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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Features

Cleared for Landing
Features | February 2020

Cleared for Landing

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting
Features | February 2020

Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting

By USPA Staff and Head of Delegation Karl Meyer

Afternoon rains, gusty winds and low clouds greeted the competitors who arrived at Skydive Pretoria in South Africa in the weeks before the 10th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Canopy Piloting.

Author: USPA Staff
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Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale
Features | February 2020

Chasing Gold—JaNette Lefkowitz Tells the Whole Epic Tale

By Annette O’Neil

JaNette Lefkowitz starts by saying, “There’s just so much to it, so many stories leading up.”

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Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors
Features | February 2020

Wingsuit Accidents: Identifying and avoiding the Most Common Errors

By Matt Gerdes

Wingsuits add massive amounts of potential to skydives. A wingsuit flyer is able to fly farther and at much higher horizontal speeds than is possible on any other type of jump.

Author: Matt Gerdes
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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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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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