BSBD Frederick Platt, Jr – canopy collision

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BSBDcrop smFormer Navy SEAL Frederick Platt died on Sunday in the wake of a canopy collision at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.  Frederick was an experienced jumper with around 2000 jumps and was a local at Skydive Midwest.  The other jumper, Neil Kuhlman was not seriously injured.

The incident is under investigation.

Frederick leaves behind his wife Stacy, pregnant with their first child. A fund has been set up to support the family. If you would like to contribute, please click this link for further information. We send our sincerest condolences to Skydive Midwest, family and friends.

 

 

News Reports: JSOnline, RacineUncovered.com

Velocity Sports adds new sales reps!

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velocity-sports-equipmentNicole Smith and John Fulk have joined Velocity Sports Equipment, the makers of the Infinity rig, as sales and support team.

Nicole will be in the role of dealer support while John’s focus will be on existing orders and rigging. Blue Skies Mag readers are very familiar with Nicole as the “50 states girl” and John is this dude she ran into somewhere along the way.  She must have liked him, because the two are getting married at the end of August.

Both are active jumpers, enthusiastic about the sport of skydiving. You will likely run into one or both at select events around the U.S., and please feel free to drop them a line with any VSE questions you want answered  or just to say hi (Nicole/John).

NicoleandJohn

 

 

Donate to the U.S. Parachute Team

Donate to the 2014 U.S. Parachute Team

Quick links for short attention spans:


The meat of the matter:

The 2014 World Parachuting Championships are in the Czech Republic (FS and artistic) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (CF and SA) this August, and the U.S. teams have been selected. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. teams don’t receive any government funding. The limited assistance they do get is interest from USPA’s Team Trust Fund (which you can also donate to here: TTF donation).

Team manager Chuck Akers has set up a GoFundMe project to raise additional money for the FS and artistic teams (www.gofundme.com/ay5dh4), and Eli Godwin has one for the CF and SA teams (www.gofundme.com/bv48u8). Both goals are $5,000 but I’m sure no one would mind if those were smashed ;)

The money raised will be evenly distributed directly to the teams. Each team is responsible for its own travel arrangements so money raised will be reimbursement for whatever they have or will purchase to get them to Czech Republic.

And now, meet your 2014 U.S. Parachute Teams!

4-way FS: Arizona Airspeed
4-way FS female: Golden Knights Female
8-way FS: U.S. Army Golden Knights
4-way VFS: Arizona Arsenal
Freefly: Elsinore Ignite
Freestyle: Animare
CF: Clean Air
Style & Accuracy, Men’s: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy
Style & Accuracy, Women’s: Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

2014 U.S. 4-Way FS Team: Arizona Airspeed (Chris Farina, Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Thiago Gomes, Justin Price)

2014 U.S. 4-Way FS Team: Arizona Airspeed (Chris Farina, Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Thiago Gomes, Justin Price)

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2014 U.S. 4-Way Female Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Laura Dickmeyer, SFC Dannielle Woosley, SFC Angela Nichols, SSG Jennifer Davidson, SFC Jennifer Espinosa, SFC Scott Janise)

2014 U.S. 8-Way FS Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Sean Sweeney , SFC Kurt Isenbarger , SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Larry Miller, SFC Joshua Coleman,  SFC Justin Blewitt , SFC Drew Starr, SSG Michael LaRoche, SGT Jeshua Stahler, SGT Matt Navarro)

2014 U.S. 8-Way FS Team: U.S. Army Golden Knights (SFC Sean Sweeney , SFC Kurt Isenbarger , SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Larry Miller, SFC Joshua Coleman, SFC Justin Blewitt , SFC Drew Starr, SSG Michael LaRoche, SGT Jeshua Stahler, SGT Matt Navarro)

2014 U.S. 4-Way VFS Team: Arizona Arsenal (Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey, Brandon Atwood, Nik Daniel)

2014 U.S. 4-Way VFS Team: Arizona Arsenal (Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Ty Losey, Brandon Atwood, Nik Daniel)

2014 U.S. 4-Way Freefly Team: Elsinore Ignite (Damien Germano, Felix Castillo, Andy Locke)

2014 U.S. 4-Way Freefly Team: Elsinore Ignite (Damien Germano, Felix Castillo, Andy Locke)

2014 U.S. Freestyle Team: Animare (Brian & Amanda Festi)

2014 U.S. Freestyle Team: Animare (Brian & Amanda Festi)

2014 U.S. CF Team: Clean Air (Fio Antognini, Chris Gay, Eli Godwin, Brian Pangburn, Yuliya Pangburn, Mike Paolin)

2014 U.S. CF Team: Clean Air (Fio Antognini, Chris Gay, Eli Godwin, Brian Pangburn, Yuliya Pangburn, Mike Paolin)

2014 U.S. Style & Accuracy Team: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

2014 U.S. Style & Accuracy Team: Keith Bergeron, Jarrett Martin, Jimmy Drummond, James Hayhurst, Edin Alisa, Dennis Murphy, Cheryl Stearns, Nancy LaRiviere, Cathy Miller, Mery Rose, Elisa Tennyson

Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack

Blue Skies Mag's expansion pack - black cards - for Cards Against Humanity.

Issue #48 seemed like just yesterday, didn’t it?

I mean, it really could have been just the other day. Time flies when you’re having fun, so there’s really a great reason why I haven’t posted the thing I said I would in that issue. It’s a great reason. I haven’t quite been able to articulate it yet, but I’m sure it’ll come to me.

So in that great and very recent issue, we had a skydiver expansion pack for the game Cards Against Humanity. [If you haven’t played yet, go to www.CardsAgainstHumanity.com and buy a pack ($25) or download it (free!).]

From their own mouths: “Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.”

Here, in digital format, finally, is the official Blue Skies Mag Skydiver Expansion Pack. Cut out and laminate if you like, and add them to your deck for even more totally wrong fun. There are blank cards to add your own cards, too. Click each image for a printable pdf.

Post your best hands or custom cards here in the comments, or email them to me at lara@blueskiesmag.com!

Blue Skies Mag's expansion pack  - black cards - for Cards Against Humanity.

Blue Skies Mag’s expansion pack – black cards – for Cards Against Humanity.

Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack - white cards

Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack – white cards

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