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Mentor Extraordinaire: USPA Awards Thomas Jenkins, D-7707, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | January 2020

Mentor Extraordinaire: USPA Awards Thomas Jenkins, D-7707, the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

By Christy West and Scott Latinis

Tom Jenkins always saw the value of structured competition and record performances in driving skydivers to become more skilled while also having fun.

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Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons
Features | January 2020

Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons

By Gulcin Gilbert

Around the world, October is the month dedicated to breast-cancer awareness. For many years, the skydiving community marked this month with Jump for the Cause, an event that brought women together to raise money for breast cancer research and set women’s world record formation skydives.

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A Great Trip— Ray Ferrell, D-5748, Receives the 2019 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award
Features | January 2020

A Great Trip— Ray Ferrell, D-5748, Receives the 2019 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award

By USPA Executive Director Ed Scott

It was a delightful early November evening in DeLand, Florida, when 30 or so friends and family members gathered to honor Raymond E. Ferrell as USPA presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Author: Ed Scott
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Skydivers’ Town—DeLand, Florida, Celebrates 60 Years of Jumping
Features | January 2020

Skydivers’ Town—DeLand, Florida, Celebrates 60 Years of Jumping

By Mike Johnston

On December 26, 1959, Dr. John Gaffney (“Doc” to his skydiver friends) led the Central Florida Sky Divers Club to the DeLand Municipal Airport to jump from a Tri-Pacer flown by the airport manager, Bob Lee.

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Small Steps, Giant Leaps—Five Jumpers Make Parachuting History
Features | January 2020

Small Steps, Giant Leaps—Five Jumpers Make Parachuting History

By Shannon Pilcher

On Sunday, October 27, five parachutists safely landed at 20,200 feet MSL (with a density altitude of 22,700 feet MSL) on the West Col in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Dynamic Duo—Two Teams Set Sequential World Records at Perris
Features | January 2020

Dynamic Duo—Two Teams Set Sequential World Records at Perris

A USPA Staff Report

October 2019 proved to be a banner month for sequential skydiving, as two separate groups of jumpers achieved world-record performances, one in full-break sequential formation skydiving and the other in canopy formation skydiving.

Author: USPA Staff
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Flock and Flow
Features | January 2020

Flock and Flow

Article and Photos by Michael Brewer

Halloween is all about chocolate, taking candy from strangers and, apparently, flying really fast parachutes at one another—at least for attendees of the debut Flock and Flow camp, held at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, during Halloween weekend.

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Normalizing Excellence: Planning for Safety Day 2020
Features | January 2020

Normalizing Excellence: Planning for Safety Day 2020

A Parachutist Special Section

Each year, Safety Day is the second Saturday in March (this year, that’s March 14). It marks the beginning of a new season, and even in poor weather, jumpers flock to this event, their minds filled with fresh ideas and expectations of the warm summer days ahead.

Author: USPA Staff
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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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The 2019 Wingsuit Flying World Cup—The Spirit of World Competition
Features | December 2019

The 2019 Wingsuit Flying World Cup—The Spirit of World Competition

By Scott Callantine

When a competitive skydiver earns a U.S. Parachute Team patch and the opportunity to represent their country at a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world skydiving event, they are bound to have an amazing experience.

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United Nations—The 2019 FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events
Features | December 2019

United Nations—The 2019 FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events

A USPA Staff Report with contributions from Skydive Arizona Marketing and Events Coordinator George Hargis

During the first week of October, you could hear a variety of languages anywhere on the drop zone: Chinese in the boarding area, French on the packing mats in the hangar, Norwegian around the pool, German at the mock-up and Russian at the manifest window. 

Author: USPA Staff
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Providing the Key to Safety—Bryan Burke Receives the 2019 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | December 2019

Providing the Key to Safety—Bryan Burke Receives the 2019 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

By George Hargis

The USPA Board of Directors chose Bryan Burke, D-8866, to receive its prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service. Every year, USPA presents a select few recipients with this award, which honors “outstanding Americans who, by their efforts over a period of years, have made significant contributions to the skydiving community.”

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The Big Green Sky—Two Carbon-Offset Initiatives Offer Skydivers a Greener Way to Go
Features | December 2019

The Big Green Sky—Two Carbon-Offset Initiatives Offer Skydivers a Greener Way to Go

By Annette O’Neil

First things first: There’s a lot of debate surrounding this topic. Global climate change remains a charged topic, season after season … especially since those seasons seem to be, well, changing.

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Zen and the Art of Organizer Maintenance—Alethia Austin’s Great Advice for New (and Not-So-New) Organizers
Features | December 2019

Zen and the Art of Organizer Maintenance—Alethia Austin’s Great Advice for New (and Not-So-New) Organizers

By Annette O’Neil

Over the years, Austin’s unique mix of hard-charging and grounded doesn’t just make its mark on the marketing side of the skydiving industry.

