Archive for the 'skydive' Category

03
Jul
12

WR head down Invitational 135 way

After the 108 way in 2009 Skydive Chicago are holding another attempt at a world record, this time looking to put 135 of the worlds top freeflyers in formation.

Andy Ford from Infinite Skydive is amongst those invited after completing successfully the Arizona WR try outs in April and will be blogging throughout the Summerfest Boogie and the WR attempts and hopefully the WR itself.

Video clips, Images from the jumps and some interviews with some of the nicest and coolest flyers around will be in the daily updates.

Check back here from the 28th July onwards to keep up with what’s going down.

07
Feb
11

How to book a skydive! (and be satisfied by the whole process)

Easy! turn on that shiny mac book and google skydiving or skydiving in london etc. etc. Maybe your looking to do a charity parachute jump for a current uk charity or a cause that is close to you personally. Many 1st time jumpers opt to make a tandem for charity to raise funds for the cause that may have affected a family member or close friend. Of course you may wish to purchase a gift or voucher for a friend or maybe even just feel the need to take to the skies for yourself.


Well as most of us have already realised the world wide web can be a tricky and frustrating place to navigate as everyone with access to a computer seems to have a website! The most difficult part is to know exactly what you want as generally it’s all going to be new information at this stage of the process. Does any of the following form part of your “I am looking for this to go skydiving” list:

  • Professional and helpful voice on the phone who know what they are talking about because they really skydive not just sell skydives.
  • Prompt and concise reply when you e-mail your questions and inevitable concerns (everybody is a little nervous when thinking about making a jump from a plane)
  • A good feeling about the people you are booking with.
  • A competitive rate for either yourself or your group
  • A company that are looking to make that skydive a fantastic experience not just treat you like just another Tandem or AFF student once they have taken your credit card details.

We feel the same when we book services online so we do understand how it feels to be ignored and frustrated when you require information about something your looking to do for the first time that you want to be 100% right (no-one wants to do a 98% correct skydive ūüėČ

So where do you look? your favorite web search engine is most peoples first port of call! Enter your desired question and bam! a list of providers of the service your looking for.. Well, generally most people start on the top of page one and go to the sponsored links.. Why look any further right? after all these are the top on page one, they must be the best. Actually the sponsored links and most of the page one are the companies with the large marketing budget, not necessarily the best staff or experience, the more you pour money into ad-words the higher up the list you rise, it’s all about the money!

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Here are some tips to help you end up with a great Tandem or AFF experience and not end up sitting in a field with a styrofoam cup of weak coffee wondering what is going on whilst all the people in the colourful suits buzz around having a good time.

Rule number one above anything else is to find a parachute centre or skydiving centre that are the providers of the skydive you wish to make. Not an agency that take your credit card details and then sell the product to the centre taking a chunk of your money for the privilege, usually £50 or more. Yes they have fancy headed paper and nice envelopes but is that worth the extra money. We too have some pretty fancy headed paper as it happens.

Rule number two check whether there maybe any further charges for the day, if the Tandem skydive is only ¬£150.00 whilst everyone else seems around the ¬£220-¬£250 range it’s probably to good to be true and other charges may “suddenly occur” on the day.

Rule number three ask questions, we expect you to ask a lot of questions after all you are looking to put your life quite literally in our capable hands. If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, make a call elsewhere, customer service should be a main priority.

Continue reading ‘How to book a skydive! (and be satisfied by the whole process)’

07
Jan
11

AFF Courses 2011 with Infinite skydiving Solutions Ltd

Do you want to learn to skydive?

Then AFF is one way to be trained to become a licensed skydiver in the UK, static line parachuting or the progression system as it is more professionally referred to is the other available method. In the opinion of Infinite Skydiving Instructor Andy Ford AFF is the only way to seriously train to become a skydiver. “I trained on static line back in the day and spent a lot of time sat on the ground because of unfavourable weather conditions, I became a static line parachute Instructor over 11 years ago and watched 1000’s of students try to progress from static line to freefall with dummy pulls being the hardest point to get past” (A dummy pull is a fake handle that the student has to reach for and pull a second after exiting and maintaining an arched position whilst the parachute opens automatically)

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Andy goes on to say “The dummy pull was a toughest part of the progression,I have seen maybe 4 or 5 students carry out the three consecutive perfect jumps to progress without having to repeat the process multiple times, very frustrating to get the 2nd perfect jump done only to have to start again after messing up the dummy pull on the 3rd attempt”. In the worst case I watched a student on one dropzone spend a year and 70 dummy pulls getting onto freefall (good effort Graham!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The static line progression system or R.A.P.S (Ram. Air. Progression. System.) is a very laborious way of getting to A license and i believe few make it without changing to AFF or giving up and missing out on the wonderful world of freefall.

