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Jennifer Davidson | D-30287
Profiles | August 2017

Jennifer Davidson | D-30287

by Brian Giboney

Jennifer Davidson, D-30287, is a member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights 8-Way Formation Skydiving Team. Until recently, she was a member of GKF4, which in 2012 was the first all-female team to medal in open FS at a USPA Nationals and in 2016 took gold in women’s 4-way FS at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Championships. A versatile jumper, Davidson was also on the 2010 FAI Women’s World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation Skydive. The Army recently promoted her to master sergeant.

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August 2017
Covers | August 2017

August 2017

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Photo by Daniel Hernan-Perez Aguilera | D-31147

Clockwise from top, Ze Miguel Abreu, Pier Luigi Querci and Guillermo Martinez exit for an upright dive during a freefly weekend organized by the team Cowabonga at USPA Foreign Affiliate Drop Zone Skydive Madrid, Ocaña in Ocaña, Toledo, Spain.

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Once Upon a Time There Was a Movie Called “The Gypsy Moths”
Tales from the Bonfire | August 2017

Once Upon a Time There Was a Movie Called “The Gypsy Moths”

In 1964, I launched my magazine, DZ-USA, to promote the sport and contribute something other than doomsday predictions at a time when the man on the street viewed a parachutist as a daredevil looking for a place to die. In that same year, I was invited to appear on “The Joey Bishop Show” in Hollywood to represent the sport. There, I met John Frankenheimer, who was promoting his movie “Grand Prix,” and Lyle Cameron, who produced Skydiver magazine. John was very interested in what Lyle and I had to say about the sport. He stated that he’d always wanted to make a movie about it and would contact us if a future project came up.

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Don Jean | A-81602 | Anthem, Arizona
How Skydiving Changed My Life | August 2017

Don Jean | A-81602 | Anthem, Arizona

Jumping out of an airplane was never on my bucket list. Well, honestly, I never had a bucket list until May 14, 2016: the day I completed my first tandem.

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Threat to our Airspace
Gearing Up | August 2017

Threat to our Airspace

With proposed air-traffic-control privatization, skydiving—and indeed all of general aviation—is facing the gravest threat to its longevity and future than ever before. If the 21st Century AIRR Act, otherwise known as H.R. 2997, goes through the U.S. Congress and the president signs it into law, it would carve the ATC function out of the Federal Aviation Administration and hand it to a new private corporation funded by new aviation user fees.

Author: Ed Scott
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