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August 2019
Covers | August 2019

August 2019

Cover

Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952

Will Penny (bottom) leads a jump during the Euro Fly4Life Camp at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Algarve in Portimão, Portugal.

Author: Deborah
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“Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”
Featured Art | August 2019

“Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”

By Ismael Iribar

“Cool Swoop, Hot Sun”
Digital illustration

Ismael Iribar | B-45880
Tallahassee, Florida

gravitystudiollc@gmail.com

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Letters | August 2019

Letters

Thin Air

Thank you very much for the wonderful and informative article and interview of Dr. Anna Hicks by Annette O’Neil (“Thin Air—Busting Lingering Myths About Hypoxia,” May 2019 Parachutist). It is indeed very important to inform our fellow skydivers about the risks of hypoxia.

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Tales From the Bonfire | The Fog
Tales from the Bonfire | August 2019

Tales From the Bonfire | The Fog

By Jerry Lehnherr

I had worn an open-face helmet with goggles for many years, but after starting to wear glasses, I decided to get a full-face helmet that could accommodate them. I used this helmet on skydives and in the tunnel for more than a year before I had any problems.

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | August 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Byron Dormire

I would jump from the low parts of our roof with a shaky umbrella or quartered-up bedsheet, neither of which worked. I always crashed with a thud. But the seed was planted, and it wouldn’t be long before I’d try it for real.

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Jeremy Dubansky | D-33681
Profiles | August 2019

Jeremy Dubansky | D-33681

By Brian Giboney

Jeremy Dubansky is a fun-loving guy who has become a large presence in the Midwestern skydiving scene. He travels extensively to events, has a genuine love of his sky family and helps out jumpers in any way he can.

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Skydiving Aircraft Safety
Gearing Up | August 2019

Skydiving Aircraft Safety

By Ed Scott

Can jump-plane safety be improved? Yes, absolutely. The goal should always be zero accidents. USPA has already shown the NTSB that we are ready to implement sensible actions that improve safety.

Author: Ed Scott
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Provenzano Helps Save Rhinos
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Provenzano Helps Save Rhinos

In order to help save highly endangered rhinos, Red Bull sent its athlete Jeff Provenzano to Limpopo, South Africa, to help the Eco Defense Group (EDGE) raise awareness of its efforts in the area.

Author: USPA Staff
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Everything is Bigger in Texas
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Everything is Bigger in Texas

By Matthew Fry

It’s true what they say: Everything is bigger in Texas. On Memorial Day weekend, a group of 45 jumpers converged on Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, with the intent of setting a state record for largest head-up formation skydive. Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Matt Fry and Konstantin Petrijcuk organized the attempts.

Author: Matthew Fry
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Chicagoland Hosts SIS Luau
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Chicagoland Hosts SIS Luau

By Chazi Blacksher

The dynamic duo—Julie Kleinwort and Amanda Kubik—organized the annual Sisters in Skydiving event at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, June 7-9.

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Five Minute Call | August 2019

Organizers Schedule Head-Down Sequential Record Attempts

Organizers Matthew Fry and Melissa Nelson Lowe recently scheduled attempts to set the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Two-Point Head-Down Formation Skydive for June 25-28, 2020, at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | August 2019

Corrections

In “Wings and Things” in the June issue, Greg Marcinkowski, D-31253, received his 96-Hour Freefall Badge.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ashes to Ashes
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2019

Ashes to Ashes

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

Jumpers say goodbye to their friend Vern McGarry, D-7054, during his ash dive at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Randy Forbes
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Elsinore Hosts Annual Poker Run
Five Minute Call | August 2019

Elsinore Hosts Annual Poker Run

By Mary SantAngelo

Skydive Elsinore in California held its annual Poker Run—the only competition that brings together skydiving, poker playing and tequila drinking—on June 16.

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Current Events
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2019

Current Events

Photo by Jeff Agard | D-16906

At Skydive Phoenix in Maricopa, Arizona, Mark Sunman, D-24493, celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first jump by getting current after eight years out of the sport.