So if you fancy having a fun and challenging day out then a R.A.P.S. ¬†S/L course is a nice introduction to parachuting. At about ¬£225 for a day’s training and one static line jump it is the cheapest solo way of doing a parachute jump.

A quick breakdown of the course cost:

Initial S/L course £225.00

Progression Jumps £30.00 Р£40.00 (minimum jumps required 17 to reach category 8 )

Even though for a skydiving school the S/L course is a more lucrative way of introducing people into the sport at a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 students, Infinite Skydiving have decided not to train static line parachuting as we feel it is not an efficient use of our instructors. We want our students to be skydiving solo and enjoying the sport in a few weeks not a few months. All of our instructors have taught static line parachuting over many years. (Andy Ford and Andy Scott started on the traditional round parachute static line parachute courses in the late 80’s)

AFF or Accelerated Free Fall is without doubt a better system if you are serious about getting into skydiving. A day of ground school much the same as the R.A.P.S system but with some specific lessons about freefall/ in air signals/ Ac emergencies/ freefall emergencies as the aircraft will fly to 13,000ft and not 3,500ft and we are exiting into FREEFALL!! not just instant canopy ride.

Once the ground school and check of understanding are finished we generally pack up for the day to give the student a break, a lot of information is taught during the lessons and the students are generally a little tired and still processing all the information, Infinite Skydiving have found that the general performance is much better waiting to jump the next day. AFF levels one to four can easily be achieved within a day with some of our students completing five and six before retiring for a well earned beer. The AFF course and 10 consolidation jumps can be done within a week or a few weekends of fair weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infinite skydivings AFF course is a full package containing the following:

  • All lessons, parachute equipment and briefings required to attain ‘A’ license
  • 8 levels of AFF with world class Instructors (all of our Instructors are world record holders, current or ex world champions & national champions in our excellent sport)
  • 1 month membership to the British Parachute Association (B.P.A. the UK governing body for all civilian parachuting)
  • 10 minutes flight training in the Airkix wind tunnel at milton Keynes coached by our AFF Instructors (¬£175.00 if booked separately through Airkix)
  • Every level videoed to assist with de-briefing, imperative to see your progression (Available on DVD at the end of the course for a ¬£50.00 donation to a charity we support)
  • Free equipment loan throughout consolidation jumps (I.E. helmet/goggles/altimeter/Jumpsuit/parachute system)
  • Free coaching and briefing for all consolidation jumps (10 jumps in total)
  • Professional coaching and on hand advice throughout skydiving progression with briefings/parachute packing lessons as you approach ‘B’ license (50 jumps)
  • Free logbook for you to keep a perfect log of all your descents (up too 200 in a book)

All of the above costs you ¬£1,400.00 with no hidden extra’s (unlike many European courses we won’t mention) If you like we offer a level one only package for ¬£375.00 if you wish to try the sport without committing to the full 8 levels (you can always carry on after you have completed level 1)

Check out some levels of AFF on our website

if you wish to take up this amazing sport then give us a call on 07876500515 or drop us a line on Info@infiniteskydiving.com and feel free to call just to discuss the course.

