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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | July 2019

Parachutist Around the World

July 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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“Watching My Opening”
Featured Art | July 2019

“Watching My Opening”

By Heather Weter

“Watching My Opening”

Colored pencil

Heather Weter | B-47715
Ozark, Missouri

Facebook.com/flyingmonkeyartanddesign

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Letters | July 2019

Letters

A Reality We Can Achieve

Hats off to Jim Crouch’s article “A Record Low—the 2018 Fatality Summary” (April Parachutist). Crouch’s article points out the significance of the fatality index rate being at its lowest ever in our sport: one in 254,000 jumps (or 0.39 per 100,000 jumps).

Author: Rick DeShano
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Letters | July 2019

Letters

A Better Way

I don’t understand why you’re reversing the standard aviation placement of numerator and denominator, and I would urge you to adopt that standard.

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Letters | July 2019

Letters

Sharing Our Stories

Your appeal for us to share our [malfunction or accident] stories with a larger audience (“Gearing Up” by Executive Director Ed Scott, April Parachutist) not only resonates, it makes sense.

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Letters | July 2019

Letters

The Importance of DZ Briefings

I have always made a point to get a DZ safety briefing about local hazards like power lines, highways, water hazards and irritable farmers whenever going to a new place

Author: Bruce Parkes
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Tales From the Bonfire
Tales from the Bonfire | July 2019

Tales From the Bonfire

By Pat Moorehead

I was a late starter when it came to skydiving. I began at age 37 in 1969 when several of my firefighter buddies and I were watching our 10-inch black-and-white TV in the station and saw a program about skydiving at Skylark Airport in Lake Elsinore, California. “What the heck,” we said.

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | July 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Rex Rossbach

After college I wound up in an unhealthy relationship. I was depressed and needed to do something about it. One of my coworkers, Ray, had recently started skydiving and was always encouraging people to come to the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, to try it. I was pretty desperate, so I figured, “What the hell?”

Author: Rex Rossbach
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Rich Grimm | D-18890
Profiles | July 2019

Rich Grimm | D-18890

By Brian Giboney

Rich Grimm, D-18890, started skydiving in 1980. He has been a competitor and a DZO, but he’s best known for being the creator, facilitator and organizer of epic international boogies in exotic locations.

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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.

Author: USPA Staff
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“Daffy Dabs”
Featured Art | June 2019

“Daffy Dabs”

By Benjamin Chandor

“Daffy Dabs”

Ink and pencil, based on a photo by Jen Mackinnon

Benjamin Chandor
Artfullyinclined.com

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Letters | June 2019

Letters

Not Impressed

I’m guessing that most readers were impressed by the flaming canopy on the cover of the March Parachutist, but I’m not one of them. It’s hard for me to believe that you’d sanction this kind of lunacy, especially on the cover of the Safety Day issue! But hey, that’s just me.

Author: Brian Voss
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Letters | June 2019

Letters

Classic Accuracy Memories

While reading the March magazine, I noticed that the Collegiates will no longer include classic accuracy. It’s a passing. It made me recall when, a few years ago, the U.S. Army Parachute Team leadership got out of classic. I also remembered when those APT guys set all kinds of accuracy records. At least classic is still pretty strong in Europe.

Author: Karl Poruben
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Letters | June 2019

Letters

Social Media and Skydiving

Today’s fast-paced communication has changed the way we view our world and ourselves. To receive a million views or thousands of followers or thousands of likes seems to be a top priority. And people need to come up with original ideas faster than ever to stay ahead of the pack. But what happens when these ideas or stunts break the law or violate safety policies or jeopardize our sport?

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Letters | June 2019

Letters

Reporting Non-Fatal Incidents

Thank you, Ed Scott, for your “Gearing Up” in April’s Parachutist. We need to report our incidents so we can understand potential problems and deal with them early. Our personal influence on safety can have an overall impact of reducing injuries in the sport. It isn’t the rules; it’s the behaviors. With the fatality rate being less than 1 per 100,000, we need to focus on near misses. Incident reporting increases our opportunity to get ahead of our injuries and fatalities.

