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“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Featured Art | April 2020

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”

By Stephanie Bush

“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Acrylic on canvas

Stephanie Bush
Facebook.com/stephaniebushdesigns

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Carmen Villamil | D-30297
Profiles | April 2020

Carmen Villamil | D-30297

By Brian Giboney

Carmen Villamil, D-30297, began jumping in her native Puerto Rico but now makes her home at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. She is involved in many aspects of the sport—instructing, videography, rigging and competing—and has excelled at each.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | April 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Increase Knowledge on Safety Day
Gearing Up |

Increase Knowledge on Safety Day

By Ed Scott

Actions have consequences. So do accidents, especially fatal accidents.

Author: Ed Scott
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“100th Landing”
Featured Art | March 2020

“100th Landing”

By Sietske Dils

“100th Landing”
Watercolor

Sietske Dils

Author: Sietske Dils
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Letters | March 2020

Letters

This is a Sport?

The 50th anniversary of my first jump is next month and I can’t tell you how much fun it was to watch the 1969 film “This is a Sport?” that you included in the recent USPA Update!

Author: Bob Dodt
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Jake Jensen | D-30450
Profiles | March 2020

Jake Jensen | D-30450

By Brian Giboney

Jake Jensen, D-30450, is a two-time Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Champion and five-time USPA National Champion in vertical formation skydiving with team SDC Core.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | March 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | February 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Fly Free #4”
Featured Art | February 2020

“Fly Free #4”

By Lily Sayre | B-50998

“Fly Free #4”
Acrylic on canvas

Lily Sayre | B-50998
Somerville, Massachusetts
Skydiveart.com

Author: Lily Sayre
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Letters | February 2020

Letters

Leveling the Playing Field

As an experienced skydiver, I’ve competed in 4-way [formation skydiving] in the advanced class at Nationals multiple times.

Author: Tom Startz
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Max Cohn | D-20252
Profiles | February 2020

Max Cohn | D-20252

By Brian Giboney

Max Cohn, D-20252, made a name for himself in the 1990s as an East Coast freefly talent when most of the evolution of the discipline was occurring in the West and in Florida.

Author: Brian
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | January 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | January 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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"untitled"
Featured Art | January 2020

"untitled"

By Daniel Silva | B-49187

"untitled"
Acrylic on drywall

Daniel Silva | B-49187
Huntington Beach, California
danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

Author: Daniel Silva
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Letters | January 2020

Letters

Sports Camera Safety

Every day, Safety and Training Advisors see skydivers walking to the plane wearing cameras that are not protected from catching a line.

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Letters | January 2020

Letters

Membership Card Disappointment

The new format for USPA membership cards may seem like small potatoes to some, but after 50 continuous years of membership, it is annoying to me.

Author: Rick March
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V for Veterans
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | January 2020

V for Veterans

Photo by Tripp Schwab | D-33111

On November 11, participants in the Arizona Airspeed 40-Way Sequentials event hosted by Niklas Hemlin and Team Elite’s Guy Wright at Skydive Arizona in Eloy build a “V” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Author: Tripp Schwab
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“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Featured Art | December 2019

“High Altitude, Low Pull”

By Shelrie Houlton | D-35229

“High Altitude, Low Pull”
Mixed media

Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
Merritt Island, Florida
shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

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Tales from the Bonfire
Tales from the Bonfire | December 2019

Tales from the Bonfire

By Hunter Goldman

We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at Skydive Pepperell. Paula, Devin, my father and I have grown as people and as skydivers together. Needless to say, we are family!

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Sammy Vassilev | D-19270
Profiles | December 2019

Sammy Vassilev | D-19270

By Brian Giboney

Sammy Vassilev began jumping in 1989 in Bulgaria, where he grew up around the sport. (His mother was a world champion.) He moved to the United States in 1991 and immediately began having an impact on the sport here as a talented skysurfer and camera flyer.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | December 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | November 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Falling Angels”
Featured Art | November 2019

“Falling Angels”

By Bobbi Faulkner

“Falling Angels”
Acrylic on canvas

Bobbi Faulkner | B-45202
Cary, North Carolina

sheskydives.com

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Letters | November 2019

Letters

Jump Aircraft Safety

Ed Scott’s “Gearing Up” editorial (September Parachutist) was welcome and cogent. But I would add that many jumpers would like to see more vigilance from pilots to ensure that everyone has their seatbelts secure for takeoff.

Author: Doug Garr
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Adam Buckner | D-16514
Profiles | November 2019

Adam Buckner | D-16514

By Brian Giboney

Like so many jumpers of his generation, Adam Buckner—at the time a freestyle BMX rider—started skydiving in 1991 after seeing the movie “Point Break.”

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | October 2019

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Mike McGowan”
Featured Art | October 2019

“Mike McGowan”

By Rod Leisure

“Mike McGowan”
Airbrush

Rod Leisure | D-18726
Arcadia, Indiana

scratchart29@gmail.com

Author: Rod Leisure
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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Maximizing Enjoyment of Record Attempts

In the beginning, we all wanted to be great flyers. We can recall many jumps when we weren’t. We wanted to set state records, and we remember when they were hard or didn’t happen.

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Letters | October 2019

Letters

Veteran Pride

Thank you so much for your article, “Saluting the Heroes of D-Day” (August Parachutist). I come from a long line of military volunteers, as does my wife.

Author: Jerry Hogan
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