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Pat & Jan Works to Receive Trustees’ Award

              Pat and Jan Works Pat and Jan Works of Fullerton, CA, will be awarded the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame’s Trustees’ Award during the museum’s Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration Event at Skydive Arizona, Eloy, Saturday evening, October 8, 2016.  The award is being given to recognize the Work’s efforts on the museum’s Collections and Curatorial committee including the creation of the International Skydiving Museum WIKI site.

The Works first got involved with the International Skydiving Museum in 2012 when they were asked to assemble an exhibit on formation (AKA ‘relative work’) skydiving from the 1960s through the 1990s for the Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration Event. They tapped their personal collection of photographs, correspondence, a home-grown newsletter they published in the 1970s, plus patches, pins and other memorabilia to create a popular display.

Shortly after the event, museum trustee, Dan Poynter, recruited Pat to join the Collections and Curatorial Committee as an advisor. He developed an inventory labeling system that will eventually link to an existing database for the purpose of cataloguing artifacts that have been donated to the museum and put in storage until a permanent warehousing solution for the collection can be settled. More recently, he created the museum’s popular online Skydiving Encyclopedia as a searchable WIKI, where others can contribute to building a comprehensive and accurate archive on the sport’s history.  Jan is responsible for Editorial Oversight (reality checking) to ensure that as much as possible, visitors from around the world will find the WIKI to be THE credible resource for information on parachuting in all of its forms.

The Trustees’ Award is given at the discretion of the museum’s Board of Trustees to honor and recognize distinguished achievement of individuals or groups for their exemplary service, selfless giving and personal commitment to the goals and mission of the International Skydiving Museum.  Past recipients include Linda Miller, Salt Lake City, UT, 2014, for her dedication and creative enthusiasm as a board advisor and her many contributions toward bringing the museum to reality; Tony Thacker and Kate Griesser, Raeford, NC, 2013, for their tireless efforts to honor Gene Paul Thacker and for the significant funds raised during a celebration event, and, in 2012, the first Trustees’ Award went to Pat Moorehead, Long Beach, CA, in recognition of his TEAM 80 event where he made 80 skydives to celebrate his 80th birthday and raised more than $18,000 to­ward the museum’s building fund.

The Works will be presented the award by the president/CEO of the museum’s Board of Trustees, James F. Curtis III, at its prestigious Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday, October 8.  The Hall of Fame Banquet is part of a weekend fundraising celebration including jump activities, a gallery stroll and visiting with friends.   On Friday evening, there will be a BBQ honoring Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS) and its member groups, with some of the sports’ living legends sharing stories from the past.

The culmination of the weekend is the Hall of Fame Banquet presented by the Parachute Industry Association when six skydiving legends will join 42 others into the museum’s Hall of Fame.  More than 300 people from around the world are expected to join in the festivities and the event is expected to bring in more than $100,000 to support building the museum.



Slavo Mulik (1944 – 2016)

The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is deeply saddened by the loss of Radoslav “Slavo” Mulik who passed away on Easter Sunday, March 27th. In 1997, Slavo established the Štefan Banič Parachute Foundation to recognize and honor those who have made significant contributions and/or achievements in skydiving. Proceeds from activities through the foundation have been donated to the Skydiving Museum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made in his name to the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame. All donations will be put toward a memorial brick at the museum in Slavo’s name. Please include that the donation is in memory of Slavo.

Dan Poynter 1938 – 2015

We are saddened to report the passing of trustee and member of the Hall of Fame, Dan Poynter. Arrangements will be posted when available.

Trustee DanDan Poynter, 77, died peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara, CA, on November 1, 2015, after a brief illness. Born in San Francisco to the late William and Josephine Poynter, he graduated from College of the Pacific, Stockton, with a BA in Social Science. Weekends in Calistoga introduced Dan to the world of sports parachuting, and a career, beginning as a writer on skydiving, and parachute design. When his first book, The Parachute Manual was passed around to New York publishers, in 1977, they offered him a 10% royalty. Dan then became a self-publisher, printing, promoting and distributing his book as a 3-ring binder (for revisions) and received a 90% royalty for his efforts. Having found his passion, he decided to share it, by publishing a how-to book on self-publishing. And then, ultimately, up to 130 books (mostly about writing), but some on diverse subjects, such as a manual on throwing a Frisbee (printed as a round book, packed and sold in a real Frisbee); word processors; hang gliding; older cats; buying a computer; air travel; how to be an expert witness; navigating book fairs; (and his last), a Transplant Handbook for Patients. Dan held writing seminars in his home in Santa Barbara, daylong affairs with a break for lunch: large taco shells filled with stuff he claimed was a family recipe (before his acolytes arrived that morning, he would hide the Taco Bell packaging). Consulting in court rooms as an expert witness, he became a motivational speaker, holding alternative education classes worldwide in non-fiction writing, editing, printing, marketing and publishing. Over the years, married to the Internet, Dan has edited and published newsletters and blogs, 24/7, about air travel, the book industry, parachuting and professional speaking. He had no need for No-Doz. He lived to write. Dan was also thrifty. Instead of buying a replacement-heating element for his oven, he simply depended more on his microwave. Instead of hiring professionals to clean out his septic tank, he decided to Do-It-Yourself. Instead of the latest interior decoration, he was perfectly comfortable with furniture from the ‘70’s, including a waterbed. Your Money’s Worth, “amortization” personified.

