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December 2018
Covers | December 2018

December 2018

Cover

PHOTO BY David Wybenga   |   D-31862

During the USPA National Parachuting Championships at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, Cheryl Stearns exits the aircraft on her way to winning the gold medal in accuracy landing and setting the U.S. Record for Lowest 10-Round Accuracy Landing Score with a total score of 10 cm. 

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USPA Bids Farewell to Jim Crouch
Gearing Up | December 2018

USPA Bids Farewell to Jim Crouch

By Ed Scott

On October 31, Director of Safety and Training Jim Crouch spent his last day as an employee of USPA and moved on to other challenges in the aviation industry.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Tandem Jump”
Featured Art | December 2018

“Tandem Jump”

By Cindy Guire

Acrylic on drywall

84” x 50” mural in the deli at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas

Cindy Guire
@artofskydiving

Author: Cindy Guire
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Letters | December 2018

Letters

As trustees of the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, we would like to thank the members of the USPA Board of Directors for their vision in providing continuing support. While USPA and the Museum & Hall of Fame have different purposes, one place where their missions clearly align is in promoting skydiving.

Author: Deborah
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Mike Bohn | D-28398
Profiles | December 2018

Mike Bohn | D-28398

By Brian Giboney

Mike Bohn, D-28398, is a world-class freefly competitor, drop zone owner and AFF instructor. He’s a high-energy person who has medaled in freefly both nationally and internationally with his teammates on Team FLO. Bohn organizes state record jumps in Colorado, and also holds numerous world records.

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Once When I was James Bond's Stunt Double
Tales from the Bonfire | December 2018

Once When I was James Bond's Stunt Double

By B.J. Worth

There was not enough room in the October issue’s “Profile” of B.J. Worth by Brian Giboney to include this anecdote, so we are printing it here. Worth was responding to Giboney’s question, “What’s your best bonfire story about being James Bond’s stunt double?”

Author: B.J. Worth
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Donors
Donors | December 2018

Donors

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Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Board Elections Conclude
Five Minute Call | December 2018

USPA Board Elections Conclude

USPA Staff

Results are in for the 2019-2021 USPA Board of Directors election, which concluded October 31.

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Set National Night Sequential Record
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Jumpers Set National Night Sequential Record

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy on October 18, Thomas Beranek, Joseph Bourke, David Dow, David Harper, Dirk Janssen, Gyorgy Kiss, Scott Macario, Corey Mendoza, George Nisson, Douglas Pinkham, Mauro Ravanelli, Sergey Sergienko, Jonas Siksnelis, Derek Thomas, Vladimir Ursachii, Kevin Vetter, Jose Villa and Stephen Woodford set the U.S. Record for Largest Four-Point Formation Skydive at Night with an 18-way.

Author: USPA Staff
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Team Ripcord Gives it a Shot
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Team Ripcord Gives it a Shot

Jim McCormick

World record events take a number of things to be successful—talented team members, capable leadership, a strong video team, experienced pilots, lots of large planes, tireless ground support and favorable weather. Team Ripcord had all but the last component when it gathered at Skydive Perris in California October 11 for a four-day effort to set a Parachutists Over Phorty Society World Record for Largest Formation Skydive.

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Bay Area Skydiving Hosts Oktoberfest
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Bay Area Skydiving Hosts Oktoberfest

By Adam Myers

Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California, held its Oktoberfest Boogie October 12-14 and saw an exceptional turnout of more than 150 experienced jumpers and 100 tandem students. The Central California drop zone, which is near Silicon Valley and offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay area and the Northern California Hills, has been in business for more than 25 years.

Author: Adam Myers
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Well-Traveled Flag Flies Over Skydive San Diego
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Well-Traveled Flag Flies Over Skydive San Diego

By Catherine Bedell

In remembrance of the events that took place on September 11, 2001, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Chip Schultz purchased a 3-foot-by-5-foot nylon American flag on a wooden pole and now travels with it coast to coast where numerous public figures have posed with it.

