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Rhythm’s Guide to Team Budgeting
Features | November 2018

Rhythm’s Guide to Team Budgeting

By Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

So, you’d like to form a skydiving team and you’ve found other skydivers to join you. Congratulations! Now what? The good news is that the greatest hurdle is behind you. The next step is to come up with a team budget.

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Camaraderie and Community
Features | November 2018

Camaraderie and Community

The 35th FAI Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing World Championships

Determining world champions is not the only purpose for holding world championships. Promoting the sport, exchanging knowledge and information and strengthening friendly relationships between participating nations are equally important. The 35th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing World Championships at Dropzone Erden near Montana, Bulgaria, August 24-31 offered the chance to do all of those things.

Author: Lindy Leach
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The 2nd FAI Wingsuit Flying World Championships
Features | November 2018

The 2nd FAI Wingsuit Flying World Championships

Photos by Scott Callantine

In the Olomouc region of the Czech Republic lays Prostějov, a city of more than 44,000 people that dates back to the 12th century. Home to the 601st Special Forces Group of the Czech Armed Forces, the airport in Prostějov has a history in parachuting going back to 1960. The drop zone Jump-Tandem, owned by Martin Dlouhý, a professional skydiver of more than 33 years, has been host to multiple world events, including two Vector Festivals, the CYPRES 25th Anniversary Boogie, three European Championships, two Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Cups and now two FAI World Championships.

Author: USPA Staff
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Swooping San Diego
Features | November 2018

Swooping San Diego

Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships

For the first time in the U.S., a swooping competition came to the heart of a major city, giving the non-jumping general public a front-row seat to the dynamic, high-speed, spectator-friendly sport of canopy piloting. The Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships came to the waterfront in downtown San Diego September 14-15, and the action lived up to the hype.

Author: USPA Staff
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On Valor—Skydivers Work Together to Help a Hero
Features | November 2018

On Valor—Skydivers Work Together to Help a Hero

By Annette O'Neil

When it happened, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal operator, had already been serving his country for a dozen years. Those years had been good, full, strong years. On the day in question, the mission at hand was most certainly not Stacy’s first. All the way back in 2010, the USO presented its Service Member of the Year award to CPO Stacy for his key role in more than 50 combat missions while he’d been deployed to Afghanistan. Over the course of that decade-plus, Stacy had destroyed improvised bombs, trained both Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces members on delicate clearing techniques and helped ensure the zero-casualty rate in the province where he was doing the good work.

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The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships
Features | November 2018

The 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships

By Steve Hubbard

Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, hosted the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships September 4-18. This was the first time the mid-sized Midwestern drop zone hosted a national championships and despite a few unexpected challenges, DZO Doug Smith, Director of Marketing Becky Johns and the rest of the CSC staff rose to the occasion to ensure a successful event.

Author: USPA Staff
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Johnny Carson's Long Freefall
Features | October 1968

Johnny Carson's Long Freefall

By Bill Sinclair

On the morning of July 5th, at the Elsinore Paracenter (California), Johnny Carson, Host of NBC's "Tonight Show", realized a life long ambition by making the delayed free fall parachute jump from an altitude of 12, 500 feet.

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2019-2021 Elections
Features | October 2018

2019-2021 Elections

United States Parachute Association Board of Directors

Author: USPA Staff
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In Celebration Of Aviation
Features | October 2018

In Celebration Of Aviation

by Jim McCormick | Photos by Brian Festi

Skydivers are aviators. Our bodies are low-performance aircraft. Under canopy we are slightly higher-performance aircraft. We share airspace with aviators of all kinds. So it makes sense that skydivers were well represented at AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The airshow, produced by the Experimental Aircraft Association and billed as “the world’s largest and most significant annual aviation event,” has taken place for more than 60 years. Occurring annually during the last full week in July, the show attracts more than half a million spectators each year.

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Boogie of the Year—The 2018 Summerfest Boogie
Features | October 2018

Boogie of the Year—The 2018 Summerfest Boogie

A Parachutist Pictorial

For the 11th year, Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, delivered Summerfest—its annual midsummer celebration of all things skydiving—July 28 through August 5. Jumpers from all over the world gathered for a week of blue skies, nightly entertainment and what returning attendees describe as “the ultimate sky family reunion.”

