Giving Back

Giving Back

The author highlights the All Veteran Group, a skydiving team that provides non-profit tandem skydives and other activities to service members, veterans and gold-star families. more »

Blue Skies or Gray

Blue Skies or Gray

The author discusses how storms are born, progress and dissipate, how the air changes and what that can mean to skydivers in the air. more »

Mental Health Counseling and Skydiving Trauma

Mental Health Counseling and Skydiving Trauma

The author talks about how to deal with accidents, trauma and the long road to recovery. more »

Covering All the Angles

Covering All the Angles

Here are a few basics you should consider if you are a part of this growing community. more »

Giving Back

Tag: Feature, August 2014

The All Veteran Group—a skydiving team whose mission is to use the skills that members learned in the military (including in combat) to remember, honor and serve their fellow veterans—has had a busy spring filled with noteworthy jumps, including a jump with the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Primarily made up of former members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, as well as patriot volunteers, AVG provides non-profit tandem skydives and other activities to service members, veterans and gold-star families (families of fallen service members) that are designed to bring a passion for life back into their hearts. The group also provides demonstration jumps to veterans’ charities and other national and international organizations. Mike Elliott, AVG’s president and founder, said, “I've seen a guy who's looking sad, and at the end of a jump he's smiling and high-fiving. To be able to give back is one of the biggest things." more »

Vertical Formation Skydiving Block 8

Tag: Foundations of Flight, August 2014
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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Niklas Daniel at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Brandon Atwood. For more information visit more »

Pattern Safety

Tag: Keep an Eye Out, August 2014

Two jumpers narrowly missed colliding at approximately 150 feet after the jumper flying the brightly colored canopy made a last-second 180-degree turn at about 250 feet during his final approach to avoid overshooting the landing area. Fortunately, the other jumper saw the impending collision and steered away slightly to avoid the other canopy. Both jumpers landed uneventfully otherwise. more »

Propeller Safety

Tag: Safety Check, August 2014

We get pretty comfortable moving around airplanes in the skydiving world. We board aircraft while they’re running, climb around outside their doors in flight and jump out of them at altitude. With all this familiarity, we can sometimes lose perspective on one plain and simple fact: Spinning propellers maim and kill. And if you make the mistake of getting any part of your body near a spinning propeller, chances are very good that it will be the last mistake you will make. more »

Separating Landings

Tag: The Rating Corner, August 2014

It’s been seven years since the USPA Board of Directors mandated that all USPA Group Member drop zones separate those making high-performance landings from those flying standard landing patterns. The Group Member pledge now includes the following requirement: more »

Profile - Alicia Moorehead | D-9821

Tag: Profiles, August 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20148Skygoddess and world traveler Alicia Moorehead started jumping in 1978 and received mentoring from many legends of the sport, including Roger Nelson and Pat and Jan Works. Moorehead is now a big supporter of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society and previously led the group as USA TopPOP #9 and World TopPOP #2. She holds numerous formation skydiving records through POPS and its subgroup, Skydivers Over Sixty, and is currently the POPS records administrator. She and her husband, Pat, spend much of their time traveling around the world, spreading good cheer and acting as unofficial ambassadors for the skydiving community. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Giesel Widmer

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, August 2014


by Giesel Widmer | B-39171 | Austin, Texas

There are things in this life that will move you, things that will captivate you, things that will fit so perfectly into your world that you find it hard remembering a life without them. more »

Gearing Up - August 2014

Tag: Gearing Up, August 2014


USPA has nearly always had a set of Basic Safety Requirements (or the equivalent with a different name) that applies to all skydivers and affiliated drop zone operators. And for just as long, the association has had a disciplinary process for dealing with those who don’t comply. Section 1-6 of the USPA Governance Manual describes the process for dealing with BSR violations and other infractions that may cause people to lose their memberships, licenses or ratings for various periods of time. Among those infractions are submitting forged or falsified applications or documents, engaging in conduct as a skydiver that brings public contempt, endangering oneself or others through negligent conduct and jeopardizing the well-being of USPA. more »

Blue Skies or Gray

Tag: Feature, July 2014, Weather

On iffy-weather days, you’ll see them sitting in folding chairs with icy beverages in hand exchanging knowing glances and wry smiles as much younger jumpers with untested immortality head to the plane. They’re the guys who say, as a thunderstorm advances, “It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.” They’re the one’s who’ve been there, done that and lived to tell about it. And every summer, without fail, they set up their chairs right before the stormy weather moves in, and they pull their jumpsuits back on right after the danger has passed. more »

Relative Glide

Tag: Foundations of Flight, Canopy Control, July 2014
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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructor Niklas Daniel at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Illustrations by Niklas Daniel. For more information visit more »

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