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Leap Frogs—Forged by the Sea, Air and Land
Features | December 2019

Leap Frogs—Forged by the Sea, Air and Land

By Robert Guerra | Photos courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, has represented the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community for decades, slowly and steadily developing their craft.

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A Record Crowd—Skydive Perris Hosts the 2019 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration
Features | December 2019

A Record Crowd—Skydive Perris Hosts the 2019 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration

By Doug Garr

In October, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame held its 10th annual Hall of Fame Celebration at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Doug Garr
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How to Train Your Brain
Features | November 2019

How to Train Your Brain

By Annette O’Neil

Think about the skydivers you’ve met over the years who drifted away. Nothing happened, per se; they just ... well ... disappeared. Some of this attrition is natural. The pressures of finances, family and career come into play. But have you wondered how much attrition owes directly to repetitive stress injuries on these athletes’ minds?

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Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing
Features | November 2019

Waterworld—Preparing for a Water Landing

By Jim Crouch

I stood at the deep end of the indoor heated pool while wearing a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and a training harness connected to a 300-square-foot main canopy and jumped into the water.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships
Features | November 2019, Nationals 2019

Two Times the Fun—2019 USPA National Championships

By Southeast Regional Director Alixandra Hubbard

The 2019 USPA Parachuting and Skydiving Nationals determined which teams and individuals will represent the U.S. in every discipline at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Parachuting Championships Mondial (all-events competition) in Tanay, Siberia, in 2020.

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It's All About the Exit
Features | November 2019, Nationals 2019

It's All About the Exit

By Zach Lewis

It is all about the exit! That’s a phrase you’ll often hear in the world of competitive formation skydiving.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Will the Real "Gypsy Moths" Please Chute Up?
Features | November 1969

Will the Real "Gypsy Moths" Please Chute Up?

By Jerry Rouillard

In April of 1968, two months before actual filming of "MOTHS" began, a group of Southern Califorania jumpers were assembled at Elsinore, California to make several hundred rehearsal and equipment testing jumps.

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Jumping From Space 101—Alan Eustace Talks Us In
Features | October 2019

Jumping From Space 101—Alan Eustace Talks Us In

By Annette O”Neil

So, late in the fall of 2014, you watched Alan Eustace get tugged 25 miles into the stratosphere by a balloon that for all the world looked like a big, white map pin.

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Surfing the Skies
Features | October 2019

Surfing the Skies

By Keith Snyder

Skysurfing has experienced a comeback in recent years, and fortunately, the drop zones of the world are helping to keep our skies safe by not blindly allowing just anyone to grab a board and attempt it. Most DZs insist that new skysurfers receive proper guidance from those with experience … and for good reason.

Author: Keith Snyder
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Freshman Year—The U.S. Canopy Formation Team Brings Home Bronze
Features | October 2019

Freshman Year—The U.S. Canopy Formation Team Brings Home Bronze

By Magaly Sandoval

The 8th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale European Canopy Formation Championships and 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Formation took place from August 15-21 at the Romanian Airclub located in the southern part of the country in the town of Strejnic Ploiești.

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Welcome to the Apocalypse—The Big O Boogie
Features | October 2019

Welcome to the Apocalypse—The Big O Boogie

A Parachutist Pictorial

The name of this year’s giant boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia—the Apocalyptic Big O Boogie—could not have been more fitting.

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A Fest to Remember
Features | October 2019

A Fest to Remember

A Parachutist Photo Essay

From July 26-August 4, the skies over Ottawa, Illinois, blossomed with canopies during Skydive Chicago’s much-anticipated megaboogie, Summerfest. More than 800 jumpers from all corners of the world came to the drop zone resort to get on one of the nearly 700 loads during the nine-day boogie.

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The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting
Features | September 2019

The Summer 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14.

Author: USPA Staff
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Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | September 2019

Preserving the History of Skydiving—Mike Horan Receives the 2018 USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

A USPA Staff Report

At its 2018 summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors chose Mike Horan, D-881, to receive its prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service.

Author: USPA Staff
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ToraTora
Features | September 2019

ToraTora

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The five members of professional skydiving team ToraTora—Jarno Cordia, Willem de Groot, Rene Terstegen, Martijn Van Dam and Jasper van der Meer—put together a magical week of skydiving and other adventure sports in Slovenia’s Soca Valley, adjacent to Triglav National Park.

Author: USPA Staff
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Chasing the Spaceball 2.0
Features | September 2019

Chasing the Spaceball 2.0

By Annette O’Neil

Sebastian Alvarez, D-32538, was a pro surfer and a Chilean Air Force pilot (flying helicopters and planes alike) in his home country before he donned his first wingsuit.

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