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July 2020
Covers | July 2020

July 2020

Cover

Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer | D-31153

Near the end of a beautiful day, Jurga Berry exits a helicopter at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

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USPA Plays Important Role in Airport Access
Gearing Up | July 2020

USPA Plays Important Role in Airport Access

By Ed Scott

Over the years, USPA has amassed a stunning record of helping to establish DZs on airports of all sizes and activity levels, from sleepy one-runway airports to airports with control towers and airline service.

Author: Ed scott
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“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
Featured Art | July 2020

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”

By Ebby Boehm

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
Acrylic on canvas

Ebby Boehm | D-9410
Bradenton, Florida
Ebbyboehm@gmail.com

Author: Ebby Boehm
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Pablo Hernandez | D-29869
Profiles | July 2020

Pablo Hernandez | D-29869

By Brian Giboney

Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.

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Letters | July 2020

Letters

D-Valuation

The D license represents that the holder has earned and demonstrated the highest level of expertise in our sport and is a master parachutist.

Author: Jim Graham
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Letters | July 2020

Letters

How to Count

Should jumpers who die inside skydiving aircraft be counted as skydiving fatalities?

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Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway
Tales from the Bonfire | July 2020

Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway

By Mark Perry

My second jump of the day, an 8-way formation skydive, was uneventful until I tracked away and pulled.

Author: Mark Perry
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | July 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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In the Skies Again
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2020

In the Skies Again

Photo by Austin George | D-37428

From left: Matt Congdon, Keith Jones, Chris Haslam, Colin Conway and Scott Robinson enjoy a canopy flock at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, the weekend after quarantine lifted.

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Skydivers Over Sixty Logs Member Number 2,400
Five Minute Call | July 2020

Skydivers Over Sixty Logs Member Number 2,400

In May, Carl Rosander from Hayesville, North Carolina, became the 2,400th skydiver to join the growing ranks of Skydivers Over Sixty.

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Pacific Region Special Election Begins
Five Minute Call | July 2013, July 2020

Pacific Region Special Election Begins

From July 1-31, USPA members in the Pacific Region have the opportunity to vote in a special election to fill the vacancy created when previous Pacific Regional Director Brett Martin relocated out of the region.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA BOD to Use Memorial Gary Gavel at September Meeting
Five Minute Call | July 2020

USPA BOD to Use Memorial Gary Gavel at September Meeting

Author: USPA Staff
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2020 Jumpwear
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2020

2020 Jumpwear

Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812

Tim Carothers models the latest in 2020 fashions on the way to altitude on re-opening weekend at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

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Skydivers Over Sixties Do a Zoom-Way
Five Minute Call | July 2020

Skydivers Over Sixties Do a Zoom-Way

By Doug Garr

Skydivers Over Sixty had planned to hold its 20th annual Record Week at Skydive Perris in California in May.

Author: Doug Garr
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Museum Reschedules Hall of Fame Celebration
Five Minute Call | July 2020

Museum Reschedules Hall of Fame Celebration

The International Skydiving Museum has rescheduled its Hall of Fame Celebration for the class of 2020, originally planned for October 8-10, to April 22-24, 2021.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Board Meeting Dates and Awards Submission Deadlines Revised
Five Minute Call | July 2020

USPA Board Meeting Dates and Awards Submission Deadlines Revised

The USPA Board of Directors rescheduled its summer meeting and USPA General Membership Meeting, originally set for July 10-12, to September 18-20.

Author: USPA Staff
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Celebrating Flight
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2020

Celebrating Flight

Photo by Kristian Caulder | D-27107

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Five Minute Call |

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | July 2020

Donors

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

Featured Jumper

Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812

Tom Camire (green helmet), D-25536, makes his 2,700th jump during Summerfest 2019 at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. 

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | July 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Dave Bryce | D-20372

Instructor Matt Leonard of Superior Flight Solutions films James Deller’s landing for use in the debrief during a canopy course at Jumptown in Orange Massachusetts.

Author: Dave Bryce
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Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment
Keep An Eye Out | July 2020

Keep an eye out | Premature Deployment

Wingsuit flyers, or any jumpers who sit at the front of the plane and exit last, have the farthest to travel to the door on exit, which increases the chance of a snag.

Author: USPA Staff
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Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude
Safety Check | July 2020

Safety Check | Hard Deck vs. Decision Altitude

By Ron Bell

Many jumpers are confused about the term “hard deck” and how it differs from the term “decision altitude.”

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive
The Rating Corner | July 2020

Rating Corner | The Exit—The Key to a Good Tandem Skydive

By Michael Wadkins

Tandem skydiving has been instrumental in promoting and growing our sport; it brings both revenue and new skydivers to our DZs.

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Featured Event
Featured Event | July 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #397981

John Pitts lands during the re-opening weekend at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | July 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Nick Nash | D-36692

Bradley Allen hangs below Mariah Funcannon (left) and Steve Osner at Skydive Kansas City.

Author: Nick Nash
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A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees
Features | July 2020

A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees

By Doug Garr

Each year, the International Skydiving Museum inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame. This year marks the organization’s 11th class of honorees.

Author: Doug Garr
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Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up
Features | July 2020

Responding to the Pandemic—Skydivers Step Up

By Doug Garr

On a beautiful, cloudless Saturday afternoon last April, Team Fastrax, a professional exhibition team based at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, boarded their Caravan to make a demo like no other before.

Author: Doug Garr
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Airport Access—A Vital Part of USPA’s Mission
Features | July 2020

Airport Access—A Vital Part of USPA’s Mission

A USPA Staff Report

One of USPA’s most vital functions in pursuit of its mission to “support skydiving and those who enjoy it” is safeguarding skydiving’s rightful place in the national airspace system, which includes public airports.

Author: USPA Staff
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Eight Members in the Running for USPA Pacific Regional Director
Skydiving News | Elections, June 2020

Eight Members in the Running for USPA Pacific Regional Director

As of the June 15, 2020, deadline, eight USPA members will appear on the ballot in the upcoming special election to fill the remainder of the Pacific Regional Director’s term on the USPA Board of Directors.

Author: USPA Staff
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