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October 2019
Covers | October 2019

October 2019

Cover

Photo by Terry Weatherford | D-22518

Marie Clark excitedly leaps from the gondola while making her first balloon jump at Skydive Perris in California.

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Donors
Donors | October 2019

Donors

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

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Accepting Resumes for Executive Director Position
Gearing Up | October 2019

USPA Accepting Resumes for Executive Director Position

By Ed Scott

If you’re a skydiver, there is no better job than to work for the U.S. Parachute Association. It’s the ultimate way of giving back to a sport that has enhanced and shaped your life.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Mike McGowan”
Featured Art | October 2019

“Mike McGowan”

By Rod Leisure

“Mike McGowan”
Airbrush

Rod Leisure | D-18726
Arcadia, Indiana

scratchart29@gmail.com

Author: Rod Leisure
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Maximizing Enjoyment of Record Attempts

In the beginning, we all wanted to be great flyers. We can recall many jumps when we weren’t. We wanted to set state records, and we remember when they were hard or didn’t happen.

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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Veteran Pride

Thank you so much for your article, “Saluting the Heroes of D-Day” (August Parachutist). I come from a long line of military volunteers, as does my wife.

Author: Jerry Hogan
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

RSL Issues

In “Incident Reports” in the August issue, the third incident states, “Both canopies fully deployed and went into a downplane. The student immediately cut away the main, which remained trailing behind him attached by the reserve static line.”

Author: Rob Jonson
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Thought for the Day

Practicing cutaways in a hanging harness is a great exercise. However, it’s not perfect.

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Marylou Laughlin | D-12418
Profiles | October 2019

Marylou Laughlin | D-12418

By Brian Giboney

Marylou Laughlin, D-12418, started skydiving in 1988 and soon became heavily involved in competition, first as a competitor, then as a judge.

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Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes

USPA Central Regional Director Gary Peek, D-8884, passed away in his home in St. Charles, Missouri, on August 13. Authorities cited natural causes. He was 65.

Author: USPA Staff
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Life Celebration
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | October 2019

Life Celebration

Photo by Cindy Akers

At Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, Cheryl Compton watches her husband, Larry Compton of Team Fastrax, bringing home a 7,800-square-foot flag during the life-celebration jump for Fastrax team member Larry Lemaster, who died in the June crash of a King Air in Hawaii.

Author: Cindy Akers
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Corrections
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Corrections

  • John Ward took the photo on the top of page 47 in “Diving Into Summer” in the September issue.
  • The photo of the 84-way head-up world record on page 51 of the September issue shows the formation just as it began to break following completion. The completion photo, by Gustavo Cabana, is below.
Author: USPA Staff
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Golden Knight Matthew Davidson Retires from U.S. Army
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Golden Knight Matthew Davidson Retires from U.S. Army

In July, the U.S. Army announced the retirement of Specialist First Class Matthew Davidson.

Author: USPA Staff
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Henderson Hangs Tough for Big-Way Event
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Henderson Hangs Tough for Big-Way Event

By Zach Lewis

Each year for well over a decade, Larry Henderson has invited two plane loads of his friends to come to Whitewright, Texas, for his Big-Way Invitationals event.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Camp Prepares Vertical Jumpers for New Rules
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Camp Prepares Vertical Jumpers for New Rules

By Melissa Nelson Lowe

In August, Matt Fry and Melissa Nelson Lowe hosted a Vertical Sequential Camp at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

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Maytown Hosts a Belated Fun Meet
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Maytown Hosts a Belated Fun Meet

By Cheryl Whitford

The Maytown Sport Parachute Club held its annual Fun Meet on August 17, about two months later than usual due to poor weather in June.

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Meadow Peak Hosts 52nd Annual Lost Prairie Boogie
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Meadow Peak Hosts 52nd Annual Lost Prairie Boogie

By Rhonda Kaletz

The Lost Prairie Boogie is a time to tune out from the daily hustle and bustle of email and social media and tune in to yourself and those around you. It’s a time when 300-plus close friends journey to a small prairie in Montana for 10 days of adult summer camp, skydiving included.

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Two Milestones!
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | October 2019

Two Milestones!

Photo by Mark Stoughton

Cheryl Stearns celebrates her 64th birthday by making her 21,000th jump at friend Gene Stoughton’s property in South Carolina.

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USPA Sends Foreign Affiliate Renewals Via Email
Five Minute Call | October 2019

USPA Sends Foreign Affiliate Renewals Via Email

Due to numerous requests, USPA has decided to email Foreign Affiliate renewal packets rather than send them via the postal service as it has in previous years.

Author: USPA Staff
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Stephen Dickson Sworn in as FAA Administrator
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Stephen Dickson Sworn in as FAA Administrator

On August 12, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao swore in Stephen Dickson as the 18th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Author: USPA Staff
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New Boogie Born in Alpine, Wyoming
Five Minute Call | October 2019

New Boogie Born in Alpine, Wyoming

By Carol Jones

Melvin Brewing, a local microbrewery in Alpine, Wyoming, holds an annual beer festival, Madness Days. The brewery asked local jumpers Bill and Carol Jones to organize tandem skydiving for this year’s event, which it held July 19-21. The result was a beer boogie featuring skydiving rather than the usual skydiving boogie featuring beer!

Author: Carol Jones
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Burriss Receives USPA Regional Award
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Burriss Receives USPA Regional Award

On August 10, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Chris Wagner presented Jim Burriss, D-9540, with the USPA Regional Achievement Award.

Author: USPA Staff
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U.S. Skydiver Takes Swoop Freestyle Bronze in Saudi Arabia
Five Minute Call | October 2019

U.S. Skydiver Takes Swoop Freestyle Bronze in Saudi Arabia

July 17-18, Air Sports Group and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted the inaugural Swoop Freestyle International Open in downtown Jeddah. The first professional skydiving event in the kingdom featured 18 competitors from 15 countries.

Author: USPA Staff
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Forever Over Ohio
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | October 2019

Forever Over Ohio

Photo by Lonnie Kirk | D-18988

Dave Lunardi releases the ashes of longtime jumper Terry Zimmerlin, D-12981, at the Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

Author: Lonnie Kirk
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Spaceland-Houston Prepares Competitors with Pre-Nationals Event
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Spaceland-Houston Prepares Competitors with Pre-Nationals Event

By Josh Schirard

Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas, hosted its third annual Pre-Nationals Formation Skydiving Competition July 20-21. Five teams battled it out in 4-way and 8-way and gained a unique opportunity to get a feel of what it’s like to compete on the national stage.

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Boneanza Provides Lots of Laughs
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Boneanza Provides Lots of Laughs

By Mary SantAngelo

Skydive Elsinore in California hosted its hot summer boogie, the 11th Karlfornia Boneanza—Trailer Trash Bash, July 26-28.

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Company Releases Online Skydiving Event Calendar
Gear & Industry Spotlight | October 2019

Company Releases Online Skydiving Event Calendar

Mile High Hub recently released a worldwide skydiving event calendar for jumpers looking for the next boogie, competition or specialty event.

Author: USPA Staff
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Strong Enterprises Moves
Gear & Industry Spotlight | October 2019

Strong Enterprises Moves

After 42 years, Strong Enterprises moved to a much newer and more ergonomic facility about seven miles northeast of its previous location. Effective October 1, the new address is 6448 Pinecastle Blvd., Suite 104, Orlando, FL 32809. Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | October 2019

Featured Jumper

Photo by Rich Robinson | D-27420

Jay Luccioni (black and yellow rig), D-9753, celebrates the 40th anniversary of his first jump with friends at Aerohio Skydiving Center in Rittman, Ohio. 

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