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USPA Seeks New Director of Sport Promotion
Five Minute Call | October 2019

USPA Seeks New Director of Sport Promotion

Nancy Koreen has announced her resignation as USPA Director of Sport Promotion, effective December 31. USPA is searching for an individual to fill the position immediately.

Author: USPA Staff
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Museum Announces 18-Month Target for Groundbreaking
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Museum Announces 18-Month Target for Groundbreaking

On July 26, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced that it intends to break ground on its museum building within 18 months.

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | September 2019

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Attending the Dance
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

Attending the Dance

Photo by Kenyon Salo | D-25169

Gary Mancuso flies a 1,000-square-foot flag into the 1940’s World War II-Era Ball, a community event and fundraiser at the Boulder County Municipal Airport in Colorado. 

Author: Kenyon Salo
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Orange Celebrates Sisterhood and Liberty
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Orange Celebrates Sisterhood and Liberty

By Chazi Blacksher

Skydive Orange hosted its Liberty Boogie: Sisters in Skydiving 2019 July 4-7. A stellar cast of organizers chased away the forecasted bad weather and everyone enjoyed a weekend of great jumps.

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Power Play Participants Build Outfacing 64-Way
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Power Play Participants Build Outfacing 64-Way

By Brandon Kashani

Some of the best and most talented formation skydivers in the world attended the annual P3 Power Play event at sunny Skydive Perris in California June 27-30.

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Bad Weather Can’t Stop Heroes
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Bad Weather Can’t Stop Heroes

By Zach Lewis

This year’s Heroes Skydiving big-way formation skydiving and benefit event for Wings for Life, a nonprofit that supports those with spinal-cord injuries, had big ambitions and a lot to celebrate.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Seven Hills Supports Veterans With Freedom Freefall Event
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Seven Hills Supports Veterans With Freedom Freefall Event

By Andy Van Handel

On Friday, June 21, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, Wisconsin, which is located in Marshall, and veterans’ organization 4th HOOAH (Helping Out Our American Heroes) held the 5th Annual Freedom Freefall event in conjunction with the club’s Head to the Hills Boogie.

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In Style
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

In Style

Photo by Amanda Kubik | D-34582

Julie Kleinwort makes a freestyle training jump at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, in preparation for the USPA Nationals.

Author: Amanda Kubik
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Skydivers Thrill Crowds at Kaboom Town
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Skydivers Thrill Crowds at Kaboom Town

By Stephen Megison

More than 400,000 spectators gathered in the town of Addison, Texas, on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day by watching one of the most spectacular air shows and firework displays in the country.

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Elsinore and Perris Host Friendly Inter-DZ Duel
Five Minute Call | September

Elsinore and Perris Host Friendly Inter-DZ Duel

By Mary SantAngelo

There aren’t many drop zones located within 20 miles of one another, and of those, there are even fewer that support each other. But California drop zones Skydive Elsinore and Skydive Perris have set an example of neighborliness for many years. Every year, they host Dueling DZs, a friendly competition where 6-way formation skydiving teams (handicapped for parity) take off from their home DZ and land at the opposing DZ.

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Training in Paradise
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

Training in Paradise

Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

Four-Way Formation Skydiving World Champion NMP Pch HayaBusa trains at USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

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Skydive the Falls Opens Near Niagara Falls, New York
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Skydive the Falls Opens Near Niagara Falls, New York

By Chad Share

June 1 marked the official inaugural weekend for Skydive the Falls, located at Shear Airport in Youngstown, New York, just minutes from Niagara Falls

Author: Chad Share
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Tennessee Jumpers Set State Record
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Tennessee Jumpers Set State Record

By Angela Alley

DZOs Mikeal Stevens and Angela Alley decided that a great way to celebrate Stevens’ 40th birthday would be to fly a 40-way formation skydive at their drop zone, JumpTN in Greeneville.