See you for an adrenaline packed 2011

regards

Infinite Skydiving Team

08
Feb
10

Infinite skydiving AFF course

www.infinite skydiving have started training students this year to qualify for their british parachute association skydiving license. Matt Short has completed his AFF ground school and is awaiting the weather before making his level one skydive with Infinite Skydiving. After 6 hours groundschool covering all the required modules of the Accelerated freefall course Matt is ready to go and very excited about getting in the air. Matt from London wanted to complete AFF last year but decided to wait for the start of the 2010 season to train and make the most of the days getting lighter¬†¬†and the weather getting better to pursue his new sport…

We look forward to putting video of Matt’s AFF level’s up for you to enjoy.

regards

Fordy

07
Dec
09

European Sequential VFS bigway 2010

The event to start the 2010 season for the hardcore freeflyer will most definitely be at Skydive Spain this coming March. An invitation to Europe’s seasoned and proven head down flyers with the right attitude towards team play have been sent and the 30 available slots were snapped up within a few days, even at the top if you snooze you lose!.

With 2 Do-28 15 place Dorniers going to 16,000 + ft the event organiser Andrew Lovemore of Skydive Spain envisages multiple point 15 and 30 way formations yet unseen on the European freefly scene with load organiser’s Fabian Raidel and Mike Carpenter at the helm. The Invites for the team consisted of representatives from Volare, Skywalkers, Aria, The Bad Lieutenants, Darkside Freefly and Babylon to name a few…

The sequential scene in Europe has been lacking somewhat behind the likes of the Lodi Sequentials, Project Horizon and Summerfest where multiple point skydives are a matter of course, hopefully this event can redress the balance with the awesome available talent we have here.

Check back to see the progression toward what could be described as the biggest European freefly event of 2010..

laters and have a great christmas

Fordy

www.infiniteskydiving.com

11
Jun
08

London ink take to the skies

If your a fan of tattoo’s the ink in the skin kind and not the military brass band spectaculars then you may have heard of louis Malloy, for the last 24 years Mr Malloy has been practicing the art of tattooing and is seen by many to be at the top of his profession, being the artist who created David Beckham’s Guardian Angel.

Mr Louis Malloy and entourage of like minded artists are currently working with The Discovery Channel on the aptly named Sky TV program “London Ink” and in show number 6 Mr Malloy takes to the skies on a Tandem skydive with one of his “customers” Mr Toby Goodchild ¬†before later returning the favor with some awesome artwork on Toby in the studio.

Tandem Instructor Loz Cross along with Toby jumped from 13,000ft with Infinite Skydiving Camera flyer Andy Ford to film for the series.. 

Here are some of the images of the sharply dressed and very laid back louis Malloy making the descent.. 

Regards

 

Andy Ford

Infinite Skydiving Solutions ltd.

 

21
Feb
08

Skydiving milestones

I guess the first skydiving milestone would be the 1st Jump whether on an¬†AFF¬†course or a¬†Static line jump¬†it is the most exciting, terrifying but amazing experience, once completed there are plenty more “milestones” along the way (although every jump from the first to the 10,000 th and beyond are precious memories)¬†

 

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The first freefall for a static line student is certainly a huge step as is category ¬†8 for both S/L and AFF students. For AFF the need for an instructor in free fall is no longer required. For S/L a pre jump instructional brief is no longer necessary and the students can work towards ‘A’ license. (yep! another milestone) once achieved the student can move towards formation skydiving 1 (FS1) and freedom to choose what they do in freefall.

AFF graduate Seth Curry on his 7th consolidation jump enjoys the sunset on a photo jump with Infinite Skydiving Photographer Andy Ford 

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On the same weekend Phil did his 100th jump which is also a milestone as is 200, 500, 1000th and then every 1000 onwards towards the big 10,000, which to be honest is a fairly rare occurrence. 

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So we hope you have many memorable skydives whether it’s a¬†Tandem,¬†your level 1¬†AFF¬†or a R.A.P.S S/L descent

 

have fun and be safe

 

Regards

 

Andy Ford 

  

23
Jan
08

Old Photographs

Sorting through some old¬†skydiving¬†images, I came across a lot of “old” and “young” faces, mine included. Some great memories were stirred of moments in my skydiving career with Mike Frost my ¬†Team Playstation Skysurf team mate, with the many trips we made to various destinations competing in the ESPN Extreme Games pro tour and the 1997 World Air Games in Turkey representing the UK. Also found some photo’s from the helicopter jumps we did at Weston on the Green, jump after jump ¬†spent chasing the one particular image and struggling to get the ‘shot’ with the timing issue’s and peculiarities of a still air exit. Every exit we did the skysurfer was to close in the canon 15mm lens and cropping occurred.¬†


