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2018 Ends with Historic Metric
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2018 Ends with Historic Metric

Since 1961 USPA has compiled every skydiving fatality in the U.S., except skydives conducted under military orders. Thirteen skydiving fatalities were recorded in the U.S. in 2018. That’s a historic low.

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2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!
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2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!

The 2018 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrapped up Wednesday, January 2, at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The competition, the longest-running skydiving competition in the U.S., drew 73 college skydivers from 13 schools across the U.S.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Mourns Skydive and President George H.W. Bush
Features | January 2019

USPA Mourns Skydive and President George H.W. Bush

By Christopher Needles

Skydiving has had many great moments, but none surpass the first skydive by President George H.W. Bush. Now it is with great sadness that the skydiving community bids farewell to one of its own. President Bush was 94 years old.

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Coming Together
Features | January 2019

Coming Together

Skydivers Join Forces with Kids for Peace

When some of the best skydivers in the world learned that Kids for Peace was launching the Do It for Peace campaign to inspire people worldwide to take action, they just had to be part of it! On September 27, 34 world-class skydivers with a combined total of 195,000 jumps united and accomplished a peace-sign formation at Skydive Elsinore in California.

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Epitomizing the Sport: The 2018 Hall of Fame Celebration
Features | January 2019

Epitomizing the Sport: The 2018 Hall of Fame Celebration

By Doug Garr

Lew Sanborn, D-1, was holding court outside the Bird House bar, relaxing with old timers whose jump totals were in the thousands. Just a few yards away at the other end of the facility, a couple of tandem students were gearing up for the experience of a lifetime. Nobody knew whether they would become skydivers or were merely weekend seekers of a thrill ride. In between, skydivers of every age, from everywhere and from every discipline, champions and casual weekend jumpers, gathered. It was the kind of atmosphere that epitomizes our sport. It was the International Skydiving Museum’s Hall of Fame weekend at one of the iconic locations of sport parachuting: Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida

Author: Doug Garr
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Aging Gracefully: Skydive Elsinore Celebrates 60 Years
Features | January 2019

Aging Gracefully: Skydive Elsinore Celebrates 60 Years

A Parachutist Photo Essay

Some say that aging gracefully is hard. But on Saturday, November 10, Skydive Elsinore in California showed that time is on its side and age is just a number as it celebrated 60 years of top-notch skydiving at the drop zone’s home, Skylark Airfield. Current, former and aspiring jumpers flocked to the event. Among them was Larry Perkins, the son of the drop zone’s founder, Cy Perkins, who on March 1, 1958, took a skydiver (whose name is lost to time) up in his Cessna 172 and let him fall out. 

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Down for 50
Features | January 2019

Down for 50

What Jumping in 50 States During One Trip Can Teach You

t was the best worst idea (or, perhaps, the worst best idea).  It came, as all the best worst ideas do, over coffee.

It bubbled up one wintry Slovak afternoon as my partner, Joel Strickland, and I were taking a mid-tunnel-camp break. As I snuggled down into a beanbag chair with my thermos, I checked my phone. A dear friend—the inimitable Melissa Dawn Burns—popped up to invite us to visit her in Alaska, where she and her husband have been flying planes over the wilderness at the world’s end. I’d never been to Alaska. I’d always wanted to go.

Suddenly, a thought occurred out of the ether. I turned to Joel.

“Hey, do you want to jump in all 50 states?”

“No,” he said, without missing a beat.

A few moments went by. I kept scrolling.

“Wait. Yes.”

And suddenly, it was real.

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Letters | January 2019

Letters

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen very experienced skydivers walking around munching on snacks between jumps with all their gear on but their leg straps hanging straight down instead of being around their legs. It’s the cool look, I guess. But forgetting that last step at the last moment would certainly be fatal, in my humble opinion.

 

Author: Deborah
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | January 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Richard dePerrot

When I was a child, I thought that I could fly. In my dreams, I hovered in the living room and floated out the door into the street. I hovered like a dragonfly in slow motion as I examined the trees and architecture of my neighborhood up close. I didn’t realize that it was a dream; it was so intense, I believed it really happened. I blame this weird dream for my delusions of flying.

