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Let's All Leap for Lupus
Features | July 2018

Let's All Leap for Lupus

by Annette O'Neil

Valinda Mitchell and her husband, John, are vacationing in France. These lovebirds travel a lot … a month in Ireland here, a long stint jetting around Australia there. When your childhood sweetheart and the mother of your four children says her final goodbyes to the family from a hospital bed and manages to claw her way back, such forays are understandable and maybe even necessary. Wandering hand in hand around Paris is the only way to respond, n’est-ce pas?

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July 2018
Covers | July 2018

July 2018

Cover

Photo by Michael Tomaselli  |  D-18530
At Skydive Lake Wales in Florida, canopy formation skydivers Chris Gay, Scott Lazarus, Ihab Mahmoud and Greg Meadows make a triple flag jump.  

Author: USPA Staff
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Letters | July 2018

Letters

I truly miss the sport and its inherent camaraderie, but above all, I often think of those whom Tom named and the many close friendships formed during decades of jumping in Southern California.

Author: Leigh Webb
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Donors
Donors | July 2018

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Photo Spread
Photo Spread | July 2018

Photo Spread

Photo by Guru Khalsa

Photo by Guru Khalsa | D-32694

From left, C.J. Roane, Cody Edgeworth, Laura Wagner and Steve Downey fly a head-down flower at the Looking to Build event at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

Author: Guru Khalsa
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Watch Out for Wombats!
Features | July 2018

Watch Out for Wombats!

by U.S. TopPOP James Davis

On April 19, 132 members of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society (and subgroups Skydivers Over Sixty, Jumpers Over Seventy and Jumpers Over Eighty) made the trek to the rural drop zone for the 14th POPS World Meet, temporarily increasing the town’s population by 11 percent.

Author: James Davis
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Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits
Features | July 2018

Wingsuit Progression Part 2: Exits

by Matt Gerdes and Taya Weiss

The subject of wingsuit exits—specifically, in what order wingsuit flyers should exit and how to conduct the exits—seems to cause a lot of confusion and worry among wingsuit flyers themselves, as well as other jumpers at the DZ. Much of this confusion and worry can be resolved by simply doing a little pre-planning before boarding the aircraft.  

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American Pride: A Parachutist Pictorial
Features | July 2018

American Pride: A Parachutist Pictorial

Author: USPA Staff
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One More Jumper: The SoS World Record Week
Features | July 2018

One More Jumper: The SoS World Record Week

by Carol Jones and Doug Garr

The record series kicked off on April 20. First up was the three-day JOS world record event. Thirty-two skydivers in their 70s from Canada, Germany, Sweden and the U.S. participated.

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How to Buy a Used Main Canopy
Features | July 2018

How to Buy a Used Main Canopy

by Hollie-Blue Allum of Performance Designs

Canopy manufacturer Performance Designs would love it if every time you needed a canopy you'd buy a brand-spanking-new one. Of course, that's not always possible, and without a doubt there are some great deals on used parachutes in the marketplace. Many people choose to buy used, especially for their first or second sets of gear. If you do choose to buy used equipment, particularly a main canopy, you’ll need to do your homework.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | July 2018

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis

AFF Instructors Anastasis Sideris and Dimitris Sourlis fly with student Christos Tsoros at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Athens in Kastro, Greece. 

Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis | D-31871

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The Rating Corner | July 2018

Rating Corner | License and Rating Paperwork

by Jim Crouch

Skydiving coaches, instructors and instructor examiners would much rather spend time in the air skydiving than on the ground handling paperwork. While this is understandable (hey, nobody likes to fill out forms, right?), each rating holder’s administrative responsibilities are extremely important. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Safety Check | July 2018

Safety Check | Downsizing

by Jim Crouch

“When can I downsize to a smaller main canopy?” This is probably the most commonly asked question at every drop zone around the world. It seems like everyone—from newly licensed jumpers to those with thousands of skydives—wants to jump a smaller parachute. The answer to the question is tricky and can mean the difference between an uneventful experience and a serious injury or even fatality. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Keep an Eye Out |  Setting the Brakes
Keep An Eye Out | July 2018

Keep an Eye Out |  Setting the Brakes

by Jim Crouch

After landing, a jumper set his brakes and left the rig for a packer. The packer noticed that the jumper had stowed the left brake incorrectly by placing the toggle through the cat’s eye above the metal guide ring, which will not secure the brake line. The brake line would have released during deployment and resulted in a spinning main parachute if the other brake remained stowed. This common packing error is easily preventable by paying attention and stowing your brakes correctly.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly
Foundations of Flight | July 2018

Angle Flying—Feet First on Belly

By Axis Flight School

Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

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Featured Event
Featured Event | July 2018

Featured Event

Photo by Norman Kent

Jumpers angle fly at the March Fly4Life Flight Camp at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369

Author: Norman Kent
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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | July 2018

Featured DZ

Photo by Zack Line

Andy Beck and Jarod Thompson sit fly at Oklahoma Skydiving Center.

