Angle Flying: Guidelines for Safe Progression

Angle Flying: Guidelines for Safe Progression

Angle flying is very popular at the moment, but with every new skydiving discipline comes the discussion about exit order and flight direction. more »

Safer Than Ever: Improving Tandem Skydiving

Safer Than Ever: Improving Tandem Skydiving

Tandem skydiving has come a long way in the last three decades, but there's still room for improvement. more »

Superior Formation Accident Revisited

Superior Formation Accident Revisited

The author discussing the plane collision that took place during a formation jump in Superior, WI. more »

Gear Fear? Know Your Rig!

Gear Fear? Know Your Rig!

Part One of Two more »

Angle Flying: Guidelines for Safe Progression

Tag: Feature, November 2015

Should the angle group go first or last on this load? Does the leader have a plan? Can I trust the group won’t fly up the line of flight? How do we deal with multiple angle-flying groups on one load? Why did a group open so close to me? more »

Safer Than Ever: Improving Tandem Skydiving

Tag: Feature, November 2015

Tandem skydiving has come a long way in the last three decades. The manufacturers learned how to make reliable and secure tandem parachute systems, tandem instructor examiners learned how to properly train skydivers to become skilled and knowledgeable tandem instructors, and drop zone owners learned how to manage their tandem programs to efficiently train and jump with a seemingly never-ending supply of tandem students. After more than 30 years of trial and error, tandem skydiving is now perfect! Well... almost perfect. more »

Head-Down Forward Movement (Shelf)

Tag: Foundations of Flight, November 2015
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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Brianne Thompson. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at more »

Deployment Techniques: From ABCs to Advanced

Tag: Wing Tips, November 2015
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By Taya Weiss of the Lightning Flight wingsuit, freefly and angle-flight school at Skydive Perris in California. more »

Protecting Your Gear and Yourself After Landing

Tag: Safety Check, November 2015

After landing, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid dragging your gear—or getting dragged by your gear—regardless of the size of your canopy or the strength of the winds. By learning a few tricks, you can keep your equipment in good condition, avoid unnecessary rigging costs and keep your packer happy. When you’re in the landing area gathering up your gear, just be sure to stand facing incoming skydivers so you can move out of the way if necessary. more »

Step-Through Malfunction

Tag: Keep an Eye Out, November 2015

This student experienced a step-through malfunction, which occurs when a parachute container flips through the lines before being packed. The student elected to stay with the main canopy and steered it with the steering lines around the twisted risers, which could have led to the main becoming uncontrollable. Another jumper under canopy noticed the situation—which was not visible to staff on the ground—and landed as quickly as possible to inform the radio operator. By this point, the student was too low to safely cut away, so a more experienced instructor took over the radio. He coached the student through steering the canopy with the rear risers instead of the steering toggles and guided him to the main landing area. The student flared the canopy using the rear risers, performed a parachute landing fall and landed hard but without injury. more »

Tandem Students With Special Needs

Tag: The Rating Corner, November 2015

As the saying goes in the tandem industry, “A tandem is not just another skydive.” For those in the tandem field, this familiar statement serves as a reminder that tandem skydiving is a technical and specialized type of jump. When you add a student with special needs into the mix, the technical and specialized aspects of tandem skydiving go through the roof. While it is rewarding for both the student and the instructor to make these types of jumps, it is critical that the instructor individually assess each student and determine realistically whether the jump can be completed safely. more »

Profile - Benjamin Forde | D-30397

Tag: Profiles, November 2015

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201511Benjamin Forde is an avid fun-jumper, world traveler and artist. He’s the creative director of, which produces ads and promotional materials for skydiving gear manufacturers and drop zones, as well as network television and other major entertainment-industry clients. Even if you’ve never met him, you’ve undoubtedly seen his work. Forde’s expertise in marketing and design and his ideas about the promotion of skydiving have raised the profile of the sport both inside and outside the industry. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Just Flick It

Tag: Tales from the Bonfire, November 2015

by Ray Barker | D-13174 | Ellijay, Georgia

In September of 1990, I was going through the training required to transition from using a ripcord to a pilot chute for deployment. I wasn’t familiar with how to stow the pilot chute into the pouch, so one of the up-jumpers packed it for me. I remember being a little nervous about the whole thing, so the owner of the DZ kept telling me not to worry and just flick the pilot chute out. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Lisa Ann Simpson

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, November 2015


by Lisa Ann Simpson | C-41459 | Ithaca, New York

When I started skydiving, it was the first thing I had actually done just for me. In 1997, I made one tandem for my 30th birthday. I fell in love with skydiving, but I was a single mother of two children and my most important goal was to raise them. Almost 15 years later, I told a girlfriend at work who was a skydiver that I had once made a tandem and would love to do another one. She told me that she had a friend who took students on tandems and gave me his contact information. On November 13, 2010, I drove to Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida. I had no idea that my life was going to change forever. more »

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