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Skydive Mountaineer Opens in West Virginia
Skydiving News | May 2019

Skydive Mountaineer Opens in West Virginia

Skydive Mountaineer held its inaugural weekend May 18-19 at the Maley Field Airport in Shinniston, West Virginia. The new DZ is operating a Cessna 182, taking off from North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg and landing at Maley Field.

Author: USPA Staff
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Don Kellner Reaches Jump #45,000!
Membership Services | May 2019

Don Kellner Reaches Jump #45,000!

Don Kellner earned USPA 45,000-Jump Wings #1 after making his 45,000th skydive on Saturday, April 20, over Above the Poconos Skydivers, which he and his wife Darlene own, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He made the jump in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first intentional freefall, which Leslie Irvin completed April 28, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio.

Author: USPA Staff
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USPA Reaches Record-High Membership!
Membership Services | May 2019

USPA Reaches Record-High Membership!

USPA ended April with its highest-ever membership—40,620 members! The milestone comes after last October’s high of 40,441 members. USPA reached the 40,000-member mark for the first time ever last summer. These numbers indicate that the sport of skydiving is continuing to grow, as more people not only jump for the first time, but return to pursue the sport as a hobby. USPA anticipates that these numbers will continue to climb throughout the upcoming summer season.

Author: USPA Staff
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Donors
Donors | May 2019

Donors

May 2019

Author: Deborah
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | May 2019

Parachutist Around the World

May 2019

Author: USPA Staff
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Part 16
Gearing Up | May 2019

Part 16

By Ed Scott

Since 2009, USPA has participated in eight successful Part 16 complaints. Seven were outright wins. A Part 16 win strengthens the concept that skydiving must be given airport access unless there are strong, verifiable safety reasons for denial.

Author: Ed Scott
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May 2019
Covers | May 2019

May 2019

Cover

Photo by Bruno Brokken |USPA #96017

At Skydive Sebastian in Florida, the CF World Team sets the 36-way Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Canopy Formation Skydive at Night.

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“100 Years of Freefall”
100 years of Freefall | May 2019

“100 Years of Freefall”

By Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani

“100 Years of Freefall”

Colored pencil

Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani | Age 15
Tehran, Iran

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Letters | May 2019

Letters

Impact-Rated Helmets

I read your editor’s note in the March Parachutist (“Letters—Helmet Effectiveness”) about there being no standards for skydiving helmets and feel the need to make an observation. Surely, where an organization does not have knowledge about something, then usually it looks around to find someone who does.

Author: Antony Perry
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Letters | May 2019

Letters

Fired Up

I have been a USPA member since 1969. This month’s cover is the most dramatic photo I’ve seen. I did a double take when I pulled the magazine from my mailbox. Well done to stuntman Eric Salas!

Author: Jim Edwards
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Letters | May 2019

Letters

Interesting Juxtaposition

That’s an awesome cover photo (March Parachutist) of Eric Salas’ flaming canopy! Really gets your attention. But I was calmed and reassured when I saw your full-page ad “Safety Day is March 9” on the very next page. Does this mean you no longer recommend things such as smoking while jumping? (Didn’t we tell you not to carry lithium batteries in flight? But carry a fire extinguisher at all times. And no flare guns allowed when competing with other stacks.)

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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | May 2019

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Will Ghormley

There’s nothing like the bonds soldiers forge during their service to our nation. Perhaps the hardest thing in civilian life is separation from that brotherhood. It leaves a hole. I think every veteran feels that. But when a veteran battles post-traumatic stress disorder, the feeling is even stronger. It’s like nobody but your buddies understand, and they ain’t there.

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Jim McCormick | D-12379
Profiles | May 2019

Jim McCormick | D-12379

By Brian Giboney

Jim McCormick, D-12379, is a big-way and demo skydiver who has earned 15 world records (including the 400-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Formation Skydive) and jumped over the North Pole.

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Ups and Downs
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2019

Ups and Downs

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

At Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, (clockwise from left) organizer Ashley Goldstein, Silas Davis, Ty Swansboro and Courtney McCarthy make a freefly jump.

Author: Elliot Byrd
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Five Minute Call | May 2019

Corrections

Author: Deborah
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WSN Announces Project 19
Five Minute Call | May 2019

WSN Announces Project 19

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which provided women and men with equal voting rights) and the global women’s suffrage movement that swept across the world in the early 1900s, the Women’s Skydiving Network (formerly the Women’s Skydiving Leadership Network) is launching Project 19. The project is a four-stage plan that will culminate in the 100-way women’s head-down world record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, in the summer of 2020.

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Body Fly University Holds High-Performance Camp
Five Minute Call | May 2019

Body Fly University Holds High-Performance Camp

Body Fly University in Reggio Emilia, Italy, hosted a high-performance-canopy-flight camp March 2-3. Mario Fattoruso, a member of the Performance Design Factory Team and multi-time Italian national champion canopy pilot, taught the course. The drop zone believes that the camp—which was very popular with attendees—was the first high-performance camp of its kind in the country.

