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USPA Changes Insurance Agency
Five Minute Call | January 2020

USPA Changes Insurance Agency

For decades, USPA has provided members with third-party liability insurance.

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Five Minute Call | January 2020

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Jumpers Go Big in Texas
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Jumpers Go Big in Texas

By Jim McCormick

It was cold in the early morning of Friday, November 1, at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas. Sixty skydivers from seven countries gathered to dirt dive bundled in many layers.

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Blue Skies Parachute Team Celebrates Milestones
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Blue Skies Parachute Team Celebrates Milestones

By April Schreurs

What should a demo team do when two of its members will soon hit the 5,000-jump mark? Plan something a bit special, that’s what!

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Sky’s the Limit Hosts Mystery Boogie
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Sky’s the Limit Hosts Mystery Boogie

By Dawn Pavlu

With the assistance of some fantastic fall weather, Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, made the end-of-year Mystery Boogie on October 19 a hearty slice of skydiver heaven.

Author: Dawn Pavlu
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Jumpers Honor Pat Works With Ash Dive at Skydive Spaceland–San Marcos
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Jumpers Honor Pat Works With Ash Dive at Skydive Spaceland–San Marcos

By Scott Latinis

Pat Works, D-1813, made his first jump in Texas.

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Eloy Honors Firefighter Austin Peck
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Eloy Honors Firefighter Austin Peck

When firefighter Austin Peck wrote his last wishes before passing away after a four-year battle with occupational cancer, he instructed his family to spread his ashes in a “cool way.”

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Fire-Breathing Rubber Duckies Win Spaceland Transitions 3-Way Speedstar Meet
Five Minute Call | January 2020

Fire-Breathing Rubber Duckies Win Spaceland Transitions 3-Way Speedstar Meet

By Christy West

Quickly getting to a formation of friends in freefall is fun!

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A Very Devoted Mother
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | January 2020

A Very Devoted Mother

Photo by Eduardo Chavez Garcia

Tandem Instructor Francisco Nieto y Torres, D-37152, celebrates his 1,000th jump by taking his mother on a skydive at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.

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Poland Hosts European Skydiving Symposium
Gear & Industry Spotlight | January 2020

Poland Hosts European Skydiving Symposium

The European Skydiving Symposium is inviting the skydiving community to attend its conference for skydivers, instructors and gear specialists at the Mazurkas Conference Center and Hotel near Warsaw, Poland March 5-7.

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British Parachute Association Rebrands as British Skydiving
Gear & Industry Spotlight | January 2020

British Parachute Association Rebrands as British Skydiving

In early December, the British Parachute Association unveiled its new identity—British Skydiving—and introduced a new logo and website.

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Pyramid Power
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Pyramid Power

Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

A 14-way flies over the Pyramid of Khafre during the Sky Seekers Boogie in Giza, Egypt.

Author: Juan Mayer
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Sully’s Last Skydive
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Sully’s Last Skydive

Photo by Greg Shields | D-22654

Fellow jumpers at Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club in East Troy, Wisconsin, say goodbye to John Sullivan, D-25601, on an ash dive held during his memorial service that more than 100 of his friends, family and coworkers attended.

Author: Greg Shields
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Canopy Formation Skydivers Fall from Planes
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Canopy Formation Skydivers Fall from Planes

By Kyle Taylor and Cat Isgrigg

While many people go to the East Coast to see the fall colors, canopy formation skydivers know that the West Coast is the place to be for a truly incredible display, because that’s when Skydive Elsinore in California hosts its annual Fall From Planes event.

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Forever the Queen
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Forever the Queen

Photo by Norris Gearhart | D-24594

During the Carol Clay Birthday Boogie at Virginia Skydiving Center in Petersburg, jumpers celebrate the life of the jumper known to all as "the Queen" by making her honorary 20,000th skydive.

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Living on the Edge
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Living on the Edge

Photo by Kandace Rawling | D-38328

Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy demonstrates his edge-flying technique.

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Spaceland Sport Accuracy Competition Draws 49 Competitors
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Spaceland Sport Accuracy Competition Draws 49 Competitors

By Christy West

In early October, Skydive Spaceland celebrated the fifth anniversary of its now biannual Sport Accuracy Competition with its biggest one yet!

Author: Christy West
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The Women’s Skydiving Network Launches Demo Team
Gear & Industry Spotlight | December 2019

The Women’s Skydiving Network Launches Demo Team

The Women’s Skydiving Network, an international network of more than 3,000 female skydivers, recently announced the launch of the WSN Pro team, an all-female skydiving demonstration team founded by professional skydivers Amy Chmelecki and Melanie Curtis.

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Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers
Service Bulletins | December 2019

Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers

On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydive Arizona Kicks Off Fall with Halloween Boogie
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Skydive Arizona Kicks Off Fall with Halloween Boogie

Bu George Hargis

Skydive Arizona in Eloy kicked off its busy fall season with the Dia De Los Muertos Halloween Boogie October 25-28.

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Skydive the Falls Hosts First Falls Fest
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Skydive the Falls Hosts First Falls Fest

Chad Share

Skydive the Falls in Youngstown, New York, hosted its first Skydive the Falls Fest September 13-15.

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Released Together
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Released Together

Photo by Randy Forbes  | D-10858

At Skydive Perris in California, jumpers release the ashes of longtime California jumper Linda Hardesty, D-15263, and her father, Ted Hardesty.

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Chicks Rock Again at Elsinore
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Chicks Rock Again at Elsinore

Mary SantAngelo

Chicks certainly rocked this year at Skydive Elsinore in California during its 19th annual Chicks Rock Boogie.

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Flying unicorns
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Flying unicorns

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

A herd of unicorns (Michelle Hart, Karla Katherine, Jeannette Copeland and Marina Prokopenko) takes to the skies at the Aeronautrixx Unicorn Boogie, a Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive California in Tracy.

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Five Minute Call | December 2019

Aviation Trail Parachute Museum Joins Festival of Flight

By Ann Armstrong-Ingoldsby

The Aviation Trail Parachute Museum in Dayton, Ohio, joined other aviation organizations at the first Festival of Flight at Wright State University on October 5.

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Bras for a Cause
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | December 2019

Bras for a Cause

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

Marian Sparks (center) founder of the breast cancer charity Jump for the Rose, makes a pink-bra-clad skydive with (from left) Marshall Madden, Greg Armstrong, Patie Duttlinger and James Davis during the Jump for the Rose Pinkfest Boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

Author: Norman Kent
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Historic Plane in Tragic Crash
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Historic Plane in Tragic Crash

By Wendy Ritter

On October 3, a historic 74-year-old Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress known as Nine-O-Nine (after its military serial number 42-31909) crashed and subsequently caught fire in Connecticut during a living-history flight, killing seven of the 13 people on board, including the pilot and copilot.

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Five Minute Call | December 2019

Corrections

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Spaceland–Houston Hosts POPS Nationals and JOS Record Event
Five Minute Call | December 2019

Spaceland–Houston Hosts POPS Nationals and JOS Record Event

By James Davis

Members of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society and its many subgroups gathered at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in the quaint Texas town of Rosharon October 2-6 to compete in the annual POPS National Championships and Jumpers Over Seventy Record Attempts.

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Donors
Donors | December 2019

Donors

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