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Travis Mills | D-27249
Profiles | January 2019

Travis Mills | D-27249

By Brian Giboney

Travis Mills, D-27249, is a world-class canopy pilot who flies competitively for the PD Factory Team and is a canopy coach for Flight-1. He is also talented in freefall and has been on numerous world-record-setting big-way jumps and medaled in freestyle and vertical formation skydiving at the world championships. The most recent of his many accomplishments are winning the first meet and taking silver overall at the two-meet 2018 Swoop Freestyle World Championships and taking bronze overall at the 2018 USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | January 2019

Parachutist Around the World

January 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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"Moe"
Featured Art | January 2019

"Moe"

By Dana Alenzi

Watercolor and ink on canvas

Dana Alenzi

Author: Dana Alenzi
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Retirement Party
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | January 2019

Retirement Party

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

After deciding to retire from the sport, Andy Tuman (blue jumpsuit, purple grippers) makes his farewell skydive with friends at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York.

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

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Opt-In Required for License and Ratings Listings
Miscellaneous | January 2019

Opt-In Required for License and Ratings Listings

USPA Staff

As part of a new privacy initiative beginning January 1, new USPA members must specifically designate that USPA can share their accomplishments (licenses, ratings and awards) and contributions (donations to one of the four USPA funds) in print in Parachutist. New members must now also opt in for USPA to share their accomplishments and display their membership cards digitally through Sig.ma. Previously, members did not need to opt in before USPA listed their credentials but had the ability to opt out.

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Rally for Suicide Prevention
Photos | January 2019

Jumpers Rally for Suicide Prevention

Photo by Ralph Turner

Members of Fly Team Evil exit a balloon during the suicide-prevention event.

Author: Ralph Turner
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Foreign Affiliate DZ Memberships Expired December 31
Five Minute Call | January 2019

Foreign Affiliate DZ Memberships Expired December 31

All USPA Foreign Affiliate memberships of non-U.S. drop zones that did not submit their annual renewals expired December 31. USPA is in the process of removing any non-renewing Foreign Affiliate’s listing from Parachutist and the USPA website. If a DZ renews after membership has lapsed, it may take several months for the listing to reappear in the magazine due to publication deadlines and print cycles. Foreign Affiliate DZs that wish to renew should contact the Group Membership department at groupmembers@uspa.org as soon as possible.

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Five Minute Call | January 2019

Correction

USPA Staff

In “The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships” by Steve Hubbard in the November issue:

• The winner of the 2017 10-way speed event was Arizona Airspeed.

• The advanced wingsuit performance flying guest competitor from Moldova was Iurii Cartev.

• In 4-way intermediate formation skydiving, SDC Rhevolution XP was a guest team. TSC Cadence, SDMW X and Hands Free took gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

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Jumptown Celebrates Tracktoberfest
Five Minute Call | January 2019

Jumptown Celebrates Tracktoberfest

By Casey Tylek

Author: Casey Tylek
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SOS Welcomes 2,300th Member
Five Minute Call | January 2019

SOS Welcomes 2,300th Member

By Pat Moorehead

Jim Tafralian, USPA #1298, started his jump career in 1971 at the age of 20 at Midwest Sport Parachute Club near Monroe, Michigan. Early in his jump career, Tafralian became interested in formation skydiving and competed in 10-way speed on the Beechnuts team. In 1974, he was part of the groups who built a 28-way round and a 20-way night round at Zephyrhills Parachute Center (now Skydive City Zephyrhills) in Florida. He also became a Federal Aviation Administration Master Rigger and Commercial Pilot.

