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Donors
Donors | July 2019

Donors

July 2019

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Mystery Solved
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2019

Mystery Solved

Photo by Lonnie Kirk | D-18988

At Skydive City Zephyhills in Florida, Doug Cross reveals the source of chem trails as Marcie Smith looks on.

Author: Lonnie Kirk
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Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!
Five Minute Call | July 2019

Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!

The National Aeronautic Association selected the four-point 42-way head-down world record as one of its most memorable aviation records of 2018. The skydivers set the record on June 30 over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, surpassing the previous record of 33 set in 2014.

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Five Minute Call | July 2019

Call for 2020 Skydive Calendar Photos

USPA is looking for 15 remarkable photographs for the 2020 USPA Skydive Calendar. Email submissions to communications@uspa.org  or  visit parachutistonline.com/p/submissions. If emailing, please indicate “calendar submission” on the subject line. Photographers must submit entries by July 31 for consideration.

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Five Minute Call | July 2019

Corrections

In the photo by Jeff Donohue on the cover of the June issue, Scott Callantine is on the left, Kyle Lobpries is wearing the gray wingsuit and Wes Sandler is backflying below.

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CRW Dawgs Kick Off Summer
Five Minute Call | July 2019

CRW Dawgs Kick Off Summer

By Michael Tomaselli

On May 16-19, Skydive Elsinore in California—one of the few drop zones with a lakefront view and enough outs to host canopy formation events—hosted its Kick Off to Summer canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) boogie.

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Jumpers Hone XRW Skills at Skydive Spaceland–Houston
Five Minute Call | July 2019

Jumpers Hone XRW Skills at Skydive Spaceland–Houston

By Stephen Megison

April was a rainy month in Texas, with almost every weekend either too cloudy or windy to jump. Fortunately, the last weekend in April was crystal clear at Skydive Spaceland­–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, just in time for the third annual Spaceland XRW Skills Camp.

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Phantom Airborne Brigade Allowed at Group Member DZs
Five Minute Call | July 2019

Phantom Airborne Brigade Allowed at Group Member DZs

In early April, USPA’s Executive Committee voted to allow the Phantom Airborne Brigade to jump at Group Member drop zones. The Phantom Airborne Brigade is one of several groups that performs military-style static-line jumps using round parachutes.

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The Ritz Hosts Memorial Weekend Boogie
Five Minute Call | July 2019

The Ritz Hosts Memorial Weekend Boogie

By Chazi Blacksher

Skydive West Plains “the Ritz” in Ritzville, Washington, hosted a great Memorial Weekend Boogie May 24-27. Weather didn’t allow jumping on Friday, but the evening potluck, karaoke and bonfire made up for it.

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West Tennessee Honors Veterans
Five Minute Call | July 2019

West Tennessee Honors Veterans

By Alex Coker

On Memorial Day, West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville joined forces with the Forever Young Senior Veterans and WREG News Channel 3 to honor four military veterans.

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P3 Challenges Big-Way Jumpers at 100-Way Camp
Five Minute Call | July 2019

P3 Challenges Big-Way Jumpers at 100-Way Camp

By Bobbie Buenaflor

The organizers of P3—Perris Performance Plus—know that it’s spectacular when a large formation comes together. So, each year in May they host a trifecta of four-day formation skydiving events—the P3 Big-Way Camp, 100-Way Camp and Spring Fling—at Skydive Perris in California.

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SOS and JOS Return to Perris
Five Minute Call | July 2019

SOS and JOS Return to Perris

Bu Carol Jones

In mid-April, like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, members of Skydivers Over Sixty, Jumpers Over Seventy and Women Skydivers Over Sixty returned to Skydive Perris in California. The event kicked off on April 19 with the JOS formation skydiving record attempts.

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POPS Celebrates Spring
Five Minute Call | July 2019

POPS Celebrates Spring

The Parachutists Over Phorty Society held its 49th annual SpringFest April 4-7 at Skydive Lake Wales in Florida. Longtime POPS member Dave DeWolf—who passed away the month after SpringFest—supported the event with a generous donation.

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Better Than a Gold Watch
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2019

Better Than a Gold Watch

T.J. McGrath (center), D-3581, and his sons Tom (left) and John—who have both made tandems with their dad—get matching “blue skies” tattoos to celebrate T.J.’s retirement from the sport.

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Red Bull Photo Competition Accepting Submissions
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

Red Bull Photo Competition Accepting Submissions

Red Bull is hosting the fifth edition of its Illume Image Quest photo competition—which incorporates all manner of imagery, including skydiving and BASE jumping—and is accepting submissions now through July 31.

