Dave & Sue Tylcoat
Photo by Dave Tylcoat
Sue enjoying the fresh air over Devon. Picture by Dave using a helmet mounted
Canon T70 camera with mouth switch (Program T500). Fuji Reala film.
This was Sue's 150th jump, 26th August 1991.
Sue Tylcoat, 22nd June
1959 - 15th December 2013.
BSc (Hons), runner, skier, skydiver, best cook in the world.
My best friend since 1988 will remain my best friend forever.
Photo by Adrian Thornton
Dave & Sue - our wedding photo!
Photo by Adrian Thornton
Dave practising over Eaglescott, Devon, Sept 1992.
My best base time in competition was 6.57 secs at the '83 Nationals.
Dubai, U.A.E., March 1978. Group mugshot before a 1200' static line from the side door, soft landing onto the desert on an EFA 677.
The aircraft is an Aeritalia Fiat G222. I managed 12 jumps from the G222, mostly from 15,000', with one at 20,000'
using onboard oxygen - these being from the tailgate. Did a further 45 jumps from the Huey helicopters, mostly 10,500'.
We later learned that our mass moon at a low fly-past wasn't appreciated by the local pilots.
Dubai was quite a sight from 20,000' - sand as far as the eye could see in all directions, just some burning tyres in the desert
to give us wind direction. Picked up & ferried back by Hueys - luxury! DT at back right.
Dave Tylcoat, first jump, Bembridge Airfield, Isle of Wight, 4th July 1970.
Britten-Norman factory behind.
Sue has nearly 300 jumps, mostly trained by Dave from her first jump - a very able student I might add! Dave has nearly 3000 jumps. Starting in 1970, he has represented Britain at three World Championships; Yugoslavia '78 (13th in Accuracy), Bulgaria '80 and Czechoslovakia '82 - and in 1983 was British National Champion (individual overall, style & accuracy). He was owner & Chief Instructor of Lincoln Parachute Centre (1980-1988) and Eaglescott Parachute Centre (1988-1994). He has owned Cessna 170, 180, 182, 206 & jumped from 38 different types of aircraft (including 6 different types of helicopters) in 13 different countries; America, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, Spain, Wales and Yugoslavia. We retired from skydiving in 1998 and now spend our spare money on skiing, mainly in Austria.
Update: I re-started jumping in May 2015 after 17 years off to give me something to do as Sue is no longer with me. The first jump, which was from 13,000' felt like I had gone 'home', it all felt so natural. In 2016 I got Silver in the Individual Accuracy at the Nationals - Happy days!
Just for the record - here are those aircraft:
Beechcraft Twin Beech
Beechcraft Model 99
Beechcraft King Air
BN Islander (piston & turbine)
Cessna 172 Reims Rocket
Cessna 208 Caravan
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan
Cessna 208 Supervan
DH Rapide (G-AGTM & G-AIDL)
DH Tiger Moth (G-AYUX)
DH Twin Otter
Max Holste Broussard
Piper Cherokee 6
Piper Rallye 150
Technoavia SMG-92 Turbine Finist
Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS350 Écureuil (Squirrel) (now H125)
Bell UH-1 Huey
Mil Mi 8 Hip
Westland Wessex 2
Westland Wessex 5
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