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Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump
Features | June 2020

Currency Training—It’s Not Just Another Jump

By North Central Regional Director Michael Wadkins

Now, following worldwide drop zone closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of skydivers all at once no longer meet the currency requirements of their licenses. The volume of jumpers who need currency training is unprecedented.

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Looking Forward to the Past
Features | June 2020

Looking Forward to the Past

A Parachutist Pictorial

We asked 16 camera flyers—those who have consistently contributed dazzling images to this magazine over the years—to send us one photo that speaks to what skydiving means to them and that would inspire our readers upon their return to the sport they love.

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USPA Seeks New Pacific Regional Director
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USPA Seeks New Pacific Regional Director

The USPA Board of Directors is seeking a USPA member from the Pacific Region to fill a vacancy on the board.

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USPA Board Meets in Phoenix
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USPA Board Meets in Phoenix

The USPA Board of Directors held its third meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Phoenix, Arizona, January 31-February 2. The board welcomed newly seated Central Regional Director Charles Crinklaw and elected Al King to fill the vacant national director seat.

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Crossover Training for Military Jumpers
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Crossover Training for Military Jumpers

USPA takes every opportunity to support military skydivers as they serve our country and as they face struggles while entering civilian life after service. Our military counterparts in airborne operations train endlessly, and during their service, many of the paratroopers work with military instructors who are also USPA Instructors to earn there USPA A licenses. However, their training is subject to the conditions and equipment available at the time the training takes place.

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Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes
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Central Regional Director Gary Peek Passes

Gary Peek, D-8884, who had served on USPA’s board of directors for 23 years, was found dead in his home in St. Charles, Missouri on August 13. A full recap of his USPA service will appear in the October Parachutist.

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Competition Committee Action
Skydiving News | BOD 2019

Competition Committee Action

At its summer meeting, the USPA Board of Directors made a number of changes to the Skydiver’s Competition Manual and the Competition Committee discussed multiple topics that resulted in no action.

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USPA Board Meets in Virginia
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USPA Board Meets in Virginia

The USPA Board of Directors held its second meeting of the 2019-2021 term in Arlington, Virginia, July 12-14. The Virginia location gave directors, including those on the board for the first time, the opportunity to visit USPA Headquarters, an hour south in Fredericksburg, prior to the meeting.

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Updates on Online Rating Renewals
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Updates on Online Rating Renewals

The testing and soft launch of USPA’s new online rating renewal system are ending, and we’re poised to release this functionality for all members possibly as early as June 10. To facilitate online renewals, many supporting features needed to be in place, and you may have already started seeing changes on your USPA profile.

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USPA Approves Specified Round Canopy Jumping
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USPA Approves Specified Round Canopy Jumping

On May 23, the USPA Board of Directors’ Executive Committee voted to allow USPA members to jump with the U.S. round parachute groups that are recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration. USPA members may perform static-line jumps with these groups using the groups’ equipment at their own airport locations, at FAA-approved airshows and demonstrations, and at events in foreign countries governed by those countries’ aviation authorities. USPA specifies that these static-line jumps must be at a minimum altitude of 1,500 feet above ground level.

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Dave DeWolf Passes Away at Age 86
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Dave DeWolf Passes Away at Age 86

Longtime parachute rigging instructor and skydiver Dave DeWolf, D-1046, passed away late in the evening of Wednesday, May 22, at age 86. DeWolf was known to nearly everyone as “Handsome Dave,” and his friends, students and colleagues remember him not only for his extensive knowledge of rigging, but also for his playful personality and sense of humor.

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2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) 2019 Competition Updates
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2-Way Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) 2019 Competition Updates

The USPA Board of Directors, with guidance from seasoned mixed formation skydiving competitors, approved changes to the MFS event for the 2019 National Skydiving Championships. Based on competitor feedback from the 2018 Nationals, changes were made to allow for closer synergy between the advanced and open classes, as well as to continue to increase national (and hopefully one day international) participation with the addition of an entry-level intermediate class. MFS is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in skydiving and strives to provide a multi-orientation playing field for all levels of freeflyers.

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Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado
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Orange Skies Reopens in Colorado

Orange Skies Free Fall Center launched its opening weekend at Fort Morgan Municipal Airport in Colorado April 20-21.

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Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!
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Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!

Photo by Daniel Angulo

The National Aeronautic Association selected the four-point 42-way head-down world record as one of its most memorable aviation records of 2018. The skydivers set the record on June 30 over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, surpassing the previous record of 33 set in 2014.

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We’re Not Here for Tandems— Team Blackstar Fills the Blanks in Skydiving’s Greater Story
Features | February 2019

We’re Not Here for Tandems— Team Blackstar Fills the Blanks in Skydiving’s Greater Story

By Annette O'Neil

In the fabric of stories that makes up the history of skydiving, there’s one notable place where the material dwindles into a frayed edge: the part that weaves in skydivers of color. If you’re not so sure about that, I’ll just put it this way: Google “the history of African-American skydiving.” The first hit is for Team Blackstar.

