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Getting Past the Door Monster

Getting Past the Door Monster

The author discusses the fear of getting out of the door to jump that new skydivers usually had. more »

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The author applies a psychological phenomenon, which states that people below average skill or knowledge tend to grossly overestimate their own abilities, to skydiving. more »

A Welcome Winter Respite

A Welcome Winter Respite

The Winter 2015 USPA Board of Directors Meeting more »

Parachutes Incorporated: The Genesis of Commercial Skydiving

Parachutes Incorporated: The Genesis of Commercial Skydiving

The author takes a look at the beginning of skydiving as we know it. more »

Getting Past the Door Monster

Tag: Feature, July 2015, Psychology

New skydivers often need help to get through a seemingly impenetrable barrier of fear, especially the common obstacle that many people have affectionately termed the “Door Monster.” Although no single answer helps everyone, solutions do exist. more »

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Tag: Feature, July 2015

In the third century BC, Aristotle penned the timeless words, “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.” Since then, countless people in numerous time periods have restated this realization using various wording. Aristotle’s statement and the others like it are the hallmark of those who are recovering casualties of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, a phenomenon explored in a series of experiments by David Dunning and Justin Kruger at the Cornell University Department of Psychology in 1999. These experiments—reportedly inspired by a bank robber who knew that lemon juice could be used as invisible ink and covered his face in it thinking it would render him invisible—set out to test a human psychological trait many before have witnessed: People with below average skill or knowledge tend to grossly overestimate their own abilities. more »

Braked Canopy Flight

Tag: Foundations of Flight, Canopy Control, July 2015
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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructors Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Niklas Daniel. For more information visit axisflightschool.com. more »

Double Wrap Stow Bands

Tag: Ask a Rigger, July 2015

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Should I Double Wrap My Stow Bands? more »

Advice from a First Responder

Tag: Safety Check, July 2015

As the summer skydiving season gets into full swing, take some time to think about your response to an emergency situation or injury. There are a few things that untrained responders can do to make the medical responders’ jobs easier when they arrive. more »

New Tandem BSRs

Tag: The Rating Corner, July 2015

At its March 27-29 meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida, the USPA Board of Directors approved two important Basic Safety Requirements relating to tandem skydiving: more »

Profile - Zach Lewis | D-21616

Tag: Profiles, July 2015

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20157Photographer Zach Lewis took to the skies in 1997 and naturally gravitated toward camera flying. Attracted to the precision and engineering of formation skydiving, he became a successful camera flyer for nationally competitive FS teams in his native Texas. In addition to contributing many remarkable photos to Parachutist , he authors a popular photo-interview series in Blue Skies Magazine that combines his good-humored inquisitiveness with his photography talent. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - J.T. Valente

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, July 2015

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by J.T. Valente | D-26340 | Mount Holly, New Jersey

When I was 9 years old, I witnessed my first skydive. That was when I knew my dream of flying could become reality. Nine years later, I made plans to jump with a friend who worked for a skydiver. We toasted with a few drinks on the eve of our big event. The next morning he chickened out, and I was left without a connection to the sky. more »

Gearing Up - July 2015

Tag: Gearing Up, July 2015

EdScott

One way USPA engages in its mission of “supporting safe skydiving and those who enjoy it” is through a very active government relations effort aimed at removing obstacles to drop zone establishment and reducing government burden on established DZs. Usually these efforts take the form of advocating against restrictive regulations (whether local, state or federal) or challenging arbitrary decisions by government employees that unfairly try to deny skydivers the use of airports and airspace. But occasionally overzealous tax agents see busy DZs and think that government deserves a place at the banquet table, and USPA has to act to keep them away. more »

A Welcome Winter Respite

Tag: Feature, June 2015

From March 27–29, the USPA Board of Directors gathered in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the fifth meeting of its three-year term alongside the 2015 Parachute Industry Association Symposium. Since many on the board left behind frigid temperatures—and in some cases, feet of snow—it’s no surprise that they welcomed the area’s warm weather and spring-break atmosphere, even though most sat on committees with packed agendas that kept them busy indoors much of the time. more »

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