Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369

Jumpers follow the base out of a Skyvan during the successful Skydivers Over Sixty World Record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, where the team eventually built a 75-way formation.

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NAA Updates FAI Sporting License Process
Five Minute Call | November 2018

NAA Updates FAI Sporting License Process

The National Aeronautic Association updated its process for issuing Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Sporting Licenses, which anyone participating in an FAI World Championship, World Cup or World Record must hold. Applicants must apply for their sporting licenses and pay their fees electronically at naa.aero/membership/membership-application. Processing time is five business days.

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Sunrise Manufacturing Issues Mandatory Service Bulletin
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Sunrise Manufacturing Issues Mandatory Service Bulletin

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2019-2021 Elections
Features | October 2018

2019-2021 Elections

United States Parachute Association Board of Directors

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Think About Your Vote
Gearing Up | October 2018

Think About Your Vote

by Ed Scott

This is the month for you and other USPA members to select those 22 members who will serve on USPA’s board of directors and determine the association’s direction for the next three years. In this issue of Parachutist, you’ll find the election instructions and a ballot.

Author: Ed Scott
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Safety Check | Target Fixation
Safety Check | October 2018

Safety Check | Target Fixation

by Jim Crouch

Wikipedia defines target fixation as “an attentional phenomenon observed in humans in which an individual becomes so focused on an observed object (be it a target or hazard) that they inadvertently increase their risk of colliding with the object.” Motorcyclists, automobile drivers and even fighter pilots flying strafing runs during World War II have focused so intently on an impending hazard that they actually maneuvered directly into it. And skydivers fall prey to the phenomenon, too.

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Boogie of the Year—The 2018 Summerfest Boogie
Features | October 2018

Boogie of the Year—The 2018 Summerfest Boogie

A Parachutist Pictorial

For the 11th year, Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, delivered Summerfest—its annual midsummer celebration of all things skydiving—July 28 through August 5. Jumpers from all over the world gathered for a week of blue skies, nightly entertainment and what returning attendees describe as “the ultimate sky family reunion.”

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The Age of Authority
Features | October 2018

The Age of Authority

A Parachutist Pictorial | Photos By Norman Kent

The 75-Way Skydivers Over Sixty World Record for Largest Formation Skydive

Organizers: T.J. Hine, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger

Record Holders:

Andy Anderson, Michael Anderson, Pat Arthur, Art Barchie, David Benjamin, Betty Bennett, John Benoit, Stewart Brookes, Scott Buethe, Monique Careau, George Conwill, James Crandall, Carl Daugherty, Carlo De Martino, Kim Dobson, Jim Doyle, Valerie Estabrook, Chuck Finley, Nels Forsman, Bill Fridberg, Glenn Giamatti, Gary Greer, William Grimm, Tiiu Haamer, John Hardy, Michael Hare, Dee Hawley, Michael Hawley, Tom Hayes, T.J. Hine, Robert Johns, Ronald Johnson, John Kallend, Peter Kazmierczak, Kevin Keenan, Peter Kramer, James Krogh, Francois Leblanc, Jerry Lehnherr, Richard Luczak, Marshall Madden, William McMurry, Jeff McVey, Raymond Medley, John Mignanelli, Douglas Mullinax, George Nisson, Darrell Ogi, Richard Parrish, Dan Pillasch, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger, Cynthia Raible, Mike Raible, David Robinson, Mike Robinson, Dan Rosenthal, Jeff Saxton, Hank Schraeder, Craig Seasly, Jonathan Smith, Hank Stapel, Larry Stein, Larry Thomas, Mark Thompson, Steve Van Buren, Butch Van Lewis, Kevin Vetter, Ron Wands, Tracy Warrington, Harold White, Casey Wiggins, Paul Wold, Josh Wolfe, Peter Zimmerli

Camera Flyers: Brian Festi and Norman Kent

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Parachuting Nationals Completes at Sebastian
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Parachuting Nationals Completes at Sebastian

USPA Nationals season came to an end Thursday, September 27, at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, one day ahead of schedule. Sebastian hosted 10 days of canopy action for the 2018 USPA National Parachuting Championships, which included classic accuracy, canopy formation and canopy piloting.

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Skydiving Nationals a Wrap
Skydiving News |

Skydiving Nationals a Wrap

Following two full weeks of action, the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships came to a close on Tuesday, September 18, at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. More than 600 competitors flocked to CSC from across the country and abroad over the course of the event. After bad weather the first few days limited the number of rounds for the artistic events and vertical formation skydiving, sunny skies prevailed, allowing all remaining events to complete on schedule.
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September 1968
Photos | September 1968

September 1968

Cover

Ten good reasons to support the 1968 United States Parachute Team.  See page 6 for the story of their training and more Chip Maury photos.

Author: Deborah
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One Silent Weekend
Homepage | November 2001

One Silent Weekend

by Kevin Gibson

In the days following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the nation reorganized its priorities. While President Bush called for a return to life as normal in America, no group outside New York City, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia felt the sting as much as civil aviation.

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4-Way Center Stage at Nationals
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4-Way Center Stage at Nationals

Follow all the scores at OmniSkore.com, and check out USPA’s Facebook page for photos throughout the event, which continues until September 18.

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First Events Wrap Up at Nationals
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First Events Wrap Up at Nationals

After nearly two full days on the ground due to weather, the first events wrapped up at the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

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Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider
Keep An Eye Out | September 2018

Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider

USPA Staff

A jumper experienced a main-parachute malfunction when the slider remained at the top of the lines after deployment and would not allow the parachute to inflate. He released the main parachute, deployed his reserve and landed safely.

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | September 2018

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Liz Anderson

I was an adrenaline junkie until I had a severe stroke in 2006. Last year, when I heard about a guy who was raising money to take people with disabilities to a wind tunnel, I was very curious. I didn't think that flying in a wind tunnel was possible for someone as immobile as I am, but I contacted him to see what he thought I could do.

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