i78: June 2016
On the cover
Adam Andrews takes a selfie after jumping off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Cover Photo | Adam Andrews
Featured Photo | Luanne Horting
What’s that pilot chute doing to that poor jumper?
Rainbow Boogie 2016
New FAI World Records
Impulse 2 Goes to Mountain View
Icarus X Series
Reader Question: Inspirational Jumpers
Surviving BASE, Part 1 of 3 | Chris “Douggs” Mcdougall
Pretty much all my original BASE jumping buddies are dead from various accidents. I started questioning why I’m still alive while my friends are dying. I will never fully know but here are a few reasons why I think I’ve survived BASE jumping so far.
Sri Lanka 2016 | Matt Blank
Several days later as I exited the World Trade Center the doorman stopped me to talk to me about Lonnie’s jump; he smiled and said, ‘Sir, thank you for coming to Sri Lanka. You have changed the way I see my country and your group has also changed Sri Lanka.’
Live Bigz Sequentials Photo Essay | Brian Buckland
Centerfold | Jessica Brownlow
Jessie might be on target to be our most prolific centerfold photographer ever! For good reason.
High Jinks, Part XI | James L. Hayhurst
Alan Eustace is no Felix Baumgartner.
As he walked out the door, it struck me that I had just met a remarkably humble man. I mean, here he was, about to make a jump from over 50,000 feet—one of the most dangerous feats known to man—and he apologizes for interrupting our conversation? And I couldn’t tell him from the janitor?
The Sanity Line | Moe Viletto
Our beloved Moe is back with more wisdom.
The farther away from the Sanity Line, the more insane it gets—until you come to the next fence surrounding a drop zone where you can scurry inside where it’s once again sane.
Don’t Let Your Next Demo Go Viral | Jeff Agard
The bad kind of viral.
Remember, you are either paving the way or shutting the door for future skydiving opportunities based on your actions. There are lawyers attached to every demo, and they don’t like it when you wrap a canopy around a light pole or hit people.
Know Culture, Know Happiness | James La Barrie
Are you hiring for the wrong reasons?
It only takes one negative attitude to destroy the culture of an organization. One person. I brought in many.
+Turning Points+ 4-Way Juniors, Part 2 | Kurt Gaebel, NSL
It is bad enough to me that FAI/IPC decided to separate genders and generations from each other, and that is not a new statement. However, I am glad that the officials and law-makers in our sport have at least not separated the girls from the boys in the official 4-way Junior category.
On Love and Loss | The Fuckin’ Pilot
They don’t tell you how empty the statement ‘You just have to let go and forgive yourself’ is when you mourn the loss of someone who you can’t help but feel deserved so very much more from you than you gave.
Miracle Upgrade | Melanie Curtis
If you are in a down time of your life or skydiving, know that this is your miracle upgrade in the making.
‘Hey everyone! Look quick! This guy’s a skydiver!’ Hear that? Of course you don’t. It’s the sound of literally no one giving a flying shit.
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.
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