After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.
My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.
Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.
Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of the many DZs located at the Aeroporto de Boituva in Brazil, approximately 50 parachute packers found themselves out of work.
Nineteen jumpers do one last jump with their friend, Ray Capa, C-17275, releasing his ashes over the skies of Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.
Ben Renze (green shoes) celebrates his 100th jump with a hybrid skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.
“Behind the Lens”
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Hannah Borg-Oré | B-52582
His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.
It’s an age-old story: Boy is out having a blast; a young lady (many years younger) tickles his fancy and—wouldn’t you know it—they’re married.
Jared Miller, D-22031, is the chief instructor at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. He started skydiving in 1995 and now has more than 22,000 skydives and multiple ratings.
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The recent accident-statistics report—“Non-Fatal Incidents Summary” by Ron Bell in the May issue of Parachutist—was interesting and prompts me to bring up, once again, the problems of opening shock.
I was in a 2-way with my good friend (in freefall, OK?). She had only 100 jumps, and I had more than 2,000.
Mike Brewer, D-33350, is a skydiving filmmaker, instructor and organizer who has a huge international presence as a part of Kinetic, an organization comprised of creative athletes dedicated to exploring the world together.
“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
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Ebby Boehm | D-9410
Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.
The D license represents that the holder has earned and demonstrated the highest level of expertise in our sport and is a master parachutist.
Should jumpers who die inside skydiving aircraft be counted as skydiving fatalities?
My second jump of the day, an 8-way formation skydive, was uneventful until I tracked away and pulled.
“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
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Kayla Perron | B-47722
As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.
David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.
In no wild nightmare could I have conceived that a virus would ground skydiving and, indeed, shut down the world.
Colored pencils and pastels on paper
Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
Durham, North Carolina
Larry Yount, D-18792, was a military jumper who turned into a multi-talented, multi-discipline sport skydiver extraordinaire.
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