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Online Rating Renewals Now Available!
Membership Services | July 2019

Online Rating Renewals Now Available!

You asked, we listened! Finally, you can now renew your membership and ratings online at the same time with one payment!

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July 2019
Covers | July 2019

July 2019

Cover

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Team Fastrax practices its demo skills during a training day at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

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Donors
Donors | July 2019

Donors

July 2019

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | July 2019

Parachutist Around the World

July 2019

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Centerspread
Centerspread | July 2019

Centerspread

Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

Karine Joly and Greg Crozier of French freefly champion team AirWax enjoy a skydive while visiting Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

Author: Norman Kent
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Don't Delay, Cut Away!
Gearing Up | July 2019, DDCA

Don't Delay, Cut Away!

By Ed Scott

With this year’s skydiving season now at the mid-point, we’ve got some great news to report on our initiative to solicit more incident reports: Many of you have responded to our plea and have begun submitting them.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Watching My Opening”
Featured Art | July 2019

“Watching My Opening”

By Heather Weter

“Watching My Opening”

Colored pencil

Heather Weter | B-47715
Ozark, Missouri

Facebook.com/flyingmonkeyartanddesign

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Letters | July 2019

Letters

A Reality We Can Achieve

Hats off to Jim Crouch’s article “A Record Low—the 2018 Fatality Summary” (April Parachutist). Crouch’s article points out the significance of the fatality index rate being at its lowest ever in our sport: one in 254,000 jumps (or 0.39 per 100,000 jumps).

Author: Rick DeShano
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Letters | July 2019

Letters

A Better Way

I don’t understand why you’re reversing the standard aviation placement of numerator and denominator, and I would urge you to adopt that standard.

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Letters | July 2019

Letters

Sharing Our Stories

Your appeal for us to share our [malfunction or accident] stories with a larger audience (“Gearing Up” by Executive Director Ed Scott, April Parachutist) not only resonates, it makes sense.

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Letters | July 2019

Letters

The Importance of DZ Briefings

I have always made a point to get a DZ safety briefing about local hazards like power lines, highways, water hazards and irritable farmers whenever going to a new place

Author: Bruce Parkes
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Tales From the Bonfire
Tales from the Bonfire | July 2019

Tales From the Bonfire

By Pat Moorehead

I was a late starter when it came to skydiving. I began at age 37 in 1969 when several of my firefighter buddies and I were watching our 10-inch black-and-white TV in the station and saw a program about skydiving at Skylark Airport in Lake Elsinore, California. “What the heck,” we said.

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | July 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Rex Rossbach

After college I wound up in an unhealthy relationship. I was depressed and needed to do something about it. One of my coworkers, Ray, had recently started skydiving and was always encouraging people to come to the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, to try it. I was pretty desperate, so I figured, “What the hell?”

Author: Rex Rossbach
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Rich Grimm | D-18890
Profiles | July 2019

Rich Grimm | D-18890

By Brian Giboney

Rich Grimm, D-18890, started skydiving in 1980. He has been a competitor and a DZO, but he’s best known for being the creator, facilitator and organizer of epic international boogies in exotic locations.

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Mystery Solved
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2019

Mystery Solved

Photo by Lonnie Kirk | D-18988

At Skydive City Zephyhills in Florida, Doug Cross reveals the source of chem trails as Marcie Smith looks on.

Author: Lonnie Kirk
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Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!
Five Minute Call | July 2019

Skydiving Among 2018’s Most Memorable Aviation Records!

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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Five Minute Call | July 2019

Call for 2020 Skydive Calendar Photos

USPA is looking for 15 remarkable photographs for the 2020 USPA Skydive Calendar. Email submissions to communications@uspa.org  or  visit parachutistonline.com/p/submissions. If emailing, please indicate “calendar submission” on the subject line. Photographers must submit entries by July 31 for consideration.

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Five Minute Call | July 2019

Corrections

In the photo by Jeff Donohue on the cover of the June issue, Scott Callantine is on the left, Kyle Lobpries is wearing the gray wingsuit and Wes Sandler is backflying below.