Photo by Zack Line  |  D-36774

Author: Zack Line
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Closing In
Closing In | July 2018

Closing In

Photo by Elliot Byrd

Organizer Jason Brigmon (bottom) makes a 2-way freefly jump with Neal Wiggs at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

Author: Elliot Byrd
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Red, Green, Blue or Yellow?
Features | July 2018

Red, Green, Blue or Yellow?

by Steven Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP

Competing  in  4-way  formation  skydiving  can  be  a  lot  of  fun  and  also  very  challenging.  It’s  the  kind  of  sport  you  can  enjoy  casually  on  the weekend  or  devote  your  life  to  (like  the  members  of  SDC  Rhythm  XP  do)! If  you’re  thinking  of  participating,  you’ll  first  need  to  learn  a  little about  the  formations  and  the  five  positions  on  the  team.

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Message of Peace
Features | August 2018

Message of Peace

by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

For skydivers, two things keep us in the sport—our passion for human flight and the amazing friendships we build with others who share that passion.

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June 2018
Covers | June 2018

June 2018

Cover

Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369
Richard Scheurich (foreground) and Luis Prinetto from Team Fly4Life fly their Performance Designs Valkyrie Hybrid canopies in formation after a jump during the Fly4Life Flight Camp at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

Author: Norman Kent
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Board of Directors
Gearing Up | June 2018

Board of Directors

by Ed Scott

This is an election year for USPA, meaning that each of the 22 seats on USPA’s board of directors is up for grabs by any USPA member who is qualified to run. 

Author: Ed Scott
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The Perfect Nightlight
Featured Art | June 2018

The Perfect Nightlight

by Timothy Uhl

“The Perfect Nightlight”  
Aluminum, brass and steel rotating sculpture with LED lights

Timothy Uhl    |    A-79945
Walden, New York

 

Author: Timothy Uhl
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Danji “DJ” Marvin | D-22292
Profiles | June 2018

Danji “DJ” Marvin | D-22292

by Brian Giboney

Danji “DJ” Marvin, D-22292, is an influential and safety-conscious AFF Instructor Examiner, Tandem Instructor Examiner and Coach Examiner who owns and runs The Ratings Center instructional ratings school. Marvin, along with co-host Nick Lott, also shares his enthusiasm and passion for the sport on Gravity Lab Radio. 

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Parachutist Around The World
Parachutist Around the World | June 2018

Parachutist Around The World

Author: USPA Staff
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May 2018
Covers | May 2018

May 2018

Cover

Photo by Tom Sanders  |  D-6503
Jumpers fly a round over the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean, during the Boogie in Belize.

Author: Tom Sanders
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The Spirit of Giving
Gearing Up | May 2018

The Spirit of Giving

by Ed Scott

Melinda Ray was a 35-year-old wife and mother of three who was suffering from a disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She didn’t score high on the transplant list to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor; she had to find a living donor. She was desperate. 

Author: Ed Scott
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One Temporary Escape
Featured Art | May 2018

One Temporary Escape

by Kayla Perron

“One Temporary Escape”  
Watercolor

Kayla Perron | B-47722
Winter Park, Florida

Author: Kayla Perron
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Parachutist Around The World
Parachutist Around the World | May 2018

Parachutist Around The World

Author: USPA Staff
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Jeannie Bartholomew | D-30638
Profiles | May 2018

Jeannie Bartholomew | D-30638

by Brian Giboney

Jeannie Bartholomew is a dedicated professional canopy pilot who (along with her husband, Curt Bartholomew) has put everything she has into the sport of skydiving. She is a member of Team Alter Ego Fastrax and travels the globe to teach canopy piloting skills and compete in events. Prior to skydiving she was a competitive cheerleader, and jumpers feel her positive attitude and energy wherever she goes.

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