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Foundations of flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 2—Fast Fall
Foundations of Flight | February 2020

Foundations of flight | Fall-Rate Management for FS Part 2—Fast Fall

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Brought to you by Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP (rhythmskydiving.com). Additional instructional materials are available by downloading the Rhythm apps:  Rhythm Skydiving 101 and Rhythm Skydiving 401.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | February 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | February 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Centerspread
Centerspread | February 2020

Centerspread

Photo by Juan Mayer I D-26130

Wingsuit flyer Alex Stont makes his way back to the landing area after a jump with the Skytrash Wingsuit Team during the DBX Boogie at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.  

Author: Juan Mayer
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Closing In
Closing In | February 2020

Closing In

Photo by Ralph Turner I C-43075

Rafael Dunin, Reid Moak and Andrea Nelson shred the skies during the Invasion boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

Author: Ralph Turner
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February 2020
Covers | February 2020

February 2020

Cover

Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

Jim Dolan, Brad Jessey, Janet Jessey and Casey Pruett fly a 4-way over Meteor Crater, the most well-preserved meteor-impact site in the world, in the desert of Arizona.

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Milestone Anniversary for Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient Award
Gearing Up | February 2020

Milestone Anniversary for Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient Award

By Ed Scott

This year will mark the 53rd anniversary of the start of one of the most popular and enduring skydiving performance awards—the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Recipient (SCR) award.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Fly Free #4”
Featured Art | February 2020

“Fly Free #4”

By Lily Sayre | B-50998

“Fly Free #4”
Acrylic on canvas

Lily Sayre | B-50998
Somerville, Massachusetts
Skydiveart.com

Author: Lily Sayre
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Letters | February 2020

Letters

Leveling the Playing Field

As an experienced skydiver, I’ve competed in 4-way [formation skydiving] in the advanced class at Nationals multiple times.

Author: Tom Startz
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Max Cohn | D-20252
Profiles | February 2020

Max Cohn | D-20252

By Brian Giboney

Max Cohn, D-20252, made a name for himself in the 1990s as an East Coast freefly talent when most of the evolution of the discipline was occurring in the West and in Florida.

Author: Brian
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High Honor
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | February 2020

High Honor

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

At Skydive Perris in California, John Miller releases the ashes of his newly discovered half-brother, Randy, whom he met through DNA tracing for the first time last year and who died of natural causes before being able to make a skydive with his sibling.

Author: Randy Forbes
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International Team Cranks Points in the Moonlight
Five Minute Call | February 2020

International Team Cranks Points in the Moonlight

In November, a team of formation skydivers and night-jump enthusiasts gathered at Skydive Arizona in Eloy to build large, multi-point formations with complete breaks between points.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydivers Jump Over Meteor Crater
Five Minute Call | February 2020

Skydivers Jump Over Meteor Crater

By Jim Dolan

Over adult beverages at Tsunami Skydivers’ 2019 Party on the Playa boogie in Costa Rica, photographer Bruno Brokken was talking with a group of friends when he had a question: How would they like to make a jump over Meteor Crater in Arizona so he could photograph it?

Author: Jim Dolan
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Texas Jumpers Say Goodbye to Bob Hunter
Five Minute Call | February 2020

Texas Jumpers Say Goodbye to Bob Hunter

By Rick Poplinger

On December 1, the Texas skydiving community said goodbye to Bob Hunter, D-15030, who passed away of natural causes in October. Hunter, a USPA Tandem Instructor who had made more than 8,000 jumps, was an integral part of the Texas skydiving community.

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Mile-Hi Participates in Colorado Airlift for Veteran Families
Five Minute Call | February 2020

Mile-Hi Participates in Colorado Airlift for Veteran Families

By Danielle Williams

Each year, the Colorado Aviation Business Association and the Colorado Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars arrange for aircraft to collect tens of thousands of pounds of canned food and toys at Centennial Airport near Denver and distribute them to distant towns across the state where volunteers distribute them to veteran families in need.

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With Thanks
Five Minute Call | February 2020

With Thanks

Executive Director Ed Scott presents departing Director of Sport Promotion Nancy Koreen with a personalized gift thanking her for her years of service to USPA.

Author: USPA Staff
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Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Vigil Battery Replacement Reminder
Gear & Industry Spotlight | February 2020

Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Vigil Battery Replacement Reminder

In December, Advanced Aerospace Designs, manufacturer of the Vigil automatic activation device, issued reminders to Vigil owners about battery replacement.

Author: USPA Staff
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FAI Appoints Markus Haggeney Acting Secretary General
Gear & Industry Spotlight | February 2020

FAI Appoints Markus Haggeney Acting Secretary General

In December, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the governing body for world air sports) announced that it appointed Markus Haggeney as acting secretary general following the departure of Secretary General Susanne Schödel.

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

Featured Jumper

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Monica Dunigan (10 o’clock), B-51298, celebrates her 100th jump with friends during the Ladies by the Lake Boogie at Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | February 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010

Organizer Christy Frikken smiles for the camera while leading a jump during the P3 Sequential Camp at Skydive Perris in California.

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Safety Check | Guarding Against Hard Openings
Safety Check | February 2020

Safety Check | Guarding Against Hard Openings

By Ron Bell

A main parachute that opens quickly and hard can be extremely dangerous. A hard opening can break suspension lines, tear canopy fabric, and injure, kill or incapacitate the jumper.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing
Ask A Rigger | February 2020

Ask a rigger | Reserves, Part 1: Choosing and Purchasing

By Shauna Finley

Chances are, you know very little about your reserve canopy (after all, it’s packed away out of view most of the time), but you should. It’s an important piece of equipment, and although you hope to never use it, you probably will at some point.

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Rating Corner | Safety Day Forums on Emergencies Below 2,000 Feet
The Rating Corner | February 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Forums on Emergencies Below 2,000 Feet

By Michael Wadkins

USPA Safety Day is just around the corner—on March 14—and most DZs are gearing up for the event.

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Featured Event
Featured Event | February 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Anthony Zerbonia | D-34481

Flanked by wingsuit flyers Andy Kenny and Melissa Pettito, Richo Butts flies his canopy atop a backflying Kenny David Covel during Wingsuit Weekend at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | February 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Jumpers fly a head-down formation during the Live Bigz event at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas.

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Cleared for Landing
Features | February 2020

Cleared for Landing

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting
Features | February 2020

Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting

By USPA Staff and Head of Delegation Karl Meyer

Afternoon rains, gusty winds and low clouds greeted the competitors who arrived at Skydive Pretoria in South Africa in the weeks before the 10th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Canopy Piloting.

Author: USPA Staff
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Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale
Features | February 2020

Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale

By Annette O’Neil

JaNette Lefkowitz starts by saying, “There’s just so much to it, so many stories leading up.”

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Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors
Features | February 2020

Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors

By Matt Gerdes

Wingsuits add massive amounts of potential to skydives. A wingsuit flyer is able to fly farther and at much higher horizontal speeds than is possible on any other type of jump.

Author: Matt Gerdes
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | January 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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