Dan Poynter was recognized for lifetime achievement in so many ways: He was inducted into the Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame in 2012; he served as Chairman of the Board for the United States Parachute Association; as President for the Parachute Industry Association; as Director for the U.S. Hang Gliding Association; as President for the Commission Internationale du Vol Libre of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale; as a Trustee/Secretary of the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame. His awards include tributes from the U. S. Parachute Association, 1980; Publishers Marketing Association, 1992; Book Publishers of Southern California, 1995; National Speakers Association, 2004; Parachute Industry Association, 2005.

Dan is survived by two brothers, Jimmy and Andy, and numerous nieces and nephews. He can look forward to catching-up with his childhood (legal) pets, Boo (a skunk), and Bandit (a raccoon). After College of the Pacific, Dan attended Hastings College of the Law, where a Professor kept Dan from matriculating over a 1/10th of a point. Thank You, Professor!

CPI Sponsors Shuttle Service from Marriott to DZ during our weekend celebration

Connecticut Parachutists Inc. (CPI) is proud to sponsor shuttle service between our host hotel, the Hartford/Windsor Airport Marriott and the CPI drop zone during our Weekend Celebration!

Shuttle vans will leave the Marriott to the DZ every 30 minutes from 9 – 11 am Friday morning and from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Friday evening.  On Saturday, the shuttle will run between the hours of 8 – 11 am and 3 – 5 pm in the afternoon.  Space is limited and it is first come, first serve.  Please meet in the hotel lobby.

Early Bird Registration & Pioneers Lounge Open Thursday during Weekend Celebration

Our Weekend Celebration is almost here!  Join us in the Pope Valley sponsored Pioneers Lounge (directly adjacent to the hotel lobby in the Hartford/Windsor Marriott) for a cocktail or two to catch up with old friends and make new ones beginning Thursday, October 1, at 4 p.m.  Each night, the lounge will be open after event activities end for meeting and greeting (check the event program book for specific times.)  And while you are there, stop at the registration area and pick up your weekend name badge and goodie bag to avoid crowds at the DZ.


The Hall of Fame had a unique opportunity this last month to put on an aerial demonstration never before witnessed at EAA Oshkosh.  The largest airshow in the world invited the Hall of Fame skydivers to demonstrate their attempts at a world record sequential mega-formation over its skies in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the 2015 airshow.  The team was invited to make three high altitude jumps, two on July 22 and one on July 24th.  The Eagles Over Oshkosh team was born.

On July 22, 2015, the team made a spectacular three point skydive on its first record attempt over EAA Oshkosh.  Unfortunately, there was a mis-grip on the 2nd point and the FAI judges couldn’t award a world record.  However, the Hall of Fame Eagles Over Oshkosh skydivers did set a new Wisconsin State large formation skydiving formation with 108 of the world’s best skydivers from 15 nations and 23 states represented. The previous state record was a 30-way formation set in 2011.

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Through this exposure at EAA Oshkosh, the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame was able to broadcast its world-class activities to hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiast.  Nancy Kemble, the Museum Administrator, diligently “womanned” a booth in one of the exhibition halls, helping to boost attention for the museum as well as the Eagles Over Oshkosh skydives.

President/CEO of the Skydiving Museum Board of Trustees, James F Curtis III and Museum trustee Dana Engelstad, along with Gulcin Gilbert and Jimbob Slocum, presented the world of skydiving at three forums at EAA Oshkosh – which included “Being on the 400-way World Skydive Record” and “Pioneers of Skydiving.”

