Australian Parachute Federation Records Register
This is how we believe the records stand as of July 2012. If anyone thinks these are not correct or incomplete please contact the APF Office.
The APF maintains a register of parachuting records. Three major categories apply:
- Competition Records
- Performance Records
- Events occasionally occur which fall outside these categories. These are recorded as Notable Events.
The following is an extract of current APF records.
Accuracy Landing (2cm Disc)
Individual men - Tibor Glesk, 2010 Australian Nationals, 1 - 4 May 2010, Bullcock Beach, Caloundra, QLD, 12cm (10 rounds)
Individual women - Janine Hayes, 2012 Australian Nationals, 6-9 April 2012, Ramblers Parachute Centre, Toogoolawah, Qld. 30cm (10 rounds)
Men - Tibor Glesk, Mar 1999 Australian Nationals, Cessnock NSW, 7.31 secs
Women - Jonny Goss, 1986/87 Australian Nationals, Toogoolawah QLD,7.70 secs
FS 4 Way Open “Rotor Out” 2012. WPC Dubai, 28 points, Team members were, Stephanie Vaughan (formerly Bensley), Gary Nemirovsky, Craig Vaughan, George Attard, Patrick Nygren (v)
4 Way Women 21 points, Snatch Force, 18.03.08 2008 Australian Nationals, Picton NSW Team members were Caitlin Collin, Carley Young, Stephanie Bensley, Tanya Cale, Nigel Johnston (v)
FS 4 Way Intermediate “Ayr Monkeys” 2012 Australian Nationals, Toogoolawah QLD, 18 points, Team members were Alan Moss, Andrew Fabbro, Paul Beahan, Oliver Fong and Lisa Perdichizzi
NOTE: Previous record (20) retired due to 2008 Sporting Code Changes.
8 Way Open, “XLR8”, 1999 World Championship, Corowa, Australia, 20 points. Team members were Paul McMullan, Don Cross, Dom Padden, Jeremy Hunt, Jason Cooke, Michael Strickland, Dana Hort, Rob Thompson, Simon Chaberka (v)
8 Way Intermediate, “Stray Cats”, 2007 Nationals, Picton, NSW, 15 points. Team members were Dave Loncasty, Nicole Hannan, Naomi Scott, Glenn Hoyes, Glen Wilson, Tracey Basman, Andrew Gellatly, Darren Pearson, Scott Neander (vid)
16 Way “It’ll Happen”, 1998 World Cup, Ampuriabrava, Spain, 1 October 1998 16 points (World Record at the time). Team members were Tim Stevens, Grant Nichol, Julie Nichol, Orla Bannan, Dee Bowring, Gavin Dell’Oro, Stephen Hickson, Kim Hardwick, Scott Lee, Gregory Mackintosh, Alan Moss, Gavin Norsworthy, Richard Pym, David Redfern, John Stewart, Kevin Taylor, Terry Wafer (v) Coach: Pete Bambach
10 Way Speed Star “Yellow Peril” 1988 -89,Australian Nationals, Mangalore,Vic, 10.59 secs. Team members were Tim Stevens, David Graham, John Stewart, Ray Palmer, Dave Parsons, Tom Piras, Jon McWilliam, Maggie Willgoose, Anthony Patterson, Ken Hills
Vertical Formation Skydiving
VFS 4 way Open "The Addicted", 2012 Australian Nationals, Toogoolawah, QLD, 6 April 2012. 11 points. Team members were Kim Hopwood, Tim Golsby-Smith, Catherine Comyns, Lucas Georgiou and Scott Hiscoe (v).
VFS 4 Way Intermediate “The Addicted”, 2010 Australian Nationals, Picton NSW, 12 points. Team members were Kim Hopwood, Tim Golsby-Smith, James Hensman, Lucas Georgiou and Mark Gazley (v).
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2 Way Sequential Australian Team "Ookoonono", 4th December 2012, World Parachuting Championships Mondial, Dubai, UAE, 27 points. Team members were Julia McConnel, Michael Vaughan, Craig Benett (v).
