The skies above the Kern County town of Taft, Calif., are often frequented by students and instructors from the skydiving school Skydive Taft. Typically, the plummeting bodies are not engaging in sexual intercourse, but weekend instructor Alex Torres decided to change that, reports KGET TV Bakersfield. Torres videotaped skydiving sex in the early morning between himself and school receptionist Hope Howell, which attracted the attention of both the police and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Distracted flying may have occurred
Torres – whose day job puts him in the buff before cameras as the porn star “Voodoo” – and Howell appear to have seriously challenged the mojo of the Mile High Club. Yet for all the jokes the media has mustered, authorities were initially concerned that the display of public nudity and skydiving sex could both offend onlookers and create a distracted flying scenario for the pilot.
The Taft Police Department and the FAA investigated whether the act of skydiving sex was somehow illegal. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the Sacramento Bee that any distraction for the pilot could constitute a safety hazard that would violate federal regulations.
While no public nudity charges were filed, as there were no witnesses other than the pilot, Torres was fired by Skydive Taft owner David Chrouch. There has been no word as to Howell’s job status.
If it leaks, it’s viral
While Torres posted the video footage of the skydiving sexcapade to his (mostly) private blog, it quickly found its way to the Web at large, where it went viral fast. The evidence is what forced Chrouch’s hand, reports NBC San Diego.
“I didn’t know it until one of the officers came over from the Taft Police Department and informed me this was going around the kids in school and stuff,” Chrouch said. “Apparently they told my pilot it was OK to do this and got here early in the morning before anyone got here and shot this.”
Various sources indicate that Torres put the sexy skydiving stunt together in order to attract the attention of radio shock-jock legend Howard Stern.
Skydiving action, censored for your safe workday
Daily Mail: http://bit.ly/pZce7O
Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/12/3977790/faa-to-determine-if-pilot-distracted.html
Huffington Post: http://huff.to/nr0e7N
KGET Bakersfield: http://www.kget.com/content/contact/default.aspx
NBC San Diego: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/weird/FAA-Investigates-Skydiving-Sex-Stunt–131818208.html
Skydive Taft: http://www.skydivetaft.com/
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