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Five Minute Call | August 2018

USPA Announces Technology Competition

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Maytown Hosts Fun Meet

By Cheryl Whitford

The Maytown Sport Parachute Club in Marietta, Pennsylvania, held its annual Fun Meet June 16. The competition included three rounds of accuracy landing in two classes, one round of 4-way speed formation skydiving scrambles and, for the first time, a blindfolded packing competition, which was very entertaining to watch.

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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Expecting Parents Perform Gender Reveal Jump

By USPA Staff

On June 17—Father’s Day—expecting parents Jared Jorgenson and Julie Girard announced the gender of their baby during a jump at Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton, Washington.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Jumpers Build Complicated Formations at Arizona Challenge

By Monique Lai

May 25-28, past and current members of 4-way formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed organized the Arizona Challenge, an event at which participants attempt complex and unusual large-formation skydives.

Author: Monique Lai
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Spaceland Hosts 5th Annual Transitions Speedstar Competition

By Christy West

Everyone enjoys a good speedstar competition, and Spaceland’s fifth annual Transitions event on June 2 was a great example!

Author: Christy West
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Elsinore Hosts Poker Run

By Mary SantAngelo

What do skydiving, poker and tequila have in common? It’s Skydive Elsinore’s Poker Run!

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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Skydive Harbor Springs Hosts Jump For Polio At Charlevoix

By Don Watkins

The skydiving community and Rotarians really came through for the world’s children.

Author: Don Watkins
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Third Annual Learn To Skydive Month A Success!

By USPA Staff

This past May, USPA held its third annual Learn to Skydive Month.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Skydive Danielson Encourages CF Jumpers

By USPA Staff

The weekend of June 1-3, the drop zone hosted the first New England CF Introductory Camp.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | August 2018

Fun Is Paramount At Lookin’ To Build

By Laura Wagner

Jumpers of all levels are invited to the Lookin' to Build event at Skydive Spaceland-Houston.

Author: Laura Wagner
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Gear & Industry Spotlight | August 2018

Fallrates YouTube Channel Offers POV Videos

In March, Johannes Bergfors, a videographer and wind tunnel instructor from Sweden, launched a series of videos titled “First Perspective” on the skydiving YouTube channel Fallrates.

Author: USPA Staff
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Gear & Industry Spotlight | August 2018

Cookie Releases Impact-Rated Open-Face Helmet

Author: USPA Staff
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Gear & Industry Spotlight | August 2018

Documentary To Feature Blind Skydiver

Author: USPA Staff
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Letters | August 2018

Letters

We've learned through the years that repeated exposure to high altitudes without supplemental oxygen is dangerous and harmful to humans.

Author: Russ Manhold
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Letters | August 2018

Letters

I certainly hope to see Chas Hines' articles continue, and I encourage every licensed skydiver out there to go take a flying lesson or two, if for no other reason than to appreciate the workload a jump pilot has to endure.

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | August 2018

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Michael Hoy

I took my first-jump course in Iowa in 1983. But those were college days, which meant no time or money, so my jumping didn't really take off until the summer of 1986. It was because of skydiving that I met Tim. Tim took his first-jump course in 1987, and we started jumping together.

Author: Michael Hoy
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Safety Check | Harness-and-Container Fit
Safety Check | August 2018

Safety Check | Harness-and-Container Fit

By Jim Crouch

A properly sized and adjusted harness-and-container is essential to your safety both in freefall and under canopy. It’s likely that many jumpers who are reading this right now are in real danger of coming out of their harnesses during their next skydives and don’t even realize it.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Relative Positioning Under Canopy
Foundations of Flight | August 2018

Relative Positioning Under Canopy

By Axis Flight School

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

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An Elite 10-Way—The 2018 INTERNATIONAL Skydiving Hall Of Fame
Features | August 2018

An Elite 10-Way—The 2018 INTERNATIONAL Skydiving Hall Of Fame

By Doug Garr

Each year, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels.” This year’s induction ceremony and gala dinner for the 10 newest members will take place during the 2018 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration November 1-3 at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Doug Garr
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Message Of Peace—A Parachutist Pictorial
Features | August 2018

Message Of Peace—A Parachutist Pictorial

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

For skydivers, two things keep us in the sport—our passion for human flight and the amazing friendships we build with others who share that passion. One way to enjoy both is to be involved in large-formation skydiving events.

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The Warm Embrace Of Thailand
Features | August 2018

The Warm Embrace Of Thailand

By Jim McCormick

Thailand is magical. It deserves to be referred to as the “Land of Smiles.” Anyone who has been there will tell you it’s unforgettable. The air is warm and damp. Transitioning to the outdoors from an air-conditioned space feels like a warm embrace.

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Wingsuit Progression Part Three: A Wingsuit Skydive From Start To Finish, An Incomplete Guide
Features | August 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part Three: A Wingsuit Skydive From Start To Finish, An Incomplete Guide

By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

After exiting properly for your wingsuit skydive (covered in “Wingsuit Progression—Part Two: Exits,” July Parachutist), you still have the rest of your jump ahead of you. All skydives require planning and careful execution, but wingsuit skydives require just a little extra.

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USPA Achieves Milestone
Gearing Up | August 2018

USPA Achieves Milestone

by Ed Scott

USPA achieved a milestone—40,000 current members!

Author: Ed Scott
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The Rating Corner | August 2018

Rating Corner | Guiding New Graduates

By Jim Crouch

Have you ever spent months working with a student, ensuring that you covered each category and transferred the necessary knowledge and skills, then proudly stamped the A-license card and watched in disbelief as he ran off to sign up for a 10-way speedstar competition with a freshly mounted GoPro on his helmet?

Author: Jim Crouch
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Southern Charm - The 10th Annual Carolinafest Boogie
Features | August 2018

Southern Charm - The 10th Annual Carolinafest Boogie

Author: USPA Staff
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Going to X-tremes
Features | August 2018

Going to X-tremes

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Covers | August 2018

August 2018

Cover

Photo by Roy Wimmer Jaglom  |  USPA #279679
Matt Leonard from Team Control Tower flies his canopy over new USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Bovec in Slovenia.

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“Flying by Design”
Featured Art | August 2018

“Flying by Design”

By Heather Weter and Karen Figenshau

Paint and marker
 

Heather Weter and Karen Figenshau | B-47715 and A-80088
Ozark, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri

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Bill Wenger | D-3774
Profiles | August 2018

Bill Wenger | D-3774

By Brian Giboney

Bill Wenger, D-3774 and a U.S. Army Golden Knight from 1974-1980, has dedicated much of his life to coaching and developing military skydivers, bringing dozens of teams to the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. He helped pioneer the 8-way FS discipline and earned numerous medals in FS and accuracy at national and world competitions. His peers describe him as “a great guy,” “humble,” “hard working” and “a great father” (to current Golden Knight Jason Wenger).

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Tribute
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2018

Tribute

By Zach Lewis

At Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, Debbie Bohannon, the wife of the late Richard “Bo” Bohannon, releases his ashes during a tandem skydive with instructor Ernie Long and friends (from left) Dave Eisele, Gary Haas and Scott Kucel.

Zach Lewis | D-21616

Author: Zach Lewis
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