4 Way Rotations "Crimson Mist" 22.09.04, 11th World Championships in Canopy Formation, Rijeka, Croatia, 17 points. Team members were Ralph Hamilton-Presgrave, Tom Begic, Cameron Cooper, Matt Berens, Mitch McMartin (v)
4 Way Sequential “El Borracho”, January 1998, Lower Light, SA, 5 points. Team members were Andrew Whitten, Tony Smith, Paul Cohen, David Salisbury, Brett Higgins (v)
8 Way Speed Formation “Xtermin8”, June 1996, 6th World Championships, Indonesia, 42.61 seconds Team members were Greg Hays, Andrew Whitten, Paul Cohen, Tony Smith, Ben Nordkamp Jon McWilliam, Tom Begic, Steve Jones , Brett Higgins (v)
Open Speed Record Michael Howell, World Cup Canopy Piloting, Carletonville, South Africa, 5th December, 2009. 2.373 seconds.
Open Female Speed Record Karen Sheekey, 2nd World Parachuting Championship CP, South Africa, 17-23 November 2008, 2.729 seconds over a 70m course
Intermediate Speed Record Andrew Stewart 07.10.12, Australian Nationals, Picton, NSW, of 2.265 seconds over a 56m course
Intermediate Female Speed Record Jules McConnel 23.02.07, Australian Nationals, Picton, NSW, of 3.506 seconds over a 56m course
Open Distance Record Andrew Woolf, 03.12.12, WPC Dubai, distance of 149.84m
Open Distance Record Matthew Harris, Australian National Championships, Picton, NSW, 16-20 February 2011, distance of 150.89cm (retired after 2012 Sporting Code changes)
Open Female Distance Record Karen Sheekey, Australian National Championships, Picton, NSW. 19 February 2010, distance of 120.19m
Intermediate Distance Record Max Manow, 07.10.12, Australian Nationals, Picton, NSW, distance of 116.63m
Intermediate Female Distance Record Jules McConnel, 23.02.07 Australian Nationals, Picton, NSW of 64.23m
Accuracy Landing (2cm Disc)
Andy Mulholland 3 dead centres followed by 3cm, 2009 Australian Nationals, 7-10 March 2009, Latrobe Valley Victoria
High Altitude (delayed opening)
Group men - 32,250 feet on 26/2/72, Pakenham, from a Piper Navajo. Graham Wain, Dennis Curran, Ojars Silins, William Kenny, Dave Millard.
Women - Gail Mercer 23/6/1998, Toogoolawah from Cessna Caravan VH – MMV exit at 28,000 feet, opening at 4,000’, freefall time 2:05..
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112-way. 13/6/2010. Perris California, USA. 5.05am AEST. Aircraft – Multiple
Leigh Ainsworth, Jean Aitken, Rosa Alva, Nerissa Anderson, Michael Antoniussen, Ben Barclay, Andrew Barker, Tracey Basman, Dan Brodsky-Chenfield, Stuart Bean, Tomislav Begic, Hannah Betts, Bill Binder, Danielle Blunden, Yaakov Bokay, Bill Bor, Paul Borlase, Suzanne Bourke, Kelly Brennan, Rebecca Bircknell, Mark Brown, Tina Buckthorpe, Cheri Bullen, Dale Butterworth, Barry Calver, Tim Castle, Matt Chambers, Calder Chernoff, Scott Clark, Andrew Clarke, Ellen Coenra, Michael Collins, Melanie Conatser, Kate Cooper-Jensen, Shirley Cowcher, Leanne Critchley, Phil Crofskey, Jennifer Domenico, Tony Domenico, Mark Edwards, Glenn Farrell, Ryan Ferguson, Darren Forfar, Doug Forth, John Friswell, Ashley Geneve, Brett Gersekowski, Allan Gray, Greg Hamilton, Nicole Hannan, William Harris, Melissa Harvie, Yukari Hashimoto, Todd Hawkins, Larry Henderson, Deborah Hobbs, Steven Hord, Chris Howard, Gregory Jack, Chris Jones, Warwick Jones, Ove Jorgensen, Philipp Kemper, Martin Koenig, Kate Langley, Graham Lee, Heather Little, Adrian Lloyd, Marty Lloyd, David Loncasty, Matthew Longhurst, Helen Mahony, Tony Maurer, Phil McComb, Fiona McEachern, Gayle McLaren, Craig McNee, Jay McWilliam, Heath Millard, Andrew Mulholland, Terence Murphy, Ben Nordkamp, Luke Oliver, Mildred Onis, Shane Pieschel, Maybritt Prahl, Andrew Preston, Pam Riggs, Cheryl Robertson, Jamie Robertson, Craig Robinson, Kate Rogers, Chris Rose, Kate Rose, Jason Russell, Ryan Sanders, Michael Schenk, Leigh Shepherd, Gavin Smith, Mark Szulmayer, George Tang, Guy Taylor, Brad Trevena, Amy Von Novak, Bill Von Novak, Stephen Wade, Sean Walsh, Stuart Ware, Richard Wilkinson, John Winkler, Dale Wirtanen, Joseph Wood.
