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Nationals 2020 Update (August 5, 2020)
Skydiving News | August 2020, Nationals 2020

Nationals 2020 Update (August 5, 2020)

USPA is still determining whether a 2020 USPA Nationals can be conducted safely and if so, how. USPA is exploring options while trying to ensure competitors in all disciplines/events have an opportunity to compete.

Author: USPA Staff
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Brian Naiman Elected USPA Pacific Regional Director
Skydiving News | August 2020, BOD 2020, Election 2020

Brian Naiman Elected USPA Pacific Regional Director

The results are in for the special election to fill the vacancy for the Pacific Regional Director seat on the USPA Board of Directors.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Seeks New National Director
Skydiving News | August 2020, BOD 2020, Election 2020

USPA Seeks New National Director

The USPA Board of Directors is seeking a USPA member to fill an upcoming board vacancy that will be created when Albert Berchtold resigns his national director seat this fall to assume the executive director position at USPA Headquarters.

Author: USPA Staff
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August 2020
Covers | August 2020

August 2020

Cover

Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010

At Skydive Perris in California, the Top Flite team, led by Kevin Kierce, flies a 16-way during its first skills camp since the DZ re-opened. 

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Gearing Up
Gearing Up | August 2020

Gearing Up

By Ed Scott

There are three opportunities for USPA members to participate in important skydiving gatherings in the coming months.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Natural Transition”
Featured Art | August 2020

“Natural Transition”

By Annalisa Beery

“Natural Transition”
Ink on paper

Annalisa Beery
annalisabeery.wixsite.com/faiththroughfreefall
annalisabeery@gmail.com

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Letters | August 2020

Opening Shock

By William Grut

The recent accident-statistics report—“Non-Fatal Incidents Summary” by Ron Bell in the May issue of Parachutist—was interesting and prompts me to bring up, once again, the problems of opening  shock.

Author: William Grut
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Tales From the Bonfire | I Was Already Dead
Tales from the Bonfire | August 2020

Tales From the Bonfire | I Was Already Dead

By Rick Thues

I was in a 2-way with my good friend (in freefall, OK?). She had only 100 jumps, and I had more than 2,000.

Author: Rick Thues
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Mike Brewer | D-33350
Profiles | August 2020

Mike Brewer | D-33350

By Brian Giboney

Mike Brewer, D-33350, is a skydiving filmmaker, instructor and organizer who has a huge international presence as a part of Kinetic, an organization comprised of creative athletes dedicated to exploring the world together.

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Summer Camp
Five Minute Call | August 2020

Summer Camp

Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #317981

Coach Jeannie Bartholomew of the Alter Ego Project comes in for landing while leading a canopy skills camp at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

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Freeflyers Face Off with Bellyflyers at First TeXas Speedway Competition
Five Minute Call | August 2020

Freeflyers Face Off with Bellyflyers at First TeXas Speedway Competition

By Scott Latinis

What an improbable occurrence took place June 13. No, dogs didn’t lie down with cats. No, Yankee and Red Sox fans didn’t decide that it didn’t matter who won the game, as long as everyone had fun.

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Jumpers Wed in Winterset
Five Minute Call | August 2020

Jumpers Wed in Winterset

On June 6, Bridget Mahoney and Greg Nore were united in marriage in Winterset, Iowa, at the Des Moines Skydivers drop zone. 

Author: USPA Staff
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West Tennessee Hosts 5th Annual SIS Boogie
Five Minute Call | August 2020

West Tennessee Hosts 5th Annual SIS Boogie

By Alex Coker

From June 19-21, Sisters in Skydiving members had a phenomenal weekend at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville’s 5th Annual SIS Boogie.

Author: Alex Coker
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Golden Anniversary
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2020

Golden Anniversary

While at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, Colorado, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first jump, Bill Boles, D-2907, poses in the landing area with his daughter, Kristin, who is an AFF student and accompanied her father in the plane for the occasion.

Author: USPA Staff
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Quaranteam
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2020

Quaranteam

Photo by George Katsoulis

Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010

On their return to the sky after the lifting of lockdown orders, Bob Compton, Terry Dauplaise, Eric Knight and Celine Pelletier launch an open accordion at Skydive Perris in California.

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PD Releases Sabre3
Gear & Industry Spotlight | August 2020

PD Releases Sabre3

On June 8, canopy manufacturer Performance Designs released its latest canopy, the Sabre3.

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

Featured Jumper

Photo by Alex Swindle | D-31305

David Robinson (red and white rig), D-33346, and friends celebrate his 70th birthday with a 17-way formation of the number 70 at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Author: Alex Swindle
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | August 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #317981

Justin Fuller performs a gear check on Alyssa Buron before boarding the plane at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

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Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report
The Rating Corner | August 2020

Rating Corner | How to Write an Incident Report

By Ron Bell

A good incident report gives a thorough account of what happened without glossing over unsavory information or leaving out crucial facts.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an Eye Out | Canopy Collisions
Keep An Eye Out | August 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Canopy Collisions

After opening their main canopies, jumpers tend to spread out and keep a respectful distance from one another until they all head for the same landing area.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Incident Reporting
Safety Check | August 2020

Safety Check | Incident Reporting

By Ron Bell

For more than a year now, USPA has been on a crusade to increase incident reporting, not only by instructors, but also by the everyday jumper.

Author: Ron Bell
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Featured Event
Featured Event | August 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Chris Wagner | D-5479

Jumpers participate in the Virginia state sequential formation skydiving record attempts—which nearly completed before one of the planes experienced mechanical trouble and ended the attempts—at Skydive Suffolk.

Author: Chris Wagner
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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | August 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Bert Navarrete | D-19159

Jamie Miller follows Ryan Uldrich out the door as he leads an angle jump at Skydive Cross Keys.

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Closing In
Closing In | August 2020

Closing In

Photo by Daniel Angulo I D-28777

Members of the various freefly teams who competed in the TeXas Speedway freefly vs. bellyfly event at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas, get together after the competition for an angle dive.

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Donors
Donors | August 2020

Donors

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

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Reasons You Should Attend Nationals
Features | August 2020

Five Reasons You Should Attend Nationals

A USPA Staff Report

The camaraderie, the spirit of competition and the drama keep jumpers returning to Nationals year after year, but it’s also more than that. The reasons people attend Nationals are as varied as the disciplines showcased at the event.

Author: USPA Staff
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How to Become an Old Skydiver
Features | August 2020

How to Become an Old Skydiver

By Doug Garr

We’re in an unforgiving sport. We’re made aware of this each time we sign a liability waiver, every time we read an incident report.

Author: Doug Garr
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Back in the Air
Features | August 2020

Back in the Air

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Reaching Full Potential Through Visualization
Features | August 2020

Reaching Full Potential Through Visualization

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

Visualization is the ability to create clear, detailed and accurate images in your mind of something that you want to reproduce as physical reality. In essence, quality visualization is much like a very well-trained imagination.

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