It all started when we received a phone call from a chap named Michael looking to put himself and his 92 year old father-in-law, Ron, on our Redcliffe 15,000ft Skydive. Ron had been wishing to go skydiving for several years and he decided it was finally time to bite the bullet. He was the driving force behind the decision to dive from 15,000ft and Michael had no say in the matter. While the world record for the oldest person to skydive is held by Adelaide Grandmother Irene who did it at 103 years of age we think Ron is the eldest to dive in 2020! Which in itself is an amazing achievement.
They were scheduled to jump last Wednesday afternoon. At around 1:30PM AEST, Ron the absolute champion was at 15,000ft above the Australian East Coast getting ready for his trip back to Earth and the ride of his life! As Ron and his tandem instructor Steve prepared for their dive, Ron recalls feelings of intense excitement!
They started by climbing out of the aircraft as the pilot holds for them to exit. Steve counts down 3....2....1....GO!! Ron feels the wind rushing past his face as Earth's gravity pulls him back down to the ground at 9.8m/s². In a little over 10 seconds of free fall he reached terminal velocity (you can't go any faster due to air resistance) of nearly 200km/h, at that point he still has about 50 seconds before the parachute opens!
After the parachute opened Ron enjoyed a smooth sail back down to Earth with some of the best views along the east coast! Thanks to Daughter Shiannon for taking these epic photos oh him coming to land on the beach!
Shiannon recalls, 'My father and husband had the best skydiving experience ever.' Thanks Ron and family for booking with AirShare! We're so thrilled we could be part of this special experience! We hope to see you again soon!
A few days after Christmas 2019 we had an excited group of grandparents. All of which first time helicopter flyers, on our 20 minute helicopter ride of The Brisbane CBD!
For all of them it was a Christmas present. In the case of Troy & Athanasia it was a total surprise! Lured out of their home with the promise of cake and coffee. A Confused look quickly turned to ear to ear grins when they realized what was really going on!
For Paul it was his first helicopter ride and something he had wanted to do for some years. Bought for him by daughter, Jasmin, son-in-law and the grandkids , it was by far his favourite Christmas gift of 2019! ???? ????
For Greek's turned Aussie Troy and Athanasia it was a Christmas ride bought by their son Tony, a Boeing 737 Check Captain for one of Australia's major airlines. You could say aviation runs in the family for this lot.
Their Pilot Richard took them from Archerfield Airport to the Brisbane CBD where they did a few laps of the CBD getting close and personal with some of the buildings. As a massive sports fan Paul's favourite part was seeing Suncorp Stadium from the air! It is awesome to note that when the helicopter is doing laps of the city at 1000ft is it only 125ft higher than Brisbane's tallest building; Skytower, which stands an impressive 885ft above the city streets!
From the CBD Richard flew them over Brisban's most famous lookout; Mt. Coot-tha, before returning to Archerfield Airport!
After they had landed back at Archerfield Airport it was clear by the look on all of their faces they had a GREAT time! I dare say we will be seeing them again!
Thanks for flying with us and we hope to see you all again soon! ???? ????