International Skydiving Event To Take Place On Palau

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60 skydivers from 15 countries to take part in inaugural event

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, March 21, 2014) – Some 60 skydivers from around the world will be descending on Palau early next month for the first ever skydiving event in this island nation. The event, which will be hosted by Skydive Palau, will run from April 3-7, 2014.

Navot Bornovski of Fish n’ Fins, who is organizing the event, said that the participating skydivers are coming from the United States (US), Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, France, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Palau.

The visiting skydivers will include Andy Machioldi, a two-time world and five-time US skydiving.

Bornovski said that he will also join the event representing Palau. Bornovski,a former Captain commanding a company of Centurion (Sho’t) battle tanks in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), is an avid skydiver.

Some 40 family members of skydivers are also coming to Palau, according to Bornovski.

On April 3, 4, 5 and 7, skydiving event will be conducted at the Palau International Airport from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Free viewing area will be offered to the public to watch skydivers jumping, landing, and video footage of jumps.

On April 6, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, skydivers will be jumping for the first time into Peleliu Airfield, which is located in the island state of Peleliu.

Bornovski said a special airplane will be flown to Palau from Skydive Guam to fly skydivers to altitude.

During the event, Skydive Palau will offer tandem skydiving for those interested. Tandem skydiving allows non-skydivers to jump with a certified instructor. A student skydiver is connected to a harness attached to a tandem instructor and they jump together from 12,000 feet. At 5,000 feet instructor will open his parachute and both instructor and his companion land safely at a designated area by the airport.

Upon request, instructor will video his tandem skydiving so jumpers can have a long-lasting memory of once in a lifetime event.

Limited number of tandem jumps will be available for locals and tourists.

Skydiving is a sport which certified skydivers jump from an airplane at an altitude of 12,000 feet. After exiting the plane, Skydivers experience what is known as free-fall which last for 50 to 60 seconds. During free fall they will create formation in the sky. When skydivers reach a free-fall altitude of 3,000 to 4,000 feet they will deploy a parachute and land in a designated area.

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