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June 2020
Covers | June 2020

June 2020

Cover

Photo Norman Kent | D-8369

Caroline Layne daydreams about the fun she had at the End of the Year Boogie 2019-2020 hosted by USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

Author: Norman Kent
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Donors
Donors | June 2020

Donors

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

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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What will be the new normal at drop zones?
Gearing Up | June 2020

What will be the new normal at drop zones?

By Ed Scott

The big question is, what will the activity level be at DZs upon reopening? And how long will it take until first-jump customers and experienced skydivers return to normal levels?

Author: Ed Scott
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Centerspread
Centerspread | June 2020

Centerspread

Painting by Yvette Walter  I D-32690

Painting by Yvette Walter  I D-32690

“Fun with Friends”
Acrylic on canvas

Tampa, Florida
Skybuddiesjewelry.com

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Closing In
Closing In | June 2020

Closing In

Photo by Vince Callender I D-19514

At Dallas Tandem Skydiving in Ennis, Texas, Tandem Instructor Rudy Reyes uses his downtime to play with an old C-9 canopy.

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“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Featured Art | June 2020

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”

By Kayla Perron

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Ink on paper

Kayla Perron | B-47722
Orlando, Florida

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Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest
Tales from the Bonfire | June 2020

Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.

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David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148
Profiles | June 2020

David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148

By Brian Giboney

David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.

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Corrections
Five Minute Call | June 2020

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Ambassador to El Salvador Makes Demo Jump
Five Minute Call | June 2020

Ambassador to El Salvador Makes Demo Jump

More than 30 years ago, the Jumping Ambassadors, a U.S. Army military freefall detachment from the 7th Special Forces Group performed demonstration jumps across Latin America.

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Bob Lewis to Receive ISM Trustees’ Award
Five Minute Call | June 2020

Bob Lewis to Receive ISM Trustees’ Award

In April, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced Bob Lewis as the recipient of its 2020 Trustees’ Award.

Author: USPA Staff
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Round Canopy Parachute Team Hosts Event at Palatka
Five Minute Call | June 2020

Round Canopy Parachute Team Hosts Event at Palatka

By Dave Munoz

At Skydive Palatka in Florida in March, Round Canopy Parachute Team, a nonprofit military-static-line demonstration team, hosted its second More Than a Jump event for veterans.

Author: David Munoz
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Skydivers Innovate During Global Pandemic
Five Minute Call | June 2020

Skydivers Innovate During Global Pandemic

The skydiving community’s ability to rapidly innovate in response to this health crisis is the perfect representation of our unique sport and is evidence that our industry will adapt and continue to thrive.

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

Featured Jumper

Photo by Alex Swindle | D-31305

John and Alex Hicks (yellow helmets, center), D-23553 and D-23554, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with friends at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Author: Alex Swindle
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FAI Names Haggeny Secretary General
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2020

FAI Names Haggeny Secretary General

On April 15, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the World Air Sports Federation) announced that its Executive Board named Markus Haggeney as the new FAI Secretary General.

Author: USPA Staff
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Blue Skies Physical Therapy Opens at Elsinore
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2020

Blue Skies Physical Therapy Opens at Elsinore

Blue Skies Physical Therapy, owned and operated by Dr. Nancy Grieger, C-44952, has assisted the skydiving community with physical therapy assessment and treatment, injury management and strength and conditioning training at boogies and events for years.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | June 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Brian Festi | D-26788

Jumpers gather around a life-flight helicopter during a Safety Day seminar at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

Author: Brian Festi
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Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks
The Rating Corner | June 2020

Rating Corner | Bringing Back the Tradition of Logbooks

Sometime over the past 10-15 years—probably due to the advent of phone apps, manifest programs and digital altimeters that track jumps—many jumpers developed an indifferent or apathetic attitude toward formally logging jumps.

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Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number
Safety Check | June 2020

Safety Check | 200—The Non-Magical Magic Number

By Ron Bell

In skydiving, 200 jumps is a recurring theme.

Author: Ron Bell
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Featured Event
Featured Event | June 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Marco Fürst | D-32690

Matt Leonard, Andreas Mosling, Marcus Denniston, Allison Reay, Matt Siegman and Cameron King fly in formation at the Flock and Flow canopy piloting event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Marco Fürst
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Featured Event
Featured Event | June 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Marco Fürst | D-32690

Matt Leonard, Andreas Mosling, Marcus Denniston, Allison Reay, Matt Siegman and Cameron King fly in formation at the Flock and Flow canopy piloting event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Marco Fürst
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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | June 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Nick Cahill

Nick Cahill smiles for a selfie at Pacific Skydiving Center.

Author: Nick Cahill
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System Restart—Coming Back to Skydiving After a Long Layoff
Features | June 2020

System Restart—Coming Back to Skydiving After a Long Layoff

By Matt Leonard

Risk mitigation and the decision-making process surrounding risk mitigation is an important part of the foundation of safety.

Author: Matt Leonard
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Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump
Features | June 2020

Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump

By North Central Regional Director Michael Wadkins

Now, following worldwide drop zone closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of skydivers all at once no longer meet the currency requirements of their licenses. The volume of jumpers who need currency training is unprecedented.

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Looking Forward to the Past
Features | June 2020

Looking Forward to the Past

A Parachutist Pictorial

We asked 16 camera flyers—those who have consistently contributed dazzling images to this magazine over the years—to send us one photo that speaks to what skydiving means to them and that would inspire our readers upon their return to the sport they love.

Author: USPA Staff
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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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