Camera - Norman Kent, Craig O'Brien, Craig Trimble
Largest Freefall Formation (Women)
Women's 47 Way, Rambler's Parachute Centre, Toogoolawah. Photo by Archie Jamieson.
1600 hours 21 April 2005
Leigh Ainsworth, Torill Anderson, Sally Baker, Jodie Ball, Amelia Barrett, Prue Beams, Suzanne Bourke, Sonja Bruss, Cheri Bullen, Dianne Campbell, Caitlin Collin, Chris Collins, Elaine Cox, Annika Cronert, Cassandra Dale, Katie Fluin, Marlies Friese, Kim Hardwick, Yakari Hashimoto, Janine Hayes, Kim Hedley, Angela Hiesler, Cindi Hemmila, Peta Holmes, Elly Kirkman, Heather Little, Lisa McDonald, Debby Marshall, Fiona McEachern, Susie McEvoy, Karen McEvoy, Julie Nichol, Lisa Perdichizzi, Maybritt Prahl, Claire Ringland, Cheryl Robertson, Elise Rogers, Naomi Ross, Deborah Sanderson, Tracey Sgroi, Krishna Strickland, Donna Turner, Amy von Novak, Lynette Warn, Kim Williamson, Kate Wills, Carley Young
Camera: Archie Jamieson, Jeff Lahey & Wayne McLachlan.
Largest Freefall Formation (Night)
24 Way formation, Manbulloo airstrip near Katherine, NT 2040 hours on 10 May 1990
Lee Hunt, Max Wallace, Thomas Frey, Monica Green, Paul Osborne, Jeff Barbone, Duncan Brown, John Cook, Mark Kenning, Rick Weisse, Ray Perry, Steve Haines, Richard Drieu, Ed White, Peter Keegan, Sally Bushell, Peter Vaughan, Steve Whalan, Ralph Ford, John McMahon, Brad Turner, Mick Larkin, John James, Greg Wright. Aircraft was a Twin Otter , VH-KZP
10.00 AM 2 August 2013, 17 way formation over Batchelor DZ, Darwin, NT.
Ian Robbertson, John Kinton, Peter Hannaford, Martin Pandelus, Geoff Gordon, Gordon Turner, Les Facer, Mel Ferrier, Roger Clifton, Elvon King, Ross Stockings, Stephen Pandelus, David Betts, Don Biggins, Nigel Brennan, Dave McEvoy and Jonathon Orr
Largest Canopy Formation (Day)
|36 Way CF, Skydive Nagambie. Photo by Steve Fitchett.
36 Way, Skydive Nagambie, Nagambie, Vic, 7 March 2009
Paul Archibald, Trent Argus, Paul Baker, Kevin Balen, Hamish Barker, Peter Barnett (NZ), Dean Barrowcliffe (UK), Tomislav Begi , Craig Bennett, Matthew Berens, Jody Blunden, Daniel Brauman, Scott Brown, Graeme Bull (NZ), Dale Butterworth, David Carr, Cameron Cooper, Gary Cullen (NZ), Ben Dalglish, Danny Daniels, Glen Farrell, Christopher Gay (USA), Steven Geens (BE), Brett Higgins, Archibald Jamieson, Alex Kaiserman, Julia McConnel, Mitch McMartin, Robert McMillan, Brian Pangburn (USA), Ralph Hamilton-Presgrave, Andrew Preston, Shane Price, Jaak Saega, Philip Thamm , Michael Vaughan.
