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Up is the New Down

Up is the New Down

Part One: Head-Up Big-Ways By Sharon Har-Noy Photos by Gustavo Cabana more »

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

Mixed Formation Skydiving is Ready to Take Over the World By Anette O'Neil Photos by David Cherry more »

I've Just Learned to Freefly... Now What?

I've Just Learned to Freefly... Now What?

Jumping out of a plane in any form is pretty good, but for many, it is freefly that really rustles their jimmies. more »

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

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 »

The Reasons for the Rules

While every skydiving fatality is a tragedy, tandem student and instructor fatalities are doubly so. But the truly tragic part is not just that two lives are often lost in a single accident, it is the fact that most, if not all, tandem fatalities to date could have been avoided by sticking to standard procedures. A trained, professional tandem instructor controls a tandem jump from the ground training to landing, but in spite of that, tandem fatalities have been on the rise over the last five years. more »

Performing a Wingsuit Gear Check

With the rise of popularity of wingsuiting, even if you’ve never flown a wingsuit, you may be in the position to give a gear check to someone wearing one. Although many of the techniques go back to the basics of skydiving, others are particular to the discipline. Adding to the confusion is that wingsuit design varies by brand and model, and suits can be rigged differently depending on how the container is designed or due to jumper preference. So if there is ever any doubt as you go through the following steps, consult the manufacturer. more »

Gearing Up - January 2010

As the USPA staff prepares the 2010 budget for review and approval at the February board meeting, we first determine the issues and initiatives that need to be addressed in the new year. In government relations, USPA has developed winning strategies that assist current and prospective DZOs with their airport access issues. These days, more often than not, skydiving is securing its right of access to airports that receive federal funding. But the workload on staff is demanding, so we’re determined to put more resources on our web site so that airport access issues become more do-it-yourself, under USPA guidance, while still remaining successful. more »

Flying a Flag

Demo jumps made with flags and banners can be great publicity for the sport if done correctly. Although there are a number of different setups, the most popular for demo jumps is known as the "drop flag," so called because the flag is dropped down on a lanyard for display below the jumper’s body. Drop flags are pretty awesome to see, make great symbols of pride and can be very effective advertising. more »

Good Pilot/Bad Pilot

Flying an unairworthy aircraft is like jumping a tattered old rig with a parachute that has big holes in it. And having an untrained or unqualified pilot fly an unairworthy plane is like giving that tattered old rig to a student and not teaching him how to cut away and pull his reserve. Seems absurd, right? Sadly, history shows us a long list of aircraft accidents in the skydiving industry that started with a poorly maintained plane flown by someone who didn’t know how to appropriately handle the malfunctions that occurred. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Ann Rezbanyay

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by Ann Rezbanyay | C-36575 | Northville, Michigan

 It was the summer of 2006 in southeastern Michigan. I was barely 23 years old, growing my destination wedding photography biz and in the midst of being a serial dater attempting to find someone who could keep up with my passion for extreme sports. Every date I had was atypical and centered on adventure. Trying to not repeat anything, it was only a matter of time before one of my dates included skydiving. more »

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