HISTORY OF THE TEAM How did all this come about, you might ask?  It’s a story worth noting.  Jim McCormick, an avid big-way skydiver, introduced himself to the person sitting next to him on a flight several months ago.  This person happened to be the Air Show Director for the EAA Oshkosh airshow.  The two got to talking and came up with a plan.  Jim got together with world-renowned big-way Dive Director, BJ Worth.  Enlisting the help of TJ Hine, Roger Ponce de Leon and Louis Tommaso, who had been planning a record attempt previously during this time frame, the Eagles Over Oshkosh team took its first tangible steps forward.


It was an incredibly challenging event to undertake, as it would occur in two locations.  The team would practice and hopefully make records at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL, and then bus the entire team 200 miles to Oshkosh, WI for the three demonstration/record jumps to be made there.  There was exceptional sponsorship from Skydive Chicago, a few major members of the skydiving industry and one avid skydiving enthusiast, to pick up some of the extra costs involved.

Fifteen practice jumps were made over Skydive Chicago under mostly clear skies.  The first jump over EAA Oshkosh, the one with the most pressure – the location being entirely new, was the most successful.  They were one-tenth of a second away from a world record. The team completed each point perfectly but there was an “interim move” between each point, where all grips had to be broken as depicted in the diagram given to the judges before the jump.  In one of the formation’s sectors, one of the grips was taken one-tenth of a second too soon and the required separation was not shown. BJ Worth was quoted as saying; “the sequential big-way records are proving to be quite a challenge because of the difficulty in seeing all the grips before the next point is sequenced.  But if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.”

The second jump was marred by a rainy overcast sky with a ceiling of about six thousand feet, so the Eagles Over Oshkosh performed an amazing demonstration of 112 skydivers doing hop ‘n pops, thrilling the crowd.  The last jump on Friday had the team negotiating a later time in the airshow lineup for better weather.  EAA and the FAA bent over backwards to make that happen and the team got full altitude, about 21,000 feet.  Unfortunately, as has happened on several of these challenging sequential big-way records, two jumpers weren’t quite on the same page and the world record alluded the team.

Jim McCormick, the man who brought the team to Oshkosh had this to say:  “This event, large-way skydiving, has never been part of the EAA Oshkosh airshow before and the Eagles Over Oshkosh are very proud to have been able to showcase our sport for this special group of aviators and aviation enthusiasts in a safe and exciting manner.  I had a person come up to me, after I landed, and was talking to folks on the show line, who said that it was one of the coolest things he’d ever seen and he’d been to Oshkosh regularly for many years.”


The team, had an impressive lineup of Captains consisting of Roger Ponce, Lou Tommaso and TJ Hine for the base 44-way center, plus Fernando Gallegos (Peru), Alia Veselova (Russia), Jim McCormick (USA), Lise Nansen (Norway) and BJ Worth, Larry Henderson, BK Krause, Mike Johnston (USA) as “action team” captains.  The “action team” skydivers were on the outside and would be making the planned 3-6 sequential moves.  There was an Alpha Team (replacement bench) and half of that team ended up on the record formation doing an outstanding job.

The group was supported by five brilliant pilots and a team of packers from Skydive Chicago. A fabulous team of aerial cinematographers: Andrey Veselov – Camera team captain, Norman Kent, Brian Festi, Charles Lane and Jim Baker on the ground, provided the team and judges with spectacular still photographs and video.  Chief Judge Marylou Laughlin, along with International FAI Judges Jim Rees and Randy Connell, reviewed each dive and scored it accordingly.  Media director Gulcin Gilbert was able to provide these images and daily updates to an eager EAA, national and international press.


Photos and video may be viewed on this site, at and the Eagles Over Oshkosh Facebook site at

Some of the media stories generated by the event can be seen at:

Early stories:  

Stories during the event:–2#/story

International stories:

Skydiving publications:


Skydiving Museum to Host Booth at EAA Oshkosh Airshow

oshkoshStop by and visit us at Booth #4053 – Hangar D.

The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame will be hosting a booth at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20 – 26, 2015. Stop by to say hello, make a donation, and get updates on all of the museum’s activities.

And, witness a world record attempt when, on July 22 and 24, a team of 108 skydivers called the Hall of Fame Eagles is scheduled to jump from 20,000 feet above the largest airshow in the U.S. for 30,000 spectators.

Make Oshkosh your summer destination and experience the world’s greatest aviation celebration!

Spring Summer Newsletter is Here!

Our 2015 Spring Summer newsletter is now online! The newsletter includes a listing of all 2014 donors. The expanded newsletter also includes a four-page insert about our 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend Celebration Event being held October 1 – 4 at CPI, Connecticut. Registration online will be available soon.

Skydiving Museum Spring Summer 2015 newsletter PDF

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