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October 2020
Covers | October 2020

October 2020

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Photo by Thomas Grana | D-34640

At the Highlight Skydiving Team’s training camp at Meadow Peak Skydiving in Marion, Montana, to prepare for countrywide demos commemorating the anniversary of the 19th amendment (which gave women the right to vote), Keri Bell swoops by her teammates during a photo shoot coordinated by photographer David Wybenga.

Author: Thomas Grana
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Gearing Up
Gearing Up | October 2020

Gearing Up

By Ed Scott

Parachutes are beginning to disappear … or, more accurately, the word “parachute” is beginning to fade from use to describe our sport, replaced by the word “skydiving”. 

Author: Ed Scott
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Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story
Tales from the Bonfire | October 2020, Top Three

Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story

By Bill Booth

After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

Author: Bill Booth
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | October 2020

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By William Mitchell

My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.

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Will Kitto | D-33634
Profiles | October 2020

Will Kitto | D-33634

By Brian Giboney

Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.

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Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92
Five Minute Call | October 2020

Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92

Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92.

Author: USPA Staff
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Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward
Five Minute Call | October 2020

Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of the many DZs located at the Aeroporto de Boituva in Brazil, approximately 50 parachute packers found themselves out of work.

Author: USPA Staff
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Remembering Ray Capa
Five Minute Call | October 2020

Remembering Ray Capa

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

Nineteen jumpers do one last jump with their friend, Ray Capa, C-17275, releasing his ashes over the skies of Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

Author: Elliot Byrd
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Featured Jumper
Photos | October 2020

Featured Jumper

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Ben Renze (green shoes) celebrates his 100th jump with a hybrid skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

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Incident Reports
Safety & Training | October 2020

Incident Reports

Reports in this column have been compiled by the USPA Safety & Training Department from information received from the field and are the most accurate reports possible through such input. They are printed in Parachutist for their educational value.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Masks, Lenses and Fogging
Ask A Rigger | October 2020

Ask a Rigger | Masks, Lenses and Fogging

By Shauna Finley

Now that many drop zones have re-opened, most with face-mask requirements in place to help control the spread of the coronavirus, lens fogging has become a common issue.

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Rating Corner | Teaching Slow Flight
The Rating Corner | October 2020

Rating Corner | Teaching Slow Flight

By Ron Bell

Instructors have been performing a lot of currency training lately and overall have been doing a great job. However, our recent incident reports show that one area of emergency-procedure training could use more emphasis: low-altitude emergencies under canopy.

Author: Ron Bell
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Safety Check | Braked Flight
Safety Check | October 2020

Safety Check | Braked Flight

By Ron Bell | Photo by Tim Parrant

Half-braked canopy flight is a useful and life-saving skill, but recent incident reports (including the non-fatal incident reports in this issue of Parachutist) show that it is highly underutilized.

Author: Ron Bell
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Keep an Eye Out | Hard-Opening Damage
Keep An Eye Out | October 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Hard-Opening Damage

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydiving Health and Fitness | Dynamic Warm-Ups, Part One
Safety & Training | October 2020

Skydiving Health and Fitness | Dynamic Warm-Ups, Part One

By Dr. Nancy Grieger, DPT, of Blue Skies Physical Therapy

Dynamic warm-ups are a perfect way to get ready for a day of jumping. They increase your core temperature, and the increased blood flow enhances your nerve impulses and reaction time.

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Next Step—Earning a Tandem Rating
Features | October 2020, Top Three

Next Step—Earning a Tandem Rating

By Jim Crouch | Photos by David Cherry

So, you’ve been jumping for a few years and you’ve decided it’s time to work on earning a tandem instructor rating.

Author: Jim Crouch
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The Sky is NOT the Limit—Freedom Freefall Goes National
Features | October 2020, Top Three

The Sky is NOT the Limit—Freedom Freefall Goes National

By Andy VanHandel

On Saturday, August 15, more than 40 military veterans around the country took to the air on tandem skydives during the 6th Annual Freedom Freefall event.

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Know Your Lines
Features | Big One, October 2020

Know Your Lines

Courtesy of Performance Designs

Different line types create confusion among skydivers of all experience levels. What are the different types of lines? What are the pros and cons of each? Which size line is best for you?

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Centerspread
Centerspread | October 2020

Centerspread

Photo by Raymond Adams

Wingsuit flyer Craig Lambton carves around skysurfer Kyle Batchelor during Shredfest at Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

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Closing In
Closing In | October 2020

Closing In

Photo by Juan Manuel Forero

Liam Wertheimer runs out his landing at Skydive Spaceland–Clewiston in Florida.

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Gear Stolen in Chicago, Illinois

Vector, V308 Micron

Author: USPA Staff
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Ten Members in the Running for USPA National Director
Industry News |

Ten Members in the Running for USPA National Director

As of the September 15, 2020, deadline, 10 USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of National Director Albert Berchtold’s term on the USPA Board of Directors following his resignation to serve as USPA Executive Director. The election begins November 2.

Author: SuperUser
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That's a wrap! USPA Board Meets in Nashville
Industry News | September 2020

That's a wrap! USPA Board Meets in Nashville

The USPA Board of Directors held its fourth meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Nashville, Tennessee, September 18-20. For the first time, the board meeting was broadcast live via Zoom Webinar for any USPA members to observe.

Author: SuperUser
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Attend the USPA Summer Board Meeting from Home
Industry News | September 2020

Attend the USPA Summer Board Meeting from Home

USPA’s board of directors is holding its next meeting September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, and we are excited to announce that it will now be broadcast Webinar style via Zoom.

Author: USPA Staff
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Gearing Up
Gearing Up | September 2020

Gearing Up

By Ed Scott

It’s safe to say that nothing about 2020 has proceeded according to anyone’s plans. Whatever was planned in January was tossed out the window by March.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Behind the Lens”
Featured Art | September 2020

“Behind the Lens”

By Hannah Borg-Ore

“Behind the Lens”
Colored pencil and felt-tip pen

Hannah Borg-Oré | B-52582
Miami, Florida
orehannah@gmail.com

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Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling
Tales from the Bonfire | September 2020

Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling

By Kevin Gibson

His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | September 2020

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Pete Rogas

It’s an age-old story: Boy is out having a blast; a young lady (many years younger) tickles his fancy and—wouldn’t you know it—they’re married.

Author: Pete Rogas
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Jared Miller | D-22031
Profiles | September 2020

Jared Miller | D-22031

By Brian Giboney

Jared Miller, D-22031, is the chief instructor at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. He started skydiving in 1995 and now has more than 22,000 skydives and multiple ratings.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | September 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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