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Sky High Forum at Hall of Fame Celebration Event!

Skyd High Forum

Join Joe Kittinger, Art Thompson, and Alan Eustace and hear what it means to “break the speed of sound” and to “jump from the stratosphere.” Colonel Joe did it over 50 years ago, Art Thompson was the technical project director for Red Bull Stratos and Alan Eustace is the current record holder at 135,890 feet above the earth. Share in the excitement of their accomplishments and the journey it took to get there.

When: Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2016, 2 – 3 p.m.

Where: 2016 Skydiving Museum Celebration Event – Skydive Arizona

Open at no charge to all Celebration Event participants.

Watch for an upcoming email on the book signings at the event featuring these accomplished skydiving heroes as well as other accomplished authors!

Museum Trustee Lee Schlichtemeier honored by USPA with Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustee LeeInternational Skydiving Museum Board of Trustee Treasurer, Alvin Lee Schlichtemeier, has been awarded the 2016 USPA Lifetime  Achievement Award in recognition of his unwavering dedication to USPA’s financial well-being and wise counsel as a career-long USPA board member.

Lee made his first jump in 1989 and has almost 500 jumps. He’s an active national and international competition judge.  He was chief judge of the 2016 USPA National Canopy Piloting Championships. He served as US team leader for the World Style & Accuracy Parachuting Championships in Vrsar, Croatia, in 1998, and was on the 2012 (Dubai), 2014 (USA) and 2015 (Canada) World Canopy  Piloting Championships judging  panels.

Along with his wife Carol, they owned and operated the largest skydiving operation in the Dallas, Texas area from 1991 until they sold it earlier this year. Skydive Dallas hosted the 1995 USPA National Style & Accuracy and Canopy Formation Championships.

Lee joined USPA’s board of directors in 1997 as the Southwest Regional Director and began serving as its treasurer two years later. As a board member, he served on several committees until he left the board in 2013 when he decided not to run again.  He joined the Skydiving Museum’s board of trustees in 2012 when he also took on the position of treasurer. 

Fellow museum trustee, USPA Lifetime Achievement Award  {2010) honoree and USPA Executive Director Emeritus Christopher J. Needels said, “Lee is everything a not-for-profit board of directors and a chief staff executive needs – a clear thinking, analytical, fiscally responsible, wise counsel – and USPA could not have gone through the economic roller coaster ride of the 1990s and early 2000s, and built a new headquarters, without him.”

        Congratulations Lee!


Chris Needels, Hall of Fame ’14, VP Board of Trustees, Honored by USPA

IMG_0699 (1) (002) (640x427)Near 100-degree – 60% humidity – weather in Fredericksburg, Virginia, couldn’t keep a huge group of skydivers and their families from attending the festivities at USPA headquarters, July 23, 2016, where USPA renamed its office building “The Christopher J. Needels National Skydiving Headquarters.”

Those joining USPA staff and board members for the event included fellow International Skydiving Museum trustees, President James F. (Curt) Curtis III, Larry Bagley, Lenny Potts, and, Pat Thomas. Other luminaries in the crowd included Don Beach, USPA executive director 1974-75 and Steve Spoerry, Chris’ first jumpmaster back in the early 1960s at the US Military Academy – West Point.

Curtis shared words of praise for Needels.  “From the perspective of both a former USPA staff executive working at headquarters and later as President/CEO of the USPA board, I had always thought we deserved our own showcase headquarters; Chris Needels made that happen!! Now, and appropriately so, the building bears his name. Congrats, Chris.”

The Golden Knights from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, dazzled the crowd with its aerial expertise, followed by USPA executive director Ed Scott, current USPA president Jay Stokes and past USPA president Sherry Butcher, unveiling the shiny bronze plaque mounted next to the building’s front door.  Originally conceived and designed by Needels while he served as USPA’s executive director from 1994-2008, the building –  built by skydivers for skydivers – became operative in 2006 when the organization moved from its old office in Alexandria, Virginia.

Needels, a member of the museum’s Hall of Fame (’14), serves as the museum’s board of trustees vice-president and as a USPA executive director emeritus.  He thanked the crowd for their kind gesture and recognized those who helped make this such a special day.


Pictured: Chris Needels (left) with Jay Stokes, President, USPA Board of Directors – Photo courtesy of Randy Connell, USPA


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.

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