Author: Rick DeShano
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | June 2019

Parachutist Around the World

June 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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Tales from the Bonfire | Go Visit Your Friends
Tales from the Bonfire | June 2019

Tales from the Bonfire | Go Visit Your Friends

By Dan Gingold

In February, I survived a low-altitude canopy collision with another parachutist while skydiving at a busy drop zone in Southern California. We wrapped and came spinning down to crash land on an RV supply parts warehouse. I punched a hole through the roof and was knocked unconscious, yet miraculously, the worst injury I suffered was a badly broken wrist. The other jumper hit a second or two after me and broke two ribs.

Author: Dan Gingold
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | June 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Colton Wadley

Ever since I was young, I’ve been the adventurous type. I constantly seek new experiences and never let “no” get in the way. I’ve never had the mentality of letting life come to me; I’ve always chased it. I’d see something I wanted to try and go after it, whether it be acting in movies (I was in two), doing stand-up comedy or excelling in my career.

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John Mitchell | D-6462
Profiles | June 2019

John Mitchell | D-6462

By Brian Giboney

John Mitchell, D-6462, started skydiving in 1974 and has been a positive presence in the sport since the first day he set foot on a DZ. He is a longtime AFF, static-line and tandem instructor and a weekend fun jumper who is always willing to jump with others, regardless of skill or experience.

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Donors
Donors | May 2019

Donors

May 2019

Author: Deborah
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | May 2019

Parachutist Around the World

May 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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“100 Years of Freefall”
100 years of Freefall | May 2019

“100 Years of Freefall”

By Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani

“100 Years of Freefall”

Colored pencil

Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani | Age 15
Tehran, Iran

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Letters | May 2019

Letters

Impact-Rated Helmets

I read your editor’s note in the March Parachutist (“Letters—Helmet Effectiveness”) about there being no standards for skydiving helmets and feel the need to make an observation. Surely, where an organization does not have knowledge about something, then usually it looks around to find someone who does.

Author: Antony Perry
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Letters | May 2019

Letters

Fired Up

I have been a USPA member since 1969. This month’s cover is the most dramatic photo I’ve seen. I did a double take when I pulled the magazine from my mailbox. Well done to stuntman Eric Salas!

Author: Jim Edwards
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Letters | May 2019

Letters

Interesting Juxtaposition

That’s an awesome cover photo (March Parachutist) of Eric Salas’ flaming canopy! Really gets your attention. But I was calmed and reassured when I saw your full-page ad “Safety Day is March 9” on the very next page. Does this mean you no longer recommend things such as smoking while jumping? (Didn’t we tell you not to carry lithium batteries in flight? But carry a fire extinguisher at all times. And no flare guns allowed when competing with other stacks.)

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | May 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Will Ghormley

There’s nothing like the bonds soldiers forge during their service to our nation. Perhaps the hardest thing in civilian life is separation from that brotherhood. It leaves a hole. I think every veteran feels that. But when a veteran battles post-traumatic stress disorder, the feeling is even stronger. It’s like nobody but your buddies understand, and they ain’t there.

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Jim McCormick | D-12379
Profiles | May 2019

Jim McCormick | D-12379

By Brian Giboney

Jim McCormick, D-12379, is a big-way and demo skydiver who has earned 15 world records (including the 400-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Formation Skydive) and jumped over the North Pole.

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Learning from Incident Reports
Gearing Up | April 2019

Learning from Incident Reports

By Ed Scott

If your words could save a skydiver from injury or worse, would you speak up? Of course you would. In fact, such conversations probably happen every day at DZs everywhere. Whether such discussions occur after a gear check, when reviewing a dive plan or while discussing jump run or winds or a landing pattern, sharing knowledge and correcting misconceptions are a vital part of safe skydiving.

Author: Ed Scott
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"100 Years of Freefall"
100 years of Freefall | April 2019

"100 Years of Freefall"

By Brian Hernandez

“100 Years of Freefall”
Colored pencil

Brian Hernandez | USPA # 322723
Lake Elsinore, California

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Letters | April 2019

Letters

USPA Listens

We all know how rigid most organizations and corporations are. Although they say, “We value your feedback,” individual comments rarely go anywhere, and a satisfaction rating just gets tossed into an average for some corporate board meeting. Recently, I wanted to see how USPA reacted to feedback and if it would even change something based on it.

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