Camera: Steve Fitchett, Wayne Mclachlan, Pam Pangburn (USA)
Largest Canopy Formation (Women)
8 Way, Ramblers Parachute Centre, Toogoolawah, Qld, 28th April 2011. Aircraft: Cessna Caravan. Exit height: 14,000ft
Jules McConnel, Jill Grantham, Nerissa Anderson, Tracey Basman, Amy McDermott, Charlotte Van Den Berg, Kathryn Mettler, Wendy Smith.
Steve Fitchett and Norman Kent on camera.
Largest Canopy Formation (Night)
13 Way, Cairns Airport, Cairns, QLD, 1950 hours on 8 September 1984.
Nick Hagarty, Lindy Corbould, Rod Whyte, Cecil Bartholomew, Mirko Beric, Stewart McPherson, George Simmons, Stan Newsome, Kevin Cowie, John Gurn, Steven Pashley, Greg Ernst, Rod Ernst.
Largest Formation - Head Down Orientation
25 Way, Sydney Skydiving Centre, Picton, NSW 18 May, 2009.
|25 way head-down record.
Photo by Sara Curtis
Sonnica Van Zijl, Brian Dore, Isobel Dore, Scott Hiscoe, Peter Wilson, Cath Comyns, Tim Golsby-Smith, Steve Curtis, James Hensman, Mark Gazley, Brad Pokroy, Erica Tadokoro, Adam Long, Chris Cosgrove, Dylan Tempest, Kim Hopwood, Stewart Kemp, Remi Guillemette, Brett Sheridan, Roger Mulckey, Lucas Georgiou, Shea Convrey, Ryan Mair, Brad Geyson, James Evered, Sara Curtis (v) and Adrian Lloyd (v).
Largest Formation - Head Down Orientation - (Pending official Ratification)
33 Way, Sydney Skydiving Centre, Picton, NSW 12.04pm EDST 29 Dec, 2011. Exit height 18,000ft
Mickey NUTTALL, Kieren JAMES, Mark GAZLEY, Kim HOPWOOD, Robert DELANEY, Clayton WERNER, James EVERED, Leigh McCORMACK, Jonathan DE WET, William BLACKIE, Stewart KEMP, Blake HOOPER, Michael ROGERS, Jenny GORDON, Ryan DUDDERIDGE, Dylan TEMPEST, Tyler BAIRD,Shea CONVERY, Mason CORBY, Adam LONG, Jessie TEMPEST, Richard CONVERY, Kyle CHICK, Brad POKROY, Andrew BAIN, Catherine COMYNS,
33 way Head-Down Record
Photo by Will J Pesek
Scott HISCOE, Tim GOLSBY-SMITH, Lucas GEORGIOU, Sonnica VAN ZIJL, Brett SHERIDAN, Oliver OLDHAM, Wayne JONES.
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Women's Largest Formation - Head Down Orientation
6 Way, Rambler's Parachute Centre, Toogoolawah, 1400 hours on 21 April 2005
Amy Chmelecki, Shona Lloyd, Deb McEvoy, Rebecca Scott, Erica Tadokoro, Isobel Wheeler. Camera: Ian Goebel
10/6/2012. Perris, California, USA. 2 Skyvans and 1 Twin Otter
Abad Wladimir (FOA), Clay Anderson, Nerissa Anderson, Steve Baker, Ian Baldwin, Kelly Brennan, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld (FOA), Mark Brown (FOA), Matt Chambers, Calder Chernoff, Scott Clark, Kate Cooper-Jensen (FOA), Shirley Cowcher, Jim Czerwinski, Terry Dauplaise (FOA), Tony Domenico (FOA), Mike Dyer, Bart Edwards, John Friswell, Allan Gray, William Harris, Janine Hayes, Larry Henderson (FOA), Michael Hill, Gregory Jack, Ralf Jaeger, Ryan Jenkin, Chris Jones, Warwick Jones, Ove Jorgensen, Antony Kaine, Nicole Kearns, Graham Lee, Adrian Lloyd, Helen Mahony, Tony Maurer, Jan Nejedly, Adam Pemble, Kenneth Richards, Andy Rowan, Tracey Sgroi, Leigh Shepherd, Ricky Smith, Mildred Spinoza, Mark Szulmayer, Maxine Tate (FOA), Guy Taylor, Kieran Tomlinson, Marilyn Tomlinson, Priit Vosu, Stephen Wade, Stuart Ware, Janine Wassens, Alan White.
