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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.

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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.

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FAI Names Haggeny Secretary General
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2020

FAI Names Haggeny Secretary General

On April 15, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the World Air Sports Federation) announced that its Executive Board named Markus Haggeney as the new FAI Secretary General.

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Blue Skies Physical Therapy Opens at Elsinore
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2020

Blue Skies Physical Therapy Opens at Elsinore

Blue Skies Physical Therapy, owned and operated by Dr. Nancy Grieger, C-44952, has assisted the skydiving community with physical therapy assessment and treatment, injury management and strength and conditioning training at boogies and events for years.

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Velocity Sports Equipment Releases MARD for Infinity Container
Gear & Industry Spotlight | May 2020

Velocity Sports Equipment Releases MARD for Infinity Container

In February, Velocity Sports Equipment introduced its main-assisted-reserve-deployment system for the Infinity harness-and-container system.

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Bill Wenger Joins Skydiving Museum Board of Trustees
Gear & Industry Spotlight | May 2020

Bill Wenger Joins Skydiving Museum Board of Trustees

n March 16, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame announced that Bill Wenger, D-3774, joined its board of trustees.

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Rigging Innovations and Sun Path to Merge
Gear & Industry Spotlight | April 2020

Rigging Innovations and Sun Path to Merge

On February 24, Sun Path Products and Rigging Innovations announced the planned merger of their business operations under the Sun Path Products brand.

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Texas State Sports Properties Wins Clyde Award for Work with Skydive Spaceland
Gear & Industry Spotlight | April 2000, April 2020

Texas State Sports Properties Wins Clyde Award for Work with Skydive Spaceland

Learfield IMG College, a brand-management firm, hosts an annual evening to recognize success within the company with awards known as “the Clydes” (named for founder Clyde Learfield).

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Champion Skydiver Releases Bodyflight Encyclopedia
Gear & Industry Spotlight | April 2020

Champion Skydiver Releases Bodyflight Encyclopedia

Troubador Publishers recently released “Body-Flight Basics,” an encyclopedic book that breaks down the mechanics of skydiving and wind tunnel flying.

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AXIS Flight School Releases App
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

AXIS Flight School Releases App

In January, AXIS Flight School announced the release of a new app following three years of development in partnership with Good Goblin Games.

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Skydive Empuriabrava Announces CO2-Neutral Status
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

Skydive Empuriabrava Announces CO2-Neutral Status

USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain, one of Europe’s largest drop zones, is now offsetting its carbon dioxide footprint by supporting certified climate-protection projects.

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Skydiver Publishes Holiday Children’s Book
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

Skydiver Publishes Holiday Children’s Book

James Rick Highsmith, D-5863, recently published “In Search of Christmas,” an illustrated children’s book   that touches on Highsmith’s love of skydiving.

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Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Vigil Battery Replacement Reminder
Gear & Industry Spotlight | February 2020

Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Vigil Battery Replacement Reminder

In December, Advanced Aerospace Designs, manufacturer of the Vigil automatic activation device, issued reminders to Vigil owners about battery replacement.

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FAI Appoints Markus Haggeney Acting Secretary General
Gear & Industry Spotlight | February 2020

FAI Appoints Markus Haggeney Acting Secretary General

In December, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the governing body for world air sports) announced that it appointed Markus Haggeney as acting secretary general following the departure of Secretary General Susanne Schödel.

Author: USPA Staff
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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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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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Company Releases Online Skydiving Event Calendar
Gear & Industry Spotlight | October 2019

Company Releases Online Skydiving Event Calendar

Mile High Hub recently released a worldwide skydiving event calendar for jumpers looking for the next boogie, competition or specialty event.

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Strong Enterprises Moves
Gear & Industry Spotlight | October 2019

Strong Enterprises Moves

After 42 years, Strong Enterprises moved to a much newer and more ergonomic facility about seven miles northeast of its previous location. Effective October 1, the new address is 6448 Pinecastle Blvd., Suite 104, Orlando, FL 32809. Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Red Bull Photo Competition Accepting Submissions
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

Red Bull Photo Competition Accepting Submissions

Red Bull is hosting the fifth edition of its Illume Image Quest photo competition—which incorporates all manner of imagery, including skydiving and BASE jumping—and is accepting submissions now through July 31.

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PD Factory Team Announces Expansion
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

PD Factory Team Announces Expansion

The Performance Designs Factory Team began 15 years ago as a 4-way formation skydiving project composed primarily of PD employees. It later became a high-performance canopy piloting team. For 2019, PD is expanding the team to include classic accuracy.

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CF World Record Team to Receive 2019 Path of Excellence Award
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

CF World Record Team to Receive 2019 Path of Excellence Award

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is honoring the Canopy Formation World Record Team with its Path of Excellence Award.

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UPT and Sun Path Form Partnership
Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2019

UPT and Sun Path Form Partnership

United Parachute Technologies and Sun Path Products are joining forces to co-sponsor the development, training and sale of the Mutant supine harness, which is geared toward highly experienced canopy pilots. This is the first time the direct competitors have worked together to this extent in the sport market.

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Gear & Industry Spotlight | June 2019

Firebird Issues Mandatory Product Service Bulletin

Firebird, maker of the EVO harness-and-container system, has issued a product service bulletin after a pillow-reserve-ripcord cable separated from the reserve pin during assembly on a newly delivered EVO. Although Firebird says it is confident that this is an isolated incident, the company has taken additional steps to ensure the safety of its users.

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