- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

CALVERTON, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island skydiver began leaping out of airplanes in 1969.

On Sunday, he celebrated his 45th year of skydiving. Ray Maynard estimates he’s made more than 4,000 jumps.

The 67-year-old Maynard is the owner of a Calverton-based skydiving business.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1nN7cHR ) says Maynard jumped with 10 friends on Sunday from a 19-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan at 13,500 feet over Calverton.

He says the biggest risk is impact.

The U.S. Para Ski Team won the World Cup Championship in 1983 with Maynard’s help. The competition requires divers to parachute from thousands of feet in the air onto a 5-centimeter landing pad, then ski slalom down a mountain.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com