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 [Updated: June 8, 2000]


  • Mike Turoff goes USPA BOD  [NEW!]
  • Fund Raising for U.S. CF Team
  • Competition Formation Skydiving Site
  • Horizontal Flight with SKYRAY
  • Skydive Sebastian is Up for Sale
  • A Blind Leap of Faith
  • Australian Skydiving Centre In Trouble
  • PD's New European Partners
  • News Bytes  [updated: 06/04/00]
  • Free Slots for Airspeed Skills Camp  [NEW!]
  • Photography Competition Winners  [NEW!]
  • POPS record over Skydive Palatka
  • News World Freefall Convention
  • North Texas Skydiving Center Closed
  • New FAI Information Channel
  • New Videos
  • News from the Shop Zone
  • Wanted!  [updated: 05/04/00]
  • Free Slots for Airspeed Skills Camp

    The Ranch in Gardiner, New York has just had 4 slots come open for the June 20-25 Airspeed Training Camp. This is a great chance for a 4 way team or 4 solo RW jumpers who want to improve their skills. Craig Girard and Captain Kirk from the world champion Airspeed team will be at the Ranch for coaching and want everyone to know these slots are first call, first serve. The team will also be coming back August 21-25 for their second training period and there are only 3 slots open. Call manifest for details at 914 255 9538.

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    Photography Competition Winners

    The Amateur Photography Competition winners have been announced in There were some truly amazing photographs and the final winner had to be decided through a tie breaker. When all was said and done Adam Rosen managed to scrape the first price away from under the nose of Rodger Tamblyn. Rodger had the distinction of having all three the photographs he submitted make the final Top 10 list.
    To see the results and the winning photos, drop in on the competition page at

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    POPS record over Skydive Palatka
    By David Laidlaw

    Congratulations to all you old guys who completed a 25-way over Skydive Palatka this afternoon, Saturday, June 3rd. Sorry, Lake Wales.
    From three King Airs, on just the second attempt, the following 25 jumpers completed a planned 25-way freefall formation (a six-way donut base with weed-wackers) and held the point for about 14 seconds as recorded by three video/photographers.
    The over-40 group was organized by Larry Elmore, John Greenwood, Joe Morgan, and Billy Weber.
    Participants included:
    John Greenwood, Mike Wadel, Johnny Sumner, Larry Elmore, Dennis Read (Who broke the record on his 1000th jump-Congratulations!), Dene Berry, Mike Lutrell, John Wright, Bill Hector, Alan Mastin, Tim Harber, Mike Barnes, Jay Vass, Tom Balboni, Paul Bliss, Sarah McCarthy, Billy Weber, Sam Bussey, Lee Edmonson, Gordon Hardage, Ronnie (R.J.) Smith, Joyce Smith, Dean Vaughn, Joe Morgan, Mike Whalen.
    All of whom have the dubious distinction of surviving many many years in the sport, and living into their forties (wow, that seems soooo far away).
    Pilots included Bob Adamo, DZO/Chief Pilot Mike Rouse, and the awesome Jimmy Teters. Mike and Jimmy are also POPs, as were two of the three photographers; Van Wideman and some really nice guy named Norman Kent, who may have taken a photo or two at some point in the past.
    A planned 28-way came up just one short on the third formation load, but came close to completing a second point round.
    My congratulations to all participants, and my thanks, for letting this one punk kid come along and play with my cameras and with you. Please sign me up for the first POPS records of February, 2014. Until then, I'll keep practicing.
    David Laidlaw

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    News from the World Freefall Convention 2000 in Quincy

    This year, Chicagoland Skydiving will be running the AFF School at the World Freefall Convention with their own Porter. They will also be moving the AFF landing area to an alternate field away from the main airport. For all info, go to Phone 815-286-9200.
    The Organizers of the Convention selected "SpeedCurve Productions" to do the Quincy Video this year. Contact Tim Koranda for info by phone at 310-921-2220 or email at

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    North Texas Skydiving Center closed

    North Texas Skydiving Center in Gainesville closed its doors earlier this year. It's unlikely that another DZ will open on the airport because the city plans to use the DZ facility for maintenance. Owner Forest McBride is now working as the chief pilot and head of maintenance at Skydive Temple in Salado, TX. McBride has a lot of DZ equipment for sale--everything from portable buildings to student rigs to a Queen Air. Call him at (940) 368-0693.

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    New FAI Information Distribution Channel

    The Federation Aeronautique Internationale has established a new information distribution channel to circulate FAI competition results and details of new champions. The list is called You can subscribe to it via the following web page: This low-traffic list should be of particular interest to media and press people who want to receive key information on new world and continental championships in the various air sport disciplines.

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    New Videos

    Night World Record at Elsinore;

    A video and still package from the 2000 night world record at Elsinore is available. Mail Gary Roth at for details.

    The Cloud's Edge

    The Cloud's Edge, a new skydiving film by "New Tribe Entertainment" offers a little bit of all. Produced by Larry Kershenbaum, the owner of Skydive America Palm Beach and Olav Zipser the father of Freeflying and drive behind the Space Games and The First School of Modern Skyflying, it opens the door on some of the best flyers in the world. The film includes some of the newest styles and moves in freeflying and some great footage of technical big ways of up to 34 jumpers with 15 grips over Vichy in France.
    Check out's Raffle on how you can win a copy of the "The Clouds Edge" Video.

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    News from the Shop Zone

    Great all cotton T-Shirts for sale from the Australian B.A.S.E. Association. Price: AUD $30.00. (Approx US $18.00.) plus postage. $5.00. from each shirt goes to the "It's Our Park Too - Dennis McGlynn Fund." Payment by VISA, MasterCard and checks. You will find an order form at Check out the Australian B.A.S.E. Association's site at

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    Idea Factory lets you surf the skies. Not a lot of information here, but there's a quick preview of a skysurfing video game coming out at some point in the future over at

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