i56: August 2014

Justin Russell and Brandon Chouinard doing a sunset freefly “dance off” during The Revolution Boogie held at Skydive Dallas. Photo by Randy Swallows • randyswallows.com.

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On the cover: “The Getaway” by Douggs, basedreams.com. The story behind this video:

In The FlyBy:

  • Your monthly favs, “Take it DZ” comics by Nadene at Adventure Creative, Reader Question & tit4tat‘s monthly contribution.
  • Routine Exit Turns into Anything But” by Anthony Rocco, a tale of two skydivers who got away with a sketchy tailgate exit, plus Skydive Arizona‘s safety guru Bryan Burke’s insights on the incident.
  • LKXA Extreme Barcelona International Action Sports Cup” by Mike Carpenter, volare-freefly.com.
  • David Winland doesn’t just tattoo cool shit, he golfs and writes about it, too, in “Paragolf!”

Amy Chmelecki tells us how, in “RBAF over NYC,” the Red Bull Air Force got away with this stunt and a half:

Art Shaffer and Christina Arango take you to the beaches of Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in “D-Day + 70.”

This month’s SkyCouple is Frank and Aleth Matrone, interviewed by the awesome Eli Godwin.

Katie Peterson introduces you to Laura Dawson, an artist who creates skydiving-themed glass pieces, in “Perfectly Good Glass.” Laura also has the distinction of being married to Jeff Dawson, our favorite naked skydiver!

James LaBarrie, amazethecustomer.com, writes to the DZ management crowd, but we hope fun jumpers enjoy reading about the mechanics of a winning skydiving business too. This month, “ Connect, Inspire … Win” is all about how DZ staff – and even individual fun jumpers – connecting with new customers makes good business sense. So if you like your DZ and want to keep jumping there, you can help them stay in business by connecting with and welcoming the new tandem student customers!

PD New Beginning

Connect, Inspire … Win

Sydney Owen Williams wants you to “Make a List and Check It Twice” to keep yourself alive amongst idiots in the sky. She says it a lot nicer and more eloquently, of course.

4-way and competition fans, Kurt Gaebel, NSL, has you covered in his Turning Points column. This month, “4-Way History in Jeopardy.” Airspeed going home empty-handed from the Czech Republic? Le gasp!

The Fuckin’ Pilot hands you some “Fuckin’ Tandem Humor” if you’ve run out of jokes to tell your students.

Wax the Booty!” Melanie Curtis Grillet, highcomms.com, started the DZ Dance Off Challenge, aka the greatest thing since sliced dancing.

SkyGod rants.

We hope you like this issue! If you have any feedback, letters to the editor, comments, concerns, news or jokes, email me, lara@blueskiesmag.com, or submit it all online.