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CRW Dawgs Kick Off Summer
Five Minute Call | July 2019

CRW Dawgs Kick Off Summer

By Michael Tomaselli

On May 16-19, Skydive Elsinore in California—one of the few drop zones with a lakefront view and enough outs to host canopy formation events—hosted its Kick Off to Summer canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) boogie.

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Jumpers Hone XRW Skills at Skydive Spaceland–Houston
Five Minute Call | July 2019

Jumpers Hone XRW Skills at Skydive Spaceland–Houston

By Stephen Megison

April was a rainy month in Texas, with almost every weekend either too cloudy or windy to jump. Fortunately, the last weekend in April was crystal clear at Skydive Spaceland­–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, just in time for the third annual Spaceland XRW Skills Camp.

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Phantom Airborne Brigade Allowed at Group Member DZs
Five Minute Call | July 2019

Phantom Airborne Brigade Allowed at Group Member DZs

In early April, USPA’s Executive Committee voted to allow the Phantom Airborne Brigade to jump at Group Member drop zones. The Phantom Airborne Brigade is one of several groups that performs military-style static-line jumps using round parachutes.

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The Ritz Hosts Memorial Weekend Boogie
Five Minute Call | July 2019

The Ritz Hosts Memorial Weekend Boogie

By Chazi Blacksher

Skydive West Plains “the Ritz” in Ritzville, Washington, hosted a great Memorial Weekend Boogie May 24-27. Weather didn’t allow jumping on Friday, but the evening potluck, karaoke and bonfire made up for it.

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West Tennessee Honors Veterans
Five Minute Call | July 2019

West Tennessee Honors Veterans

By Alex Coker

On Memorial Day, West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville joined forces with the Forever Young Senior Veterans and WREG News Channel 3 to honor four military veterans.

Author: Alex Coker
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P3 Challenges Big-Way Jumpers at 100-Way Camp
Five Minute Call | July 2019

P3 Challenges Big-Way Jumpers at 100-Way Camp

By Bobbie Buenaflor

The organizers of P3—Perris Performance Plus—know that it’s spectacular when a large formation comes together. So, each year in May they host a trifecta of four-day formation skydiving events—the P3 Big-Way Camp, 100-Way Camp and Spring Fling—at Skydive Perris in California.

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SOS and JOS Return to Perris
Five Minute Call | July 2019

SOS and JOS Return to Perris

Bu Carol Jones

In mid-April, like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, members of Skydivers Over Sixty, Jumpers Over Seventy and Women Skydivers Over Sixty returned to Skydive Perris in California. The event kicked off on April 19 with the JOS formation skydiving record attempts.

Author: Carol Jones
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POPS Celebrates Spring
Five Minute Call | July 2019

POPS Celebrates Spring

The Parachutists Over Phorty Society held its 49th annual SpringFest April 4-7 at Skydive Lake Wales in Florida. Longtime POPS member Dave DeWolf—who passed away the month after SpringFest—supported the event with a generous donation.

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Better Than a Gold Watch
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | July 2019

Better Than a Gold Watch

T.J. McGrath (center), D-3581, and his sons Tom (left) and John—who have both made tandems with their dad—get matching “blue skies” tattoos to celebrate T.J.’s retirement from the sport.

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Red Bull Photo Competition Accepting Submissions
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

Red Bull Photo Competition Accepting Submissions

Red Bull is hosting the fifth edition of its Illume Image Quest photo competition—which incorporates all manner of imagery, including skydiving and BASE jumping—and is accepting submissions now through July 31.

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PD Factory Team Announces Expansion
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

PD Factory Team Announces Expansion

The Performance Designs Factory Team began 15 years ago as a 4-way formation skydiving project composed primarily of PD employees. It later became a high-performance canopy piloting team. For 2019, PD is expanding the team to include classic accuracy.

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CF World Record Team to Receive 2019 Path of Excellence Award
Gear & Industry Spotlight | July 2019

CF World Record Team to Receive 2019 Path of Excellence Award

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is honoring the Canopy Formation World Record Team with its Path of Excellence Award.

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