PD BBP Interview: Stuart Schoenfeld


Name: Stuart Schoenfeld

Team: Slipstream Air Sports

Country: USA

Home DZ: Mile-Hi Skydiving

Main Canopy: Competition Velocity 71/79/90

Approach and direction: Left 450

Exit weight: 205(including gear and without weight)

# of jumps: 3500

Competition Highlights:

US Team qualified: 2007,2008,2009,2011

PST 2008 – 3RD Place

Multiple top 5 placings 2005-Present

Sponsors: United Parachute Technologies, Performance Designs, Blue Skies Mag, Vertical Suits

Other Hobbies/Funfacts:  I like long walks on the beach, puppies with spots and some without but not kittens, and crying.


PD Big Boy Pants $6,000 Prize purse!!

The Prize purse for the PD Big Boy Pants event will be a whopping $6,000 USD.  Keeping in line with the event’s purpose.  The prize for setting new world records will be quite hefty.  Here’s the breakdown.

$2,000 new Distance record
$2,000 new Speed record

$2,000 to be devided among the top Overall standings.

Total: $6,000

The confirmed participant list can be found here.  As mentioned, the list has been kept to the best of the best in order to allow those elite attendees the greates opportunity for record breaking runs.

Discounted rates at the Courtyard and Residence Inn expire on June 25.  So book them ASAP or you’ll be paying full price. Click here for hotel info.

FAI CP Judges Training Course at PD Big Boy Pants 2011

Thinking about getting your FAI CP Judges rating? This is the place to get it. The most common place to attain your FAI rating is at the World Cup or World meet which hasn’t taken place in North America for many years.  Do you live in the US, Canada or Mexico and want to get your FAI Judge rating?  Fancy a trip to the states?  Well here’s your opportunity to take your FAI CP Judges Training Course and judge at PD’s Big Boy Pants 2011! Sign up today space is limited.

This *PRO only* invitational event will once again push the limits of what we think is possible.  For four days, the worlds top pilots will descend (or should I say ascend) on Longmont Colorado, the home of Mile-Hi skydiving center with one main goal –  Toppling the current FAI Distance and Speed world records.  As a second goal we will see dozens of individual national records toppled by participant. 

Dates: July 27- 31, 2011

Chief of Judge Training: Marylou Laughlin

Cost: $100 includes the course and lunch the 4 days of the course.

Longmont is a fast growing town with many hotels and restaurants of all prices. And it is a spectacular location with the Rocky Mountainsin the background!

Group Hotel rates (must be reserved by 6/25/11)

To register: contact Marylou Laughlin at uspalou@mac.com

For more information: contact Marylou Laughlin at uspalou@mac.com

Hope to see you at PD’s Big Boy Pants 2011!

PD BBP Swooper: Ian Bobo

Name: Ian Bobo

Team: PD Factory Team

Country: USA

Home DZ: DeLand

Main Canopy/Color: Competition Velocity 79/96 PDFT BLU/WHT/GRY

Approach and direction: Left 630

Exit weight: 215(including gear and without weight)

# of jumps: 15000+

Competition Highlights: 

CP World Cup Champion, 2005

FS World Champion, 2006

World Air Games, CP Silver 2009

US CP Nationals, Bronze 2010

Sponsors: Performance Designs, Flight-1, Sunpath, Airtec, Alti-2, SkySystems

Other Hobbies/Funfacts:  Native Philly boy and LOVES cheesesteaks.

Regular season ends with the Farm meet

This years season ender was nothing short of spectacular.  There were already 15+ competitors that had arrived at Skydive the Farm in Rockmart Georgia by Thursday and were practicing and preparing the weekend’s event.  A total of 29 competitors had arrived by Saturday morning.  Qatar, Spain, France, California, Texas, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois were all represented (and of course Georgia and Florida had a few participants as well;-)  Tommy Delibac from the PD Factory Team was on hand as the meet coach and was seen giving out tips and tricks to all the competitors throughout the day.

The conditions of the weekend were nothing short of perfect.  Zero to two mph winds and sunny skies were proof that Skygod certainly wanted this meet to be a great one.  Records certainly weren’t in short supply at this meet.  During the Saturday morning practice round Greg Windmiller from the US Army Golden Knights smoked through the course in a Georgia state record time of 2.621 seconds.  This toppled Hans Paulsen’s 2.909 second record set in 2009.  The distance event saw Ian Drennan’s 2009 record of 119.02 meters crushed as well.  Local Farm Animal Warren Cleary cruised down the distance course to 143.61 meters setting a new Georgia state distance record.  The folks from Mirage Systems came out to show off their containers, provided free drinks for the judges/competitors, and made a much appreciated contribution to raise the prize purse. 

The end of the meet brought the Bronze to US Army Golden Knight Greg Windmiller.  The Silver went to Pablo Hernandez from the PD Factory Team.  Top honors at this final meet of the 2011 season went to Nick Batsch. 

Farm meet results

Farm meet photos

In usual fashion, the season was closed with our traditional end of the year BBQ.  Our two “most improved” awards went to Jeannie Anderson from Deland and Gage Galle from Hawaii.
The competition was fierce this year in the amateur class.  Gage Galle, Sergei Fedotov from New York, and Bart Rogowski from Southern California earned their Pro classification for their spectacular performance over the course of this season.

Season Overall results

As done each year the FLCPA covers entry to USPA Nationals for the top placing pro and top placing amateur competitor.  This year that competition certainly came down to the wire in both classes.  For the pro class, Nick Batsch inched out Greg Windmiller by three points for that prize.  And in the amateur class Bart Rogowski overtook Sergei Fedotov at the final meet to win by 5.6 points. 

This seasons’ successful completion wouldn’t have been possible without the support of so many. Big thanks to the dz owners/operators who have welcomed us wherever we’ve gone and the manifest folks who have worked to keep us in the air.  Without the support of Performance Designs who’s provided our course markers, logistical support, and given me the ability to run the league, much of how we get things would not be possible.  And last but not least, our judges; they’re second to none, anywhere in the world, period.
Next on the books is the PD Big Boy Pants World Record event in Longmont Colorado July 28-31 where the worlds best will be assembled to crush the FAI world records.  Its sure to be a great meet so keep your eyes on this site for more details.
Planning for the 2012 FLCPA season is well underway.  The season will most likely begin in January 2012.

PD BBP Swooper: Dan Raymond

Name: Dan Raymond

Home DZ:  Mile Hi Skydiving (Longmont, CO)

Approach and direction:  450 degree right hand turn

Exit weight:  220 lbs 

# of jumps:  2800

Canopy(s): JVX 90 & 79

Dan is a previous member of the US National Canopy Piloting Team.  Dan is a Longmont local so he quite seasoned swooping at this dropzone.  He’s familiar with the pond and the altitude of this record event.