Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Skydiver Eric "tonto" Stephenson died on October 28, 2007. Today is his birthday. He was my life partner and my best friend, and the father of two girls he loved to the ends of the earth. I came home to him every day for the years we lived together. We held hands a lot, cooked dinner, cuddled while watching Isidingo on television, practiced kung fu, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, flew wingsuits, and had long talks sitting at the end of the runway at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club. It's more than five years now since he left, and most of the people I spend time with these days didn't know him.

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Canopy Collision and Cat-Like Reflexes

As I came out of the off-heading opening, I was faced head-on with the other jumper. We were flying directly towards each other at high speed. He immediately grabbed his rear risers with brakes still stowed. I initially thought I would try to steer with my rear risers as well, but ascertaining that the collision was imminent, I grabbed my cutaway handle and released my main parachute as the jumper impacted it.

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USPA Wingsuit Instructor Rating: My Take on the Debate

Should those who want to fly a wingsuit in the USA be required to do their first jump with a USPA-rated coach? Should the USPA get to standardize first wingsuit flight training? Is it worth creating a whole Instructor Rating structure outside of what currently exists, focused on only one jump with a person who has more than 200 skydives already? The United States Parachute Association is considering a proposal about implementing a Wingsuit Instructor Rating.

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Wingsuit Formation Presentation (IPC)

I used Scribd to share my PowerPoint presentation - some of the formatting is lost, but here it is.  

 

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