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Here we want to present some of the most interesting, provocative, colorful sites as our "Pearls on the Net". If you have created a unique, funny, informative page, or if you know of such a web page, please send us the URL so we can feature it here!

Cloud Dancer
Are you looking for a skydiving web site loaded with informative and useful content? Then Tamara Koyn's site is an ideal choice. Although not the most visually compelling site (it lacks flashy effects and has few pictures) Tamara Koyn's page is a good example of a site with great content which does not need the bells and whistles! Here you can't go wrong if you're looking for in-depth information and write-ups on a variety of skydiving disciplines. Cloud Dancer
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You will find a wealth of articles written by Tamara on such things as freeflying, skysurfing, tracking and birdman flying. And if you're looking for training course materials and information, you'll find it here too! And when you've finished soaking up all the good skydiving articles, don't forget to head to the garage sale area where Tamara sells off her stuff. Tamara Koyn has been a freestyle pioneer since 1985 with more than 1800 freestyle jumps. She has published the first books and video on this discipline, and has been freestyle coach since 1988 in the US, Australia, and Europe.

Project PI
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An on-line parachuting history project.

Remember "A Skydiver's Life Story" in our October issue? While still working on that project by adding more interesting photos he has already started a new website project. Here is what Thom tell us about his new "kid on the web".

PROJECT PI - by Thom Lyons

Unless you are a member of POPS or SOS you may not have even ever heard of PI or Parachutes Incorporated. PI in fact, put skydiving on the map in America and gave the sport the foundation that he needed to get on its' feet.

PI was founded by Frenchman, Jasque Istel and American, Lew Sanborn (D-1) in 1962 in collaboration with the City of Orange, Mass.. The original DZ hosted the 62 World Meet and soon branched out to highly efficient, purpose built DZ's in New Jersey, Indiana and California using 10-place Norseman and DC-3's.

Project PI is the brainchild of one of its early jumpers, Thom Lyons (D-1903), now a resident of Melbourne, Australia. The Project is open to any former employee, pilot, jumpmaster or jumper from any of the the PI DZ's. Its' intent is to document the history of the DZ's, the aircraft, then employees and the jumpers who used the facilities.

We are interested in hearing from anyone who has information about the history of this company. We are not interested in the legal or financial end of the company, just the people, places and aircraft. We want to know where the aircraft came from and what has happened to them. We want to hear about everyone ever connected to the DZ's even the office staff and "DZ rats" and of course we'ed like to hear about the jumpers who actually used the DZ's. If you have anything to contribute please e-mail the project at Also we are quite happy to included your photograph or photos of the DZ's. If you do have an old one it would be just great to have a current photo too! Please go to the page and see the type of example Thom has put in on his own history.

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Arizona Airspeed

No sports team in the universe has accomplished what Arizona Airspeed's 4-way and 8-way formation skydivers have -- victories in every National and World competition since the founding of the team in 1994. This year, after winning both 4-way and 8-way at the 1998 US Nationals, Arizona Airspeed competed at the World Meet in Corowa, Australia in both events and came in World Champions in the 8-way competition and won the silver medal in the 4-way competition!

Arizona Airspeed

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If you want to learn more about this dynamic team, then a visit to their homepage is a must! The key feature you will find there is the superb photo galleries of Airspeed by camera flyers Brent Finley and Steve Nowak. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn from the best, take a look at the skills camp information under the "Coaching" link. And if it's contact you desire with any of the team members, then you'll find very comprehensive contact information here--names and email addresses for each team member are posted. For the latest and greatest on USA's World Champion formation skydiving team, drop in to!

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