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For Dad
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

For Dad

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

At Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, instructor Patrick Woodruff takes Rachelle Babler for a tandem skydive to release the ashes of her father, 28-year Navy veteran Stanley Ljosdal. Ljosdal never got to make a jump, and Babler said, “That’s why I had to do it for him.”

Author: Randy Forbes
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2019 USPA Financials
Five Minute Call | September 2020

2019 USPA Financials

Author: USPA Staff
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JOS Members Set World Record in Italy
Five Minute Call | September 2020

JOS Members Set World Record in Italy

Carlo De Martino

Setting a world record with a team of only Italian skydivers may seem impossible, but that’s just what a group of nine jumpers did on July 15 in Cumiana, Italy.

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Elsinore Hosts Its Infamous Poker Run
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Elsinore Hosts Its Infamous Poker Run

Skydive Elsinore in California held its 22nd annual Poker Run on June 29. This year’s event saw five teams participate in the combination 6-way formation skydiving meet and tequila-fueled poker game.

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America Gets a Dose of LSD at Spaceland Houston
Five Minute Call | September 2020

America Gets a Dose of LSD at Spaceland Houston

By Alethia Austin

After having great success in Europe over the past four years, the LSD (Level, Slot, Dock) Skills Camps made their way to the U.S., landing at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, in July.

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Spaceland Hosts Sixth Annual 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Spaceland Hosts Sixth Annual 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition

By Christy West

Coronavirus slowed but did not stop the Skydive Spaceland 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition!

Author: Christy West
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D-1 Becomes JON-23
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

D-1 Becomes JON-23

Lew Sanborn, D-1, celebrates his 90th birthday at Mid-America Sport Parachute Club in Taylorville, Illinois, where friends held a cookout in his honor and presented him with a certificate proclaiming him the 23rd member of Jumpers Over Ninety (a subgroup of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society).

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Honor Infante at Perris
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

Jumpers Honor Infante at Perris

On July 14, friends and colleagues of Kellie Infante, B-46875, performed a memorial series of jumps at Skydive Perris in California, her home drop zone. 

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Up-To-Date USPA Event Information Available Online
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Up-To-Date USPA Event Information Available Online

Due to the everchanging landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally, USPA has been adapting its plans for events such as the 2020 USPA National Championships and the USPA Board Meeting long after Parachutist goes to press.

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Attend 16-Way Training Camp in Byron
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Jumpers Attend 16-Way Training Camp in Byron

By Lauren Liddell

On Saturday, June 20, organizers Jeff and Karen Bodin, with assistance from John Verley, held a 16-way sequential formation skydiving training camp at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California.

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Boogie That Wasn’t a Boogie Visits Melbourne Beach
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Boogie That Wasn’t a Boogie Visits Melbourne Beach

By Jeff Holmstock

Tribe of The Traveling Tiki held its Beach Boogie—officially a three-day demo event—July 10-12 in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

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Donors
Donors | September 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Gold State Gear Takes Over Retail Sales from Square One
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2020

Gold State Gear Takes Over Retail Sales from Square One

After nearly 30 years as a skydiving equipment retailer, Square One passed the torch for retail sales to a new company, Gold State Gear.

Author: USPA Staff
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Summer Camp
Five Minute Call | August 2020

Summer Camp

Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #317981

Coach Jeannie Bartholomew of the Alter Ego Project comes in for landing while leading a canopy skills camp at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

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Freeflyers Face Off with Bellyflyers at First TeXas Speedway Competition
Five Minute Call | August 2020

Freeflyers Face Off with Bellyflyers at First TeXas Speedway Competition

By Scott Latinis

What an improbable occurrence took place June 13. No, dogs didn’t lie down with cats. No, Yankee and Red Sox fans didn’t decide that it didn’t matter who won the game, as long as everyone had fun.

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Jumpers Wed in Winterset
Five Minute Call | August 2020

Jumpers Wed in Winterset

On June 6, Bridget Mahoney and Greg Nore were united in marriage in Winterset, Iowa, at the Des Moines Skydivers drop zone. 

Author: USPA Staff
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West Tennessee Hosts 5th Annual SIS Boogie
Five Minute Call | August 2020

West Tennessee Hosts 5th Annual SIS Boogie

By Alex Coker

From June 19-21, Sisters in Skydiving members had a phenomenal weekend at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville’s 5th Annual SIS Boogie.

Author: Alex Coker
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Golden Anniversary
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2020

Golden Anniversary

While at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, Colorado, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first jump, Bill Boles, D-2907, poses in the landing area with his daughter, Kristin, who is an AFF student and accompanied her father in the plane for the occasion.

Author: USPA Staff
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Quaranteam
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2020

Quaranteam

Photo by George Katsoulis

Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010

On their return to the sky after the lifting of lockdown orders, Bob Compton, Terry Dauplaise, Eric Knight and Celine Pelletier launch an open accordion at Skydive Perris in California.

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PD Releases Sabre3
Gear & Industry Spotlight | August 2020

PD Releases Sabre3

On June 8, canopy manufacturer Performance Designs released its latest canopy, the Sabre3.

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | August 2020

Donors

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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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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