Author: Deborah
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Novices Thrive at Rookie Round-Up
Five Minute Call | May 2019

Novices Thrive at Rookie Round-Up

By George Hargis

March 15-17 was a memorable weekend at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, as the Rookie Round-Up brought novice skydivers from around the country to learn from local professional teams. Members of formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed, freestyle team AZ Dream and vertical formation skydiving teams Arizona Anthem and Arizona X-Force provided coaching in the sky, as well as the onsite SkyVenture wind tunnel. On Saturday, the rookies had lunch in one of the DZ’s Skyvans as the chief pilot discussed safety precautions and taught them how to open the door of the tailgate aircraft.

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Garr to Receive Skydiving Museum’s Trustees’ Award
Five Minute Call | May 2019

Garr to Receive Skydiving Museum’s Trustees’ Award

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Board of Trustees gives its Trustees’ Award to thank those who contribute services or make other gestures of goodwill to the museum. The board of trustees recently chose Doug Garr, D-2791, to receive this award.

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Perfect Alignment
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2019

Perfect Alignment

Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

Michael Sean Washburn and Reza Moradi of the Skytrash wingsuit team make a jump at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

Author: Juan Mayer
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Prison Break
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | May 2019

Prison Break

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Actor Wade Williams, best known for his role as prison guard Brad Bellick on the TV series “Prison Break,” makes a tandem skydive with instructor Ryan Clough and jumpers Ryan Mari and Eric Salas at the Fitz Boogie in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

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Canopy Packing Aid Hits Market
Gear & Industry Spotlight | May 2019

Canopy Packing Aid Hits Market

Skydiver James Bauer recently introduced Pack Monkey, a tool to help jumpers put their canopies in deployments bags easily. The tool is designed to help those who have slippery canopies, small hands or just want to pack more quickly. Pack Monkey is designed for canopy sizes from 120 to 250 square feet but can also work on larger or smaller canopies. A video of how the product works and ordering information are available at packmonkeydesigns.com. It retails for $35.

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BPA Appoints Angel Fernandez as Communications Manager
Gear & Industry Spotlight | May 2019

BPA Appoints Angel Fernandez as Communications Manager

The British Parachute Association recently appointed Angel Fernandez to the new staff position of communications manager. Fernandez, who began skydiving in 2017, has more than 20 years of communications and marketing experience in a variety of industries.

Author: Deborah
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | May 2019

Featured Jumper

Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

Steve Woodford (maroon rig) celebrates his 1,000th skydive since having a liver transplant by building a “1,000 L” formation (complete with comma) with friends at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | May 2019

Featured Training Photo

Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis | D-31871

Instructors Anastasis Sideris and Dimitris Sourlis exit with a Category C AFF student at Skydive Athens in Kopaida, Greece.

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Keep an Eye Out
Keep An Eye Out | May 2019

Keep an Eye Out

Difficulty Cutting Away from Spinning Malfunctions

Recently, USPA has received several reports of jumpers who experienced a difficult time shearing the Velcro of their cutaway handles during spinning, high-speed, line-twist malfunctions. During these types of malfunctions, the risers are crossed and the main lift web is forced tightly against the torso, making it more critical than ever to perform the proper cutaway technique.

Author: USPA Staff
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Rating Corner | What is Designated AFF Evaluator? A True-or-False Quiz
The Rating Corner | May 2019

Rating Corner | What is Designated AFF Evaluator? A True-or-False Quiz

There are plenty of misconceptions about designated evaluators, those jumpers who assist AFF instructor examiners by performing currency and course evaluation jumps. Quiz yourself to see how your understanding stacks up to reality.

Author: Jen Sharp
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Safety Check | Cognitive Tunneling
Safety Check | May 2019

Safety Check | Cognitive Tunneling

By Ron Bell

Cognitive tunneling, which often manifests itself as target fixation in skydiving, is one of the principal causes of accidents that involve human error. Cognitive tunneling is the mental state in which your brain focuses on one thing and, as a result, does not see other relevant data. This perceptual blindness causes our attention to overlook even the most obvious clues to problems that are right in front of us. Metaphorically, a mind’s focus can be either like a floodlight that dimly illuminates a large area or like a spotlight that provides intense clarity on a single subject.

Author: Ron Bell
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Ask a Rigger
Ask A Rigger | May 2019

Ask a Rigger

What is the Difference Between a Senior and a Master Rigger, and What’s a DPRE?

The term “rigger” comes from sailing. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Parachute Rigger Handbook, the only place clean enough and big enough for riggers to work on parachutes in the early days was upstairs in an aircraft hangar, hence the term “rigging loft.”

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Foundations of Flight | Vertical Compressed Exit (Mixed Formation Skydiving Random C)
Foundations of Flight | May 2019

Foundations of Flight | Vertical Compressed Exit (Mixed Formation Skydiving Random C)

By Axis Flight School

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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