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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

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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
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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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Donors
Donors | April 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Swinging Into Action
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Swinging Into Action

Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

Levity founder Leah Levy product tests her company’s Pocket Swing, which is made from upcycled parachute fabric, underneath a Droplyne balloon flying over Arizona City, Arizona.

Author: David Cherry
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Board Elects Al King to Fill National Director Vacancy
Five Minute Call | March 2020

Board Elects Al King to Fill National Director Vacancy

On January 31, at its winter meeting, the USPA Board of Directors elected Al King as a national director to fill the vacancy created when Shanon Searls joined the USPA staff. The board chose King from a slate of candidates nominated by other board members. King previously served two terms as Northeast Regional Director and was chairman of the board for the 2016-2018 term. A full report on the winter board meeting will appear in the April issue of Parachutist.

Author: USPA Staff
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Follow the Sun
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Follow the Sun

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Canopy formation skydivers fly a 16-way at the Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

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Jumpers Undertake Guerilla Marketing Campaign
Five Minute Call | March 2020

Jumpers Undertake Guerilla Marketing Campaign

By Jim Dolan

In November, demonstration team Skydiving Innovations had the opportunity to make jumps over downtown San Francisco as part of a guerilla marketing campaign by Freshworks, a software-development company.

Author: Jim Dolan
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Wedding Planning
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Wedding Planning

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

During the Turkey Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida, McKenna Knipe looks on as Per Bjorn Poulsen and Kimberly Bailey practice a jump that they’ll make during their upcoming wedding.

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Five Minute Call | March 2020

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | March 2020

10-Way Meet Sees Battle of the Sexes Rematch

By Jim McCormick

At the 2018 DC-3 10-Way Speed Money Meet at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, an all-female team called Seek This!—comprised of some of the most accomplished female skydivers in the U.S. and headed up by Ellen Monsees—chalked up an impressive victory.

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Pressing Forward
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Pressing Forward

Photo by Mike McGowan | D-5709

Tyler Buffington swoops in for landing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Author: Mike McGowan
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FAI Announces Cancellation of 2022 World Games
Five Minute Call | March 2020

FAI Announces Cancellation of 2022 World Games

In December, the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale announced that it has cancelled the 2022 FAI World Air Games, which were to take place in Turkey.

Author: USPA Staff
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She Flocks Supports Female Wingsuiters
Five Minute Call | March 2020

She Flocks Supports Female Wingsuiters

By Marie Clark

Marie Clark and Jessica Maviano created the She Flocks event so women could fly, learn, share and meet others who share a passion for the discipline.

Author: Marie Clark
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AXIS Flight School Releases App
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

AXIS Flight School Releases App

In January, AXIS Flight School announced the release of a new app following three years of development in partnership with Good Goblin Games.

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | March 2020

Donors

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Skydive Empuriabrava Announces CO2-Neutral Status
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

Skydive Empuriabrava Announces CO2-Neutral Status

USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain, one of Europe’s largest drop zones, is now offsetting its carbon dioxide footprint by supporting certified climate-protection projects.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydiver Publishes Holiday Children’s Book
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

Skydiver Publishes Holiday Children’s Book

James Rick Highsmith, D-5863, recently published “In Search of Christmas,” an illustrated children’s book   that touches on Highsmith’s love of skydiving.

Author: USPA Staff
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