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USPA Online – Thank You, Everyone!

March 16, 2011

This is “G.” again, your friendly neighborhood web-guy. I just wanted to say a few things and give out a few updates.

This week we hit 1,000 followers on Twitter. We are also nearing 11,000 fans on Facebook, and that’s not all. Our followers and fans tend to be some of the most respectful and polite web users I’ve encountered – no trolls in our midst.  So, this is a thank you for being there, being square and being stable.

On another note, the only request I received so far regarding Parachutist Online was from skydiving drupalers who would like a write-up on how the site was made. I haven’t forgotten about it. We also have a few things floating around regarding a complete archive of Parachutist available online, but nothing set in stone yet.

Still, if there’s anything you would like to see, send us some feedback through the website or e-mail

We hope you guys are enjoying the dynamics with USPA staff online, and again, thank you for being there.

PS: The free SIM App for iPhone is doing very well as well, which makes me really jealous of all you iPhone users. But not for much longer—the Android version is on track to be released in less than two months!

Links Recap:
Parachutist Online –
SIM App (for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) – here
USPA 65th Anniversary Commemorative Items – USPA Shop


Let’s Do a Dive for Shifty—and his Brothers

July 22, 2009

You may have recently seen a sentimental email about the June 17 passing of Darrell “Shifty” Powers at age 86.  If not, read about it here on Snopes:

While Snopes can’t verify the source of the reported encounter, “Shifty,” as he was known, was real, and so was his bravery as he served with Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in the dangerous days and months following his drop on D-Day.

It turns out that skydivers have a perfect opportunity to honor Shifty and his band of brothers. Sunday, August 16, is National Airborne Day, a day annually commemorated by Congress to remember and honor those servicemen who volunteered to earn their jump wings and serve our country as an airborne soldier. (Read my blog about last year’s National Airborne Day here:

So here’s the thought: Let’s honor Shifty—and his band of brothers—with a memorial skydive. Actually with lots of memorial skydives. Why not organize a memorial dive at your DZ that day? You could form an “A” for Airborne, an “E” for Easy Company, or a “101” for the 101st. Or form a star (if large enough, let a veteran fly in the center), and facing each other with joined grips, give thanks to Shifty and all those who set aside their lives, answered their country’s call, and literally saved the world.

So do a dive for Shifty and his band of brothers and let us know how it went. Send your description of the jump and any photos or links to videos to You don’t have to stop there. Nearly every assisted living facility has WW II veterans who would thoroughly enjoy a visit by a bunch of skydivers expressing appreciation for their service. After all, we not only owe them for their service; we also owe them for sowing the seeds for our sport. It was post-war veterans that wanted to continue jumping out of airplanes who began what became the sport of skydiving.

Parachutist’s 600th

July 16, 2009

As you may have read in July’s Five-Minute Call, in October, Parachutist will print its 600th issue. We are working on a pictorial and looking for crazy, skydiving-related things involving the number 600. Send us a picture with the most amusing ideas you can come up with to or Submit a Photo.

Best picture wins a cookie! – Well, no, not really, but you do get compensation for print use.

Oh, yeah! Remember! High-res pictures only.

June Parachutist features

May 8, 2009

We just approved the final proofs for the June issue; here is a sneak peek of what you will see in just a few weeks . . .

  • Historical profile of Leslie Irvin
  • A beginner’s guide to 4-way formation skydiving (first in a series)
  • Guinness Book of World Records: Tandem record (most tandems in a day)
  • Core exercises to combat back pain from skydiving
  • Intro to wingsuiting

We hope you enjoy!

Parachutist Around the World

October 24, 2008

We started this section in July 2007, and it has been a runaway hit! We knew skydivers were adventurous, but some of the places you all have been to are incredible.

We have limited space to publish the best ones in the magazine, but they all go on the Parachutist Around the World online feature. Let me just say first of all that “best” means photographically best for print magazine use – clear subject in focus, high resolution and a discernible, recognizable landmark in the background, all visible in a space about 6 inches square.

Since I put them all up on the website, I get to check them all out in detail, and some of my favorites are ones that did not make it into the magazine, or are best zoomed in on a computer screen (hint- click on any picture to see it full-size). So sit back, buckle up and let’s go on a virtual vicarious tour of the world!

