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The Clouds in Our Heads—On the Lake Erie Tragedy and the False Security of Technology

The Clouds in Our Heads—On the Lake Erie Tragedy and the False Security of Technology

On August 27, 1967, 16 skydivers died on the same load. What has come to be known as “The Lake Erie Tragedy” resulted in more fatalities than any other skydiving-related accident since. This month marks its 50th anniversary. more »

Wingsuit Deployments Part 1

Wingsuit Deployments Part 1

The tricky part—the part that even some highly experienced skydivers struggle with—is deploying and opening the parachute. more »

Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers—The 2017 Skydiving Hall of Fame

Inspiring Current and Future Skydivers—The 2017 Skydiving Hall of Fame

Each year since its inception, the Hall of Fame pays tribute to a select few men and women who have distinguished themselves over a lifetime of participation in the sport.  more »

Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving? USPA seeks member input

Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving? USPA seeks member input

Is indoor skydiving actually skydiving, or is it only related to skydiving? more »

Gearing Up - January 2017

EdScott

In 1984, the IRS classified USPA as a 501(c)4 non-profit association. That was based on its finding that USPA’s main purposes “promote the common good and social welfare.” Importantly, 501(c)4 organizations can lobby government officials as long as they meet all lobby registration and lobby reporting rules. And USPA does lobby on behalf of skydiving. What does that mean? Primarily, USPA’s executive director and director of government relations engage in efforts to build relationships with various officials, usually those in the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration but sometimes other federal and state agencies. more »

Inventing, Building and Designing Solutions — Bill Jones Receives the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

October 8 at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, USPA President Jay Stokes presented Bill Jones, D-924, the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service. The crowd of longtime friends and associates included eight of his children (out of 11) and one grandchild (out of 21). more »

Out of Sight, Out of Frame: Using a Ring Sight

Skydivers who use cameras typically mount their equipment to their helmets in order to keep their hands clear to maneuver in freefall and operate their parachute systems. Looking through the camera’s viewfinder to aim and center the shot is not an option, so jumpers need to implement alternatives. Enter the ring sight. more »

Profile - Jason Russell | D-23161

by Brian Giboney

Jason Russell, D-23161, is a world record holder and a newly crowned Vertical Formation Skydiving World Champion with his SDC Core teammates, one of whom is his wife. Early in his career, he left motocross racing to compete in skydiving and now has made more than 14,000 jumps. Chalk this up as a huge gain to our sport. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Melissa Scott

On November 26, 2013, my life as I knew it changed in a matter of seconds. My husband committed suicide in front of me. At that moment, time froze. I was a widow at the age of 33. In an instant, I was left a single mommy of two little girls, one four months old and the other six years old. The next few months flew by in a blur. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Crab Walk

My experience happened on my 28th jump, when I was maybe two or three requirements away from achieving my A license. The skies were clear and the winds were about 14 mph. In no way did this jump seem like it was going to be any different from the two others I had successfully completed that day. Everything about the jump went fine and according to plan until the landing. The winds at my airfield, which were usually fairly predictable, shifted and gusted. I hit the ground with my right leg hard enough to fracture my ankle and break my tibia. more »

Forward Drive on the Belly

 

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Performed by Brianne Thompson. Photos by David Cherry. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com. more »

Worn 3-Ring Locking Loop

An instructor found this damaged locking loop while inspecting the gear of a licensed jumper who was participating in a canopy course. When looking at the front of the riser and 3-ring assembly, the damaged loop was obscured from view. The instructor found it while looking more carefully at the back of the riser during a gear check. The damage likely occurred when the locking loop came into contact with a rough surface during a landing or during packing. Jumpers should check both the fronts and backs of their risers when inspecting their gear.

Rigging Knowledge for Instructors

Should USPA require instructional rating holders to also hold a Federal Aviation Administration Rigger Certificate? Jumpers have bounced this question around at lots of bonfires and argued both sides at various skydiving industry meetings through the years. Currently, no USPA rating holder needs to hold a rigger certificate, but under the old version of the USPA Instructor Examiner rating (retired in 2005) it was a requirement. more »

Specialty Jumps

Specialty jumps—whether from a helicopter or balloon or with a raft or other inflatable toy—are skydiver favorites. And while these jumps are always good for excitement and giggles, they also require a little extra vigilance to keep the level of safety where it needs to be. more »

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