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The Age of Authority
Features | October 2018

The Age of Authority

A Parachutist Pictorial | Photos By Norman Kent

The 75-Way Skydivers Over Sixty World Record for Largest Formation Skydive

Organizers: T.J. Hine, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger

Record Holders:

Andy Anderson, Michael Anderson, Pat Arthur, Art Barchie, David Benjamin, Betty Bennett, John Benoit, Stewart Brookes, Scott Buethe, Monique Careau, George Conwill, James Crandall, Carl Daugherty, Carlo De Martino, Kim Dobson, Jim Doyle, Valerie Estabrook, Chuck Finley, Nels Forsman, Bill Fridberg, Glenn Giamatti, Gary Greer, William Grimm, Tiiu Haamer, John Hardy, Michael Hare, Dee Hawley, Michael Hawley, Tom Hayes, T.J. Hine, Robert Johns, Ronald Johnson, John Kallend, Peter Kazmierczak, Kevin Keenan, Peter Kramer, James Krogh, Francois Leblanc, Jerry Lehnherr, Richard Luczak, Marshall Madden, William McMurry, Jeff McVey, Raymond Medley, John Mignanelli, Douglas Mullinax, George Nisson, Darrell Ogi, Richard Parrish, Dan Pillasch, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger, Cynthia Raible, Mike Raible, David Robinson, Mike Robinson, Dan Rosenthal, Jeff Saxton, Hank Schraeder, Craig Seasly, Jonathan Smith, Hank Stapel, Larry Stein, Larry Thomas, Mark Thompson, Steve Van Buren, Butch Van Lewis, Kevin Vetter, Ron Wands, Tracy Warrington, Harold White, Casey Wiggins, Paul Wold, Josh Wolfe, Peter Zimmerli

Camera Flyers: Brian Festi and Norman Kent

Author: Norman Kent
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The Summer 2018 USPA Board Of Directors Meeting
Features | September 2018

The Summer 2018 USPA Board Of Directors Meeting

By USPA Staff

The 2018 USPA Board of Directors summer meeting—the sixth and final meeting of the 2016-2018 board before the fall elections—took place July 13-15. For the board’s first visit to Milwaukee, Skydive Midwest in nearby Sturtevant, Wisconsin, welcomed board members and staff to the drop zone the Thursday before the meeting, and everyone enjoyed the cool, northern temperatures and blue skies before heading into three days of meetings. Compared to recent meetings, agendas were light, allowing the board to explore each topic fully.

Author: USPA Staff
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We Are The 13% - WSLN Leads The Charge For Women
Features | September 2018

We Are The 13% - WSLN Leads The Charge For Women

by Annette O'Neil

Instructor, coach and champion Christy Frikken hardly needs an introduction. If you’ve been in the sport over the past 16 years—or watched formation skydiving podiums since 2007—you’ve certainly seen her. Unfortunately, dozens of major wins and one of the most highly respected names in 4-way coaching apparently only gets you so far.

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Wingsuit Progression Part Four: Making It Back Alive And Well
Features | September 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part Four: Making It Back Alive And Well

By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

Wingsuit flying is complicated and requires a significant amount of training, education, practice and dedication. It isn’t something you can just do a little here and there and still do it well. It deserves respect and your full attention. Your life is on the line, along with the lives of others. A wingsuit skydive presents many opportunities to make fatal errors. And don’t kid yourself about the risks to others: If you mess up in this sport, you can kill someone. It has happened before.

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Total Commitment
Features |

Total Commitment

by USPA Staff

85 competitors from 27 nations test their skills at the Federation Aeronautique Internationale 7th Canopy Piloting World Championships and 1st Freestyle Canopy Piloting World Championships.

