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Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away
Skydiving News | November 2019

Skydiving Pioneer Nate Pond Passes Away

Nathan “Nate” Pond, D-69, passed away at his home in Andover, Vermont, on November 3. He was 87.

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Donors
Donors | November 2019

Donors

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Are You Ready for Some Football?
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2109

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Photo by Jeff Agard | D-16906

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. 

Author: Jeff Agard
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Former BOD Member David Waight Passes Away
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Former BOD Member David Waight Passes Away

David Waight, D-3070, died at his home in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, on August 1. He was 77.

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Five Minute Call | November 2019

Corrections

  • In “Golden Knight Matt Davidson Retires from U.S. Army” on Page 18 of the October issue, Davidson’s rank when he retired was sergeant first class
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USPA Financials
Five Minute Call | November 2019

USPA Financials

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Six Members Running in Special Election
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Six Members Running in Special Election

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.

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Flock Yeah! Features Small Canopies, High Wing Loadings
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Flock Yeah! Features Small Canopies, High Wing Loadings

By Tim Parrant

USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain hosted Flock Yeah!, a skills camp for highly experienced canopy pilots, September 18-20.

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Skydivers Help Raise Funds for Roots for Boots
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Skydivers Help Raise Funds for Roots for Boots

By Cheryl Whitford

On August 24, Circle W Restorations hosted the second annual Operation Wings & Wheels event at the Circle W Airfield north of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

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Honoring a Friend
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

Honoring a Friend

Photo by Andrew Revesz | USPA # 343132

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.

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John Dobleman Receives USPA Regional Award
Five Minute Call | November 2019

John Dobleman Receives USPA Regional Award

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.

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On Top of the World
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

On Top of the World

Photo by Mark Norman | D-23126

Simon Whittle skysurfs above the World Islands at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Author: Mark Norman
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Up is Down, Down is Up
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | November 2019

Up is Down, Down is Up

Photo by Mike Mullins | D-1663

Jeffery Kuhn says goodbye to pilot and DZO Mike Mullins as he drops from an inverted biplane at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville.

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Aikins Presents Regional Award to John Mitchell
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Aikins Presents Regional Award to John Mitchell

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.

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Super Cup Fires Up Competitors
Five Minute Call | November 2019

Super Cup Fires Up Competitors

By Vanessa Shirazi

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.

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Donors
Donors | October 2019

Donors

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Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes

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.

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Life Celebration
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | October 2019

Life Celebration

Photo by Cindy Akers

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.

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Corrections
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Corrections

  • John Ward took the photo on the top of page 47 in “Diving Into Summer” in the September issue.
  • The photo of the 84-way head-up world record on page 51 of the September issue shows the formation just as it began to break following completion. The completion photo, by Gustavo Cabana, is below.
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Golden Knight Matthew Davidson Retires from U.S. Army
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Golden Knight Matthew Davidson Retires from U.S. Army

In July, the U.S. Army announced the retirement of Specialist First Class Matthew Davidson.

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Henderson Hangs Tough for Big-Way Event
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Henderson Hangs Tough for Big-Way Event

By Zach Lewis

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.

Author: Zach Lewis
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Camp Prepares Vertical Jumpers for New Rules
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Camp Prepares Vertical Jumpers for New Rules

By Melissa Nelson Lowe

In August, Matt Fry and Melissa Nelson Lowe hosted a Vertical Sequential Camp at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

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Maytown Hosts a Belated Fun Meet
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Maytown Hosts a Belated Fun Meet

By Cheryl Whitford

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.

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Meadow Peak Hosts 52nd Annual Lost Prairie Boogie
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Meadow Peak Hosts 52nd Annual Lost Prairie Boogie

By Rhonda Kaletz

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.

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Two Milestones!
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | October 2019

Two Milestones!

Photo by Mark Stoughton

Cheryl Stearns celebrates her 64th birthday by making her 21,000th jump at friend Gene Stoughton’s property in South Carolina.

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USPA Sends Foreign Affiliate Renewals Via Email
Five Minute Call | October 2019

USPA Sends Foreign Affiliate Renewals Via Email

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.

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Stephen Dickson Sworn in as FAA Administrator
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Stephen Dickson Sworn in as FAA Administrator

On August 12, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao swore in Stephen Dickson as the 18th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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New Boogie Born in Alpine, Wyoming
Five Minute Call | October 2019

New Boogie Born in Alpine, Wyoming

By Carol Jones

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!

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Burriss Receives USPA Regional Award
Five Minute Call | October 2019

Burriss Receives USPA Regional Award

On August 10, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Chris Wagner presented Jim Burriss, D-9540, with the USPA Regional Achievement Award.

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U.S. Skydiver Takes Swoop Freestyle Bronze in Saudi Arabia
Five Minute Call | October 2019

U.S. Skydiver Takes Swoop Freestyle Bronze in Saudi Arabia

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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