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Jumpers fly a round over the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean, during the Boogie in Belize.

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World's First Twelve-Man Star
Homepage | May 1968 1968 Throwback

World's First Twelve-Man Star

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NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”
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NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”

Each year, the National Aeronautic Association selects what it considers aviation's most memorable records from the previous year and honors those records at an event near Washington, D.C. 

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USPA Seeks New Director of Competition & Records
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USPA Seeks New Director of Competition & Records

"In his four-year tenure, Randy has elevated USPA's stature in the world arena of skydiving competition and records," said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott. "We thank him and wish him well."

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May 1968
Covers | May 1968

May 1968

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Tony Bardell of the Seattle Sky Divers, flying alongside in Jack Ady's PT-22, shot this sequence of some of the Seattle bunch nonchalantly departing a Howard on floats.

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The Spirit of Giving
Gearing Up | May 2018

The Spirit of Giving

by Ed Scott

Melinda Ray was a 35-year-old wife and mother of three who was suffering from a disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She didn’t score high on the transplant list to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor; she had to find a living donor. She was desperate. 

Author: Ed Scott
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Seidel Named USPA Director of Membership Services
Five Minute Call | May 2018

Seidel Named USPA Director of Membership Services

USPA recently promoted Stephanie Seidel to become director of its Membership Services department, the department of five that has the most interaction with USPA members.

Author: USPA Staff
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More Than the Sum of Its Jumps
Features | May 2018

More Than the Sum of Its Jumps

By Annette O’Neil

Operation Enduring Warrior Helps Combat-Wounded Veterans Take Flight

Skydiving Makes a Difference: A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities

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MARDs—How They Work and What to Expect
Features | May 2018

MARDs—How They Work and What to Expect

by Riley Marshall

Hey you, reading this … can you define the term “MARD”? Do you know what it does, how it works and what distinguishes it from similar systems? If you answered no to any of these questions, you are not alone! As it turns out, jumper knowledge of MARD systems is surprisingly marginal. (Or should we say, MARDginal?)

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Team 6—The Aircraft Crew Behind the U.S. Army Golden Knights
Features | May 2018

Team 6—The Aircraft Crew Behind the U.S. Army Golden Knights

by Jessica Haugaard

It is just before 7 a.m. at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida. Sergeant Kyle Pratt, smartly dressed in a black flight suit with the words “U.S. Army Parachute Team” embroidered in gold on his back, glances up at the C31A Fokker aircraft positioned 25 meters in front of him.

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Sit-Fly Turns (Arm Mechanics)
Foundations of Flight | May 2018

Sit-Fly Turns (Arm Mechanics)

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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Kickin' Back in Belize- A Parachutist Pictorial
Features | May 2018

Kickin' Back in Belize- A Parachutist Pictorial

A Parachutist Pictorial

From February 10-20, Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies treated 127 participants from around the world to an experience they’ll never forget: the Boogie in Belize. The event included accommodations and nightly parties on Ambergris Caye, four days of jumping on a nearby private island and four days of intentional water landings into the Great Blue Hole (a large submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean Sea near Belize City).

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Another ATC Win for Skydiving!
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Another ATC Win for Skydiving!

The action calls worked and it now appears that the needed FAA funding bill will pass without changes to the structure of air traffic control. “Once again, we thank our members who made the calls in defense of skydiving’s airspace needs,” said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott.

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Air Traffic Control and Skydiving Again Face Threat!
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Air Traffic Control and Skydiving Again Face Threat!

This proposal would pull ATC out of the FAA and move it to the U.S. Department of Transportation, where a new Management Advisory Council, populated with airline interests, would serve as the ATC board of directors.

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Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance
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Vigil Releases Service Bulletin for Mandatory Compliance

Advanced Aerospace Designs has released a Public Service Bulletin PSB-01-2018, regarding certain Vigil II and Vigil 2+ Automatic Activation Devices. The bulletin provides instructions for updating the firmware of affected units that can generate an error code during high-altitude jumps above 27,000 feet. Compliance is mandatory before any jump made from 27,000 feet, or higher, or by no later than May, 2020 for those with affected units who are not making any high altitude jumps.

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Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley
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Celebration of Life Planned for Larry Bagley

A celebration of life for Larry K. Bagley has been scheduled for June 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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