i42: April 2013

On the cover

Nadia Kellam of freestyle team Carolina Breeze exits for a training jump. Photo by Robin Kellam.

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On the Cover
Blannie Wagner is opening a new kind of air sports center and Robin Kellam photographs his lovely wife. Presumably. Maybe she’s his sister. Doubtful. Almost certainly a marital team.

Headsup with a misprint. Awesome.
My letter to you had an error – our combined May/June issue will hit your mailbox mid-MAY, not mid April. Sorry about that.

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Where You Need to Be

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Skydiving Word of the Month: Hangar

Is: hangar
Noun A large building with extensive floor area, typically for housing aircraft.
Synonym shed

hangar not hanger

Skydive Spaceland’s hangar, which you could not fit in a closet.

Is not: hanger
Noun A person who hangs something: “a wallpaper hanger”. A shaped piece of wood, plastic, or metal with a hook at the top, from which clothes may be hung.
Synonyms hook – peg

hanger not hangar

A clothes hanger, which you could not fit an airplane or packers into.

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We Froze Our Buns Off | by Wendy Faulkner

The best skydiving song in existence starts at around 1:00.

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Digital Altimeters for Students | by Nils Kløcker Predstrup

Skydive Voss gave their students the choice of digital-display altimeters or analog displays. The results will shock you if you are the same kind of person who ever muttered, “Round is sound,” back in the day.

Digital Altimeters for Students

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Nitro Guy | Interview by Abbie Mashaal, Story by Faith Hewitt-Treadwell

Meet Nick Rugai, creator of the Widow Maker, Rigor Mortis XXX, and Δ-9 Banshee.

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Tales from the Pond | by Jeannie Anderson
The story of a swoop gone bad.

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Centerfold | by Bruno Bokken
Big-way formation over the X-Mas Boogie at Skydive Empuriabrava, Spain.

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+Turning Points+ Funny Stomach Feelings | by Kurt Gaebel, NSL
First dates, job interviews, dentist’s offices, and skydiving competitions all produce funny feelings in the tummy. Champions don’t not get them, they just know what to do with them.

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Dirtside Dreamin’ | by the F*ckin’ Pilot
A fairy tale by your favorite diver driver (whom we misidentified as Skydive Dubai’s newest chief pilot, oops! He’s just a regular lowly pilot.), Dean “Princess” Ricci.

Dirtside Dreamin’: A Twisted Fairy Tale

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Cha-Ching! | by Melanie Curtis
How do you make room in the budget to skydive as much as you want to?

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The President’s…Splat! | by Moe Viletto
Just what went into filming this scene?

The President’s … Splat!

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That’s it! Let me know what you think of it, please. lara@blueskiesmag.com, or use any of the handy forms under the Subscribers tab.

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*Yes I know the email is from kolla@blueskiesmag.com, but that’s because if you’re a subscriber, you probably have exchanged an email with her at some point. Less likely to get marked as spam that way. Also, she’s busy with this little bundle:

The newest BSM staff member.

The newest BSM staff member.

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