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Reserve Parachute | May 2020

Gear Stolen in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Javelin B-15, PDR 143, CYPRES 2

Author: Deborah
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Making It Through Together
Gearing Up | May 2020

Making It Through Together

By Ed Scott

In no wild nightmare could I have conceived that a virus would ground skydiving and, indeed, shut down the world.

Author: Ed Scott
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May 2020
Covers | May 2020

May 2020

Cover

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

A canopy formation doesn’t quite go according to plan at the annual Spring Fling event at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. (No jumpers were injured—or even needed to cut away—in the making of this photo.)

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“Sunset Swoop!”
Featured Art | May 2020

“Sunset Swoop!”

By Sam Holliman

“Sunset Swoop!”
Colored pencils and pastels on paper

Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
Durham, North Carolina
Sam.holliman@gmail.com

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Five Minute Call | May 2020

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Board Postpones July Meeting
Five Minute Call | May 2020

Board Postpones July Meeting

The USPA Board of Directors has postponed its summer meeting and USPA General Membership Meeting.

Author: USPA Staff
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Larry Yount | D-18792
Profiles | May 2020

Larry Yount | D-18792

By Brian Giboney

Larry Yount, D-18792, was a military jumper who turned into a multi-talented, multi-discipline sport skydiver extraordinaire.

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Back to Back
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2020

Back to Back

Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer | D-31153

Jake Cormier and Jarod Orrell orbit one another over Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

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Arizona Hosts Rookie Round-Up
Five Minute Call | May 2020

Arizona Hosts Rookie Round-Up

By George Hargis

Skydive Arizona in Eloy hosted its Rookie Round-Up—Diamonds in the Rough event March 14-15.

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British Skydiving Hosts USPA and APF
Five Minute Call | May 2020

British Skydiving Hosts USPA and APF

British Skydiving, formerly known as the British Parachute Association, hosted the executives of USPA and the Australian Parachute Federation at its annual Skydive the Expo in Nottingham, England.

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Challenge Themselves at Vertical Sequential Camp
Five Minute Call | May 2020

Jumpers Challenge Themselves at Vertical Sequential Camp

By Natalie Pitts

Matt Fry and Konstantin Petrijcuk (filling in for organizer Melissa Lowe) led the Vertical Sequential Camp—an event that gave jumpers a chance to try unique, non-traditional formations—at Skydive Sebastian in Florida February 20-23.

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Clay Posthumously Receives State Record
Five Minute Call | May 2020

Clay Posthumously Receives State Record

By Jim Crouch

Although she has been gone for nearly two years, Carolyn “The Queen” Clay remains ever present in the hearts and minds of those who knew her.

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Max Pyro Event Sets Texas Sky Ablaze
Five Minute Call | May 2020

Max Pyro Event Sets Texas Sky Ablaze

By Jessica Brownlow

A brave team gathered at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas, March 12-16 to do something extraordinary: attempt a 42-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation Skydive at Night. Adding to the visual display, each jumper wore pyrotechnics.

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Speed racer
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2020

Speed racer

Photo by James Kunze | D-34605

Todd Scrutchfield lands at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas after practicing for night jumps during the Max Pyro event.

Author: James Kunze
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Marty Jones Marks 50th Year of Jumping
Five Minute Call | May 2020

Marty Jones Marks 50th Year of Jumping

By Carol Jones

On March 7, Marty Jones, D-6397, celebrated 50 years of continuous skydiving by making several skydives with friends and family (including his wife, Selena Jones, and his stepmom, Carol Jones) at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Author: Carol Jones
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POPS Hosts 50th Spring Fest and Betty Hill Memorial
Five Minute Call | May 2020

POPS Hosts 50th Spring Fest and Betty Hill Memorial

By James Davis

In late February, while most of the East Coast was covered with snow and rain, a group of Parachutists Over Phorty Society members enjoyed warm but occasionally windy weather at the 50th POPS SpringFest at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

Author: James Davis
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Velocity Sports Equipment Releases MARD for Infinity Container
Gear & Industry Spotlight | May 2020

Velocity Sports Equipment Releases MARD for Infinity Container

In February, Velocity Sports Equipment introduced its main-assisted-reserve-deployment system for the Infinity harness-and-container system.

Author: USPA Staff
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Bill Wenger Joins Skydiving Museum Board of Trustees
Gear & Industry Spotlight | May 2020

Bill Wenger Joins Skydiving Museum Board of Trustees

n March 16, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced that Bill Wenger, D-3774, joined its board of trustees.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | May 2020

Featured Jumper

Photo by Tom Sanders  | D-6503

At sunrise during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ event in the Maldives, John Dobleman (whom most jumpers know as “Mad John”), D-7790, takes the center of the formation during his 6,000th skydive.

Author: Tom Sanders
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | May 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Gen Montreuil | D-31992

At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, veteran canopy formation skydivers Kevin Vetter (top) and Pat Marcanio (center) teach Julia Wilde the finer points of taking docks as she learns the discipline.

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Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?
The Rating Corner | May 2020

Rating Corner | What the !@#$ is a “Rating-Renewal Seminar,” Anyway?

By Ray Lallo

USPA Instructor Examiners often encounter questions as to what constitutes a rating-renewal seminar. And they often receive blank stares followed by crickets when they ask, “What did you do for your rating-renewal seminar?”

Author: Ray Lallo
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Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?
Ask A Rigger | May 2020

Ask a Rigger | If I Lose or Damage My Cutaway Cables, Can I Replace Them with a Set That is Similar?

By Jen Sharp

Cutaway cables are not universally interchangeable.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing
Keep An Eye Out | May 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Improper RSL Routing

A skydiver with 400-plus jumps changed out their main canopy and then made about 75 jumps on the rig.

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | May 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | May 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Look It Up
Safety Check | May 2020

Safety Check | Look It Up

A highly respected rigger was visiting a drop zone and noticed a rig laid out on the packing floor after a jump.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Featured Event
Featured Event | May 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

Jumpers at the New Year’s Beach Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico enjoy a sunset tracking jump organized by Luis Prinetto and Remi Angeli. 

Author: Norman Kent
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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | May 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Nikko Mamallo | D-34272

Kyle Donohue (top) and Kevin Gallay fly a wingsuit stack at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

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Centerspread
Centerspread | May 2020

Centerspread

Photo by Marco Furst | D-32690

A 20-way dynamic flock plays in the sky during the second Flock and Flow event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Marco Furst
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Closing In
Closing In | May 2020

Closing In

Photo By Juan Mayer | D-26130

At USPA Foreign Affiliate Go Fly Paraquedismo in Boituva, Brazil, Roberta Mancino and Val Sobol take a dock during the Wingsuit Carnival Boogie organized by Leo Orsini of Flyerz Wingsuit School.

Author: Juan Mayer
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