Mike Dyer

Mike moved from President to Vice-president role in 2013.

On reviewing the great new website I saw that there were several Officers without their profiles up and I was one of them! So here goes:

My first jump was done at Gatton in December 1973. Not at the current site but a few K’s west, just north of the Ag College, where a whole lot of houses now exist. So static-lines, B4’s, front mounted reserves and instructors who only had a few more jumps than their students!!

I fell in love with it on that first jump and was pretty impressed by Jim Czerwinski and Kathy Silvestri in their team track suits from the World Championships in 1972. I found I was able to steer those old round canopies close to the target and got my first medal, a silver at the East Coast Cup in 1973. I travelled the world a little after this and stopped in Perth for a while where I became CI at Hillman Farm and deeply involved with the WA State Council.

Hillman Farm was a great Club where we were able to jump from a succession of club owned Cesnas and the occasional Navajo load when Stuart came to town. Flat flying was the main thing until the mid eighties when CRW offered another option. Going over the top and down the back in a quadraplane is still one of the greatest experiences!!

In 1987 my role with my company saw me return to Brisbane where I’ve resided since, marrying and having children and settling back into this great State.
My continued involvement in Accuracy and style enabled me to travel to many parts of the globe enjoying experiences from Europe, Asia and even Cuba. Fortunately I continue to be competitive in this area.
With wife Jenny, at Helidon in 1989.

I’ve been an Instructor since 1975 and particularly enjoyed the role of IPC in Western Australia when we used to run courses twice a year and get Instructors from all DZ’s to come together to run joint courses. Ever open to new experiences I took up Tandem mastering in the early 80’s  and more recently Wingsuiting, where the skills of flocking bring a new dimension to relative flying.

I still enjoy the jumping whenever I can, but sadly, it’s not often enough these days.

Blue Skies,  Mike Dyer,

Newsletter April 2010