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May 2018
Covers | May 2018

May 2018

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Photo by Tom Sanders  |  D-6503
Jumpers fly a round over the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean, during the Boogie in Belize.

Author: Tom Sanders
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The Spirit of Giving
Gearing Up | May 2018

The Spirit of Giving

by Ed Scott

Melinda Ray was a 35-year-old wife and mother of three who was suffering from a disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She didn’t score high on the transplant list to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor; she had to find a living donor. She was desperate. 

Author: Ed Scott
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One Temporary Escape
Featured Art | May 2018

One Temporary Escape

by Kayla Perron

“One Temporary Escape”  
Watercolor

Kayla Perron | B-47722
Winter Park, Florida

Author: Kayla Perron
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Parachutist Around The World
Parachutist Around the World | May 2018

Parachutist Around The World

Author: USPA Staff
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Jeannie Bartholomew | D-30638
Profiles | May 2018

Jeannie Bartholomew | D-30638

by Brian Giboney

Jeannie Bartholomew is a dedicated professional canopy pilot who (along with her husband, Curt Bartholomew) has put everything she has into the sport of skydiving. She is a member of Team Alter Ego Fastrax and travels the globe to teach canopy piloting skills and compete in events. Prior to skydiving she was a competitive cheerleader, and jumpers feel her positive attitude and energy wherever she goes.

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The Last Hurrah for Film?
Tales from the Bonfire | May 2018

The Last Hurrah for Film?

by Tom Sanders

Shooting skydiving on film—true film—has a long history. Nearly at our sport’s inception, freefall cinematographers captured it this way. It was the only way to show a skydive in motion. Many of the early movie cameras used in freefall were World War II military surplus, just like early parachute gear. These were gun cameras, which the military mounted on aircraft guns to record a minute or so of footage when the weapon fired.

Author: Tom Sanders
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Beautiful Day
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2018

Beautiful Day

by Timothy Parrant

Beautiful Day | Photo by Timothy Parrant | D-34622

Matej Sakej lands his NZ Aerosports Petra 72 during a sunny winter day at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

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Seidel Named USPA Director of Membership Services
Five Minute Call | May 2018

Seidel Named USPA Director of Membership Services

USPA recently promoted Stephanie Seidel to become director of its Membership Services department, the department of five that has the most interaction with USPA members.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Board to Next Meet in July
Five Minute Call | May 2018

USPA Board to Next Meet in July

The USPA Board of Directors will hold its summer meeting July 13-15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Author: USPA Staff
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Sky’s the Limit Hosts Winter Retreat in the Bahamas
Five Minute Call | May 2018

Sky’s the Limit Hosts Winter Retreat in the Bahamas

by Audra Gonzalez

When it came to having fun, the Bahama Beach Boogie 2018 in the island nation of the Bahamas delivered! The event, hosted February 3-11 on the west end of Grand Bahama island by Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, attracted 60 attendees for more than a week of jumps from a 900-horsepower Super Caravan.

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Jumpers Flock to Pepe’s Island Boogie
Five Minute Call | May 2018

Jumpers Flock to Pepe’s Island Boogie

by Toby Shacalo

For the fifth consecutive year, Contadora, a 54-square-mile island in the Pearl Islands archipelago of Panama, hosted the Pepe’s Island Boogie, a tropical retreat that included paddle boarding, scuba diving and, most importantly, skydiving.

Author: Toby Shacalo
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Team Elite Challenges Expert Skydivers at Eloy
Five Minute Call | May 2018

Team Elite Challenges Expert Skydivers at Eloy

by Erin Orwig

March 2-4, 32 expert formation skydivers from drop zones across the length and breadth of the United States and from as far away as Brazil, Canada, Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom gathered at Skydive Arizona in Eloy for three days of phenomenal formation skydives.

Author: Erin Orwig
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Women Set Two-Point Head-Down World Record
Five Minute Call | May 2018

Women Set Two-Point Head-Down World Record

On February 9 at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, 26 jumpers set the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Women’s World Record for Largest Two-Point Head-Down Formation Skydive.

Author: USPA Staff
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Over-Under
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2018

Over-Under

by Weston Whittaker

Jesse Weyher and Keith Creedy perform over-unders during a tracking dive at GoJump Oceanside in California. 

Photo by Weston Whittaker | C-43600

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POPS Members Compete at Lake Wales
Five Minute Call | May 2018

POPS Members Compete at Lake Wales

Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales once again hosted the annual Parachutists Over Phorty Society SpringFest meet. The February 28-March 4 event brought jumpers from around the country together for friendly competition. It also gave POPS members a chance to remember Bob Rhyne, TopPOP #5, who had recently passed away.

