The FAI suffers a great loss: Fiona McEachern, IPC Committee Chair

It was with great sadness that we learned that Fiona McEachern, Chair of the IPC Formation Skydiving Committee, died in a tragic accident on 25 September 2010, at Tully airfield, North Queensland, Australia.

Fiona was Chair of the IPC Formation Skydiving Committee, IPC delegate for Australia, and Director of Competitions for the Australian Parachute Federation. She was best known for her exceptional organisational ability, and her warm and friendly personality. She was an inspiration and mentor to many skydivers, from the novice to the highly experienced skydiver, and was held in the highest regard in parachuting circles not only in Australia, but all over the world.

Fiona stood alone as a shining example of peace and friendship and there was always a place for her in any skydiving gathering. She was a quiet achiever and an excellent role model for all those that knew her. Fiona's death is an enormous loss to the sport of parachuting, her many friends, and to the FAI Family.

The FAI President, the Executive Board and all the FAI Community express their sympathies and condolences to Dr John Cusack, Fiona's husband, to their families, as well as to the Australian Air Sports community. Fiona will be remembered in the world of Air Sports as a leading figure who achieved great things. We have lost a great Air Sports supporter, contributor and friend.