Author: Angela Alley
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Jumptown Honors the Legacy of Paul Quandt
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Jumptown Honors the Legacy of Paul Quandt

By Magaly Sandoval

Our sport has seen many innovators who pushed the limits and made the impossible possible. In the canopy formation community, one of those was Paul “Q” Quandt. A charming, kind and wild soul who left the world too soon in a motorcycle accident, Quandt was a superb CF competitor and formation skydiving camera flyer.

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Mark Jones Wins Third Leg of AmeriCup
Five Minute Call | September 2019

Mark Jones Wins Third Leg of AmeriCup

By Kelly Helfrich

In early July, 11 classic accuracy competitors gathered at Skydive Toronto in Ontario, Canada, for the third meet of the AmeriCup North American Classic Accuracy tour.

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Saying Goodbye
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2019

Saying Goodbye

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

Jumpers at Skydive Perris in California release the ashes of longtime skydiver Bud Krueger, D-3664.

Author: Randy Forbes
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Five Minute Call | September 2019

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Impact-Rated Cookie G4 Helmet Now Available for Purchase
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Impact-Rated Cookie G4 Helmet Now Available for Purchase

Cookie Helmets recently announced the release of its G4 helmet, which passed impact and snag-resistance testing to Skydiving and Wind Tunnel Helmet Standard XP S 72-600.

Author: USPA Staff
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Sigma Changes Name to Merit
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Sigma Changes Name to Merit

On June 14, Sigma—the company that provides electronic membership cards and credential verification to USPA members—announced that it has changed its name to Merit.

Author: USPA Staff
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Gilbert Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Effort in October
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Gilbert Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Effort in October

In September 2009, 181 women set the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Women’s Formation Skydive at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: USPA Staff
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Heaton Pens Comprehensive Memoir
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2019

Heaton Pens Comprehensive Memoir

USPA Executive Director Emeritus Norman Heaton, D-565, recently published “My First 1,000 Jumps—The Evolution of a Skydiver and the Organization That Became His Life,” a nearly 800-page, coffee-table-sized memoir that gives a comprehensive account of the events surrounding the world of skydiving, the Parachute Club of America (USPA’s predecessor organization) and USPA from 1961-1975.

Author: USPA Staff
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The A-Team
Five Minute Call Featured Photo |

The A-Team

Photo by Michael Hoy | D-12622

In celebration of their recent engagement, Adam Elkin and Amanda Kubik exit from a balloon over Van Horne, Iowa.

Author: Michael Hoy
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Provenzano Helps Save Rhinos
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Provenzano Helps Save Rhinos

In order to help save highly endangered rhinos, Red Bull sent its athlete Jeff Provenzano to Limpopo, South Africa, to help the Eco Defense Group (EDGE) raise awareness of its efforts in the area.

Author: USPA Staff
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Everything is Bigger in Texas
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Everything is Bigger in Texas

By Matthew Fry

It’s true what they say: Everything is bigger in Texas. On Memorial Day weekend, a group of 45 jumpers converged on Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, with the intent of setting a state record for largest head-up formation skydive. Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Matt Fry and Konstantin Petrijcuk organized the attempts.

Author: Matthew Fry
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Chicagoland Hosts SIS Luau
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Chicagoland Hosts SIS Luau

By Chazi Blacksher

The dynamic duo—Julie Kleinwort and Amanda Kubik—organized the annual Sisters in Skydiving event at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, June 7-9.

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Five Minute Call | August 2019

Organizers Schedule Head-Down Sequential Record Attempts

Organizers Matthew Fry and Melissa Nelson Lowe recently scheduled attempts to set the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Two-Point Head-Down Formation Skydive for June 25-28, 2020, at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | August 2019

Corrections

In “Wings and Things” in the June issue, Greg Marcinkowski, D-31253, received his 96-Hour Freefall Badge.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ashes to Ashes
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2019

Ashes to Ashes

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

Jumpers say goodbye to their friend Vern McGarry, D-7054, during his ash dive at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Randy Forbes
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Elsinore Hosts Annual Poker Run
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Elsinore Hosts Annual Poker Run

By Mary SantAngelo

Skydive Elsinore in California held its annual Poker Run—the only competition that brings together skydiving, poker playing and tequila drinking—on June 16.

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