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Stepping It Up–03.09.2019
Features | February 2019

Stepping It Up–03.09.2019

A Parachutist Special Section

Safety Day—traditionally held on the second Saturday in March—represents the beginning of a new season of skydiving. Whether you're from a northern drop zone that shuts down for the winter or you’re a fair-weather jumper from the south, you’ll soon catch yourself staring out the window listening to the birds sing, watching the trees bud and daydreaming of the jumping days ahead. If you’re like many jumpers across the country, you’ll start pulling out gear that has sat unused for months. Now is the time to check your data cards, dust off the electronics and charge the batteries. The 2019 season will soon be here.

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Sky Seekers
Features | February 2019

Sky Seekers

A Parachutist Photo Essay

The country of Egypt currently has no civilian drop zones, but that didn’t stop Alia Parachuting and Air Sports Federation—an organization that helps facilitate sport-skydiving activities in the country and abroad—from putting together an amazing boogie over the pyramids of Giza December 9-11.

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The Future is Limitless—Blacklist 2
Features | February 2019

The Future is Limitless—Blacklist 2

By Scott Lazarus

In mid-November, some of the world’s best wingsuit flyers and canopy pilots joined an equally talented group of canopy formation skydivers to stretch their limits at Project Blacklist 2, a four-day invitational event at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. Made possible by the evolution of multiple skydiving disciplines in the past decade, Blacklist gives jumpers a chance to fly together and explore their diverse skill sets in spectacular fashion.

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Heavy Drop—Making the World's Largest Flag Jump
Features | February 2019

Heavy Drop—Making the World's Largest Flag Jump

Photos and Text by Mark Norman

Breaking world records in skydiving is not easy, as anyone who has taken part in one will attest. And nearly doubling one is harder yet. Needless to say, it was no simple task when Abdulla Al Mansoori and Samir Al Ammar, management at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, decided that the DZ would take on the challenge of hosting a jump with a 4,885.65-square-meter (52,588.70 square-foot) flag to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Flag Flown While Parachuting (set by Ralf Grabowsky of the CYPRES Demo Team in July 2017 with a 2,698-square-meter flag).

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2018 Ends with Historic Metric
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2018 Ends with Historic Metric

Since 1961 USPA has compiled every skydiving fatality in the U.S., except skydives conducted under military orders. Thirteen skydiving fatalities were recorded in the U.S. in 2018. That’s a historic low.

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2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!
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2018 Collegiate Championships a Success!

The 2018 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrapped up Wednesday, January 2, at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The competition, the longest-running skydiving competition in the U.S., drew 73 college skydivers from 13 schools across the U.S.

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Skydivers Mourn Pres. George H.W. Bush
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Skydivers Mourn Pres. George H.W. Bush

Photo by Tom Sanders

President George H.W. Bush knew why we jump; he was truly one of us. We mourn his passing this past Friday.

Author: USPA Staff
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Johnny Carson's Long Freefall
Features | October 1968

Johnny Carson's Long Freefall

By Bill Sinclair

On the morning of July 5th, at the Elsinore Paracenter (California), Johnny Carson, Host of NBC's "Tonight Show", realized a life long ambition by making the delayed free fall parachute jump from an altitude of 12, 500 feet.

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Skydiving Nationals a Wrap
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Skydiving Nationals a Wrap

Following two full weeks of action, the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships came to a close on Tuesday, September 18, at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. More than 600 competitors flocked to CSC from across the country and abroad over the course of the event. After bad weather the first few days limited the number of rounds for the artistic events and vertical formation skydiving, sunny skies prevailed, allowing all remaining events to complete on schedule.
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One Silent Weekend
Homepage | November 2001

One Silent Weekend

by Kevin Gibson

In the days following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the nation reorganized its priorities. While President Bush called for a return to life as normal in America, no group outside New York City, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia felt the sting as much as civil aviation.

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An Elite 10-Way—The 2018 INTERNATIONAL Skydiving Hall Of Fame
Features | August 2018

An Elite 10-Way—The 2018 INTERNATIONAL Skydiving Hall Of Fame

By Doug Garr

Each year, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels.” This year’s induction ceremony and gala dinner for the 10 newest members will take place during the 2018 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration November 1-3 at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

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The Warm Embrace Of Thailand
Features | August 2018

The Warm Embrace Of Thailand

By Jim McCormick

Thailand is magical. It deserves to be referred to as the “Land of Smiles.” Anyone who has been there will tell you it’s unforgettable. The air is warm and damp. Transitioning to the outdoors from an air-conditioned space feels like a warm embrace.

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NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”
Records | July 2018

NAA Selects Skydiving World Record as “Most Memorable”

Each year, the National Aeronautic Association selects what it considers aviation's most memorable records from the previous year and honors those records at an event near Washington, D.C. 

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The Front Office | June 2018

The Front Office | Becoming A Jump Pilot

Chas Hines | C-41147

Welcome to the front office! This new bimonthly column will take you behind the scenes of jump piloting to give you insight into the job and why your pilots do what they do. Author Chas Hines, C-41147, is an airline pilot and certified flight instructor who spent five years as a jump pilot at various drop zones. He has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time, 500 of those instructing other pilots. He’s also been skydiving for 13 years and has more than 1,500 jumps. He can often be found load organizing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. 

Author: Chas Hines
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USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training
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USPA Seeks New Director of Safety & Training

"Over 18 years, through profound changes in skydiving equipment, procedures, and methods of instruction, Jim has worked hard to produce the dramatic decline in serious accidents in our sport."

Author: USPA Staff
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