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A Message to Our Members Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic
Skydiving News | March 2020

A Message to Our Members Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

USPA remains committed to serving our membership during this growing pandemic.

Author: USPA Staff
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Blue Skies, Betty Hill
Features | March 2020

Blue Skies, Betty Hill

On December 16, just days before the start of the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, beloved DZ Manager Betty Hill succumbed to cancer after a battle of 20 years.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Event
Featured Event | March 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Daniel Darby | D-33942

Kasha Farrington flies in a wingsuit stack over Katie Hansen at the She Flocks event at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Deborah
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March 2020
Covers | March 2020

March 2020

Cover

Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

Matthew Lovetri sets up another on-target landing on his way to taking gold in the open sport accuracy event, as well as the Most Competitive Collegiate Skydiver award, at the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

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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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Swinging Into Action
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Swinging Into Action

Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

Levity founder Leah Levy product tests her company’s Pocket Swing, which is made from upcycled parachute fabric, underneath a Droplyne balloon flying over Arizona City, Arizona.

Author: David Cherry
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Board Elects Al King to Fill National Director Vacancy
Five Minute Call | March 2020

Board Elects Al King to Fill National Director Vacancy

On January 31, at its winter meeting, the USPA Board of Directors elected Al King as a national director to fill the vacancy created when Shanon Searls joined the USPA staff. The board chose King from a slate of candidates nominated by other board members. King previously served two terms as Northeast Regional Director and was chairman of the board for the 2016-2018 term. A full report on the winter board meeting will appear in the April issue of Parachutist.

Author: USPA Staff
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Follow the Sun
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Follow the Sun

Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

Canopy formation skydivers fly a 16-way at the Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

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Jumpers Undertake Guerilla Marketing Campaign
Five Minute Call | March 2020

Jumpers Undertake Guerilla Marketing Campaign

By Jim Dolan

In November, demonstration team Skydiving Innovations had the opportunity to make jumps over downtown San Francisco as part of a guerilla marketing campaign by Freshworks, a software-development company.

Author: Jim Dolan
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Wedding Planning
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Wedding Planning

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

During the Turkey Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida, McKenna Knipe looks on as Per Bjorn Poulsen and Kimberly Bailey practice a jump that they’ll make during their upcoming wedding.

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Five Minute Call | March 2020

Corrections

Author: USPA Staff
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Five Minute Call | March 2020

10-Way Meet Sees Battle of the Sexes Rematch

By Jim McCormick

At the 2018 DC-3 10-Way Speed Money Meet at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, an all-female team called Seek This!—comprised of some of the most accomplished female skydivers in the U.S. and headed up by Ellen Monsees—chalked up an impressive victory.

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Pressing Forward
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | March 2020

Pressing Forward

Photo by Mike McGowan | D-5709

Tyler Buffington swoops in for landing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Author: Mike McGowan
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She Flocks Supports Female Wingsuiters
Five Minute Call | March 2020

She Flocks Supports Female Wingsuiters

By Marie Clark

Marie Clark and Jessica Maviano created the She Flocks event so women could fly, learn, share and meet others who share a passion for the discipline.

Author: Marie Clark
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AXIS Flight School Releases App
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

AXIS Flight School Releases App

In January, AXIS Flight School announced the release of a new app following three years of development in partnership with Good Goblin Games.

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | March 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydive Empuriabrava Announces CO2-Neutral Status
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

Skydive Empuriabrava Announces CO2-Neutral Status

USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain, one of Europe’s largest drop zones, is now offsetting its carbon dioxide footprint by supporting certified climate-protection projects.

Author: USPA Staff
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Skydiver Publishes Holiday Children’s Book
Gear & Industry Spotlight | March 2020

Skydiver Publishes Holiday Children’s Book

James Rick Highsmith, D-5863, recently published “In Search of Christmas,” an illustrated children’s book   that touches on Highsmith’s love of skydiving.

Author: USPA Staff
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Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear
Ask A Rigger | March 2020

Ask a Rigger | Reserves, Part 2: Knowing Your Gear

by Shauna Finley

A jumper came to me after his first cutaway, concerned about damage to his reserve system.

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Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities
The Rating Corner | March 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities

By Ron Bell

As a Safety and Training Advisor, it’s important to take a leadership role during your drop zone’s Safety Day activities.

Author: Ron Bell
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Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots
The Rating Corner | March 2020

Rating Corner | Safety Day Activities for Jump Pilots

By Randy Ottinger

Safety Day presents the perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between jump pilots and skydivers.

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Safety Check | 2019 Disciplinary Actions
Safety Check | March 2020

Safety Check | 2019 Disciplinary Actions

By Ron Bell

In 2019, the USPA Board’s Compliance Group received reports of 63 possible infractions of USPA policies that could merit disciplinary action.

Author: Ron Bell
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Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Even Progress
Foundations of Flight | March 2020

Foundations of Flight | Learning About Learning Freefly—Even Progress

By Joel Strickland

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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Featured Event
Featured Event | March 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Daniel Darby | D-33942

Kasha Farrington flies in a wingsuit stack over Katie Hansen at the She Flocks event at Skydive Perris in California.

Author: Daniel Darby
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | March 2020

Featured Jumper

Photo by Adrian Daszkowski | D-31628

Ingvild Finvåg, D-34774, celebrates her 600th jump by hanging from a hybrid with friends at Skydive Spain in Seville.

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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | March 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Kristian Caulder | D-27107

At Skydive Elsinore, Brian Hromin leads an angle jump toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. 

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2020 Vision for Safety
Features | March 2020

2020 Vision for Safety

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

Over the last two years, the skydiving fatality rate in the U.S. has reached record low levels. Overall, skydivers across the globe are also doing a better job with safety. (Thank you all for that.) But when even one of us is lost or injured in a skydiving accident, it is one too many.

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Drive and Dedication—Kirk Knight, D-6709, Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
Features | March 2020

Drive and Dedication—Kirk Knight, D-6709, Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

A USPA Staff Report

As chief judge at the 2019 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Kirk M. Knight chose to receive USPA’s prestigious Gold Medal for Meritorious Service—bestowed on him by unanimous acclaim of the USPA Board of Directors earlier in the year—at the banquet following the event.

Author: USPA Staff
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Incident Reporting
Features | March 2020

Incident Reporting

By USPA Director of Safety and Training Ron Bell

USPA tasks each Safety and Training Advisor with filing an incident report when a skydiving death occurs, but S&TAs are not the only people who can file a report, and a death is not the only reason for filing one.

Author: USPA Staff
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