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Jumping at an unfamiliar drop zone can be intimidating, especially to newer skydivers who may have jumped at only one place so far. Jumpers need to approach visiting a new location with caution and planning, whether it is just a weekend jumping out of a Cessna 182 or sharing the skies with hundreds of jumpers at a large boogie. And this caution applies to jumpers of all experience levels.
A single man, an immense amount of cash, four parachutes and a jump from an airliner. Where does the largest manhunt in the United States lead when authorities don’t have a clue as to who the suspect might be?
Photographer Jens Hameister captured this shot of Team Extreme's Nick Batsch (left) and Jim Slaton performing at the Al Ain airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Photographer Jimmy Halliday took this shot of Miles Daisher (left) and Steven Blincoe, members of the Dust Devils freefly team, over the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales while training for the upcoming U.S. Nationals.
Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of Jim Slaton swooping across the pond during the Pro Swooping Tour 2002 Team Challenge at Perris Valley Skydiving in Californina in October.
Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of members of the Performance Designs and Icarus Canopies factory teams flying their cross-braced canopies together over Perris Valley Skydiving in California. PD canopy pilots, top to bottom: Shannon Pilcher, Jay Moledzki and Heath Richardson. Icarus canopy pilots, top to bottom: Jim Slaton, J.C. Colclasure and Clint Clawson.
Photographer Thomas McDow took this shot of himself and his Orbit Punks freefly teammates, Jim Slaton and Danny Davis, in the reflection of a chrome ball over Skydive Houston in Waller, Texas.
Dave Major of Aerial Focus took this shot of tandem instructor Jim Wallace and student Paige MacDonald over Skydive Elsinore in Southern California. Wallace is one of America's most experienced skydiving instructors.
Photographer Brian Erler, D-14757, took this photograph of skysurfer Sean McCormick and videographer Cliff Burch practiciing over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida. the pair will compete in the SSI Pro Tour, beginning this month.
Photographer Pine Pienaar, D-13240, took this shot of tandem instructor Jim Wallace, his passenger Peter Gallagher and Gail Sims as the trio exited over the California countryside between the Perris Valley and Bear Creek airports. Gallagher, who normally pilots the balloon, said after his first jump, "Now I know why you guys love jumping out of my balloon so much."
Mike McGowan, D-5709, captures Pam Godwin's smiling Fly-by over the Paragators DZ in Umatilla, FL, during the annual POPS winter meet. Pam's parents, Jimmy and Wilma Godwin, run the meet.
Dave Keith, D-5441, led the FX-10 10-way team during a practice jump over Perris, CA. The team capatained by Bob Butt and including Scott Flanahghan, Bob Smith, Bob McCord, Jeff Rodenbech, Richard Eacobacci, Mike Swan, Jim Kelly, Ken Masters and Dan Pillasch, plans to enter the 10-way speed star competition at next month's U.S. National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Arizona.
Tom Sanders, D-6503, filmed this sequence for the upcoming FOX network TX show, "Ultimate Challenge." World-famous stunt pilots Craig Hoskings and Jim Franklin flew jumpers Jim Wallace (red) and Kevin Donnelly (yellow) to 18,000 feet, deployed drogues from their Stearman bi-planes and the two skydivers successfully switched planes. Norman Kent was also on hand with his cameras, and Jerry Meyers performed the first few attempts with Donnelly.
U.S. Parachute Team photographer Jim Baker caught this shot of Glenn Bangs, Mark Gabriel and Bob Finn of the U.S. 4-way Team lined up on 40-Tango for a practice exit shortly before their gold medal finish in the World Parachuting Championships. Not pictured is the fourth member of the team, Andy Gerber (who is inside the aircraft). This month's story on the World Meet, and the U.S. Team's gold sweep, begins on page 15.
Bob "Feisty" Feisthamel, Daryl S. Dassinger, Robert Suchor, Rocco Varriano and Jim Christensen build a 5-stack during the West Coast CRW Championships meet (see story, page 39). The photo was taken by Kari Seppanen, C-8092, a Seattle-area jumper who has logged some 1800 skydives and is a USPA Instructor and master rigger.
Jim Lucas of Williamsport, MD flies some unusual Canopy RW at the Southern Cross drop zone in Downsville, MD. Jim's "extra" canopy belongs to Jose Rodriguez of Crofton, MD who intetionally cutaway after forming a biplane canopy hookup with Jim. Playing it smart and safe, Jose wore an extra reserve for this jump.
P.S. That's Russian for "Sport Parachuting." The full report begins on page 27.
Carl Boenish shot this cut-away main over Elsinore, CA. The jumper under reserve is Jim Handbury.
Jay Emery, D-203, is credited with this colorful shot of his own PC and Jim Eisenmenger's checkered PC out of Dallas, Texas.