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 »

Choosing (and Using) a Reserve: The Seven Cells Between You and the Cold, Hard Ground

Choosing (and Using) a Reserve: The Seven Cells Between You and the Cold, Hard Ground

The author of the article talks about how to pick a reserve and the need to learn how to fly it. 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 more »

Dear Santa

Tag: Safety Check, December 2014

Another year has flown by, and it’s time to send you my wish list. While there have been lots of good things happening in skydiving lately, we have had some low points, too. So, as usual, I have lots of stuff on my wish list. more »

Stored Rig

Tag: Keep an Eye Out, December 2014

After four years of storage in a climate-controlled environment, this parachute system needed some maintenance before it was airworthy. The brass grommets on the main deployment bag reacted with the stow bands and broke down the rubber, making it hard and brittle. The stow bands broke apart and some of them adhered to the grommets, as pictured. Manufacturers now make most, if not all, main deployment bags with nickel or stainless-steel grommets to prevent this type of interaction with rubber stow bands. more »

Tandem Emergencies

Tag: The Rating Corner, December 2014

As a tandem instructor, are you fully prepared to handle emergency situations? Each of you reading this is probably nodding your head up and down and thinking, “Yes!” However, several recent incidents seem to indicate that we are not as prepared as we should be. Maybe now is a good time for you to spend some time with your fellow tandem instructors and go through some refresher training? more »

Profile - Zach Schroedel | D-29163

Tag: Profiles, December 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201412Zach Schroedel is an accomplished wingsuit flyer, organizer and photographer who developed a framework for 4-way wingsuit formation competitions. Today, he’s refining the discipline and working on having it added to official national and international competitions. Additionally, Schroedel runs a website called Wingsuit Media, which serves as a portfolio site for his and others’ photography and videography. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Izabella Toledo

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, December 2014


by Izabella Toledo | C-41275 | Sherbrooke, Quebec

This weekend I celebrated four years of skydiving by making my 400th jump! Four years ago my life definitely changed for the better. more »

Gearing Up - December 2014

Tag: Gearing Up, December 2014


The Federal Aviation Administration operates what many tout as the safest air traffic control system in the world. Even so, it is based on the 60-year-old concept of using ground-based radars to interrogate aircraft transponders to provide controllers with an aircraft’s position, altitude and speed. The FAA says it’s time for ATC to evolve to new technology, and the agency has unveiled its NextGen program to do so. more »

Game Changers

Tag: Feature, November 2014

After World War II, skydiving took off when returning veterans, many of whom served in airborne units and related fields, yearned to once again feel the rush of adrenaline as they exited an airplane. The passion they experienced while making static-line-deployed jumps made them hunger for more excitement. These early skydivers used modified military surplus equipment to participate in the blossoming sport. In the 1950s and ’60s, military B-4 containers, C-9 round canopies, 24-foot twill reserve canopies, pilot chutes, ripcords, helmets and boots saw heavy use at drop zones around the nation. Many jumpers didn’t particularly like military surplus equipment because it was bulky and uncomfortable, so a few started designing new equipment just for recreational skydivers. The equipment revolution began diminishing every aspect of military influence and changed skydiving forever. Here are some of the most original and dynamic inventions since that time. more »

Half Reverse Eagle

Tag: Foundations of Flight, November 2014
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Brought to you by AXIS Flight School Instructors Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Vince Arnone. For more information visit more »

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