Nathan “Nate” Pond, D-69, passed away at his home in Andover, Vermont, on November 3. He was 87.
Carl Chittim of Aerial Extreme Skydiving Team leads the way into Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers’ first home game of the season.
David Waight, D-3070, died at his home in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, on August 1. He was 77.
Six USPA members who reside in the Central Region are on the ballot for the special election to fill the vacancy on the USPA Board of Directors created by the passing of Central Regional Director Gary Peek in August.
USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain hosted Flock Yeah!, a skills camp for highly experienced canopy pilots, September 18-20.
On August 24, Circle W Restorations hosted the second annual Operation Wings & Wheels event at the Circle W Airfield north of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.
Jumpers honor longtime formation skydiver and rigger Jim Tafralian, who died in an August plane crash, by building a “JT” in the air at Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club in Ray, Michigan.
John Dobleman, affectionately known as “Mad John” or “M.J.” in skydiving circles, received his USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Pacific Region from DZO Shaun Fenner at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California, on September 2.
Simon Whittle skysurfs above the World Islands at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Jeffery Kuhn says goodbye to pilot and DZO Mike Mullins as he drops from an inverted biplane at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville.
On September 14 at Kapowsin Air Sports’ Fun Jumper Weekend in Shelton, Washington, Northwest Regional Director Luke Aikins presented John Mitchell, D-6462, with the USPA Regional Achievement Award for the Northwest Region.
Seven teams consisting of 31 competitors braved the 100-degree Texas heat on August 10 to participate in the 2019 Annual Dallas Super Cup hosted by Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas.
USPA Central Regional Director Gary Peek, D-8884, passed away in his home in St. Charles, Missouri, on August 13. Authorities cited natural causes. He was 65.
At Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, Cheryl Compton watches her husband, Larry Compton of Team Fastrax, bringing home a 7,800-square-foot flag during the life-celebration jump for Fastrax team member Larry Lemaster, who died in the June crash of a King Air in Hawaii.
In July, the U.S. Army announced the retirement of Specialist First Class Matthew Davidson.
Each year for well over a decade, Larry Henderson has invited two plane loads of his friends to come to Whitewright, Texas, for his Big-Way Invitationals event.
In August, Matt Fry and Melissa Nelson Lowe hosted a Vertical Sequential Camp at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.
The Maytown Sport Parachute Club held its annual Fun Meet on August 17, about two months later than usual due to poor weather in June.
The Lost Prairie Boogie is a time to tune out from the daily hustle and bustle of email and social media and tune in to yourself and those around you. It’s a time when 300-plus close friends journey to a small prairie in Montana for 10 days of adult summer camp, skydiving included.
Cheryl Stearns celebrates her 64th birthday by making her 21,000th jump at friend Gene Stoughton’s property in South Carolina.
Due to numerous requests, USPA has decided to email Foreign Affiliate renewal packets rather than send them via the postal service as it has in previous years.
On August 12, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao swore in Stephen Dickson as the 18th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Melvin Brewing, a local microbrewery in Alpine, Wyoming, holds an annual beer festival, Madness Days. The brewery asked local jumpers Bill and Carol Jones to organize tandem skydiving for this year’s event, which it held July 19-21. The result was a beer boogie featuring skydiving rather than the usual skydiving boogie featuring beer!
On August 10, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Chris Wagner presented Jim Burriss, D-9540, with the USPA Regional Achievement Award.
July 17-18, Air Sports Group and the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted the inaugural Swoop Freestyle International Open in downtown Jeddah. The first professional skydiving event in the kingdom featured 18 competitors from 15 countries.
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