Jonathan "Woolly" Charlton, D-25414, chillin' with Godzilla

Jonathan "Woolly" Charlton, D-25414, chillin' with Godzilla in Japan

Jonathan “Woolly” Charlton writes us about this picture – “Now, I don’t really really expect y’all to publish these (on account of the bizarre landmark), but, in any event, you might find them funny – these pictures were taken out front of the Yokohama Tire plant in Shinshiro, Japan.  The Godzilla was made from varying-sized Yokohama tires!”

I personally found it awesome-ly funny, Woolly, thanks for the great pic!

Jeff Sears, D-25918, and a monkey enjoy Parachustist in the Monkey Forest, Ubud Bali. Photo by Fiona Horne, A-51051.

Jeff Sears, D-25918, and a monkey enjoy Parachustist in the Monkey Forest, Ubud Bali. Photo by Fiona Horne, A-51051.

The best part of this picture is only really visible if you zoom in over Jeff’s left shoulder. Monkey! Reading Parachutist! Maybe we can teach the monkey to sit-fly, too!

Jeff Morgan, D-24891, catches up on the latest in front of Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky. Photo by Bert Morgan.

Jeff Morgan, D-24891, catches up on the latest in front of Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky. Photo by Bert Morgan.

I’ll be honest, I don’t quite get what’s going on in this picture, but I know that I like it.

Maybe we’ll organize some themes for you next time – Parachutist readers in the snow, on the water, under the water, at work, on mountains, in the military, in spaceships (seriously!) . . . But I’ll leave you with my personal favorite, if only because it’s where I want to be – living on the beach, fishing and popping up to Elsinore to make a jump every now and then:

Ed Duncan, D-37, (right) and Kelso Smith, D-13930, (left), in Ensenada, Mexico, where Ed lives. He also still skydives at Elsinore every time he gets a chance. Photo by Linda James-Smith

Ed Duncan, D-37, (right) and Kelso Smith, D-13930, (left), in Ensenada, Mexico, where Ed lives. He also still skydives at Elsinore every time he gets a chance. Photo by Linda James-Smith.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

No discount for no magazine?

October 15, 2008

A lot of people wonder about this, and at first glance, it sounds reasonable. If a portion of my dues goes towards printing the magazine, why can’t I get that back if I choose not to receive the mag?

The answer is the economy of size. Or maybe it’s macro economics, or trickle down something, I don’t know, I nearly failed high school econ. Anyway, the biggest cost of printing the magazine is the setup. The savings in printing 20,000 copies versus 30,000 copies is so small it’s laughable.

The next question is, why can’t I get an online version for less money? Well, not only do we pay just about the same to print the magazine for everyone else, but it actually costs a good amount of money to make an e-version that’s in any way usable, cool or helpful. We could pretty easily put together a pdf or flash page-flippy-dippy thing, but to be honest, those tend toward lameness. We think the quality of photos and layouts merits a decent looking magazine, and we haven’t found a reasonably priced way to do that electronically. Yet.

What we really need at headquarters is YOUR OPINION. Not just yours, either – your friend’s and their friend’s and even those silly 4-way guys over in the corner you mock (but secretly want to be like – admit it). If 25,000 of you would prefer an electronic version to printed, well then, obviously we’d do our best to make that happen for you! Or, do you know of a fantastically brilliant way to make all this happen? Let us know – by e-mail, phone call or comment here.

Looking for a job?

August 19, 2008

I just heard from Northrup Grumman, one of our summer Parachutist advertisers. They needed a rocket scientist (no, really) and thought they might find one in our readers. He thought they might get at least a few bites, or someone might tell a friend, who’d tell a friend, etc.

The day he got his July issue with the first ad in it, he got 4 interested phone calls. In total, they received 18 qualified applications, about a million times the response he was hoping for! And this for a job that requires 5 years hands-on parachute engineering experience and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering! You guys sure are smart.

So, if you’re in the market for a new job, don’t forget Parachutist classifieds and ads. You don’t even have to be a rocket scientist to find a great job. Also check out our LinkedIn group, social networking for professionals. But not you, Belinda Serabian, C-35046 – you already landed yourself an amazing job – congratulations and good luck!