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 »

Five Things to Ask Yourself Before Downsizing

Five Things to Ask Yourself Before Downsizing

If you are thinking about downsizing, make sure to take these things into consideration. more »

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 »

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

Tag: Feature, September 2014

When your mentor tells you, “My main canopy is a toy. My reserve is my parachute,” it’s not just semantics. That square of orange (or white or red...) nylon is not the curvy little plaything that co-stars in all your GoPro footage. It’s not pretty. It’s not built for style. And it’s definitely not an aspect of your gear to think of only in annoyance when your repack date comes up. It’s built to save your butt, which makes it a vital part of your career as a skydiver. It’s your parachute. Make sure you get a good one and, just as vitally, learn how to fly it. more »

Five Things to Ask Yourself Before Downsizing

Tag: Feature, September 2014

It's a topic that nearly all skydivers face at some point in their skydiving careers: downsizing. And it's a discussion that the Performance Designs staff has had with numerous skydivers of all experience levels over the years. Now, with the majority of incidents in skydiving occurring under fully open (and fully functional) canopies, it’s that much more important to talk about when it is and is not appropriate to downsize. more »

Vertical Formation Skydiving Block 4

Tag: Foundations of Flight, September 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 »

Slider Stows

Tag: Ask a Rigger, September 2014



What are the different methods for stowing my slider? more »

Wingsuit Flights: Communicate, and Don't Forget the Pilot

Tag: Safety Check, September 2014

Wingsuiting seems to be one of the main reasons skydiving students show up at the drop zone these days, and it’s likely that the inspiration of horizontal flight is a trend that will continue. Although wingsuiting presents specific challenges—most significantly, the addition of horizontal navigation in freefall and a larger surface area to control—it is also driving the growth and popularity of our sport, and it’s not going away. The most effective ways to promote safety and avoid incidents during wingsuit jumps require communication between skydivers, drop zone owners and managers, Safety and Training Advisors, manifest staff, aircraft loaders and jump pilots. more »

Creating an Emergency Grid System

Tag: The Rating Corner, September 2014

Four years ago, Chicagoland Skydiving Center relocated from its longtime home to its current location in Rochelle, Illinois. The drop zone had a challenge on its hands: It needed to educate a new community about skydiving and establish an effective system of communication with the police, emergency medical services and fire department. more »

Profile - Maxine Tate | D-31547

Tag: Profiles, September 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20149Although currently best known for her skill in canopy piloting, Maxine Tate is a multi-faceted skydiver who is also accomplished in formation skydiving, canopy formation skydiving and instructing. A U.K. citizen and London School of Economics graduate, Tate now lives in Florida and combines her managerial and skydiving talents as the general manager of Flight-1, which promotes canopy flight education and includes Flight-1 Sport, Flight-1 Military and the Performance Designs Factory Team. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Chad Hall

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, September 2014


by Chad Hall | D-33207 | Baytown, Texas

Just over a year and a half ago I wandered into Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, with my family and some friends to do a tandem jump. My son, William, had just turned 18 a couple of months before, so I gave him a tandem skydive as a present. That jump was incredible! We were both in love with freefall, so I asked the manager, Jason Hyder, if I could do my second tandem and also my first solo on that same day. He said, "If you go pay for it, I will make it happen." I promptly returned to manifest and paid for the second tandem, ground school and first solo. I also gave my son a second tandem. more »

Gearing Up - September 2014

Tag: Gearing Up, September 2014


Many of us often think about things we can do to help others, or even change lives. Donating to a good cause, lending a hand at the local food bank or homeless shelter, being a mentor to a kid who doesn’t have one or assisting people in any of a thousand other ways makes us feel good. Inherently, we like assisting our neighbors, people in our community and others who are simply less fortunate than we are. Invariably though, we struggle to find the time to help or to come up with extra money for a cause. But you can perform a one-time act that takes only minutes, costs nothing and cannot only change lives, but can also save lives: You can register to be an organ donor. 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 »

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