10 Way Speed Star
“38 SQUADRON” 23 August 1979, Chateroux, France, 5.89 secs. This was done by the Australian 8 way FS team during practice jumps prior to commencement of the World Championships. They asked if they could be judged with the aim of setting a new 10 way record. It was a linked exit opened into a star. Team members were Ian Swinbourne, Annie Swinbourne, Greg Graham, Peter Eadie, Kathy Silvestri, Rod Whyte, Ross Loughton, Paddy McHugh, Doug Knowles and Alan Stephens
Most Consecutive Dead Centres
Laurence (Truck) Sams hit 18 consecutive Dead Centres in the Accuracy Event held at the 1981 Australian National Championships.
Most jumps in 24 hours
On the 13th January 2012, Julie McConnel and Michael Vaughan made 150 skydives each at Skydive Oz's Moruya NSW DZ, starting at 5.20am and clocking off at 4.28pm. The achievement was made with the support of 40 volunteers, including 10 packers and three aircraft (Cessna 180. 185 and 182)
Packing unassisted Tim Stevens made 100 jumps at Bairnsdale airfield commencing at 12:07 pm on 6 February 1993. The jumps and packing were completed in 22 hours and 34 minutes. Tim personally packed the parachute for each jump. Six sets of gear were used by Tim.
Steve Boekel jumped with Tim Stevens, also completing 100 jumps within 24 hours. Steve had people packing parachutes for him.
The aircraft used was Cessna 182 VH-CKZ.
Night jump from a balloon
Ron Llewellyn on 20 December 1989 jumped from 4100 ft at 03.46 hours at Bex Hill near Lismore, NSW
FS Largest POPS (Parachutists over Phorty)
Skydive Perris Valley, California, USA. 7 June 2012, 42 Way. Participants were Wladimir Abad (USPA), Clay Anderson, Steve Baker, Kelly Brennan, Nigel Brennan, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld (USPA), Mark Brown (USPA), Matt Chambers, Scott Clark, Kate Cooper-Jensen (USPA), Shirley Cowcher, Jim Czerwinski, Tony Domenico (USPA), Mike Dyer, John Friswell, Allan Gray, William Harris, Janine Hayes, Mark Higgins, Michael Hill, Gregory Jack, Ralf Jaeger, Warwick Jones, Ove Jorgensen, Antony Kaine, Graham Lee, Adrian Lloyd, Helen Mahony, Tony Maurer, Jan Nejedly, Adam Pemble, Ian Robertson, Andy Rowan (USPA), Leigh Shepherd, Steve Smedley, Ricky Smith, Mildred Spinoza, Mark Szulmayer, Maxine Tate (USPA), Guy Taylor, Janine Wassens, & Alan White.
Rambler’s Parachute Centre, Toogoolawah Qld, April 2007, 17 Way. Participants included: Maybritt Prahl, Heather Little, Lesley Gale, Lea Rickwood, Kim Hedley, Susan Bostock, Michelle Kosmer, Janine Whitten, Karen McEvoy, Elise Hill, Fiona McEachern, Kelly Graham, Cheryl Robertson, Elaine Cox, Wendy Smith, Conny Van Setten, Jan Jones. Camera: Steve Fitchett.
