Profile - Richard “Rickster” Powell | D-11302

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20106Richard “Rickster” Powell is a professional test jumper for Performance Designs (PD). He has jumped all over the world but is now based at Skydive DeLand in Florida. Powell’s canopy piloting skills have been featured in advertisements and movie productions, including Norman Kent’s film “Willing to Fly.” He is also a skilled camera flyer who has flown camera for 4-way formation skydiving (FS) and skysurfing teams in national and international competitions. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Heidi Barker

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by Heidi Barker | USPA #231673 | Boise, Idaho

October 7, 2007, and May 4, 2008: two dates that changed my world and my life forever.

May 4, 2008, was Michelle’s 23rd birthday and our first without her. For weeks in advance, Rich and I discussed and danced around the issue of what to do on that day. We quietly and tearfully fought through the pain of the loss of “Mitchy.” When the day arrived, there was still no plan in place. It seemed strange to even contemplate the notion of some kind of celebration. With no decision made, Rich decided that he would go fishing for a few hours. I stayed at home, wondering what to do. more »

Gearing Up - June 2010

EdScott

As this magazine hits mailboxes, just about a month remains in the effort to collect enough proxies from USPA members to have a quorum of 10 percent at the General Membership Meeting called for Friday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in Nashua, New Hampshire. The purpose of the effort is to change USPA’s by-laws to allow the use of online voting in future elections of the board of directors. The current board believes that the use of an online-voting process could increase member participation in board elections, which in recent years has averaged only about 10 percent of the total membership. more »

Profile - Mary Bauer | D-8123

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20105Mary Bauer has been jumping since 1981. She has more than 15,000 jumps, is a USPA AFF Instructor, Static-Line Instructor Examiner and Safety and Training Advisor, an FAA Senior Parachute Rigger and Commercial Pilot, and is instrumental in running Skydive Wissota/Indianhead Sport Parachute Club in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Bauer was very active in Jump for the Cause (JFTC) and participated in the 118-, 131-, 151- and 181-way women’s world record jumps. As a member of World Team, she was part of the 300-, 357- and 400-way formation skydiving world records. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Bob Davies

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by Bob Davies | D-13735 | Lake Forest, California

As years of skydiving passed, I noticed that my jumpsuits were starting to get tighter. My fall rate became a challenge, and I couldn’t guarantee that I would be able to honor my part of the skydive. But since I was only making six jumps a month, I continued on as if everything were normal. more »

Gearing Up - May 2010

EdScott

As a USPA member you pay annual dues, including extra fees for adding a license or adding or renewing an instructional rating. Drop zones also pay dues to USPA if they choose to affiliate as a Group Member. All of these fees increased last year as one measure to halt annual budget deficits that had become the norm since 2003. more »

Profile - Kevin Anfinson | D-29701

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20104Kevin Anfinson started skydiving in 1999, earned a degree in photography at California State University, then proceeded to take the degree to the sky. He’s even had a chance to provide footage for the television show “Mythbusters.” Kevin’s great attitude makes him a pleasure to be around, and his enjoyment of skydiving is contagious. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Kathy Stringer

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by Kathy Stringer | C-36393 | Hendersonville, North Carolina

Skydiving has changed my life in so many ways. First, skydiving brought Larry and me together. Although we met in college and had been good friends for almost three years, we never dated—that is, until Larry and his twin brother, Gary, became skydivers. One day, I asked Larry to take me with him. So, for our first date, on July 22, 1979, he took me skydiving in Liberty, North Carolina. I did a static-line jump, and Larry did a solo jump. I fell in love—with jumping and with Larry! We had a whirlwind courtship and married three months later. Like most newlyweds, we were very poor. So, since Larry was an experienced jumper, he continued to jump, and I put my skydiving on hold. more »

The President's Report - April 2010

JayStokes

All associations struggle to have their members more deeply involved in the governance process. With USPA, the problem isn’t apathy so much as acceptance. As long as members can skydive when they want and where they want at a reasonable cost—and as long as they receive their monthly Parachutist on time—most are content to leave the “business” of USPA to others. However, the scope of the association’s issues demands that as many members as possible get involved in elections and stay informed. more »

Profile - Matt Cline | D-21585

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20103Matt Cline is a retired member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and has had countless combat engagements and many war deployments during his career. He also led and trained the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team, the Screaming Eagles. After 20-plus years in the military, Matt is now a full-time skydiver who holds just about every rating USPA has to offer and is a USPA Safety & Training Advisor at Large for the southern region. more »