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April 2020

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Photo by Tom Sanders | D-6503

Plane owner Marcus Bastruck, pilot Oliver Wermann, camera-wing-mount fabricator Mike Bess and camera assistant (and wife) Denise Sanders helped Tom Sanders capture this photo of freefall camera flyer Bruno Brokken filming a formation skydiving group exiting a Super Caravan during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ event in the Maldives.

Author: Tom Sanders
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Working Together to Save Skydiving at Dillingham Airfield
Gearing Up |

Working Together to Save Skydiving at Dillingham Airfield

By Ed Scott

HDOT ordered all businesses at the airport to shut their doors by June 30, demonstrating a cold indifference to the scores of people whose livelihoods and lives will be upended.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Featured Art | April 2020

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”

By Stephanie Bush

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Acrylic on canvas

Stephanie Bush
Facebook.com/stephaniebushdesigns

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Carmen Villamil | D-30297
Profiles | April 2020

Carmen Villamil | D-30297

By Brian Giboney

Carmen Villamil, D-30297, began jumping in her native Puerto Rico but now makes her home at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. She is involved in many aspects of the sport—instructing, videography, rigging and competing—and has excelled at each.

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Let’s Dance
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | April 2020

Let’s Dance

Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

Chazi Blacksher and John Blackburn put on their dancing shoes at Skydive Arizona in Eloy for a local magazine piece promoting a children’s nonprofit event.

Author: David Cherry
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Arizona Anthem Hosts Freefly Scrambles
Five Minute Call | April 2020

Arizona Anthem Hosts Freefly Scrambles

By Chazi Blacksher

Four-way vertical formation skydiving team Arizona Anthem hosted its first Freefly Scrambles at Skydive Arizona in Eloy February 21-23.

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Florida Breezes
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | April 2020

Florida Breezes

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Team Fastrax practices advanced flag-flying techniques at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

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Five Minute Call | April 2020

USPA Enlists Help in Fight for Hawaii Skydiving

In February, USPA emailed its 308 members who live in Hawaii to ask for their assistance in the fight to save Hawaii’s Dillingham Airfield for skydiving.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | April 2020

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Smoke Signals
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | April 2020

Smoke Signals

Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

Karen Lewis Dalton flies a smoke chain during the Women’s Skydiving Network PRO Camp at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

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Jumpers Set Guinness World Record in Ecuador
Five Minute Call | April 2020

Jumpers Set Guinness World Record in Ecuador

By Santiago Vallejo

On January 10, Hermogenes Barcia, B-49962; Jose Barcia, C-47417; Robert Duenas, D-33370; Ernesto Gainza, D-30033; and Santiago Vallejo, D-30990, set the Guinness World Record for Most Number of Equatorial Crossings During a Parachute Jump by a Team.

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Skydiving Museum Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Five Minute Call |

Skydiving Museum Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2020

On March 3, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of inductees.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Accepting Service Award Nominations
Membership Services | April 2020

USPA Accepting Service Award Nominations

The USPA Membership Services Committee is currently seeking nominations for three of its service awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award (a maximum of one recipient annually), the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service (up to three recipients annually) and the Regional Achievement Award (up to five recipients annually).

Author: USPA Staff
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Slovak Dignitaries Honor Slavo Mulik
Five Minute Call | April 2020

Slovak Dignitaries Honor Slavo Mulik

By Jane Mulik and Steven Mulik

Radoslav “Slavo” Mulik, who passed away in 2016, would have turned 75 years of age on September 4. On that day, in the town of his birth—Nalepkovo, Slovakia—family, friends, city dignitaries and retired paratroopers gathered to honor Mulik’s devotion to his country and countrymen, as well as the sport of skydiving.

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Sounding Off
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | April 2020

Sounding Off

Photo by Nikko Mamallo | D-34272

At Kapowsin Air Sports in Washington, (clockwise from top) Kasha Farrington, Zach Archer, Andy Farrington and Braden Roseborough fly over the Puget Sound at sunset with Mt. Rainier in the distance.

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Ice Jumps Become Annual Tradition in Wisconsin
Five Minute Call | April 2020

Ice Jumps Become Annual Tradition in Wisconsin

By Payar Pasha

On February 8, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, WI, which is located in York Center, hosted its third annual Ice Jumps event.

Author: Payar Pasha
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Rigging Innovations and Sun Path to Merge
Gear & Industry Spotlight | April 2020

Rigging Innovations and Sun Path to Merge

On February 24, Sun Path Products and Rigging Innovations announced the planned merger of their business operations under the Sun Path Products brand.

Author: USPA Staff
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Texas State Sports Properties Wins Clyde Award for Work with Skydive Spaceland
Gear & Industry Spotlight | April 2000, April 2020

Texas State Sports Properties Wins Clyde Award for Work with Skydive Spaceland

Learfield IMG College, a brand-management firm, hosts an annual evening to recognize success within the company with awards known as “the Clydes” (named for founder Clyde Learfield).

Author: USPA Staff
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Champion Skydiver Releases Bodyflight Encyclopedia
Gear & Industry Spotlight | April 2020

Champion Skydiver Releases Bodyflight Encyclopedia

Troubador Publishers recently released “Body-Flight Basics,” an encyclopedic book that breaks down the mechanics of skydiving and wind tunnel flying.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | April 2020

Featured Jumper

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

At the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Xiaoyang Ma, A-91902, competes for the first time at the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships, where he took a bronze in novice sport accuracy. 

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Donors
Donors | April 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | April 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Centerspread
Centerspread | April 2020

Centerspread

Photo by Norman Kent I D-8369

Patrizio Di Toma rides in a raft held by Alex Klöckner (left) and Franco Darman at the New Year’s Beach Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.

Author: Norman Kent
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | April 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Melanie Johnson | D-28964

Instructors Kyle Whittier and Carmen Villamil (who mentions this photo in her “Profile” in this issue) take a student on his first AFF jump at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

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Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing
Keep An Eye Out | April 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

A canopy coach caught this incorrectly configured cutaway cable on a rig rented by his student, who was a licensed skydiver. A local packer had hooked the main canopy up to the container.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | April 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

By Shauna Finley

When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.

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Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?
Safety Check | April 2020

Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

By Ron Bell

During the ride to altitude at a summer boogie, an organizer noticed a twist in the lateral webbing on a jumper’s harness and informed him of the problem.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | D-License Changes
The Rating Corner | April 2012, April 2001, April 2020

Rating Corner | D-License Changes

By Michael Wadkins

For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.

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Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain
Foundations of Flight | April 2020

Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

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 | April 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Larry Melton flies the American flag on Veteran’s Day during the Jump For Valor Boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

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