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 »

Drop Zone Weather Forecasting

We’ve all been there—sitting on the ground for hours, glaring at the billowing wind sock as powerful gusts threaten to free the packing tent from its earthly tethers. The weather can seem fickle, so how is a safety-conscious skydiver—one who prefers to arrive and depart the DZ in the same unbroken condition—to know whether to place a bet on better conditions later in the day or to admit that Mother Nature is holding the trump card and fold early? more »

VFS Camera Tricks and Traps

Vertical formation skydiving (VFS) is an emerging discipline that combines the body-flight skills of freeflying with the mental skills of formation skydiving. In the past, very few skydivers had the ability to take part in this discipline because of its complexity. That has changed now that wind tunnels are springing up all over the globe, assisting skydivers in their quest for awesomeness. more »

Tragedy in Antarctica

Due to popularity, we decided to publish this older article online as well. Originally printed in June 2011.

Letters to the Editor about the article are published in the comments. Scroll all the way down to read them.

Skydiver Michael Kearns says, “I think it’s time.” Fourteen years after one of the worst mass-fatality accidents in skydiving history, Kearns and fellow jumper Trond Jacobsen have decided to disclose personal conversations and information about the incident to fellow skydivers. Many news reports at the time were incomplete or incorrect, stating the usual “their parachutes failed to open” explanation.

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Foundations of Flight—Level Changes While Belly Flying

Axis Flight LogoBrought to you by Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by Brianne Thompson. more »

Don’t Forget the Gear Check

During a 4-way freefly exit, a jumper noticed that the skydiver next to her had a grip on the loose end of her chest strap, which she had not properly routed through the friction adapter when donning her gear. She then tried to thread her chest strap through the friction adapter hardware as she continued in freefall. After many unsuccessful attempts, she had to deploy her main canopy while holding onto her main lift web with one hand to help keep herself in the harness. Her canopy descent was uneventful. more »

Ground Controllers

It’s common to see one or more jumpers on just about any load having difficulty flying their parachutes in a way that promotes a smooth flow of canopy traffic. Whether it is someone who unintentionally flies an incorrect pattern or a arrogant jumper with no judgment whatsoever who insists on making a 270-degree turn through traffic because he thinks his “mad skillz” make him an awesome canopy pilot, many skydivers could use additional guidance about canopy descents. more »

Advice for Women from Parachute Labs (Jump Shack)



What are some of the factors women should consider when purchasing a harness-and-container system? more »

Eliminating Canopy Collisions

With the recent spate of fatal canopy collisions, skydivers around the world are looking for solutions to the problem—and so are the board members and staff of USPA. Unfortunately, canopy collisions are nothing new, and other years have been similar to this one, with the subject becoming a hot issue after several collisions in a short period of time. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Mike Engel


by Michael Engel | C-38710 | Middle Island, New York

In June 2000, I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident. Shortly thereafter, my family and I learned that he had made a tandem skydive the year before. We all wondered how he had felt when he made his jump. So the following year, my father paid for a tandem skydive for my youngest brother and me for our birthdays. more »

Profile - Sandy Grillet | D-10938

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20116Sandy Grillet, D-10938, is a legendary organizer and coach from the Midwest. Grillet expresses his love of the sport by organizing and mentoring jumpers—teaching freefall and canopy control skills—all free of charge. Organizing is such a part of his life he often dreams of skydives and will wake up in the middle of the night to make notes on new formations. Grillet also founded the Northern Plains Skydiving League (NPSL) and directed it for 10 years. more »

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