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Shanon Searls Joins USPA as Director of Sport Promotion
Skydiving News | December 2019

Shanon Searls Joins USPA as Director of Sport Promotion

USPA has selected Shanon Searls as its new Director of Sport Promotion, succeeding Nancy Koreen, who has served in this position for 10 years. Searls’ start date is December 17.

Author: USPA Staff
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Charles Crinklaw Elected as USPA Central Regional Director
Skydiving News | December 2019, Election

Charles Crinklaw Elected as USPA Central Regional Director

Results are in for the special election to fill the vacancy for the Central Region seat on the USPA Board of Directors.

Author: USPA Staff
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December 2019
Covers | December 2019

December 2019

Cover

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

John Skinner wears a bright and color-coordinated outfit for a freefly jump at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. 

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Centerspread
Centerspread | December 2019

Centerspread

Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

Olav Zipser, Waleed El-Malt, Ammar Mohamed and Wade Sutcliffe peek out the back of a C-130 Hercules while preparing to jump over the Great Pyramids of Giza during the Sky Seekers Boogie in Egypt.

Author: Juan Mayer
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Smile for the Camera
Features | December 2019

Smile for the Camera

A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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Closing In
Closing In | December 2019

Closing In

Photo by Norman Kent | D8369

Photo by Norman Kent | D8369

Konstantin Petrijcuk leads an angle-flying jump during the Jump for the Rose Pinkfest boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, that raised money for breast-cancer clinic The Rose.

Author: Norman Kent
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Renew Your Ratings Online
Gearing Up | December 2019

Renew Your Ratings Online

By Ed Scott

It’s hard to even imagine, but years ago USPA required jumpers to provide copies of their logbooks when they mailed in their applications for licenses and ratings.

Author: Ed Scott
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“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Featured Art | December 2019

“High Altitude, Low Pull”

By Shelrie Houlton | D-35229

“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Mixed media

Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
Merritt Island, Florida

shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

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Tales from the Bonfire
Tales from the Bonfire | December 2019

Tales from the Bonfire

By Hunter Goldman

We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at Skydive Pepperell. Paula, Devin, my father and I have grown as people and as skydivers together. Needless to say, we are family!

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Sammy Vassilev | D-19270
Profiles | December 2019

Sammy Vassilev | D-19270

By Brian Giboney

Sammy Vassilev began jumping in 1989 in Bulgaria, where he grew up around the sport. (His mother was a world champion.) He moved to the United States in 1991 and immediately began having an impact on the sport here as a talented skysurfer and camera flyer.

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Pyramid Power
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Pyramid Power

Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

A 14-way flies over the Pyramid of Khafre during the Sky Seekers Boogie in Giza, Egypt.

Author: Juan Mayer
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Sully’s Last Skydive
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Sully’s Last Skydive

Photo by Greg Shields | D-22654

Fellow jumpers at Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club in East Troy, Wisconsin, say goodbye to John Sullivan, D-25601, on an ash dive held during his memorial service that more than 100 of his friends, family and coworkers attended.

Author: Greg Shields
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Canopy Formation Skydivers Fall from Planes
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Canopy Formation Skydivers Fall from Planes

By Kyle Taylor and Cat Isgrigg

While many people go to the East Coast to see the fall colors, canopy formation skydivers know that the West Coast is the place to be for a truly incredible display, because that’s when Skydive Elsinore in California hosts its annual Fall From Planes event.

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Forever the Queen
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Forever the Queen

Photo by Norris Gearhart | D-24594

During the Carol Clay Birthday Boogie at Virginia Skydiving Center in Petersburg, jumpers celebrate the life of the jumper known to all as "the Queen" by making her honorary 20,000th skydive.

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Living on the Edge
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Living on the Edge

Photo by Kandace Rawling | D-38328

Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy demonstrates his edge-flying technique.

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Spaceland Sport Accuracy Competition Draws 49 Competitors
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Spaceland Sport Accuracy Competition Draws 49 Competitors

By Christy West

In early October, Skydive Spaceland celebrated the fifth anniversary of its now biannual Sport Accuracy Competition with its biggest one yet!

Author: Christy West
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The Women’s Skydiving Network Launches Demo Team
Gear & Industry Spotlight | December 2019

The Women’s Skydiving Network Launches Demo Team

The Women’s Skydiving Network, an international network of more than 3,000 female skydivers, recently announced the launch of the WSN Pro team, an all-female skydiving demonstration team founded by professional skydivers Amy Chmelecki and Melanie Curtis.

Author: USPA Staff
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Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers
Service Bulletins | December 2019

Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers

On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydive Arizona Kicks Off Fall with Halloween Boogie
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Skydive Arizona Kicks Off Fall with Halloween Boogie

Bu George Hargis

Skydive Arizona in Eloy kicked off its busy fall season with the Dia De Los Muertos Halloween Boogie October 25-28.

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Skydive the Falls Hosts First Falls Fest
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Skydive the Falls Hosts First Falls Fest

Chad Share

Skydive the Falls in Youngstown, New York, hosted its first Skydive the Falls Fest September 13-15.

Author: Chad Share
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Released Together
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Released Together

Photo by Randy Forbes  | D-10858

At Skydive Perris in California, jumpers release the ashes of longtime California jumper Linda Hardesty, D-15263, and her father, Ted Hardesty.

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Chicks Rock Again at Elsinore
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Chicks Rock Again at Elsinore

Mary SantAngelo

Chicks certainly rocked this year at Skydive Elsinore in California during its 19th annual Chicks Rock Boogie.

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Flying unicorns
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Flying unicorns

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

A herd of unicorns (Michelle Hart, Karla Katherine, Jeannette Copeland and Marina Prokopenko) takes to the skies at the Aeronautrixx Unicorn Boogie, a Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive California in Tracy.

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Five Minute Call | December 2019

Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Joins Festival of Flight

By Ann Armstrong-Ingoldsby

The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum in Dayton, Ohio, joined other aviation organizations at the first Festival of Flight at Wright State University on October 5.

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Bras for a Cause
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Bras for a Cause

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

Marian Sparks (center) founder of the breast cancer charity Jump for the Rose, makes a pink-bra-clad skydive with (from left) Marshall Madden, Greg Armstrong, Patie Duttlinger and James Davis during the Jump for the Rose Pinkfest Boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

Author: Norman Kent
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Historic Plane in Tragic Crash
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Historic Plane in Tragic Crash

By Wendy Ritter

On October 3, a historic 74-year-old Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress known as Nine-O-Nine (after its military serial number 42-31909) crashed and subsequently caught fire in Connecticut during a living-history flight, killing seven of the 13 people on board, including the pilot and copilot.

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Five Minute Call | December 2019

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Spaceland–Houston Hosts POPS Nationals and JOS Record Event
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Spaceland–Houston Hosts POPS Nationals and JOS Record Event

By James Davis

Members of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society and its many subgroups gathered at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in the quaint Texas town of Rosharon October 2-6 to compete in the annual POPS National Championships and Jumpers Over Seventy Record Attempts.

Author: James Davis
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | December 2019

Featured Jumper

Photos by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812

On back-to-back loads organized by T.J. Hine at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, Doug Janssen (left photo, red helmet), C-46750, celebrates his 2,000th jump and Larry Stein (right photo, blue jumpsuit with black grippers), D-9016, celebrates his 5,000th jump.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | December 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Carlos Rodriguez | D-33453

A tandem student points out his altitude as he makes his first skydive with instructor Jeff Whitt at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

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