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Airmanship for Canopy Pilots

Airmanship for Canopy Pilots

As an aircraft pilot should be aware of his aircraft, the environment in which the aircraft operates and his own capabilities, skydivers must possess awareness and discipline when flying canopies. more »

How to Nail a Gear Check

How to Nail a Gear Check

Let me ask you this: When was the last time that you saw the pilot running down a safety checklist on the jump plane? If you’re paying attention, you certainly have. more »

Military Aviation's Lessons for Skydivers

Pilots die more often in training mishaps than from enemy actions. This safety training includes lessons on the Swiss-cheese-mishap model, normalization of deviance, complacency and risk management. But how does this apply to skydiving? more »

Parachute Flight Dynamics

Parachute Flight Dynamics

The goal of any skilled canopy pilot is to take command of the parachute system so as to dictate his location under the wing at any given time. more »

Building Castles in the Air—An Overview of Canopy Formation

Canopy formation (CF) skydiving, also known as canopy relative work (CRW or “crew”), is a discipline of technical ability that is largely misunderstood. Some perceive the discipline as being extremely dangerous, but the small, dedicated group of jumpers who practice it are rewarded by becoming better, safer canopy pilots. CF jumpers generally channel their interest in one of two directions: recreational CF (which includes parabatics) or competition. CF is also the only remaining discipline for which USPA offers performance-based awards—the 4-Stack, 8-Stack and Canopy Crest Soloist (for docking eighth or later on a formation) Awards. more »

The Secrets of D.B. Cooper, Part Two - Evidence of Absence

A single man, an immense amount of cash, four parachutes and a jump from an airliner. Where does the largest manhunt in the United States lead when authorities don’t have a clue as to who the suspect might be? more »

Profile - Richard “Rickster” Powell | D-11302

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20106Richard “Rickster” Powell is a professional test jumper for Performance Designs (PD). He has jumped all over the world but is now based at Skydive DeLand in Florida. Powell’s canopy piloting skills have been featured in advertisements and movie productions, including Norman Kent’s film “Willing to Fly.” He is also a skilled camera flyer who has flown camera for 4-way formation skydiving (FS) and skysurfing teams in national and international competitions. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Heidi Barker

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by Heidi Barker | USPA #231673 | Boise, Idaho

October 7, 2007, and May 4, 2008: two dates that changed my world and my life forever.

May 4, 2008, was Michelle’s 23rd birthday and our first without her. For weeks in advance, Rich and I discussed and danced around the issue of what to do on that day. We quietly and tearfully fought through the pain of the loss of “Mitchy.” When the day arrived, there was still no plan in place. It seemed strange to even contemplate the notion of some kind of celebration. With no decision made, Rich decided that he would go fishing for a few hours. I stayed at home, wondering what to do. more »

Gearing Up - June 2010

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As this magazine hits mailboxes, just about a month remains in the effort to collect enough proxies from USPA members to have a quorum of 10 percent at the General Membership Meeting called for Friday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in Nashua, New Hampshire. The purpose of the effort is to change USPA’s by-laws to allow the use of online voting in future elections of the board of directors. The current board believes that the use of an online-voting process could increase member participation in board elections, which in recent years has averaged only about 10 percent of the total membership. more »

Visual Training Aids

Niklas Daniel put together this poster, which illustrates proper student landing procedures, for Skydive Elsinore’s student program. AFF Instructor Cesar Lopez de Castro, flying a student canopy, demonstrated the proper form while Daniel took a series of still photographs. Using photo-editing software, Daniel layered four of the photos and created the text. Daniel sent the file to a printer who created the approximately four-by-six-foot poster, which now hangs in Elsinore’s classroom as a visual aid for skydiving students. A quick online search will turn up dozens of print shops that produce poster-size reproductions for about $15-$30. Drop zones can assemble a photo themselves or may contact Daniel for his version at info@niklasdaniel.com. more »

Frequent Flyers

Q:
I jump more often than most jumpers. Should I treat my equipment differently than when I jumped less frequently? more »

License and Rating Equivalents

USPA occasionally receives calls and e-mails asking how to convert foreign licenses and ratings or military ratings and jump experience into the USPA equivalent. Though the rules are similar for converting foreign and military accreditations, there are some differences. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) sets international standards for skydiving licenses. The following rules apply to foreign license holders: more »

Wound Up

Spinning malfunctions can range from a mild inconvenience that a jumper may be able to fix to a wild, violent malfunction that can easily lead to a fatality if the jumper does not deal with it correctly. There are many factors that determine what a jumper experiences during a spinning malfunction, including: more »

Riser Wear

This photo shows four tandem-system risers in various stages of wear. The two on the left show little to no wear of the nylon three-ring-release retaining loop. These two risers are still in use. The two risers on the right show moderate to significant wear of the nylon loop and are no longer in service. All jumpers should inspect their risers frequently and replace them when necessary to prevent total riser failure. more »

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