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The Front Office | June 2018

The Front Office | Becoming A Jump Pilot

Chas Hines | C-41147

Welcome to the front office! This new bimonthly column will take you behind the scenes of jump piloting to give you insight into the job and why your pilots do what they do. Author Chas Hines, C-41147, is an airline pilot and certified flight instructor who spent five years as a jump pilot at various drop zones. He has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time, 500 of those instructing other pilots. He’s also been skydiving for 13 years and has more than 1,500 jumps. He can often be found load organizing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. 

Author: Chas Hines
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Safety Check | June 2018

Safety Check | Knowing Your Gear

By Jim Crouch

In a sport that requires correctly functioning equipment for your survival, how much do you really know about your skydiving gear? Each year, fatal and non-fatal accidents stem from issues with skydiving equipment. The vast majority of these could have been avoided had the jumpers simply known more about their gear or performed basic gear checks to discover the problem before boarding or exiting the airplane. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | June 2018

Featured Training Photo

Photo By Mark Leglise

Tony Bourke uses humor and colorful language to get across his points during a Safety Day presentation at Skydive Oregon in Molalla. 

 Photo by Mark Leglise | C-44062 

Author: Mark Leglise
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Skydive Atlas Wins Community Award
Five Minute Call | June 2018

Skydive Atlas Wins Community Award

Skydive Atlas in Holdrege, Nebraska, recently won the Visionary Rising Star Award from the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce. The award goes to a Chamber member who has been in business five years or less and has demonstrated business success and community leadership.

Author: USPA Staff
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June 2018
Covers | June 2018

June 2018

Cover

Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369
Richard Scheurich (foreground) and Luis Prinetto from Team Fly4Life fly their Performance Designs Valkyrie Hybrid canopies in formation after a jump during the Fly4Life Flight Camp at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

Author: Norman Kent
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Board of Directors
Gearing Up | June 2018

Board of Directors

by Ed Scott

This is an election year for USPA, meaning that each of the 22 seats on USPA’s board of directors is up for grabs by any USPA member who is qualified to run. 

Author: Ed Scott
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The Perfect Nightlight
Featured Art | June 2018

The Perfect Nightlight

by Timothy Uhl

“The Perfect Nightlight”  
Aluminum, brass and steel rotating sculpture with LED lights

Timothy Uhl    |    A-79945
Walden, New York

 

Author: Timothy Uhl
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Danji “DJ” Marvin | D-22292
Profiles | June 2018

Danji “DJ” Marvin | D-22292

by Brian Giboney

Danji “DJ” Marvin, D-22292, is an influential and safety-conscious AFF Instructor Examiner, Tandem Instructor Examiner and Coach Examiner who owns and runs The Ratings Center instructional ratings school. Marvin, along with co-host Nick Lott, also shares his enthusiasm and passion for the sport on Gravity Lab Radio. 

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Parachutist Around The World
Parachutist Around the World | June 2018

Parachutist Around The World

Author: USPA Staff
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No Companion Left Behind
Features | June 2018

No Companion Left Behind

By Annette O'Neil

Nick Barson doesn’t just say he loves animals. He proves it. In fact, more than 700 animals owe their lives to Barson and his nonprofit rescue operation charmingly named “Paws Landing.” Barson’s plan is to keep that number growing.

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Wingsuit Progression Part 1: What You Should Learn In Your First Flight Course
Features | June 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part 1: What You Should Learn In Your First Flight Course

By Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

It sounds like a lot when you don’t yet have them. But in reality, 200 skydives is not that many. And in some cases, it’s not enough to prepare the jumper for the added complexity of flying a wingsuit, which adds risk and reduces comfort during almost every phase of a jump from exiting the plane to deploying the parachute.

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Lake Wales Revisited
Features | June 2018

Lake Wales Revisited

By Brian Pangburn

The Spring Fling—which started at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales back in 2004 with only 18 participants—has grown to be the world’s largest annual gathering of canopy formation skydivers (aka canopy relative workers or CRW dogs). The 2018 Spring Fling, which returned to Lake Wales this year, attracted 112 participants from 10 countries.

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Exit! Exit! Exit!
Features | June 2018

Exit! Exit! Exit!

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydive The South Hosts Easter Extravaganza
Five Minute Call | June 2018

Skydive The South Hosts Easter Extravaganza

By Maria Carver

Over Easter weekend, Skydive the South—a small, homey drop zone in Tuskegee, Alabama—transformed. The hustle and bustle of people, parachutes and airplanes brought about by the DZ’s first Easter Boogie (and fundraiser for two charitable organizations) was astonishing. 