Author: USPA Staff
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The Spirit of Independence--4th of July Events Around the Country
Features | September 2018

The Spirit of Independence--4th of July Events Around the Country

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Getting Started in Freefall Photography
Features | August 1968

Getting Started in Freefall Photography

By David R. Kreiser

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An Elite 10-Way—The 2018 INTERNATIONAL Skydiving Hall Of Fame
Features | August 2018

An Elite 10-Way—The 2018 INTERNATIONAL Skydiving Hall Of Fame

By Doug Garr

Each year, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels.” This year’s induction ceremony and gala dinner for the 10 newest members will take place during the 2018 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration November 1-3 at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Doug Garr
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Message Of Peace—A Parachutist Pictorial
Features | August 2018

Message Of Peace—A Parachutist Pictorial

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

For skydivers, two things keep us in the sport—our passion for human flight and the amazing friendships we build with others who share that passion. One way to enjoy both is to be involved in large-formation skydiving events.

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The Warm Embrace Of Thailand
Features | August 2018

The Warm Embrace Of Thailand

By Jim McCormick

Thailand is magical. It deserves to be referred to as the “Land of Smiles.” Anyone who has been there will tell you it’s unforgettable. The air is warm and damp. Transitioning to the outdoors from an air-conditioned space feels like a warm embrace.

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Wingsuit Progression Part Three: A Wingsuit Skydive From Start To Finish, An Incomplete Guide
Features | August 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part Three: A Wingsuit Skydive From Start To Finish, An Incomplete Guide

By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

After exiting properly for your wingsuit skydive (covered in “Wingsuit Progression—Part Two: Exits,” July Parachutist), you still have the rest of your jump ahead of you. All skydives require planning and careful execution, but wingsuit skydives require just a little extra.

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Southern Charm - The 10th Annual Carolinafest Boogie
Features | August 2018

Southern Charm - The 10th Annual Carolinafest Boogie

Author: USPA Staff
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Going to X-tremes
Features | August 2018

Going to X-tremes

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Let's All Leap for Lupus
Features | July 2018

Let's All Leap for Lupus

by Annette O'Neil

Valinda Mitchell and her husband, John, are vacationing in France. These lovebirds travel a lot … a month in Ireland here, a long stint jetting around Australia there. When your childhood sweetheart and the mother of your four children says her final goodbyes to the family from a hospital bed and manages to claw her way back, such forays are understandable and maybe even necessary. Wandering hand in hand around Paris is the only way to respond, n’est-ce pas?

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Watch Out for Wombats!
Features | July 2018

Watch Out for Wombats!

by U.S. TopPOP James Davis

On April 19, 132 members of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society (and subgroups Skydivers Over Sixty, Jumpers Over Seventy and Jumpers Over Eighty) made the trek to the rural drop zone for the 14th POPS World Meet, temporarily increasing the town’s population by 11 percent.

Author: James Davis
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Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits
Features | July 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits

by Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

The subject of wingsuit exits—specifically, in what order wingsuit flyers should exit and how to conduct the exits—seems to cause a lot of confusion and worry among wingsuit flyers themselves, as well as other jumpers at the DZ. Much of this confusion and worry can be resolved by simply doing a little pre-planning before boarding the aircraft.  

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American Pride: A Parachutist Pictorial
Features | July 2018

American Pride: A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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One More Jumper: The SoS World Record Week
Features | July 2018

One More Jumper: The SoS World Record Week

by Carol Jones and Doug Garr

The record series kicked off on April 20. First up was the three-day JOS world record event. Thirty-two skydivers in their 70s from Canada, Germany, Sweden and the U.S. participated.

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How to Buy a Used Main Canopy
Features | July 2018

How to Buy a Used Main Canopy

by Hollie-Blue Allum of Performance Designs

Canopy manufacturer Performance Designs would love it if every time you needed a canopy you'd buy a brand-spanking-new one. Of course, that's not always possible, and without a doubt there are some great deals on used parachutes in the marketplace. Many people choose to buy used, especially for their first or second sets of gear. If you do choose to buy used equipment, particularly a main canopy, you’ll need to do your homework.

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Red, Green, Blue or Yellow?
Features | July 2018

Red, Green, Blue or Yellow?

by Steven Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Competing  in  4-way  formation  skydiving  can  be  a  lot  of  fun  and  also  very  challenging.  It’s  the  kind  of  sport  you  can  enjoy  casually  on  the weekend  or  devote  your  life  to  (like  the  members  of  SDC  Rhythm  XP  do)! If  you’re  thinking  of  participating,  you’ll  first  need  to  learn  a  little about  the  formations  and  the  five  positions  on  the  team.

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