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PD Factory Team Announces Expansion
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

PD Factory Team Announces Expansion

The Performance Designs Factory Team began 15 years ago as a 4-way formation skydiving project composed primarily of PD employees. It later became a high-performance canopy piloting team. For 2019, PD is expanding the team to include classic accuracy.

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CF World Record Team to Receive 2019 Path of Excellence Award
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

CF World Record Team to Receive 2019 Path of Excellence Award

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is honoring the Canopy Formation World Record Team with its Path of Excellence Award.

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West Tennessee Hosts SIS Boogie
Five Minute Call | July 2019

West Tennessee Hosts SIS Boogie

By Alex Coker

The weather was terrible, but everyone had a blast May 10-12 at the Sisters in Skydiving Leading Ladies of Skydiving boogie at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville.

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Donors
Donors | June 2019

Donors

June 2019

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Base Instinct
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2019

Base Instinct

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

Kevin Kierce leads the base down the hill during the Top Flite formation skydiving event at Skydive Perris in California.

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Sisters Go on Rampage in Suffolk
Five Minute Call | June 2019

Sisters Go on Rampage in Suffolk

By Chazi Blacksher

The weekend of April 28-29, Skydive Suffolk in Virginia hosted the Magical Neon Rampage, a Sisters in Skydiving event. Load organizers Carlye Barto and Chazi Blacksher focused on individual skills in group settings. The ladies earned sweet jerseys and leggings from Kua Sky and scored a neckie courtesy of Kua Sky in their boogie bags. A few participants met for dinner after jumping on Saturday and enjoyed talking about the day’s jumps over wine and chocolate chip cookies.

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Five Minute Call | June 2019

Corrections

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Missing Justin
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2019

Missing Justin

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

Jumpers at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, fly a missing-man formation in honor of Justin Lowell Goff, who passed away April 21.

Author: Elliot Byrd
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Team Elite Returns to Skydive Arizona
Five Minute Call | June 2019

Team Elite Returns to Skydive Arizona

By Erin Orwig

On March 1-3, Guy Wright and Arizona Airspeed’s Niklas Hemlin joined forces for the third installment of Eloy Team Elite. Once again, jumpers traveled from all over the United States and beyond for a fast-paced weekend of challenging multi-point 36-way skydives from 16,500 feet.

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Rattlesnake Mountain Skydiving Opens in Washington
Five Minute Call | June 2019

Rattlesnake Mountain Skydiving Opens in Washington

Rattlesnake Mountain Skydiving is a new USPA Group Member drop zone located in Prosser, in the heart of Washington, a place that has been dubbed the birthplace of the Washington wine industry. Seated in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Prosser boasts more than 200 days of sunshine each year and, from full altitude, offers views of three of the Pacific Northwest’s most recognizable mountains, as well as the Columbia and Yakima rivers below.

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Arizona Hosts Elemental Easter Festival
Five Minute Call | June 2019

Arizona Hosts Elemental Easter Festival

By George Hargis

Skydive Arizona in Eloy held its Elemental Easter Festival April 19-21. During the event, attendees played with the four elements: water (a swoop ‘n’ slide and Zorb ball), fire (a full-moon bonfire and fire dancers), wind (an LED night huck in the onsite SkyVenture Arizona wind tunnel) and earth (planting flowers in recycled art vases).

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Phil Mayfield Marks 50th Year of Jumping
Five Minute Call | June 2019

Phil Mayfield Marks 50th Year of Jumping

Phil Mayfield, D-2629, first joined USPA in 1969. He made his first jump on March 9 of that year with four of his teenage buddies in Cedar Hill, Texas, and never stopped. Exactly 50 years later, he made a 2-way formation skydive with his son, Aaron, at Skydive Spaceland-Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, to celebrate the occasion. In the past, he’s also had the opportunity to jump with his other son, Jake.

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Raising Awareness
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2019

Raising Awareness

Photo by Lee Cipriani-Nisley | D-32598

At Skydive the Gulf in Elberta, Alabama, Leigh Miller makes a tandem jump with DZO Luke Church to raise awareness of sexual assault survivors.

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Raising Awareness
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2019

Raising Awareness

Photo by Lee Cipriani-Nisley | D-32598

At Skydive the Gulf in Elberta, Alabama, Leigh Miller makes a tandem jump with DZO Luke Church to raise awareness of sexual assault survivors.

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UPT and Sun Path Form Partnership
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2019

UPT and Sun Path Form Partnership

United Parachute Technologies and Sun Path Products are joining forces to co-sponsor the development, training and sale of the Mutant supine harness, which is geared toward highly experienced canopy pilots. This is the first time the direct competitors have worked together to this extent in the sport market.

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