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Thrillseeker numbers soar

Friday, 22nd June, 2012

A skydiver and instructor Jules McConnel high over Broken Hill last year. A skydiver and instructor Jules McConnel high over Broken Hill last year.

This weekend's Skydive Oz at the Broken Hill Aero Club has attracted the largest number of thrillseekers since it first came here 11 years ago.

The Aero Club's secretary, John MacLeod, said that by yesterday afternoon 45 people had already booked to jump out of the Skydive Oz aircraft.

"That's the best ever for Broken Hill, said Mr MacLeod. Skydive Oz has returned for the 11th anniversary of "Outback Touring" in country
NSW and each year they donate money to the Flying Doctor.

Last year they raised $1000 for the local RFDS South Eastern Section and they plan to do even better this year.

Skydive Oz has been skydiving in more than 40 different towns in NSW, from Broken Hill to Tenterfield. They have put smiles on
thousands of people's faces by giving them a bird's eye view like no other of their home town.

This year world record holder Jules McConnel joins the crew of instructors.

"I'm so excited to be a part of this tour again," said Jules.

"It's really special to take someone skydiving and to do it over their home in this beautiful country is a great feeling, especially for such a good cause as the RFDS."

Tomorrow's skydiving is booked out but there are still a few places left for Sunday.

The Broken Hill Aero Club will be putting on a barbecue lunch for the skydivers tomorrow and Sunday and is offering the use of their club
room for the event as well.

Mr MacLeod said the club was also offering Training Instructional Flights by accredited trainers over the weekend.

Club members would be there to have a chat with any would-be pilots and to show them the different aircraft, he said.

For more information about skydiving call 0438 185 180.

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