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Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider
Keep An Eye Out | September 2018

Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider

USPA Staff

A jumper experienced a main-parachute malfunction when the slider remained at the top of the lines after deployment and would not allow the parachute to inflate. He released the main parachute, deployed his reserve and landed safely.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Knowing Your Reserve
Safety Check | September 2018

Safety Check | Knowing Your Reserve

by Jim Crouch

When you want to check out a new main parachute, chances are you’ll make a solo jump, open higher than usual and spend some time flying the new wing to get used to how it handles. Almost everyone who jumps a new main canopy does. After all, it makes sense. It’s a mystery how the new parachute will steer and flare compared to what you are used to, and who wouldn’t want to make a few jumps on it under controlled conditions with plenty of altitude to learn how to fly it?

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Rating Corner | September 2018

Rating Corner | Examiner Standardization Meetings

by Jim Crouch

In 2017, USPA conducted five standardization meetings for all current AFF instructor examiners and tandem instructor examiners, as well as those pursuing an examiner rating or attending purely for educational purposes. This was USPA’s first attempt at hosting the AFF and tandem meetings in one location and condensing the length of each discipline’s meeting to one day instead of two. The meetings went well, but the shorter meetings meant leaving out a lot of valuable information and discussion.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Foundations of Flight | 2-Way Belly Cat-Accordion Move
Foundations of Flight | September 2018

Foundations of Flight | 2-Way Belly Cat-Accordion Move

By Axis Flight School

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

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | September 2018

Featured Training Photo

Photo By David Gerstein

AFF Instructor Cat Brown gives a hand signal to her student at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.

Photo By David Gerstein  | D-28242

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | September 2018

Parachutist Around the World

September 2018

Author: USPA Staff
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“The Day Trip”
Featured Art | September 2018

“The Day Trip”

By Colleen Mondics

Acrylic on Canvas
 

Colleen Mondics | A-56684
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
cemondics.webs.com

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Letters | September 2018

Letters

Wingsuit training is multi-faceted and requires both freedom and flexibility to change with the rapid development of suit design, competition formats and flying styles.

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Bill Jones | D-924
Profiles | September 2018

Bill Jones | D-924

By Brian Giboney

Bill Jones, D-924, is a legendary skydiver, instructor, drop zone owner, innovator and the patriarch of a large skydiving family. Nearly the entire Jones family jumps: six of his children have made their livings from skydiving, and five of the six still do. At age 86—after actively sport jumping for more than 50 years—Jones still has skydiving goals, proving that this is a sport for life.

Author: Deborah
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | September 2018

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Liz Anderson

I was an adrenaline junkie until I had a severe stroke in 2006. Last year, when I heard about a guy who was raising money to take people with disabilities to a wind tunnel, I was very curious. I didn't think that flying in a wind tunnel was possible for someone as immobile as I am, but I contacted him to see what he thought I could do.

Author: Liz Anderson
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Donors
Donors | September 2018

Donors

Author: Deborah
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A Lofty Proposal
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2018

A Lofty Proposal

Photo by Dalton Carvalho | D-25058

While making a tandem skydive with instructor Iain Guthrie at Pepperell Skydiving Center in Massachusetts, Greicy Hoepers accepts a marriage proposal from Eliseu Matos, B-34200.

Dalton Carvalho | D-25058

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USPA Partners With International Skydiving Museum
Five Minute Call | September 2018

USPA Partners With International Skydiving Museum

USPA Staff

On Saturday, July 14, the U.S. Parachute Association became the official Host Country Affiliate of the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame. The USPA Board of Directors made the decision to become a partner of the museum by committing to donate $25,000 per year for the next six years to the museum’s fundraising efforts.

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Five Minute Call | September 2018

Retraction and Apology

The Parachutist staff has discovered that substantial portions of the interview on which the article “Children of Fallen Heroes—Skydiving Angels” (August Parachutist) was based are not accurate and that at least some of the published photos, including the opening photo, did not depict the correct organization.

Author: USPA Staff
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Joining The SISterhood
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Joining The SISterhood

Photo by Mark Kirschenbaum/Hypoxic | D-28515

Photo by Mark Kirschenbaum/Hypoxic | D-28515

During a Sisters in Skydiving event at Des Moines Skydivers in Winterset, Iowa, new A-license recipient Kari Spethman (purple helmet) enjoys a 4-way with mentors (clockwise from right) Amanda Kubik, Jeanine Bonvin and Julie Kleinwort.

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Jumpers Remember Ryan Risberg At Spaceland–Dallas
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Jumpers Remember Ryan Risberg At Spaceland–Dallas

There were lots of smiles and lots of tears the weekend of July 14-15 at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, as friends, family and skydivers from across the country came to pay their last respects to Ryan Risberg, D-22873, an amazing personality who passed away in June.

Author: USPA Staff
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Botak Takes USPA To 40,000-Member Mark
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Botak Takes USPA To 40,000-Member Mark

Lenny Botak made a tandem jump a couple of years ago. When he landed, he knew he wanted to skydive some more, but as so often happens, life got in the way.

Author: USPA Staff
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Elsinore And Perris Host A Friendly Duel
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Elsinore And Perris Host A Friendly Duel

By Mary SantAngelo

Dueling DZs—a 6-way formation skydiving competition between California DZs Skydive Elsinore and Skydive Perris—took place on July 21 after a two-year hiatus, and the rivalry was intense!

