We’re sticking with the head-downers in this month’s centerfold. No civvies this time though, these guys are Army Strong.
People dying sucks. It hurts and they’re gone and you can’t bring them back and you’ll never get to hug them again. Sometimes it takes all you have to not cry for just fifteen minutes a day.
And then sometimes you feel absolutely nothing at all.
The site What’s Your Grief — besides being an awesome resource for all things grief — has a really good article if this is you.
The emotional numbness sometimes experienced in grief can feel especially disturbing because after a death you expect to feel so much. You might wonder, “What is wrong with me?!?! Why don’t I feel anything?!? Maybe I’m not a human being at all. Oh no, what if I’m a sociopath?!? Or a robot?!?” Feeling nothing during grief is alienating and isolating because everyone else seems pretty in touch with their feelings. You know you’re sad about the death, but you can’t actually access the emotions and so you feel different than others grieving the death.
Give it a read, and maybe check out the rest of the site as well. And know that you’re not alone.
That’s just fun to say, even though I’m probably saying it wrong. Pa. Chang. On and on and on.
We’re not normally huge fans of boogie articles. No one cares what you ate, everyone knows manifest worked really hard and no kidding, there was a weather day. BUT. Actual boogies are crazy fun, and Benjamin Forde gets how to capture the fun; you might not understand exactly what happened, but that kind of sums up the actual boogie experience, in our experience.
No one knows what they ate at Pachangon, we’re pretty sure manifest worked hard and no kidding, Benji Forde and his girlfriend are both that hot. As for the true identity of Anonymous? Let’s just say he’s the jumper who loves a good boogie; Pachangon was no exception.
In this issue (full details and links to online versions here!):
- Cover Photo and Story: Benjamin Forde takes you on a journey through the fear and loathing in Mexico. Photos by Norman Kent
- Featured Photo | Samantha Schwann captures John Blackburn, Wade Baird, Andy Locke and Friday Friedman in the Skydive Arizona tunnel.
- Cheers to 50 Years! | Curt Vogelsang got to crash Bill Booth’s 50-years-in-skydiving party
- How to Ride the Unrideables | Annette O’Neil chats with Red Bull’s Jon DeVore
- Photo Interview: Nancy Koreen | Zach Lewis shoots and interview’s USPA’s hottest staff member. Sorry, Ed.
- Centerfold: The U.S. Army Parachute Team has added a vertical-formation skydiving (VFS) team to its roster, calling it the Golden Knights Vertical Program (GKVP). Here, the team trains at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida in preparation for this year’s USPA Nationals, where they plan to compete in the VFS open category. (l to r): SGT Dan Osario, SGT John Long, SSG Trey Martin and SSG Reece Pendleton. Photo by SFC Jon Ewald.
- Welcome to the Wisconsin Skydiving Center | By James La Barrie
- Tough Deal: Knock Out Airspeed | Turning Points By Kurt Gaebel
- My Last Fuckin’ AFF | By the Fuckin’ Pilot
- Weird | By Melanie Curtis
- SkyGod’s Spring Break | By SkyGod
If you’re in the market for stuff of any kind, buying from these guys (and letting them know you saw them in Blue Skies Mag) will help keep the mags coming to your door.
Bee Realty Corp
Chattanooga Skydiving Company
Edge BASE magazine
In Flight Dubai
Jump at Life
Larsen & Brusgaard
Learn to BASE jump
Stavanger BASE Klubb
Sun Path Products
Velocity Sports Equipment
Complete Parachute Solutions (CPS) based in DeLand, Florida has a few positions open. If you’d like to work in the industry, perhaps one of those would suit you! More information below regarding what is available when this post is written, but please visit the CPS Employment page for latest updates. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to apply.
