Photo by Tom Sanders | D-6503

Plane owner Marcus Bastruck, pilot Oliver Wermann, camera-wing-mount fabricator Mike Bess and camera assistant (and wife) Denise Sanders helped Tom Sanders capture this photo of freefall camera flyer Bruno Brokken filming a formation skydiving group exiting a Super Caravan during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ event in the Maldives.

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Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary
Features | April 2020

Striving for Zero—The 2019 Fatality Summary

By Jim Crouch

This annual summary looks at each 2019 fatality and places it in an appropriate category.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents
Features | April 2020

Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents

By USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger

Piloting a jump plane is among the most demanding of flying jobs, with multiple takeoffs and landings in a variety of conditions and with a variety of loads, as well as the need to refuel often throughout a day.

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Planning for 2020 and Beyond—The USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting
Features | April 2020

Planning for 2020 and Beyond—The USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its third meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Phoenix, Arizona, January 31-February 2. The board welcomed newly seated Central Regional Director Charles Crinklaw and elected Al King to fill the vacant national director seat.

Author: USPA Staff
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How Do Parachutists Think About Risk?
Features | April 2020

How Do Parachutists Think About Risk?

By Jeremy Sieker

The question of how to best manage and avoid risk is at the heart of any extreme sport. For skydivers this takes many forms: “What are the highest winds I should jump in at this location?” “Should I be jumping with a group this big?”

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Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State
Features | April 2020

Doing the 50—The Very Elite Group That’s Landed in Every State

By Doug Garr

The 50-staters are indeed an exclusive group, and each has a unique story peppered with meeting dozens of new people while traveling thousands of miles across the continent.

Author: Doug Garr
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Jump-Run Emergencies—What You, the Jumper, Can Do to Keep Body and Soul Together
Features | April 2020

Jump-Run Emergencies—What You, the Jumper, Can Do to Keep Body and Soul Together

By Annette O’Neil

Let me ask you this: When was your last aircraft emergency?

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Adventures in Paradise
Features | April 2020

Adventures in Paradise

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy during the Arizona Challenge, a formation skydiving event organized by former and current members of champion 4-way FS team Arizona Airspeed, participants build the event’s grand-finale formation, a representation of the team’s triangular logo.

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Featured Art

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Acrylic on canvas

Stephanie Bush
Facebook.com/stephaniebushdesigns

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In Your Words

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”

By Stephanie Bush

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Acrylic on canvas

Stephanie Bush
Facebook.com/stephaniebushdesigns

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Carmen Villamil | D-30297

Carmen Villamil | D-30297

By Brian Giboney

Carmen Villamil, D-30297, began jumping in her native Puerto Rico but now makes her home at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. She is involved in many aspects of the sport—instructing, videography, rigging and competing—and has excelled at each.

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“100th Landing”

“100th Landing”

By Sietske Dils

“100th Landing”
Watercolor

Sietske Dils

Author: Sietske Dils
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Letters

This is a Sport?

The 50th anniversary of my first jump is next month and I can’t tell you how much fun it was to watch the 1969 film “This is a Sport?” that you included in the recent USPA Update!

Author: Bob Dodt
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Jake Jensen | D-30450

Jake Jensen | D-30450

By Brian Giboney

Jake Jensen, D-30450, is a two-time Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Champion and five-time USPA National Champion in vertical formation skydiving with team SDC Core.

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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Fly Free #4”

“Fly Free #4”

By Lily Sayre | B-50998

“Fly Free #4”
Acrylic on canvas

Lily Sayre | B-50998
Somerville, Massachusetts
Skydiveart.com

Author: Lily Sayre
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Letters

Leveling the Playing Field

As an experienced skydiver, I’ve competed in 4-way [formation skydiving] in the advanced class at Nationals multiple times.

Author: Tom Startz
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Safety & Training Featured Photo

Instructors Kyle Whittier and Carmen Villamil (who mentions this photo in her “Profile” in this issue) take a student on his first AFF jump at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

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Safety & Training Articles

Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

Keep an Eye Out | Rotated Hard Housing

A canopy coach caught this incorrectly configured cutaway cable on a rig rented by his student, who was a licensed skydiver. A local packer had hooked the main canopy up to the container.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

By Shauna Finley

When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.

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Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

Safety Check | What are Your Priorities?

By Ron Bell

During the ride to altitude at a summer boogie, an organizer noticed a twist in the lateral webbing on a jumper’s harness and informed him of the problem.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | D-License Changes

Rating Corner | D-License Changes

By Michael Wadkins

For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.

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Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

Foundations of flight | Balancing Your Brain

By Joel Strickland

Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.

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Featured Event

Larry Melton flies the American flag on Veteran’s Day during the Jump For Valor Boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

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Featured DZ

Wingsuit flyers Reto Nyffenegger, Daniel Ossio and Marc Pfiffner execute a very precise dive plan to fly in coordination with Pilatus Porter pilot Moritz Hollowman at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Algarve.

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Closing In

Katie Hansen and Matthew Fry of Team Polaris, the 2019 USPA National Champions of Freefly, get in some training at Skydive Perris in California.

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