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Museum Announces 18-Month Target for Groundbreaking
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Museum Announces 18-Month Target for Groundbreaking

On July 26, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced that it intends to break ground on its museum building within 18 months.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | September 2019

Parachutist Around the World

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Donors
Donors | September 2019

Donors

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Closing In
Closing In | September 2019

Closing In

Photo by Craig O'Brien | D-19294

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Centerspread
Centerspread | September 2019

Centerspread

Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

At Skydive Orange in Virginia, David Wybenga gets down on one knee in front of Melanie Firth during a photo shoot for the couple's save-the-date cards for their upcoming wedding.

Author: David Cherry
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September 2019
Covers | September 2019

September 2019

Cover

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, 84 skydivers set the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Up Formation Skydive.

Author: Norman Kent
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USPA Makes Resources Available to Pilots
Gearing Up | September 2019

USPA Makes Resources Available to Pilots

By Ed Scott

Skydiving has its risks, but the flight to jump altitude should be the safest part of any jump. That depends almost entirely on the professionalism of the pilot.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Swooping the Serenity”
Featured Art | September 2019

“Swooping the Serenity”

By Marina Kartseva

“Swooping the Serenity”
Acrylic on canvas

Marina Kartseva
Marinart.land

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Letters | September 2019

Letters

A Coincidence

While waiting in the loading area for the Caravan to land, I and a group of other jumpers witnessed a skydiver under a reserve canopy with his main pilot chute trailing.

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Letters | September 2019

Letters

Aircraft-Incident Statistics

For the 2019 skydiving fatality report, USPA should include those who perished in the Dillingham accident.

Author: Jed Morris
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | September 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Pam Potzer

Growing up, I would constantly tell my parents that one day I’d skydive, too. They’d always tell me how expensive and dangerous it was, I think because a part of them did not want to see pictures of their daughter hanging off the strut of a Cessna.

Author: Pam Potzer
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Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563
Profiles | September 2019

Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563

By Brian Giboney

Stu Metcalfe, D-2563, is 71 years young and still killin’ it. This Cornhusker started skydiving in March 1969 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and soon became interested in precision accuracy.

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Attending the Dance
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

Attending the Dance

Photo by Kenyon Salo | D-25169

Gary Mancuso flies a 1,000-square-foot flag into the 1940’s World War II-Era Ball, a community event and fundraiser at the Boulder County Municipal Airport in Colorado. 

Author: Kenyon Salo
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Orange Celebrates Sisterhood and Liberty
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Orange Celebrates Sisterhood and Liberty

By Chazi Blacksher

Skydive Orange hosted its Liberty Boogie: Sisters in Skydiving 2019 July 4-7. A stellar cast of organizers chased away the forecasted bad weather and everyone enjoyed a weekend of great jumps.

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Power Play Participants Build Outfacing 64-Way
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Power Play Participants Build Outfacing 64-Way

By Brandon Kashani

Some of the best and most talented formation skydivers in the world attended the annual P3 Power Play event at sunny Skydive Perris in California June 27-30.

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Bad Weather Can’t Stop Heroes
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Bad Weather Can’t Stop Heroes

By Zach Lewis

This year’s Heroes Skydiving big-way formation skydiving and benefit event for Wings for Life, a nonprofit that supports those with spinal-cord injuries, had big ambitions and a lot to celebrate.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Seven Hills Supports Veterans With Freedom Freefall Event
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Seven Hills Supports Veterans With Freedom Freefall Event

By Andy Van Handel

On Friday, June 21, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, Wisconsin, which is located in Marshall, and veterans’ organization 4th HOOAH (Helping Out Our American Heroes) held the 5th Annual Freedom Freefall event in conjunction with the club’s Head to the Hills Boogie.

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In Style
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

In Style

Photo by Amanda Kubik | D-34582

Julie Kleinwort makes a freestyle training jump at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, in preparation for the USPA Nationals.

Author: Amanda Kubik
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Skydivers Thrill Crowds at Kaboom Town
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Skydivers Thrill Crowds at Kaboom Town

By Stephen Megison

More than 400,000 spectators gathered in the town of Addison, Texas, on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day by watching one of the most spectacular air shows and firework displays in the country.

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Elsinore and Perris Host Friendly Inter-DZ Duel
Five Minute Call | September

Elsinore and Perris Host Friendly Inter-DZ Duel

By Mary SantAngelo

There aren’t many drop zones located within 20 miles of one another, and of those, there are even fewer that support each other. But California drop zones Skydive Elsinore and Skydive Perris have set an example of neighborliness for many years. Every year, they host Dueling DZs, a friendly competition where 6-way formation skydiving teams (handicapped for parity) take off from their home DZ and land at the opposing DZ.

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Training in Paradise
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

Training in Paradise

Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

Four-Way Formation Skydiving World Champion NMP Pch HayaBusa trains at USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

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Skydive the Falls Opens Near Niagara Falls, New York
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Skydive the Falls Opens Near Niagara Falls, New York

By Chad Share

June 1 marked the official inaugural weekend for Skydive the Falls, located at Shear Airport in Youngstown, New York, just minutes from Niagara Falls

Author: Chad Share
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Tennessee Jumpers Set State Record
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Tennessee Jumpers Set State Record

By Angela Alley

DZOs Mikeal Stevens and Angela Alley decided that a great way to celebrate Stevens’ 40th birthday would be to fly a 40-way formation skydive at their drop zone, JumpTN in Greeneville.

Author: Angela Alley
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Jumptown Honors the Legacy of Paul Quandt
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Jumptown Honors the Legacy of Paul Quandt

By Magaly Sandoval

Our sport has seen many innovators who pushed the limits and made the impossible possible. In the canopy formation community, one of those was Paul “Q” Quandt. A charming, kind and wild soul who left the world too soon in a motorcycle accident, Quandt was a superb CF competitor and formation skydiving camera flyer.

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Mark Jones Wins Third Leg of AmeriCup
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Mark Jones Wins Third Leg of AmeriCup

By Kelly Helfrich

In early July, 11 classic accuracy competitors gathered at Skydive Toronto in Ontario, Canada, for the third meet of the AmeriCup North American Classic Accuracy tour.

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Saying Goodbye
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

Saying Goodbye

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

Jumpers at Skydive Perris in California release the ashes of longtime skydiver Bud Krueger, D-3664.

Author: Randy Forbes
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Five Minute Call | September 2019

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Impact-Rated Cookie G4 Helmet Now Available for Purchase
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Impact-Rated Cookie G4 Helmet Now Available for Purchase

Cookie Helmets recently announced the release of its G4 helmet, which passed impact and snag-resistance testing to Skydiving and Wind Tunnel Helmet Standard XP S 72-600.

Author: USPA Staff
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Sigma Changes Name to Merit
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Sigma Changes Name to Merit

On June 14, Sigma—the company that provides electronic membership cards and credential verification to USPA members—announced that it has changed its name to Merit.

Author: USPA Staff
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Gilbert Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Effort in October
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Gilbert Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Effort in October

In September 2009, 181 women set the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Women’s Formation Skydive at Skydive Perris in California.

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