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Jumpers Set POPS Sequential World Record
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Jumpers Set POPS Sequential World Record

By George Katsoulis

On October 8 at Skydive Perris in California, Team Elite organizer Guy Wright put together a 33-way formation skydive that broke the Parachutists Over Phorty Society World Record for Largest Four-Point Formation Skydive.

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Ron Bell Joins USPA Staff as Director of Safety and Training
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Ron Bell Joins USPA Staff as Director of Safety and Training

USPA Staff

USPA selected Ron Bell as its Director of Safety and Training to succeed Jim Crouch, who served in the position for 18 years. Bell’s first day was October 29.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydive Suffolk Jumps for a Purpose
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Skydive Suffolk Jumps for a Purpose

On October 13, Skydive Suffolk in Virginia partnered with the Combat Wounded Coalition from nearby Chesapeake to host Jumping for a Purpose, a day for wounded veterans to take to the skies. Dozens of military veterans attended the event and made skydives, including Norwood Thomas, a 95-year-old veteran of World War II who jumped from a plane to fight at Normandy.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | December 2018

Correction

  • In the article “All You Can Jump Marks Illingworths’ Final Boogie as DZOs” on page 20 of the November issue, Greg Levin was the freefly organizer.
  • In “Donors,” John Rich’s donation to the Airport Access and Defense Fund listed in the October issue was in memory of Conway Hall, and his donation to the AAD Fund listed in the November issue was in memory of Rico Estrada.
Author: USPA Staff
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New Jumpers Experience Community Spirit at Rookiefest
Five Minute Call | December 2018

New Jumpers Experience Community Spirit at Rookiefest

By Casey McGrath

For one of its season’s final events, Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, welcomed freshly licensed jumpers from all over the country to its ninth annual Rookiefest, a Nationals-style competition for beginning skydivers. Jumpers with fewer than 200 jumps or two years in the sport qualified to participate, and this year’s competition enjoyed a record number of 78 Rookiefesters, nearly double that of previous seasons.

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Danielson Fights Bad Weather with Chili
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Danielson Fights Bad Weather with Chili

By Katie White

After rain and clouds shut down the DZ multiple times, the gang at Skydive Danielson in Connecticut decided to host a Onesie Chili Cookoff October 6. Everyone enjoyed comfort food in comfort clothes, forgot about the horrible-weather streak and spent some time with their sky family around the fire. The group hopes that the weather gods got enough of a kick out of the event to bless the DZ with a few weeks of skydivable weather!

Author: Katie White
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LaLonde Makes 50th Anniversary Jump
Five Minute Call | December 2018

LaLonde Makes 50th Anniversary Jump

USPA Staff

Jack LaLonde, D-6875, made his first jump on Saturday, October 6, 1968 at South Florida Parachute Inc. in Clewiston. On Saturday, October 18, he made his 50-year anniversary jump at Skydive Palatka in Florida. The 79-year-old LaLonde and seven friends flew an 8-way formation skydive (snowflake to round, then LaLonde flew to the center) to celebrate the milestone

Author: USPA Staff
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Elsinore Jumpers Party Like Rock Stars at CHICKS ROCK
Five Minute Call | December 2018

Elsinore Jumpers Party Like Rock Stars at CHICKS ROCK

By Mary SantAngelo

In 2001, a jumper who worked at Skydive Elsinore in California convinced DZO Karl Gulledge to host a boogie centered around women. And so began the Chicks Rock Boogie, which celebrated its 18th anniversary October 4-7 this year. Although the boogie attracts many men, it emphasizes female empowerment and creates an environment where jumpers learn from some of the leading ladies of the skydiving world.

