Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

Winter comes for all of us, whether you’re of the Great House of Chicagoland or the Great House of Perris. While the season’s arrival clearly hits the Lords of the North hardest, every skydiver in the 50 Kingdoms needs to maintain at least some awareness of cold-season strategy. more »

Canopy Collision Decisions

Canopy Collision Decisions

All skydivers—no matter what discipline they pursue—learn how to avoid canopy collisions. Yet collisions remain one of the most likely ways to die in the sport. Part of the problem is that not everybody knows how to correctly perform emergency procedures after a collision, and the procedures are not common sense. You can only learn them on the ground. more »

A Look at USPA Finances

A Look at USPA Finances

The annual audit of USPA for 2016 completed in August 2017 reported sound fiscal management and accountability measures. more »

The Brave New World of Parachute R&D—How Computer-Aided Design Drives Innovation

The Brave New World of Parachute R&D—How Computer-Aided Design Drives Innovation

The story of a canopy is never as simple as scratching down some math and heading over to a cutting table. more »

Drinking and Packing Don’t Mix

A jumper who had hooked up and packed his new canopy in the evening (reportedly after having “a few beers”) landed from his first jump the next day complaining of a hard opening. Upon inspecting the canopy, his rigger found the slider in this configuration. Fortunately, the jumper received only a few bruised ribs and a sore neck from the opening. more »

Help Your Packer Help You



What are the things I should do before handing my rig over to a packer? more »

Jumping at Unfamiliar DZs

Jumping at an unfamiliar drop zone can be intimidating, especially to newer skydivers who may have jumped at only one place so far. Jumpers need to approach visiting a new location with caution and planning, whether it is just a weekend jumping out of a Cessna 182 or sharing the skies with hundreds of jumpers at a large boogie. And this caution applies to jumpers of all experience levels. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Doug Garr


by Doug Garr | D-2791 | New York, New York

It was April 12, 1969. I had turned 20 the previous week and found myself hanging from the strut of a Cessna 206. A sort-of-nerdy guy with horn-rimmed glasses who lived down the hall in my dorm had made several skydives. Though I kept oversleeping and exhaling with relief when bad weather scrubbed my planned jumping weekends, I figured if he could do it, I could. Also, as a sophomore journalism major, I thought it was a good story for my college newspaper. more »

Profile - Taya Weiss | D-27874

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20117Taya Weiss, D-27874, is an accomplished wingsuit pilot who has an Ivy-League education and founded skydiving outreach organization Raise the Sky. She was instrumental in developing the first official judging system for wingsuit formations and was on the 68-way U.S. Wingsuit Formation Record in 2009. Recently, she and canopy pilot Jessica Edgeington became the first female pair to perform a canopy-wingsuit dock. more »

Gearing Up - July 2011


USPA and its predecessor organizations have always promoted skydiving competition. Then called the Parachute Club of America, USPA began conducting meets in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the tradition continues today with the annual USPA Nationals and the USPA Collegiate Nationals. But to USPA staff and board members, “competition” means much more than an event. It’s the 205-page Skydiver’s Competition Manual (SCM) of rules and requirements that requires constant updating. more »

What One DZ's Accidents Say About Us All

Skydive Arizona, one of the world’s busiest drop zones, has tracked its fatalities, injuries and incidents for the past 20 years. The figures have recently been compiled into a comprehensive report, “Learning From the Mistakes of Others: Skydive Arizona Accident Review, 1991 to 2011.” Remarkably, just plain bad luck accounted for less than 5 percent of all incidents—meaning 95 percent of the accidents were preventable. In addition, 75 percent of the skydiving fatalities did not involve any equipment malfunctions (which closely parallels national and international statistics). Furthermore, visiting jumpers were slightly greater than five times more likely to die in a skydiving accident than Skydive Arizona locals. What do these numbers tell us about how to make people safer skydivers? more »

The Kids are Alright

It takes a certain kind of person to jump out of an airplane—some may say adventurous, some may say crazy—but one thing is for sure: Those who jump out of planes routinely ignore biological instincts that scream, “Don’t do this!” So what happens when these people decide to play by nature’s most deeply ingrained rule and reproduce? more »

Become a Sister in Skydiving!

Ladies, do you remember what it was like when you started skydiving? Was it an exciting yet intimidating experience? Did you feel like the minority in a male-dominated sport, sometimes wishing for someone to talk to who could relate to what you were going through and help you through some of the issues that only new women skydivers face? more »

Size Doesn’t Matter—Female Tandem Instructors

USPA’s demographic information shows that in 2009, females constituted 13 percent of its total membership, par for the course historically. The gender gap is even more pronounced for tandem instructors: Only 2.9 percent (61 of the 2,111 current USPA Tandem Instructors) are women. more »

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