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Ready For Spring
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2018

Ready For Spring

Photo By Ellen Morris | D-26655

Neither wind nor the threat of a late-season snow storm could dissuade DZO Ole Thompson (second from right) and other intrepid jumpers from Vermont Skydiving Adventures in Addison from attending Safety Day, which the DZ traditionally holds in April rather than March due to the climate. 

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Fly By Night
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2018

Fly By Night

Photo By Raymond Adams | D-30158

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Kyle Stubbs swoops in for landing during the Fitz Boogie, an annual St. Patrick’s Day event in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

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Head-Up Breakoff
Foundations of Flight | June 2018

Head-Up Breakoff

By Axis Flight School

Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

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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The Rating Corner | June 2018

Rating Corner | A Wake-Up Call

By Jim Crouch

Last August, two tandem double fatalities occurred just a week apart. The details for both of those tragic accidents can be found in “Incident Reports” in this issue of Parachutist. While the casual observer may not see a correlation between the two accidents, they should be a flashing neon warning sign that screams for every tandem examiner, Safety and Training Advisor and drop zone operator to regularly review staff members’ tandem procedures.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Photo Spread
Photo Spread | June 2018

Photo Spread

Photo By Zach Lewis

Photo By Zach Lewis | D-21616

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, jumpers build a formation in memory of legendary skydiver Tom Jenkins, who died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in December.

Author: Zach Lewis
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | June 2018

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Tomasz Kozlowski

“This whirring carousel of images accompanied the start of the very last hour of my 45-year voyage through life. Its final phase, which commenced on the third of December, 2014, at nine minutes before noon, would be spent suspended in midair in a wicker basket dangling in the shadow of an enormous 40-meter-tall balloon, now rising silently but steadily toward the stratosphere. 

I knew this moment would be critically important for the future I’d envisioned for myself.” 

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Featured Jumper
Photos | June 2018

Featured Jumper

 Photo by Tom Sanders |  D-6503

At the Boogie in Belize, Elizabeth Higgins, D-13274, who was not current but wanted to make her 1,000th jump over the Great Blue Hole, fulfills her wish on a tandem with instructor Andy Malchiodi.

Author: Tom Sanders
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Featured Event
Featured Event | June 2018

Featured Event

Photo By Seth Kuttruff

 Photo by Seth Kuttruff | D-32445

On a drizzly day during the Cheese Boogie at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin, Vanessa Mohawk follows four jumpers out the door (from left, Joshua Gifford, Adam Wirtz, Dan Wagner and Tim Hajewski) as they launch a head-up round.

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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | June 2018

Featured DZ

Photo by Roy Wimmer-Jablom

Photo by Roy Wimmer-Jablom | USPA #279679
Team Zion Freefly makes a practice jump at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

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Closing In
Closing In | June 2018

Closing In

Photo by Carlos Felix

Photo by Carlos Felix |  D-36519
Steve Verner swoops in for landing after a hop-and-pop skydive during a cloudy day at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

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Keep An Eye Out
Keep An Eye Out | June 2018

Keep An Eye Out

Photo by Joe Manlove

A Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger found excess wear on the top and bottom of this reserve parachute closing loop during an inspection.

Author: USPA Staff
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Firebird Changes Ownership
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2018

Firebird Changes Ownership

By USPA Staff

Four skydivers in Eloy, Arizona—Sara and Steve Curtis, Jason Peters and George Reuter—recently purchased Firebird Skydiving, maker of the EVO harness-and-container system (and previously, the Omega sport and tandem harness-and-container systems and the Contrail, Demon, Cayenne and Chilli canopies).

Author: USPA Staff
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Laughlin and Rayner Join Museum Board of Trustees
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2018

Laughlin and Rayner Join Museum Board of Trustees

By USPA Staff

On April 2, the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame announced that Marylou Laughlin and Gill Rayner have joined its board of trustees.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | June 2018

Safety Check | Knowing Your Gear

By Jim Crouch

In a sport that requires correctly functioning equipment for your survival, how much do you really know about your skydiving gear? Each year, fatal and non-fatal accidents stem from issues with skydiving equipment. The vast majority of these could have been avoided had the jumpers simply known more about their gear or performed basic gear checks to discover the problem before boarding or exiting the airplane. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Oh My!
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | June 2018

Oh My!

By Karen Lewis Dalton

Oh My! | Photo by Karen Lewis Dalton | D-24575

At Skydive Perris in California, the drop zone’s organizers, a few world champions and some friends build two formations to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Chinese company My. The team built the formations on the first attempt and then built them again on the second attempt for good measure. 

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USPA Board Election Process Begins
Five Minute Call | June 2018

USPA Board Election Process Begins

On June 1, USPA begins the process of having its members elect its 22-member board of directors for the 2019-2021 term. 

Author: USPA Staff
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