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Jumpers Bring AFF To Iran
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Jumpers Bring AFF To Iran

By USPA Staff

In July, four students made the first known civilian AFF jumps in Iran.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydive Midwest Hosts Sun Path Sequentials
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Skydive Midwest Hosts Sun Path Sequentials

By Jessie Thompson

Sixty skydivers of varying skill levels from four countries headed to Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, June 22-24 for the first Sun Path Sequentials vertical skills camp. Participants in the three-day camp split into groups of 3 to 12 flyers to work with one of the 11 rotating organizers, all Sun Path-sponsored athletes. 

Author: Deborah
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Jumpers Entertain Crowds At Kaboom Town
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Jumpers Entertain Crowds At Kaboom Town

By Zach Lewis

In July, Southwest Regional Director Jack Pyland—flying a 2,032-square-foot American flag—headed up a group of 12 skydivers who made a demo jump into the annual Kaboom Town fireworks display at Addison Airport just outside of Dallas, Texas.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Jumper Raises Funds For Family Of Local Hero
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Jumper Raises Funds For Family Of Local Hero

By USPA Staff

On July 7, jumper Eric Proctor made a 24,000-foot HALO skydive as a fundraiser for the family of New York Air National Guard Master Sergeant Christopher “Goose” Raguso, who died in action on March 15 when his helicopter went down during a night mission in Iraq.

Author: USPA Staff
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Register Now For The 2019 Drop Zone Operators’ Conference!
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Register Now For The 2019 Drop Zone Operators’ Conference!

By USPA Staff

Registration is now open for the 2019 Drop Zone Operators’ Conference, scheduled for Sunday-Monday, February 3-4, in Dallas, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The conference will take place in conjunction with the USPA Board of Directors meeting February 1-3 and the Parachute Industry Association Symposium February 4-8.

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Seven Hills Tackles PTSD With Freedom Freefall Event
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Seven Hills Tackles PTSD With Freedom Freefall Event

By Andy VanHandel

On Friday, June 15, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, WI, (which is located in Marshall) held the 4th Annual Freedom Freefall event in conjunction with its Head to the Hills Boogie. The veterans-help organization 4th HOOAH (Helping Out Our American Heroes)—which aims to reduce the number of veteran suicides a day from the current 20—started the event in 2015 to give those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder a coping mechanism through skydiving. The organization funded tandem skydives, as well as inside and outside video, for 35 veterans this year.

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American Revolution Boogie Continues To Impress
Five Minute Call | September 2018

American Revolution Boogie Continues To Impress

By Scott Latinis

The 2018 edition of the American Revolution Boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, is in the books, and judging by the reactions, feedback and word on the street generated by the almost 200 jumpers who attended, it was a resounding success!

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Dallas Hosts SISters In Space Boogie
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Dallas Hosts SISters In Space Boogie

By Vanessa Meyer

The annual Sisters in Skydiving boogie blasted off June 30-July 1 at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas. For the event titled “SISters in Space,” the star-studded organizer lineup included skydiver and astronaut Mary Ellen Weber, as well as Lacey Breaux, Erin Kruth and Genifer Oliver for belly flyers and Nicole Black and Vanessa Meyer for freeflyers. Weber, a former NASA astronaut and one of only 59 women to have gone into space, detailed her career progression, NASA training and missions (one in 1995 while sending a satellite into orbit and a second in 2000 to the International Space Station). Weber illustrated the importance of mentoring, and the women left feeling inspired to follow their dreams.

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He’s the Rookie | Photo by Igor Shpino | D-20584
Five Minute Call | September 2018

He’s the Rookie | Photo by Igor Shpino | D-20584

At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, Laszlo Andacs (blue jumpsuit) celebrates his 10,000th jump with friends (clockwise from right) Tom Falzone (15,000 jumps), Max Cohn (11,000 jumps), Steve Webb (15,000 jumps), John Kieran (13,000 jumps) and Guy Wright (18,000 jumps), who along with camera flyer Igor Shpino (18,000 jumps) have more than 100,000 jumps and 215 years in the sport between them.

Author: Igor Shpino
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Jumpers Say Goodbye To The Queen
Five Minute Call | September 2018

Jumpers Say Goodbye To The Queen

By Jim Crouch

There is an old saying about death that states: “They say you die twice. Once when you stop breathing and the second, a bit later on, when somebody mentions your name for the last time.” If that’s the case, Carolyn Clay will never truly die. On Friday, June 29, approximately 350 of Clay’s friends gathered at Virginia Skydiving Center in Petersburg to say a final good-bye to their beloved Queen of Skydiving.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2018

Skydive Suffolk Acquires Two Virginia Skydiving Facilities

Author: USPA Staff
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The Summer 2018 USPA Board Of Directors Meeting
Features | September 2018

The Summer 2018 USPA Board Of Directors Meeting

By USPA Staff

The 2018 USPA Board of Directors summer meeting—the sixth and final meeting of the 2016-2018 board before the fall elections—took place July 13-15. For the board’s first visit to Milwaukee, Skydive Midwest in nearby Sturtevant, Wisconsin, welcomed board members and staff to the drop zone the Thursday before the meeting, and everyone enjoyed the cool, northern temperatures and blue skies before heading into three days of meetings. Compared to recent meetings, agendas were light, allowing the board to explore each topic fully.

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