FS Largest SOS (Skydivers over Sixty)
Rambler’s Parachute Centre, Toogoolawah Qld, 03.05.08, 14 Way. Participants were Alan White, Peter Hannaford, Ian Robertson, Marty Pandelus, Steve Pandelus, Gordon Turner, Elvon King, Norm Hocking, Dav3e Ruckert, Roger Clifton, Lynn O'Donnell, Alicia Moorehead, Pat Moorehead, Dick Rapacilo, Wayne McLachlan on camera.
|SOS record 14 way, 2008
1st Australian POPS 8 way claim
Tyagarah, NSW, Exit altitude 10,000'. 31 December 1989, 6.30 pm,
Bill Host, Dave Nesbitt, Ray Logue, Ian McGregor, Mike Liggins, Gene Bermingham, Occa Stevenson, Dave Hobbs.
Drop Zones in one day
On 13 January 1990, a Cessna 182 with 5 jumpers on board jumped at 8 Student training Drop Zones in one day. The jumpers were:-
George Creecy, Paul Thomson, Bjorn Hugaas, Neil Cheney, Sean Lehane.
Drop Zones jumped at were:-
Corowa, Burrumbuttock, Benambra, Bairnsdale, Pakenham, Meredith, Puckapunyal, Violet Town
Oldest person in a 5 way formation
Henk Rutgers has claimed a record of being the oldest skydiver in a 5 way formation on 21 April 1990
He was 73. Other participants were:- Steve Whalan, Phil Onis, Grahame Hill, Nick Hagarty, Peter Brierley (camera)
Oldest Skydiver Frank Moody, aged 101, made a tandem jump at Skydive Cairns in June 2004. The Tandem Master was Karl Eitrich and the event was filmed by Wayne Donovan & Jason Cryan.
Finn Goennemann (D.O.B. 13/01/2003) made his first tandem jump on the 14/06/2010 to celebrate his 7th birthday. The jump was made at Picton DZ, NSW through APF club, Sydney Skydivers. Tandem Master was Finn's father, Jens . Approval was given for this jump under the powers of APF Operational Regulation 8.7.1 and CASA instrument 380/08.
Photo by Jim Smith
Youngest female skydiver
Mia Begic (D.O.B. 16/09/2003) made her first tandem jump on the 16/09/2011 on her 8th birthday. The jump was made at Moruya DZ, NSW through APF club, Skydive Oz. Tandem Master was her father Tom Begic. APF Permission was given for this jump under the powers of APF Operational Regulation 3.4.
Photo by Tom Begic
First baton pass in Australia
April 1961 between Andy Keech and Laurie Trotter, over Deniliquin in NSW.
First female baton pass in Australia
24th March 1962 between Kathy Henderson and Ted Harrison, over Pakenham, Victoria.
Largest Balloon jump
|22 Way Mass Balloon Exit Oz Record Jan 2010 (Notable Event) photo by Ossie Khan
22 way simultaneous exit from a single hot air balloon was made on Thursday the 07\01\2010. They climbed to 10,500 feet and lowered the balloon at fast rate to 7100 feet where the 22 jumpers exited at the same time.
The team from Melbourne Skydive Centre and Go Wild Ballooning: Paul Murphy, Dan Barker, Kerry Lewis, Stephanie Chin, Gints Leja, Chris Barnett, Ben Lappin, Alex Mitrjaikin, Mcmahon Will, Tania Cale, Jill Grantham, Steve Baich, Rima El-masri, Brad Patfield, Mark Fraser, Sam Parker, Matthew Cleave, Sven Peter, Alex Skala, Nir Davidson and Ossie Khan - LDO/Organiser. Pilot 1: Chris Duehurst – Go Wild Ballooning
18 jumps on 18th Birthday
Joe Bergic at Corowa on 7 March 2001. 17 jumps on Corowa airport and one into the Ettamogah Pub near Albury.
"Largest Lingerie Load"
12 May 2002, 12 May 2002, at Nagambie, Victoria, 12 female skydivers attempted to create a record for the “Largest Lingerie Load”. This was attempted wearing only lingerie and rigs and was an Anti-Cancer Council fund-raising event on Mothers’ Day. Twelve represents the likelihood of one in 12 women dying of breast cancer
12 person star participants were Kath Hoffman, Theresa Malin, Kate Rose, Bec Kerr, Carley Young, Naomi “Nomes” Ross, Kristy Heron, Lisa Perdichizzi, Lisa Dell’Oro, Stacey Connell, Michaela “Chicky” Bell, Jude Freeman.