Pictures in motion: It’s movie time

Sit back, grab the popcorn and don’t even think about holding my beer. Get your own or go find some A-license wannabe and educate them on the fine rule of firsts. Speaking of, when you buy your first case, don’t you really owe two?  Buying a case for the first time? That’s a case. ANOTHER case.  Please spread the word and enjoy your double beverages, compliments of the critical and thirsty thinkers at Blue Skies Magazine.

Back to the topic at hand.
There are some things that we can’t fit in our glorious printed version (subscriptions can be bought here, dirt cheap), such as videos. Recognizing that there are some outstanding skydiving videos out there, we’ve brought sexy librarian Missy Q on board to wade through your puddles of creativity.  She will curate, catalog, review and preview videos she finds on the internet, and the finest of the finest (or whatever we find funnier than the current cat video) will be published here. Fridays will be dedicated video days, where we will offer up a post for you with the highlights of the week.

Hit play, you say?

Hit play, you say?

If you have a video that you made, or that you stumbled across when you were busy clicking your way through the internet on your boss’s dime, send Missy a link and let her know why it’s awesome. Odds are she can figure it out for herself, but we really are interested in your opinions. Truly. Especially after we have had a few beers.

 

BSBD Andrei Ryndin – Russian CP Team

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BSBDcrop smCanopy pilot Andrei Ryndin, a member of the Russian Canopy Piloting team died Thursday July 24th, during a competition  jump at the Russian Canopy Piloting Championships in Aerograd Kolomna, Russia.  It was his 3rd jump of the day.
Andrei was an active and current skydiver. He was reported to be flying a Performance Designs Peregrine, a canopy made especially for competitive canopy pilots.

Canopy Piloting is an unforgiving sport where mistakes can result in serious injury or death.

Our sympathies to Andrei’s family and friends.

News Reports: Itar-Tass.com (English)

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

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