Instructor: Responsible for adherence to all TTF SOP’s, USPA Safety and Training, and FAA Regulations. Ability to assist in the development of and provide input for training course curriculum and maintaining training records for assigned students. Individual should have the ability to communicate effectively with customers, co-workers, contractors and the general public, both orally and in writing. Ability to work independently, learn quickly and work under pressure also a must. Position includes possible world travels and long hours. Passport required. Qualifications: USPA qualifications to include Tandem, AFF, and Static Line Instructor required, Tandem Examiner, AFF Evaluator (recommended), Air-to-Air Video, Minimum (4) years Parachute Instructor, Military Freefall Parachutist, Instructor (preferred), Prior military service and training (preferred). Position is located at the CPS Tactical Training Facility in Coolidge, AZ. Salary is commensurate with experience.
PARA LOFT RIGGER
Para Loft Rigger: Inventory, clean, inspect, pack, maintain and store all personnel, cargo, bundle parachutes and associated air items equipment. Provides rigger training, pack in progress checks and assistance to TTF clients and staff. May perform duties as parachute malfunctions officer (if qualified) and equipment retrieval as required. Qualifications: Ability to communicate effectively with customers, co-workers, contractors and the general public, both orally and in writing. Ability to organize, analyze, interpret and evaluate problems and provide practical, cost-effective solutions. Proficiency in Outlook, Word and Excel are required. Ability to work independently, learn quickly and work under pressure. FAA Senior Rigger Certificate required. USPA qualifications to include Tandem, AFF, and Static Line Instructor recommended.
LOFT MANAGER – DELAND, FL
Loft Manager – DeLand, FL: Manage and track the receipt, movement, usage and shipment of all product and demo inventories. Supervise all loft activities and resources within the scope of receiving, inspection, assembling, warehousing and shipping, and participate when necessitated by workload. Responsible for regular, periodic physical inventories of product and demo gear inventory, and the accuracy thereof. Maintain currency of demo configurations, and compliance with all DOD contractual requirements, and import/export regulations, with respect to inspection, acceptance and shipping of products. Responsible for the facilities and maintenance requirements of the DeLand campus. Qualifications: Individual must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, and exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills. Prior supervisory experience is required. Experience with QuickBooks, Parachute Rigging, Shipping, Receiving and Inspection is preferred.
SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE – DELAND, FL
Sales Account Executive – DeLand, FL: Develops and maintains favorable relationships with new and existing clients in order to increase revenue, exposure and consideration. Ensures that organizational products or services consistently meet client needs. Is responsible for providing sales quotations as well as sustaining and renewing client contracts. Explain and demonstrate the use of tactical parachuting and related equipment to current and potential customer accounts. Assist agents/distributors during the sales process. Support trade show and customer events when appropriate. Travel within the US and foreign countries as required.
Qualifications: Prior jumper experience is required (Military or Civilian); Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel are required; Broad familiarity of the Parachute Industry and the leading tactical parachute suppliers; Broad understanding of tactical parachute hardware and training solutions; Maintain job specific certifications as necessary (i.e.: FAA Senior Rigger, Master Rigger, USPA Static Line rating, AFF rated, Tandem Master).
Skills / Abilities: Team player; Self-starter, self-motivated and ability to work independently; Strong verbal and written communication skills; Strong ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously; Ability to communicate effectively with customers, co-workers, contractors and the general public, both orally and in writing; Problem solver; Ability to learn processes and applications quickly and work under pressure.
Working Conditions: Up to 50% domestic and/or International travel with the remainder in the office.
Educational Requirements: Minimum High school diploma or GED; Prior Military service and training recommended.
This recent video from Alê e Paulinho, shot at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona, shows two canopies colliding. Watch the upper left corner, between the front and rear risers. Many thanks to Alê for sharing this, so that those of us that have (and hopefully never will) seen a canopy collision in person have the opportunity to review it and understand how violently bad things can go – and how fast.
We do not have any other information on this video as of yet, but wanted to share it. It may seem like a big sky up there, but in the world of fast-moving canopies all aimed for roughly the same spot on the ground, we are more and more in each other space.
Getting current for the summer season, we want to encourage you all to take your canopy ride very seriously. Plan it as you would plan your skydive, be clear on landing protocols and patterns at the dropzone you are at, get briefed when you visit a new dropzone. Watch your airspace, watch out for yourself, watch out for others. The skydive truly is not over until you are back safely in the hangar.