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 »

Serious Business in Sin City

Serious Business in Sin City

The USPA Board of Directors gathered for its winter meeting February 28-March 2 in Las Vegas. 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 »

Dirty Containers

Tag: Ask a Rigger, July 2014



Can I get my dirty container cleaned? more »

Grommet Damage

Tag: Keep an Eye Out, July 2014

While performing a routine canopy inspection at a local rigging loft, a rigger found damage to the slider’s brass grommets that friction from the Technora lines of the canopy had caused. Although stainless steel grommets can show similar wear, grommets made of brass, such as this one, are softer and likely to wear more quickly. Metal rapide connector links, which connect risers to canopy lines, can also cause grommet damage when the slider comes down over the links on opening. Rigs that use this type of connection method should have bumpers installed over the links to prevent damage. more »

Dropped Cameras

Tag: Safety Check, July 2014

Almost 14 years ago, I received a call from an angry man who had been working peacefully in his garden when “one of those surfboard things smacked into my yard 10 feet away from me!” As it turns out, a new skysurfer lost control in freefall and released his board, which proceeded to smack into the ground next to the unsuspecting gardener. The small parachute that was supposed to deploy if the jumper released the board had failed, and the board hit the ground with a pretty strong impact. more »

Procedure Versus Style

Tag: The Rating Corner, July 2014

As an instructor, you’ve probably been there: The first-jump course students are still in the classroom, and it’s late afternoon already. “He loves to hear himself talk,” another instructor murmurs in your ear. “True,” you think sarcastically to yourself, “but at least he covers the information, unlike some people I know.” more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Newton and Murphy are Jerks

Tag: Tales from the Bonfire, July 2014

by Anthony Rocco | B-33566
Webster, New York more »

Profile - Blake Robinson | D-15810

Tag: Profiles, July 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20147Like many in the 1990s, Blake Robinson started jumping after the release of the movie “Point Break.” In contrast to the rule-breaking, bank-robbing characters in the film, Robinson became a respected drop zone manager who runs Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, by the book. Robinson is a USPA AFF and Static-Line Instructor, Tandem Instructor Examiner, Safety and Training Advisor and PRO-rating holder. In addition, he’s an FAA Private Pilot and Senior Parachute Rigger. He uses his myriad skills and knowledge to create the safest environment he can. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Mike Horan

Tag: How Skydiving Changed My Life, July 2014


by Mike Horan | D-881 | Carrabelle, Florida

A short leave from the U.S. Marine Corps in mid-September 1964 had me traveling to East Moriches, New York, home of the Long Island Skydivers. That Sunday morning I wandered around the drop zone looking for a sign of activity. The day was cloudy, windy and starting to mist … no day for skydiving. I then noticed a young man crawling out of his bed—a red, white and blue canopy—in the hangar. I asked him if he was a jumper or a pilot, and he said, “Yeah, I suppose so. I need some food,” and we climbed into his car. He said his name was Jim. more »

Gearing Up - July 2014

Tag: Gearing Up, July 2014


To the general public, skydiving and BASE jumping are similar sports. Of course, they are not. Skydiving has an array of Federal Aviation Regulations that apply—Part 65 to riggers, Part 91 to jump pilots, Part 105 to jump pilots, skydivers and operators—along with USPA Basic Safety Requirements and Skydiver’s Information Manual recommendations. BASE jumping? Not so much. more »

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