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Gear & Industry Spotlight | December 2018

Modern Skydiving Concepts Launches

Author: USPA Staff
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Service Bulletin Issued for Vigil II AADs
Gear & Industry Spotlight | December 2018

Service Bulletin Issued for Vigil II AADs

Advanced Aerospace Designs released Public Service Bulletin PSB-02-2018, which requires owners to send all Vigil II automatic activation devices with serial numbers from 16,000 to 21,999 to the manufacturer for inspection. After an AAD malfunctioned, the manufacturer traced the problem to an unreliable electrical connection. The company has inspected 200 units without finding a similar problem but has decided to check all of the affected units as a precaution. The PSB describes the process required for each affected unit. The inspection is mandatory, and owners should complete it at the next reserve repack or by no later than December 31, 2019. The company will also update the software and replace the battery, since the affected units are within two years of a required battery change. More information is available at vigil.aero/service-bulletins.

Author: USPA Staff
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Longtime Skydiver Releases Memoir
Gear & Industry Spotlight | December 2018

Longtime Skydiver Releases Memoir

Stan Shepherd, D-28911, released the book “Skydiving Full Flight” in August. As a memoir of Shepherd’s 50 years of jumping, the book relates his worst mistakes and close calls, as well as the joys of the sport. He describes the lure of skydiving, his experience jumping both round and modern parachutes and his ideas on how to improve the sport. The book is intended for the average fun jumper of any experience level who want to gain from another jumper’s experiences in the sport. The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com at a price of about $7 for the Kindle version or $10.50 for a paperback.

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Form Wild Women Film Collective
Gear & Industry Spotlight | December 2018

Jumpers Form Wild Women Film Collective

Grace Dobosz, C-47029 and a video editor, founded the Wild Women Film Collective to spread the word about women in skydiving and other extreme sports. The group officially launched during the Chicks Rock Boogie at Skydive Elsinore in California on October 5. The collective announced its upcoming film festival and debuted its first short-film submission—“Moms in Skydiving” by Sophee Hillyard—at the event.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | December 2018

Featured Training Photo

By Steve Curtis | D-20818

Niklas Daniel practices a head-down outfacing carve around a skyball over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Photo by Steve Curtis | D-20818

Author: Steve Curtis
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Rating Corner | Improving Your Speech Habits
The Rating Corner | December 2018

Rating Corner | Improving Your Speech Habits

by Jen Sharp

One of the simplest ways to become a stronger instructor and a better leader is to change ineffective speech patterns. Three common habits can cause a noticeable lack of clarity. Once coaches and instructors correct these habits, they instantly add power and confidence to their lessons.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Safety Check | Jim’s Last Letter to Santa
Safety Check | December 2018

Safety Check | Jim’s Last Letter to Santa

by Jim Crouch

Dear Santa,

2018 really flew by! I can’t believe it is already time for another wish list, but hopefully you can see to it that all my wishes come true. It’s a long list (and it’ll be my last one as director of safety and training for USPA), but it’s all pretty important stuff. This past year brought a lot of lousy weather, so first of all, I would like to see a bunch of sunny weekends so jumpers can get to their drop zones frequently and the drop zones can stay busy flying lots of loads.

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Front Office | Stalls
The Front Office | December 2018

The Front Office | Stalls

by Chas Hines

“The Front Office” answers questions about jump pilots and piloting. You’ll learn what pilots do behind the scenes to make your favorite time of week happen, and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind view from the one seat in the airplane you never get to be in.

Author: Chas Hines
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Ask a Rigger | Bottoms Up
Ask A Rigger | December 2018

Ask a Rigger | Bottoms Up

By Kevin Gibson

Q: Some rigs have the main bridle routed top to bottom over the closing flaps, and some rigs have bridles that come out from underneath the closing pin and then back down the same direction. Which is more correct?

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Keep an Eye Out | Rig Storage
Keep An Eye Out | December 2018

Keep an Eye Out | Rig Storage

USPA Staff

A Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger opened this pilot emergency parachute system, which had seen many years out of service and was stored in an unknown manner, and found that all of the rubber bands had rotted and that many of them had melted onto the suspension lines.

Author: Deborah
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