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Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away
Skydiving News | November 2019

Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away

Nathan “Nate” Pond, D-69, passed away at his home in Andover, Vermont, on November 3. He was 87.

Author: USPA Staff
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Closing In
Closing In | November 2019

Closing In

Photo by David Wybenga I D-31862

At the USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, camera flyer Chad Ross of Polaris shoots his teammates, Matthew Fry and Katie Hansen, on their way to taking gold in artistic freefly.

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Centerspread
Centerspread | November 2019

Centerspread

Photo by David Cherry I D-33500

Beau Riebe swoops the pond during the open freestyle canopy piloting test event at the USPA Nationals.

Author: David Cherry
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Donors
Donors | November 2019

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | November 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Large Shoes to Fill—Nancy Koreen Leaving USPA
Gearing Up | November 2019

Large Shoes to Fill—Nancy Koreen Leaving USPA

By Ed Scott

Over the past 10 years, in her quiet and unassuming way, Director of Sport Promotion Nancy Koreen has done more for USPA and the sport than most will ever know.

Author: Ed Scott
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November 2019
Covers | November 2019

November 2019

Cover

Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

Prior to the start of the USPA National Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, members of SDC Rhythm XP (Douglas Barron, Andrew Happick, JaNette Lefkowitz and Steve Lefkowitz) practice for the open 4-way formation skydiving event, where they took the gold medal.

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“Falling Angels”
Featured Art | November 2019

“Falling Angels”

By Bobbi Faulkner

“Falling Angels”
Acrylic on canvas

Bobbi Faulkner | B-45202
Cary, North Carolina

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Letters | November 2019

Letters

Jump Aircraft Safety

Ed Scott’s “Gearing Up” editorial (September Parachutist) was welcome and cogent. But I would add that many jumpers would like to see more vigilance from pilots to ensure that everyone has their seatbelts secure for takeoff.

Author: Doug Garr
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Adam Buckner | D-16514
Profiles | November 2019

Adam Buckner | D-16514

By Brian Giboney

Like so many jumpers of his generation, Adam Buckner—at the time a freestyle BMX rider—started skydiving in 1991 after seeing the movie “Point Break.”

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Are You Ready for Some Football?
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2109

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Photo by Jeff Agard | D-16906

Carl Chittim of Aerial Extreme Skydiving Team leads the way into Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers’ first home game of the season. 

Author: Jeff Agard
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Former BOD Member David Waight Passes Away
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Former BOD Member David Waight Passes Away

David Waight, D-3070, died at his home in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, on August 1. He was 77.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | November 2019

Corrections

  • In “Golden Knight Matt Davidson Retires from U.S. Army” on Page 18 of the October issue, Davidson’s rank when he retired was sergeant first class
Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Financials
Five Minute Call | November 2019

USPA Financials

Author: USPA Staff
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Six Members Running in Special Election
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Six Members Running in Special Election

Six USPA members who reside in the Central Region are on the ballot for the special election to fill the vacancy on the USPA Board of Directors created by the passing of Central Regional Director Gary Peek in August.

Author: USPA Staff
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Flock Yeah! Features Small Canopies, High Wing Loadings
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Flock Yeah! Features Small Canopies, High Wing Loadings

By Tim Parrant

USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain hosted Flock Yeah!, a skills camp for highly experienced canopy pilots, September 18-20.

Author: Tim Parrant
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Skydivers Help Raise Funds for Roots for Boots
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Skydivers Help Raise Funds for Roots for Boots

By Cheryl Whitford

On August 24, Circle W Restorations hosted the second annual Operation Wings & Wheels event at the Circle W Airfield north of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

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Honoring a Friend
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

Honoring a Friend

Photo by Andrew Revesz | USPA # 343132

Jumpers honor longtime formation skydiver and rigger Jim Tafralian, who died in an August plane crash, by building a “JT” in the air at Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club in Ray, Michigan.

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John Dobleman Receives USPA Regional Award
Five Minute Call | November 2019

John Dobleman Receives USPA Regional Award

John Dobleman, affectionately known as “Mad John” or “M.J.” in skydiving circles, received his USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Pacific Region from DZO Shaun Fenner at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California, on September 2.

Author: USPA Staff
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On Top of the World
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

On Top of the World

Photo by Mark Norman | D-23126

Simon Whittle skysurfs above the World Islands at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Author: Mark Norman
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Up is Down, Down is Up
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

Up is Down, Down is Up

Photo by Mike Mullins | D-1663

Jeffery Kuhn says goodbye to pilot and DZO Mike Mullins as he drops from an inverted biplane at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville.

Author: Mike Mullins
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Aikins Presents Regional Award to John Mitchell
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Aikins Presents Regional Award to John Mitchell

On September 14 at Kapowsin Air Sports’ Fun Jumper Weekend in Shelton, Washington, Northwest Regional Director Luke Aikins presented John Mitchell, D-6462, with the USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Northwest Region.

Author: USPA Staff
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Super Cup Fires Up Competitors
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Super Cup Fires Up Competitors

By Vanessa Shirazi

Seven teams consisting of 31 competitors braved the 100-degree Texas heat on August 10 to participate in the 2019 Annual Dallas Super Cup hosted by Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas.

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Featured Jumper
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

Featured Jumper

Photo by Bryan Buechler | D-20455

Jason and Mel Jerusalem, D-26171 and D-26162, celebrate 15 years of marriage by making a jump at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | November 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Mari Kossman | B-50628

AFF Instructor Tim Hajewski guides an AFF student through the landing pattern at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin.

Author: Mari Kossman
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Keep an Eye Out | Metal Links
Keep An Eye Out | November 2019

Keep an Eye Out | Metal Links

During a routine repack, a rigger discovered that this Maillon Rapide quick link (aka French link) on the main deployment bag had damaged the pilot chute’s kill line and attachment point, likely from repeated friction between the components.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Winter Jumping
Safety Check | November 2019

Safety Check | Winter Jumping

By Ron Bell

The summer season has faded away, and so have high temperatures, at least in the northern states. Fall is fading to winter, frost is appearing in the morning grass, and if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you have probably noticed it is getting colder in freefall.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving
The Rating Corner | November 2019

Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

If you’re instructing AFF students, you are engaging in formation skydiving.

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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down
Foundations of Flight | November 2019

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Breaking It Down

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Featured Event
Featured Event | November 2019

Featured Event

Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #317981

Melissa Abner flies her canopy in for landing at the Sisters in Skydiving Boogie at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

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