2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Alexander “Sasha” Beloglazov – Ryazan, Russia is a highly accomplished skydiving athlete, coach, instructor, and event organizer who is one of the most decorated skydivers in Russia. His illustrious skydiving career has spanned 40 years and included 17,000 jumps. In the early 1980’s, Mr. Beloglazov was largely responsible for introducing formation skydiving to the civilian and military parachutists in USSR/Russia. Sasha has been honored as the Master of Sport – Russia’s highest honor for a sportsman – twice in the Classic events and once in formation skydiving.
Helmut Cloth—Bad Wűnnenberg, Germany made his first jump in 1972; two years later, he became a skydiving instructor and CCI. In 1986, Helmut participated in the European RW record attempt in Bavaria. During one of the training jumps, a tragic accident occurred and a close friend of his impacted the ground with neither his main or reserve deployed. It was after that moment, the vision of an AAD that would be extremely reliable and accepted was created and four years later, after twelve prototypes, the CYPRES was born. In 1990 Airtec GmbH Safety Systems in Bad Wűnnenberg was established. Today, over 90,000 CYPRES 2 units have been produced.
Yasuhiro Kubo—Tokyo, Japan D-10142 is the most accomplished skydiver in Asia. During his 32-year skydiving career, he has amassed 12,000+ jumps, earned a USPA D-license, and a CSS Gold Freefall badge. Yasu is highly experienced in multiple disciplines, including formation skydiving, skysurfing, freefly, canopy formation, canopy swooping, and wingsuit flying. He is inspirational with students and low-time skydivers, a role model for experienced skydivers, and a solid teammate when pursuing world records on the global stage. Photo by Willy Boeykens
Nathan “Nate” Pond’s—Andover, VT D-69 family farm is the place real sport parachuting started. Nate started freefalling in 1952 in Goodhill, CT. He was a member of the 1958 U.S. Parachute Team for the Bratislava, Czechoslovakia World Champions; a member of the 1961 World Record Team setting the first established world records in the U.S.; and chief pilot and U.S. Team Pilot for the 1962 World Championships. He was the first test jumper for the Pioneer Parachute Company. Nate is an airline transport pilot, FAA licensed in multi-engine ratings and a parachute rigger. He, along with Jacque Istel, invented the concept of the remote controlled opener for the reserve parachute.
Paul Poppenhager—Old Town, FL D-47 has been an active parachutist and pioneer in the sport for 60 years starting in 1953 with the U.S. Army Airborne and service as a parachute rigger. In 1959, Pop established Florida’s first skydiving club with five members; by 1960, the club grew to over 100 members and, at the time, was the largest skydiving club in the U.S. Pop was well known as one of the country’s best accuracy and style jumpers. In the 60’s and 70’s, he hosted the premier competitive money meet attracting many of the most skilled skydivers in the country. He is a self-taught pilot and aircraft mechanic and was the first skydiver to make 2,000 and, then 5,000 jumps.
Brenda Reid—Eloy, AZ D-8660 started jumping in 1974 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1976 where she became Secretary of the Parachuting Section, Aero Club of South Africa. In 1978, Brenda captained an all female 4-way team at the World Cup in France. In 1980, she moved to the U.S. and in 1987, started judging and earned her National Judges Rating. In 1992, she earned her Private Pilot’s license and in 1996-97, wrote the Manual for the IPC Judges Training Program that was subsequently adopted by the IPC in 1998. Brenda is currently co-owner and Vice-President/CFO of Rigging Innovations. Inc., a parachute equipment manufacturer located in Eloy AZ USA.
Robert (Bob) Sinclair’s (posthumously) – Florida D-272 lifetime involvement as an accomplished skydiver and air to air photographer spanned 69 years. His most significant contribution to the sport was the development of helmet mounted motion and still picture cameras. As a result, Bob and others filmed skydivers doing script required maneuvers for the film industry. Bob’s credits in filming and/or jumping included 11 movies including Daring Game, 53 television shows including Ripcord, and 45 TV commercials including Eastman Kodak all of which brought about significant public awareness of skydiving.