Author: Jeff Agard
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USPA Achievement and Performance Awards Commemorate Milestones
Five Minute Call | August 2019

USPA Achievement and Performance Awards Commemorate Milestones

Now that summer is well underway, there’s a good chance that many jumpers are reaching milestones in their skydiving careers. USPA issues two types of awards so jumpers can commemorate these milestones: achievement awards (for number of jumps and time of freefall) and performance awards (for canopy formation performance).

Author: USPA Staff
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Out for a Spin
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | August 2019

Out for a Spin

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Ryan Bolohan carves it up at Skydive Georgia in Cedartown.

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Donors
Donors | August 2019

Donors

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

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumpers
To New Heights Featured Photo | August 2019

Featured Jumpers

Photo by Sean Kennedy | D-37877

Taryn Mikel, B-48432, and Bob Haas, C-46715, make a jump to celebrate their engagement at Wisconsin Skydiving Center in Jefferson, where they met shortly after completing their AFF courses.

Author: Sean Kennedy
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Centerspread
Centerspread | August 2019

Centerspread

Photo by Elliot Byrd I D-32251

Jade Papke and Zach Sabel share in the stoke of an awesome skydive during the CarolinaFest Boogie at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

Author: Elliot Byrd
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | August 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Nick Rockow | D-28792

North Central Regional Director and AFF Instructor Examiner Michael Wadkins geeks the camera while evaluating instructor candidates Connor McCauley and Constantin Mircea Moisei during an AFF rating course at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

Author: Nick Rockow
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Keep an Eye Out | Entanglement
Keep An Eye Out | August 2019

Keep an Eye Out | Entanglement

Jumping with a video camera has many challenges, many of which are not obvious to those who decide to start jumping with one. The danger of an entanglement between the camera and parachute equipment is just one in a long list of hazards to consider.

Author: USPA Staff
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Foundations of Flight | Docking on a Head-Down Formation
Foundations of Flight | August 2019

Foundations of Flight | Docking on a Head-Down Formation

By Sharon Har-Noy Pilcher of Modern Skydiving Concepts

Brought to you by Sharon Har-Noy Pilcher of Modern Skydiving Concepts at Skydive DeLand in Florida. Photo by Gustavo Cabana. More information about MSC’s courses and seminars is available on the group’s Facebook page.

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Ask a Rigger | How Often Should I Inspect My Gear?
Ask A Rigger | August 2019

Ask a Rigger | How Often Should I Inspect My Gear?

By Shauna Finley

It’s a good idea to inspect your rig carefully at least once before each jump. If you pack for yourself, you need to inspect the critical parts of your rig each time.

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Safety check | EPs and Your Gear
Safety Check | August 2019

Safety check | EPs and Your Gear

By Jim Crouch

In the early 1990s, a skydiver reported that an automatic activation device saved his life. This jumper experienced a main parachute malfunction and pulled his cutaway handle but never pulled his reserve ripcord.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Featured Event
Featured Event | August 2019

Featured Event

Photo by Luciano Bacque | USPA #140185

At the P3 Spring Fling at Skydive Perris in California, jumpers build one of the intricate big-way formations that are the hallmarks of the event.

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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | August 2019

Featured DZ

Photo by David Phillips  | D-36806

Jumpers fly head down during West Plains Skydiving’s Memorial Weekend Boogie.

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Closing In
Closing In | August 2019

Closing In

Photo by Norman Kent  I D-8369

The Fly Warriors (Raph Coudray, Luis Adolfo Lopez-Mendez and David Nimmo) get in a 3-way at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

Author: Norman Kent
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Silver Anniversary—The 2019 Challenge Celebrates 25 Years of Arizona Airspeed
Features | August 2019

Silver Anniversary—The 2019 Challenge Celebrates 25 Years of Arizona Airspeed

A Parachutist Photo Essay

May 24-27, 88 elite formation skydivers from more than a dozen countries and a team of five in-air videographers (Niklas Daniel, George Katsoulis, John Lyman, Jim Stengell and David Wybenga) came together at Skydive Arizona in Eloy to participate in the 23rd annual Arizona Challenge and celebrate the 25th anniversary of world-renowned formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed.

Author: Erin Orwig
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