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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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Donors
Donors | January 2020

Donors

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"untitled"
Featured Art | January 2020

"untitled"

By Daniel Silva | B-49187

"untitled"
Acrylic on drywall

Daniel Silva | B-49187
Huntington Beach, California
danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

Author: Daniel Silva
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Letters | January 2020

Letters

Sports Camera Safety

Every day, Safety and Training Advisors see skydivers walking to the plane wearing cameras that are not protected from catching a line.

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Letters | January 2020

Letters

Membership Card Disappointment

The new format for USPA membership cards may seem like small potatoes to some, but after 50 continuous years of membership, it is annoying to me.

Author: Rick March
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V for Veterans
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | January 2020

V for Veterans

Photo by Tripp Schwab | D-33111

On November 11, participants in the Arizona Airspeed 40-Way Sequentials event hosted by Niklas Hemlin and Team Elite’s Guy Wright at Skydive Arizona in Eloy build a “V” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Author: Tripp Schwab
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“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Featured Art | December 2019

“High Altitude, Low Pull”

By Shelrie Houlton | D-35229

“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Mixed media

Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
Merritt Island, Florida
shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

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Tales from the Bonfire
Tales from the Bonfire | December 2019

Tales from the Bonfire

By Hunter Goldman

We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at Skydive Pepperell. Paula, Devin, my father and I have grown as people and as skydivers together. Needless to say, we are family!

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Sammy Vassilev | D-19270
Profiles | December 2019

Sammy Vassilev | D-19270

By Brian Giboney

Sammy Vassilev began jumping in 1989 in Bulgaria, where he grew up around the sport. (His mother was a world champion.) He moved to the United States in 1991 and immediately began having an impact on the sport here as a talented skysurfer and camera flyer.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | December 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | November 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Falling Angels”
Featured Art | November 2019

“Falling Angels”

By Bobbi Faulkner

“Falling Angels”
Acrylic on canvas

Bobbi Faulkner | B-45202
Cary, North Carolina

sheskydives.com

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Letters | November 2019

Letters

Jump Aircraft Safety

Ed Scott’s “Gearing Up” editorial (September Parachutist) was welcome and cogent. But I would add that many jumpers would like to see more vigilance from pilots to ensure that everyone has their seatbelts secure for takeoff.

Author: Doug Garr
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Adam Buckner | D-16514
Profiles | November 2019

Adam Buckner | D-16514

By Brian Giboney

Like so many jumpers of his generation, Adam Buckner—at the time a freestyle BMX rider—started skydiving in 1991 after seeing the movie “Point Break.”

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | October 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Mike McGowan”
Featured Art | October 2019

“Mike McGowan”

By Rod Leisure

“Mike McGowan”
Airbrush

Rod Leisure | D-18726
Arcadia, Indiana

scratchart29@gmail.com

Author: Rod Leisure
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Maximizing Enjoyment of Record Attempts

In the beginning, we all wanted to be great flyers. We can recall many jumps when we weren’t. We wanted to set state records, and we remember when they were hard or didn’t happen.

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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Veteran Pride

Thank you so much for your article, “Saluting the Heroes of D-Day” (August Parachutist). I come from a long line of military volunteers, as does my wife.

Author: Jerry Hogan
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

RSL Issues

In “Incident Reports” in the August issue, the third incident states, “Both canopies fully deployed and went into a downplane. The student immediately cut away the main, which remained trailing behind him attached by the reserve static line.”

Author: Rob Jonson
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Thought for the Day

Practicing cutaways in a hanging harness is a great exercise. However, it’s not perfect.

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Marylou Laughlin | D-12418
Profiles | October 2019

Marylou Laughlin | D-12418

By Brian Giboney

Marylou Laughlin, D-12418, started skydiving in 1988 and soon became heavily involved in competition, first as a competitor, then as a judge.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | September 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Swooping the Serenity”
Featured Art | September 2019

“Swooping the Serenity”

By Marina Kartseva

“Swooping the Serenity”
Acrylic on canvas

Marina Kartseva
Marinart.land

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Letters | September 2019

Letters

A Coincidence

While waiting in the loading area for the Caravan to land, I and a group of other jumpers witnessed a skydiver under a reserve canopy with his main pilot chute trailing.

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Letters | September 2019

Letters

Aircraft-Incident Statistics

For the 2019 skydiving fatality report, USPA should include those who perished in the Dillingham accident.

Author: Jed Morris
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | September 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Pam Potzer

Growing up, I would constantly tell my parents that one day I’d skydive, too. They’d always tell me how expensive and dangerous it was, I think because a part of them did not want to see pictures of their daughter hanging off the strut of a Cessna.

Author: Pam Potzer
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Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563
Profiles | September 2019

Stu Metcalfe  | D-2563

By Brian Giboney

Stu Metcalfe, D-2563, is 71 years young and still killin’ it. This Cornhusker started skydiving in March 1969 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and soon became interested in precision accuracy.

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“Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”
Featured Art | August 2019

“Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”

By Ismael Iribar

“Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”
Digital illustration

Ismael Iribar | B-45880
Tallahassee, Florida

gravitystudiollc@gmail.com

Author: Deborah
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Letters | August 2019

Letters

Thin Air

Thank you very much for the wonderful and informative article and interview of Dr. Anna Hicks by Annette O’Neil (“Thin Air—Busting Lingering Myths About Hypoxia,” May 2019 Parachutist). It is indeed very important to inform our fellow skydivers about the risks of hypoxia.

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Tales From the Bonfire | The Fog
Tales from the Bonfire | August 2019

Tales From the Bonfire | The Fog

By Jerry Lehnherr

I had worn an open-face helmet with goggles for many years, but after starting to wear glasses, I decided to get a full-face helmet that could accommodate them. I used this helmet on skydives and in the tunnel for more than a year before I had any problems.

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