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¬†¬†Mike was having a few minor complications to deal with such as trying to get the skysurf board on and safely attached in the confines of the cab, climbing or hopping onto the skid was precarious as we hovered at 8,000ft, sliding between the skid and the fuselage was a scenario that would definitely ruin the day. As the camera flyer I was having a few minor problems of my own to contend with, the interior of the helicopter wasn’t designed for Skysurfer and camera flyer to sit comfortably during the flight with the doors removed, so outside i went, 10 minutes standing on the skid on the way to altitude whilst Mike got ready, then getting my camera equipment checked and on, all the while trying not to fall of the skid, checking and helping Mike get his board on and tightened in the confined space was all part of the fun.

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As the day wore on and we racked up the jumps we managed to scare the helicopter pilot witless with our antic’s, hanging two camera flyers and a skysurfer off of one skid plays havoc with the trim of the aircraft, or so the pilot scream “get off, it’s going” led me to believe, so we conceded and placed the other cameraflyer on the opposite skid, not ideal for a perfect exit shot! But better than getting a¬†helicopter¬†crashing ¬†into us on exit shot?


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We strived to get the elusive image throughout the day using different exit techniques that didn’t elicit expletives from the pilot until we managed a shot that we were happy with. Amazed at how difficult the project had been, how hard could it be to leave a helicopter and take a photograph of a team mate when we had nearly a thousand skydives together, apparently only six from a nearly hovering helicopter though! At least our sponsor was pleased and enjoyed watching our efforts throughout the day, so we took him up to 10,oooft (where the helicopter was struggling for further altitude) and took him out for a¬†tandem¬†skydive in the still air of a helicopter exit, great fun to be able to share the experience.

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The image we were looking for, a casual skysurf exit shot from the Jet Ranger (even managed to liner up the rotor blades ūüėȬ†

 

If you are looking for custom Photographic or Video Images then get in touch with Infinite Skydiving Solutions Ltd.

 

Regards

 

Andy Ford 

18
Jan
08

Wind Tunnel flying?

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17
Jan
08

Welcome to Infinite Skydiving Solutions Ltd

 

Who we are?

  Infinite Skydiving are involved in many areas of the Sport, with the core of the business providing the military with a Parachute Rigging Service for their sports parachute centre at RAF Weston On The Green. We also provide Accelerated Freefall courses and Tandem jumps for every day people who wish to experience probably the most exhilarating experience of their life, our goal being to see every one of our students land with a huge smile on their face and the desire to jump again as soon as possible.

 

Our team consists of incredibly experienced Skydivers whom have worked hard to gain the necessary ratings in the British Parachute Association (B.P.A) to be able to take our customers safely through the different courses. Alongside the ratings held, we feel you would be hard pressed to find a team with more experience across the board than at Infinite Skydiving, Multi medal winning World Champions, National champions in many of the various disciplines, including Formation Skydiving, Skysurfing, Freeflying, Vertical Relative Work V.R.W to name some of them, all passionately involved in a sport they love.

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 Why form Infinite Skydiving Solutions?

Having Spent years taking Aerial Images and Aerial videography for teams and individuals only to see them used to promote someone else, watched countless student parachutists wandering aimlessly without guidance, Agency prices far above what we really charge the customer off the street and a general lack of customer service in our industry, I felt it would be a good idea to try and get a small skydiving team growing that would provide quality and experience for not only the first jump, but all the way through the customers career as a skydiver. Our first time skydiver is treated the same as our experienced skydiving buddies, as part of the sport, not as a one off cash cow and then discarded.

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So, if you are an experienced Skydiver with a question about a skydiving discipline or looking for that first all important set of parachute equipment, an inexperienced jumper wondering how to progress using the vertical wind tunnel training program or one on one in air coaching to get to the elusive FS1 qualification, or some one who has very little idea about the Sport of parachuting, we can help, ask questions and we will do our best to provide you with a researched factual answer based on years of experience…

Remember, there are no stupid questions, only stupid times to ask them… As we climb out of the airplane to make a jump comes to mind…

 

Regards

 

Andy Ford 




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