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A Healthy Disrespect for the Impossible

A Healthy Disrespect for the Impossible

Alan Eustace sets high-altitude world record. more »

Raising the Stakes

Raising the Stakes

The Women's World Record Team sets two sequential-formation records. more »

Game Changers

Game Changers

Skydiving has changed over the years. Here are ten inventions that revolutionized the sport. more »

Wingsuit Myths You Should Stop Believing

Wingsuit Myths You Should Stop Believing

The author clears up some common misunderstandings about wingsuiting. more »

A Healthy Disrespect for the Impossible

Tag: Feature, January 2015

At seven seconds past 7:00 on Friday morning, October 24, 2014, near Roswell, New Mexico, Alan Eustace lifted from the earth under a massive stratospheric balloon and ascended nearly 26 miles to the edge of space. A few hours later, at 135,891 feet MSL, he dropped away from the balloon and with little fanfare (his team had purposely avoided publicity) broke Felix Baumgartner’s world record for highest skydive set during the Red Bull Stratos Project almost exactly two years earlier. Along with the high-altitude record, Eustace set two other Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world records: highest vertical speed and longest distance of fall using a drogue. The feat took skydiving enthusiasts—and the world—by surprise. Few expected anyone to so quickly best what had once been such a longstanding high-altitude record. After all, Baumgartner’s 127,852-foot jump took place a full 52 years after Joseph Kittinger, then a young Air Force captain, leapt from 102,800 feet and into the record books. more »

Big-Way Approaches (Belly Formations)

Tag: Foundations of Flight, January 2015
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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Brianne Thompson at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. For more information visit axisflightschool.com. more »

That Little Voice

Tag: Safety Check, January 2015

It is probably safe to say that all of us have a little voice inside our heads (some of the skydivers I know seem to have seven or eight) that helps us make decisions. Usually, that voice does a pretty good job of reasoning with us and keeping us on the right path. Making educated decisions and using good judgment to stay safe often comes down to learning to trust the guidance of that inner voice. more »

Stuck Slider

Tag: Keep an Eye Out, January 2015

After main canopy deployment, this jumper found her slider stuck approximately halfway down her suspension lines. As she pumped the brakes of her canopy to work the slider down the lines, she passed her decision altitude for a cutaway and had no option other than to land the canopy. For landing, she pulled down the opposite toggle to keep the wing level. The landing was rough, but she was uninjured. more »

Updated License Tests | AFF Standization Meeting

Tag: The Rating Corner, January 2015

License Tests
As of January 1, 2015, every student must complete the USPA-developed, 40-question written exam as part of the requirements for receiving an A license. USPA created new A-License Proficiency and A-License Progression Cards that include a signature line and area to record the written A-license test score. USPA recently distributed the new test to all Safety and Training Advisors, as well as Group Member drop zones. A USPA Instructor, Instructor Examiner, S&TA or board member must administer the test. more »

Profile - Mark Kirkby | D-14701

Tag: Profiles, January 2015

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20151Mark “the Shark” Kirkby, D-14701, has made more than 26,000 skydives and is the most decorated formation skydiver in the world. He was a founding member of Arizona Airspeed (with Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, Jack Jefferies, Kirk Verner and camera flyer John Leming), a team that redefined excellence in 4-way and 8-way competition. After the 2014 USPA Nationals, Kirkby retired from competition, the last founding member on the team he joined more than 20 years earlier, and will now concentrate on coaching future champions. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Shauna Finley

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, January 2015

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by Shauna Finley | C-42387 | Wantage, New Jersey

July 22, 2013, was the day that changed my life. A week earlier, a coworker and I had received a briefing that a new drop zone was opening in our patrol area. The owners had invited troopers from our station to come out and make a tandem skydive. The two of us showed up at the brand-new drop zone, Skydive Sussex in New Jersey, on the 22nd to start on our paths to becoming skydivers. From the moment I landed with my tandem instructor, I knew I had found a new passion. My instructor said he knew from the look on my face that I was hooked. He couldn’t have been more right. more »

Gearing Up - January 2015

Tag: Gearing Up, January 2015

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Before 2006, USPA did not have its own records program but collaborated with the National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale to issue national and world records in FAI-recognized categories. However, in May 2006, USPA’s Competition Committee won board approval to institute a state and national records program. Immediately, USPA grandfathered in 34 well-known and properly documented records. Still, it took a while for the concept to catch on. By the end of 2006, USPA had processed only two new state records. Over the next four years, we processed an average of only 21 records annually. more »

Raising the Stakes

Tag: Feature, December 2014

One of the beautiful things about skydiving is that unlike many other sports, pure size and strength are not an advantage. Female athletes across all skydiving disciplines have proven that men and women can compete on an even playing field in the sport. But if any doubt remained, 117 women proved it beyond question on October 17 when they set the world record (and not just the women’s world record, but the world record) for largest two-point sequential formation skydive. more »

Sit-to-Sit Backflip

Tag: Foundations of Flight, December 2014
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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Niklas Daniel at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Brianne Thompson. For more information visit axisflightschool.com. more »

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