Air Show

Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Willows Beach

SKYDIVERS

Skydivers are brought to you by Capital City Skydiving located on Willingdon Road, North Saanich, B.C.

Skydivers participating in this year's Air Show are:                                            

Bob Verret has retired after a 34 year career in the Canadian Military.  Bob served 27 years as a SAR Tech in the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue.  Bob is passionate about his love of skydiving and is eager to share his love of the skies with new and old skydivers alike.  Bob owns and operates Capital City Skydiving and has the following ratings: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Videographer, Tandem Instructor TI), Skydiving School Examiner (SSE), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR).  Bob has over 2,200 jumps and is the winner of the Best Mustache Award for 3 years running.

Rob MacNeill has been in the sport for 31 years and has over 2,200 jumps.  Rob graduated from Oak Bay High School in 1981 and is a 25 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He will be jumping a green and blue canopy and a legion flag.

John Meek has been skydiving for 60 years and is a founding member of Sport Skydiving n Canada.   In 1965 while serving with the Canadian Army, John was stationed at Naval Air Station Oceanus, Virginia, where he learned to skydive with the U.S. Navy Seals.  John is an instructor and videographer and has well over 5,000 jump, a large number of those were accumulated while videoing tandem parachute jumps.  John always enjoys jumping at the Tea Party and we enjoy having him.

Pete Vos started jumping in 1988.  He has done over 1,800 jumps and holds an "expert" Skydiving License, being the most advanced skydiving license issued by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association.  Pete is a ground coach, air coach, First Jump Course Instructor and a Freefall Training Instructor with Capital City Skydiving and Victoria Skydivers.  This year will be Peter 23rd jump and landing at the Tea Party.  Peter enjoys doing night jumps dressed up as Elvis and tells us that he is always happy when his parachute opens!

Brian Mury is an engineer with a local firm who previously served 16 years in the military, first as an army medic, then as a naval combat systems engineer.  He is a former member of the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Skyhawks.  Brian is a skydiving instructor, coach, tandem master and parachute rigger with Victoria Skydivers.  He has been skydiving for 21 years, has 2,100 jumps and has spent over 25 hours in free fall.  Brian will be jumping a purple, teal and grey canopy.

Tim Bolderson is a very experienced skydiver from Victoria with other 2,000 jumps skydives and 20 years in the sport.  Tim has travelled around the world skydiving and spent 5 years living and jumping in Arizona where he trained with the US Army Skydiving Team, the Golden Knights.  Keep your eyes open for the bright red canopy with a white stripe.

Derek Janes is 56 years of age and has been jumping since 2002.  He has 1,000 jumps.  Derek is an instructor and videographer. His canopy is blue with black centre and black end cells.

Hank Miller started skydiving in 1981 and has 2,600 jumps.  Hank is a former member of the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Skyhawks.  Hank is a skydiving videographer and has a coach and instructor rating.  Hank also wanted to mention he is single so single ladies watch for the blue and white striped canopy!

John Hardy did his 1st jump in 1979 and has close to 4,000 jumps and 50 hours of free fall.  John's main focus these days is big way free fall formations.  John is currently on the Skydivers Over Sixty World Record of 60 grey hairs set in 2012.  John is also on the current Parachutists Over Phorty World Record of 123 set in 2015.  John loves jumping at the Tea Party.  Watch for him his parachute is two-tone green.

Mike Cyr has been skydiving in Victoria for over 20 years and has accumulated over 1,000 jumps.  Mike is an electrical engineer in Victoria.  Mike also served with the Canadian Forces.  He is an avid BASE jumper and skydive instructor who would be more than happy to take anyone for their 1st skydive!  Mike's canopy is all white.

Paul Steel did his first jump into the Oak Bay Tea Party on June 3, 1972 and then 10 more jumps at our event after that.  After 30 years of family and career obligations, Paul has returned to the sport.  He has 2,250 jumps and is looking forward to landing on Willows Beach this year.  Paul's canopy is blue with two white cells.

Wade Thoreson aka Son of Thor was born in the sewers and raised by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  He was trained by the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers and has fought along side famous super heroes, such as the Fantastic 4 and the Autobots.  He flies a Pilot 132 canopy, has 750+ jumps and has the following ratings: C2, JM, SSI, GCI, TDM and ERJ.

Mickey McLean 
is a world class skydiver with 26 years of experience.  Mickey has skydived all over the world and we are happy to have him with us. 

Nick Buyers
Rob Taylor
Colin Dunlop
Gord Gauvin


CANADIAN FORCES AIRCRAFT

  • Sea King & Aurora

AEROBATIC AIRCRAFT

  • John Mrazek from Delta, BC flying his beloved Harvard the "Pussycat II".
  • Richard Mrazek from Delta, BC flying  a YAK 18T.
  • Kevin Maher from Delta, BC flying a Boeing Stearman PT-17.

CANADIAN COAST GUARD BELL 429 HELICOPTER FLYBY

 
Thanks to John Mrazek for getting the civilian aerobatic planes together,our own air traffic controller Randy MacKenzie and our "on the beach" announcer Sean Steele who is also an aeobatic pilot and has been on the Board of Directors for the Victoria Flying Club for the part 20+ years.  We also thank Transport Canada and Nav Canada for their assistance.

A special thank you to the Royal Canadian Air Force and all of it's members for their continuing support of our Air Show.

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