Skydive Guam’s Vasili Mladinov celebrates 26,000th jump

Posted on Feb 13 2019

Guam Visitors Bureau public information officer Josh Tyquiengco gains an enhanced perspective of Guam’s beauty from 14,000 feet during an adventurous Håfa Adai Pledge event with Skydive Guam Inc. The Feb. 9 event also celebrated Tandem Skydive instructor Vasili Mladinov’s 26,000th jump. (GVB)

The Guam Visitors Bureau joined Skydive Guam Inc. in celebrating tandem skydive instructor Vasili Mlandinov’s 26,000th jump last Feb. 9, 2019.

Skydive Guam hosted a Håfa Adai Pledge renewal ceremony that included a momentous jump from 14,000 feet in the air.

Skydive Guam Inc., which has locations in Guam and Saipan, renewed the commitment it made in 2012 to help to educate its staff about Guam’s culture and historic sites and to preserve and protect Guam’s natural beauty by helping to keep Guam clean.

Mlandinov, who has been skydiving jumping for close to 50 years, said during the ceremony that January will mark his 20th year as a resident of Guam. During his career, Mlandinov served as captain of the Soviet Skydiving National Team for 10 years. He has broken world records in formation skydiving, and he is a seven-time national skydiving champion in Russia.

GVB public information officer Josh Tyquiengco witnessed Mlandinov’s expertise firsthand as Tyquiengco and Mlandinov made a tandem jump over Guam from 14,000 feet above sea level. A renewal ceremony was held at Skydive Guam, Inc.’s main office in Tiyan immediately after they landed.

GVB celebrated its second jump with the Skydive Guam team and the Håfa Adai Pledge Program’s 10-year anniversary.

Ricky Woodall, general manager of Skydive Guam Inc., noted the importance of incorporating their Håfa Adai Pledge commitments into daily business operations.

As valued partners in the tourism industry and the HAP program, Woodall and his team work hard to promote Guam’s beauty shown from their unique perspective, all while extending the Håfa Adai spirit to Guam’s visitors and local community.

The Håfa Adai Pledge celebrates its 10-year anniversary this 2019. It is a cornerstone of GVB’s local community branding campaign. The Håfa Adai Pledge program has grown steadily in the number of participants as well as the content of individual pledges since its inception in 2009. More than 820 private businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, organizations and local school children have taken the pledge, representing more than 36,500 individuals locally and abroad.

Guam Visitors Bureau public information officer Josh Tyquiengco leads the Håfa Adai Pledge on Feb. 9 for Skydive Guam Inc. Tandem Skydive instructor Vasili Mladinov after Mladinov completed his 26,000th jump. (GVB)

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