On April 15, USPA and other general aviation groups won a reprieve for aviation businesses, including two drop zones, at Dillingham Airfield in Waialua, Hawaii.
Photo by Tom Sanders | D-6503
Plane owner Marcus Bastruck, pilot Oliver Wermann, camera-wing-mount fabricator Mike Bess and camera assistant (and wife) Denise Sanders helped Tom Sanders capture this photo of freefall camera flyer Bruno Brokken filming a formation skydiving group exiting a Super Caravan during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ event in the Maldives.
“Dog DayZ at the DZ”
Acrylic on canvas
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.
Chazi Blacksher and John Blackburn put on their dancing shoes at Skydive Arizona in Eloy for a local magazine piece promoting a children’s nonprofit event.
Four-way vertical formation skydiving team Arizona Anthem hosted its first Freefly Scrambles at Skydive Arizona in Eloy February 21-23.
Team Fastrax practices advanced flag-flying techniques at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.
In February, USPA emailed its 308 members who live in Hawaii to ask for their assistance in the fight to save Hawaii’s Dillingham Airfield for skydiving.
Karen Lewis Dalton flies a smoke chain during the Women’s Skydiving Network PRO Camp at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.
On January 10, Hermogenes Barcia, B-49962; Jose Barcia, C-47417; Robert Duenas, D-33370; Ernesto Gainza, D-30033; and Santiago Vallejo, D-30990, set the Guinness World Record for Most Number of Equatorial Crossings During a Parachute Jump by a Team.
The USPA Membership Services Committee is currently seeking nominations for three of its service awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award (a maximum of one recipient annually), the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service (up to three recipients annually) and the Regional Achievement Award (up to five recipients annually).
Radoslav “Slavo” Mulik, who passed away in 2016, would have turned 75 years of age on September 4. On that day, in the town of his birth—Nalepkovo, Slovakia—family, friends, city dignitaries and retired paratroopers gathered to honor Mulik’s devotion to his country and countrymen, as well as the sport of skydiving.
At Kapowsin Air Sports in Washington, (clockwise from top) Kasha Farrington, Zach Archer, Andy Farrington and Braden Roseborough fly over the Puget Sound at sunset with Mt. Rainier in the distance.
On February 8, Seven Hills Skydivers of Madison, WI, which is located in York Center, hosted its third annual Ice Jumps event.
On February 24, Sun Path Products and Rigging Innovations announced the planned merger of their business operations under the Sun Path Products brand.
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).
Troubador Publishers recently released “Body-Flight Basics,” an encyclopedic book that breaks down the mechanics of skydiving and wind tunnel flying.
At the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Xiaoyang Ma, A-91902, competes for the first time at the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships, where he took a bronze in novice sport accuracy.
Patrizio Di Toma rides in a raft held by Alex Klöckner (left) and Franco Darman at the New Year’s Beach Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.
Instructors Kyle Whittier and Carmen Villamil (who mentions this photo in her “Profile” in this issue) take a student on his first AFF jump at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.
A canopy coach caught this incorrectly configured cutaway cable on a rig rented by his student, who was a licensed skydiver. A local packer had hooked the main canopy up to the container.
When jumpers take on the responsibility (and that’s precisely what it is) of getting their licenses, they are pledging to conduct themselves safely.
During the ride to altitude at a summer boogie, an organizer noticed a twist in the lateral webbing on a jumper’s harness and informed him of the problem.
For years, the USPA Board of Directors heard feedback from members who felt that the night-jump requirement for the USPA D License was outdated. The number of night-jump waivers submitted by applicants to the Safety & Training Committee attest to this fact.
Brought to you by three-time British Freefly Champion Joel Strickland. Strickland is a full-time freefly coach and tunnel-flying professional and a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Artistic Events Judge. Jumpers can read more of his writing or contact him for tunnel camps in Europe at joelstrickland.net.
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