots. Although this site lacks flashiness, the wonderful photos featured inside more than make up for it! Bill Beaver is 42 years old and has been jumping since 1988. His home dropzone is Perris, CA.
|With over 7000 camera jumps to his name, he and his teammate, Robin Berg, won a bronze medal in 1994 and a silver in 1995 at the Freestyle World Chamionships. As ESPN second cameraflyer for the X-Games, he received the coveted Emmy Award for his camera work in both 1997 and 1998. Also to his credit, Bill has eight years as team cameraman for the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team (Skyhawks) for their winter training camp. Bill tells us, "I love to carve on my back with freeflyers and I LOVE to film CRW. As far as who I respect in the sport I would have to say Joe Jennings because of his attitude, sense of fairness and awesome camera work."|
||Bill holds a USPA pro rating, and his work has been featured on several TV shows over the years. And last, but certainly not least, one of Bill's best accomplishments: He is the proud dad of three boys!|
Check out Bill's web site for some great skydiving photos.
Photos © Bill Beaver
|Skydive in Belgium? Why not?|
by Dirk Gaudeus
Belgium may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think about taking a skydiving vacation. First, the weather conditions aren't perfect for non-stop skydiving throughout the year. And, second, Belgium is not so well known. Brussels, Belgium's capital city, is better known than the country itself for being the headquarters of NATO and the European community. However, even without perfect weather conditions, Belgium offers nice skydiving possibilities. There are several drop zones situated throughout the country.
| Wherever you travel in Belgium you are always only an hour's drive from a drop zone! Cessnas, Cessna Caravans and Pilatus Porters will take you up to an average altitude of 12,500 feet, and with a bit of luck, you can fly a Black Beaver or a Skyvan during summertime. Belgian skydiving clubs are only active during weekends, but some exceptions are made during summer months, and in July and August some clubs are open all week.
| For more information refer to the Belgium skydiving site www.skydive-belgium.net. On this site you will find a map featuring information and links to all the Belgian skydiving clubs.|
What about the Belgian climate for skydiving? Even though Belgium does not always offer the best weather conditions, Belgian skydivers are used to jumping in less than perfect weather. In other words, they don't mind a cloud or two unlike some drop zones where holdings occur when the first cloud is spotted! In Belgium they keep on skydiving! But, of course, only if it is completely safe to jump--let's be clear about that!
What else to do on vacation in Belgium? The coast offers great opportunities for lazy sun bathing and picking up some cultural events. A visit to Ostend, birth place of James Ensor, will certainly help you spend your money shopping.
Feel more like a more active vacation? (next to the skydiving, of course!) The Ardennes will provide you with any kind of activity you'd like! Mountain biking, adventure games, paint ball, hiking, rock climbing-- you name it, you'll find it there. Feel like taking long walks but hate to go up and down hills? You'll enjoy the sandy plains and woods of the "Kempen". Did we get you interested yet?
As far as the languages spoken in Belgium, actually, there are no less than three languages: Dutch (Flemish), French and German. Because of their historical background, more Flemish people are bi- or tri-lingual then there are French speaking people or German speaking people that speak other languages. Nevertheless, certainly where skydiving is concerned, most skydivers or drop zone-related people do speak English. So, don't worry about coming to Belgium and not being able to speak Flemish, French or German. You'll get by fine. But it might be a bit less easy to get around in English in the Ardennes than it would be in the Flemish parts.
Want to learn some more about the country and the people, the cultural life, the languages that are spoken in Belgium and some language-related topics? Hit this link and enjoy!
|The American Museum of Sport Parachuting|
Alexandria, Virginia -- The U.S. Parachute Association™ (USPA) and the Parachute Industry Association™ (PIA) are pleased to announce matching $25,000 grants to the American Museum of Sport Parachuting and Air Safety™ (AMSPAS) in order to launch the fundraising campaign for a museum dedicated to skydiving and skydivers.
The AMSPAS, incorporated in 1986 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit association, will make a reality a decades old dream of establishing a museum for and about skydiving. The purposes of the Museum are to:
promote public awareness and understanding of the sport of skydiving; recognize the contribution to skydiving by its participants, suppliers and supporters; capture and preserve forever the history of the sport through its events, equipment and personalities; and enhance aviation safety as it pertains to skydiving through research and education.
As its initial step in the fundraising process, the trustees of the Museum have selected Goettler Associates of Columbus, Ohio to conduct the feasibility study and develop the case for support for the fundraising effort. As part of this process, Goettler Associates will conduct interviews of sport and industry leaders.
Part of the long-term vision of the AMSPAS is to collocate the offices of skydiving related organizations into a national skydiving headquarters. The USPA has already approved in concept the collocation of its headquarters with the Museum, if a suitable site can be found.
Full details of the proposed skydiving museum will be made available to the public following the conclusion of the fundraising feasibility study. Pending the establishment of its own home page and Internet site, please refer inquiries to Museum@uspa.org.
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