i82: October 2016

Jarno Cordia shows off his camera awareness at the end of a 6-way flock at Aerograd Kolomna. Photo by Jeff Chan.

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Cover Photo | Jeff Chan

Featured Photo | Trunk

The FlyBy

Reader Question: Who’s making your jumping life better right now?
60 Cycles by Norman Kent
Early Skydiving As I Remember It | Cy Stapleton
Gelvenor Textiles Returns to Paragliding

Photo Interview: Norman Kent | Zach Lewis

As a freefall videographer and photographer myself, it was a huge (and terrifying!) honor to get the opportunity to interview and photograph one of my idols in the sport.

Photo Interview: Norman Kent

Squeezy Suits | Joel Strickland

I was curious and possibly a bit unconvinced that so small an amount of this stuff around my body would provide enough power to propel all 220 pounds of me around the tunnel.

The Dead Friend Checklist | Joe Nesbitt

Just know this—you’re not alone, you have a community,
you have people who love and care about you, and you have people to talk to.

Centerfold | Norman Kent normankent.com

High Jinks, Part XI | James L. Hayhurst

Something was burning at the launch site, three hundred yards away, like you might see during a fireworks display, the white fizzle of a shell upon ignition. I vaguely made out several people scurrying around the ensuing fire, but I couldn’t quite make out what was happening.

Lessons from Lodi: The Perfect Storm | James La Barrie

If there’s one takeaway from the recent tandem fatality at Lodi, it’s this: our industry is vulnerable.

Lessons from Lodi: The Perfect Storm

+Turning Points+ Thank You from the Heart | Kurt Gaebel, NSL

People like Glen Hauenstein in Georgia, Sandy Grillet in the Northern Plains, Alan Butt in the Midwest, Jan Klapka in the Czech Republic, Andy Scott in the United Kingdom, Mike Pennock and Gerhard Schut in the Netherlands were and are just as passionate about 4-way formation-skydiving competition and the social network that comes with it as I have been since I started skydiving.

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be Like … | The Fuckin’ Pilot

Chances are, the dude with the blusterous personality and over-the-top demeanor who’s going big right in front of the cafe every time, making sure everyone knows how “off the hook” his jump just was, and waiting for the largest crowd around the TV to gather before he plays his video is probably the guy I’m gonna walk away from.

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be Like …

We Were on a Break | Melanie Curtis

Just like any relationship, our relationship with skydiving is ours to decide. Just like people, it can come into our lives for a reason, season or lifetime.



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