Author: James Davis
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International Skydiving Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2018
Five Minute Call | May 2018

International Skydiving Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2018

The International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame recently announced the names of those it will induct into its Hall of Fame class of 2018.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | May 2018

Featured Jumper

Photo by Stephen Beck

Anna Rocca, B-47038, makes her first rodeo jump with Eric Peterson at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Stephen Beck
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Safety Day Goes Global
Safety Day | May 2018

Safety Day Goes Global

a Parachutist Special Section

On March 10, skydivers across the U.S. and around the world made their way to one of the hundreds of drop zones that hosted a Safety Day event. Now in its 22nd year, Safety Day continues to be a favorite event that draws jumpers both new and old to the drop zone for a day geared toward making everyone smarter and safer. Whether attendees listened to presentations about managing canopy traffic and avoiding collisions, practiced emergency procedures (in a hanging harness using traditional methods or the virtual reality videos newly available on USPA’s website) or learned how a main-assisted-reserve- deployment (MARD) device works to extract a reserve, those who attended Safety Day thoroughly enjoyed it.

Author: USPA Staff
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Photo Spread
Photo Spread | May 2018

Photo Spread

Photo by Andy Farrington

Photo by Andy Farrington | D-19747

Jumpers take a break from Safety Day activities to make a head-down jump at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

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More Than the Sum of Its Jumps
Features | May 2018

More Than the Sum of Its Jumps

By Annette O’Neil

Operation Enduring Warrior Helps Combat-Wounded Veterans Take Flight

Skydiving Makes a Difference: A Parachutist series on nonprofit organizations that give back to their communities

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MARDs—How They Work and What to Expect
Features | May 2018

MARDs—How They Work and What to Expect

by Riley Marshall

Hey you, reading this … can you define the term “MARD”? Do you know what it does, how it works and what distinguishes it from similar systems? If you answered no to any of these questions, you are not alone! As it turns out, jumper knowledge of MARD systems is surprisingly marginal. (Or should we say, MARDginal?)

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Team 6—The Aircraft Crew Behind the U.S. Army Golden Knights
Features | May 2018

Team 6—The Aircraft Crew Behind the U.S. Army Golden Knights

by Jessica Haugaard

It is just before 7 a.m. at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida. Sergeant Kyle Pratt, smartly dressed in a black flight suit with the words “U.S. Army Parachute Team” embroidered in gold on his back, glances up at the C31A Fokker aircraft positioned 25 meters in front of him.

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Busy Days in San Antonio—The 2018 USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting
Features | May 2018

Busy Days in San Antonio—The 2018 USPA Board of Directors Winter Meeting

A USPA Staff Report

San Antonio, an anchor of the Texas Triangle (an area of the state containing five major cities and 70 percent of its population), attracted Texas-sized crowds for the USPA Board of Directors meeting March 2-4. The winter meeting, one of the most well-attended USPA meetings in history, contained three days of full agendas and an evening of camaraderie along the Riverwalk after Saturday’s annual USPA General Membership Meeting.

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | May 2018

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Jeff Agard

During an AFF Instructor Rating Course at Skydive Phoenix in Maricopa, Arizona, candidate Jason Allison (top) exits with AFF Instructor Examiner Dave Lepka for an evaluation jump. 

Photo by Jeff Agard  |  D-16906

Author: Jeff Agard
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The Rating Corner | May 2018

Rating Corner | Rule Changes Affecting Rating Holders

by Jim Crouch

Several changes that came out of the March 2-4 USPA Board meeting in San Antonio, Texas, affect USPA rating holders.

Author: Jim Crouch
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Safety Check | May 2018

Safety Check | Instructing Wingsuit Flyers

by Jim Crouch

Over the years, many hoped that the wingsuiting community would develop safely without the need for heavy-handed regulation from USPA. Those who opposed a wingsuit instructor rating argued that USPA does not—and should not—require specific training for or regulate advanced skydiving such as freeflying or high-performance canopy piloting. The best example of a skydiving discipline that developed excellent training methods and safety guidelines without requiring USPA regulation is canopy formation skydiving. The pioneers of canopy formation skydiving learned what worked well and what didn’t work well and formulated the best processes and techniques for teaching jumpers who are new to the discipline. Those guidelines continued to evolve and improve, and now it is very rare that a fatality occurs during a canopy formation jump. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Keep an Eye Out | Hung Slider
Keep An Eye Out | May 2018

Keep an Eye Out | Hung Slider

by Jim Crouch and Niklas Daniel

While it generally does not cause a malfunction, a stuck slider can greatly affect the performance of the canopy. Following a main canopy deployment, jumpers should perform a thorough visual inspection followed by a controllability check immediately after ensuring that the airspace is clear around them. 

Author: Jim Crouch
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Sit-Fly Turns (Arm Mechanics)
Foundations of Flight | May 2018

Sit-Fly Turns (Arm Mechanics)

by Axis Flight School

Axis Flight School Skydive Arizona

Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.

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May 2018
Featured Event | May 2018

May 2018

by Gen Montreuil

Jumpers fly a hybrid during the SIS of ArOZona Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

Photo by Gen Montreuil  |  D-31992

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May 2018
Featured DZ | May 2018

May 2018

Photo by David Lake | D-30458

Photo by David Lake  |  D-30458

Damien Ettema swoops the pond at Skydive New England.

Author: David Lake
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