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Aim High
Photos | January 2019

Aim High

Photo by Aaron Schmidt | D-35802

Joe Kelly, Tyler Moran and Cathy Leone, all members of the U.S. Air Force, make a patriotic hybrid jump at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

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Great Weather Greets Carnivale Participants
Five Minute Call | January 2019

Great Weather Greets Carnivale Participants

By George Hargis

The weather was perfect for the 10th Annual Halloween Carnivale hosted by Skydive Arizona in Eloy October 26-28. Skydivers enjoyed three beautiful days of jumps from the drop zone’s fleet of aircraft, including the DC-3. Vertical formation skydiving team Arizona Anthem organized Crazy Eights, an 8-way VFS event, while Thiago Gomez and Niklas Hemlin of formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed organized the belly groups. Saturday’s costume contest was spook-tacular, and Danielle Lakota Barlow took home the grand prize, a Rigging Innovations Curv container, for her fortune teller costume. The boogie was a great start to the winter season in Arizona.

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Grandmaster Timur Gareyev Flies High During Chess Life Shoot
Five Minute Call | January 2019

Grandmaster Timur Gareyev Flies High During Chess Life Shoot

When chess grandmaster Timur Gareyev won the 119th edition of the venerable U.S. Chess Open over almost 400 other players, Chess Life magazine knew that it had to do something special with the adventurous player for its November 2018 cover. As an ultramarathoner, yoga enthusiast and blindfold-chess Guinness World Record holder, the Kansas-based player who was born in Uzbekistan could inspire a potentially exciting photo. But it was when his manager Jennifer Vallens told the magazine’s editors that Gareyev is also a skydiver with close to 150 solo jumps that U.S. Chess—the 501(c)3 non-profit that publishes Chess Life—knew a cover was born.

Author: Deborah
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USPA Board Declares Martin Pacific Regional Director
Five Minute Call | January 2019

USPA Board Declares Martin Pacific Regional Director

In late October, just before the end of the board election, then-Pacific Regional Director Ron Bell accepted a position at USPA, which made him ineligible to serve on the board. In a special meeting in November, USPA’s board of directors convened to decide how to treat the Pacific Regional Director election since Bell, who received the most votes, was ineligible to be elected. Because Brett Martin was on the ballot and received the second-most number of votes, the board declared him to be the Pacific Regional Director when the 2019-2021 board begins its term on February 1.

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Holiday Cheer
Five Minute Call | January 2019

Holiday Cheer

Photo by Megan Cahill | D-19294

Members of Skydive Suffolk in Virginia pose for the camera after performing a demo jump into a Toys for Tots event, where they also donated more than $150 worth of toys to the cause. 

Author: Megan Cahill
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Empuriabrava Hosts Sky Family Fund Event
Five Minute Call | January 2019

Empuriabrava Hosts Sky Family Fund Event

Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain hosted a fundraising event for the Sky Family Fund, which raises money for victims of skydiving and BASE accidents, on November 16. The Sky Family Fund is part of the Care-All Foundation, whose mission is to give people the possibilities for better lives. Founded in early 2018, Care-All has already provided educational and business funding for recipients in Nepal, Kenya and Zambia, helped support an orphanage in Kenya and—through the Sky Family Fund—assisted two people injured in air-sports accidents.

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UPT Introduces Supine Harness
Gear & Industry Spotlight | January 2019

UPT Introduces Supine Harness

United Parachute Technologies recently introduced its Mutant harness-and-container system, which the company designed to maximize performance in canopy flight. In contrast to familiar systems, the Mutant suspends the pilot in the supine position—resting back with the feet stretched forward—which is an efficient flying position resembling a paragliding pilot’s. This position reduces drag, thus allowing for more speed and range, and is also very comfortable, according to UPT.

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BPA Skydive the Expo Slated for January 26
Gear & Industry Spotlight | January 2019

BPA Skydive the Expo Slated for January 26

Anticipation is high for the 2019 British Parachute Association Skydive the Expo after record crowds attended the 2018 event. The event, hosted at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, U.K., will feature seminars from leading skydiving experts, a large exhibition hall and BPA’s annual awards ceremony, as well as after-hours parties. More information is available at skydivetheexpo.com

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Donors
Donors | January 2019

Donors

Author: Deborah
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Featured Jumper
Photos | January 2019

Featured Jumper

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, Jim Cupples, D-23572, flies his canopy back to the DZ during his 10,000th jump.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | January 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, AFF student Kyle Nielson makes his required hop-and-pop jump from 3,500 feet.

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