Profile - Bill Von Novak | D-16479

Tag: Profiles, September 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20139Bill von Novak is an instructor, formation skydiving competitor and big-way world record holder, load organizer for events such as the former World Freefall Convention in Quincy, Illinois, and a demo jumper who organized the massive T-Mobile demo jump into San Francisco in 2009. However, with all his achievements, von Novak may be best known as a forum moderator, particularly the incidents forum, on more »

Profile - Tom Deacon | D-27911

Tag: Profiles, August 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20138Tom Deacon is a quiet and unassuming skydiver whose truckload of instructional ratings does the speaking for him. He has trained thousands of skydiving novices and is also an instructor examiner who runs Professional Skydiving Services, a company that provides skydiving instructor training and certifications to civilians and military personnel. Additionally, Deacon is a Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger. As a 4-way formation skydiver, Deacon’s latest goal is to medal at the 2013 USPA Nationals with his team, Arizona Overdrive. more »

Profile - Kim Emmons Knor | D-221

Tag: Profiles, July 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20137Kim Emmons Knor, D-221, is a sky goddess. She started skydiving in 1959 (back when jumping from an airplane took even more courage), and in 1962 she made history as a member of the first U.S. Women’s Parachute Team, which took gold at the Sixth World Parachuting Championships. After a 37-year break from jumping, she took up the sport again in 2003. In April, the National Skydiving Museum named Emmons Knor as one of the inductees into its prestigious Hall of Fame. more »

Profile - Matt Hoover | D-29246

Tag: Profiles, June 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20136Jumpers best know Matt Hoover as a wingsuiter and skydiving photographer. Publications worldwide have printed more than 200 of his photos, and CNN, NBC and the Discovery Channel have aired his videos. Hoover was a member of the photography team for the 2009 68-way U.S. Record for Largest Wingsuit Formation, as well as the 2012 100-way Guinness World Record for Largest Wingsuit Formation. more »

Profile - Jen Sharp | D-17516

Tag: Profiles, May 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20135Jen Sharp is passionate about skydiving, education and the internet. Sharp holds multiple USPA instructional ratings, owns Skydive Kansas in Osage City and has developed several skydiving websites, including, an online student program;;; and She also created Skydive JumpSTART, a team-building workshop for business people that culminates in tandem skydives and she consults with other drop zones to help them streamline their schools. more »

Profile - Nicole Smith | D-32007

Tag: Profiles, April 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20134Nicole Smith, D-32007, recently accomplished the mission of jumping in all 50 states. The accomplishment is all the more impressive since she completed her journey a little more than a year after a serious car accident required her to undergo eight months of grueling rehabilitation. Smith shares details of her skydiving odyssey, which has inspired countless people to make the most of life, on her blog at more »

Profile - Luis Prinetto | D-30217

Tag: Profiles, March 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20133Luis Prinetto, D-30217, is well known on the boogie circuit as a freefly organizer. He was on the 138-Way World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation in 2012, as well as the three previous head-down world records. When he’s not on the road, he spends his time flying at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, where he’s launched his canopy and freefly training school, Fly4Life. more »

Profile - Ori Kuper | D-31267

Tag: Profiles, February 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20132Ori Kuper is an Israeli citizen who works at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas. He’s a talented photographer and videographer who has covered several USPA Nationals, record jumps and other events. Parachutist frequently showcases his work, and his photos have appeared on the cover, as well as in the annual USPA Skydive Calendar. Along with his photographic talent, Kuper is an instructor, a canopy piloting and formation skydiving judge, a freeflyer, a swooper and recipient of the Chesley H. Judy Safety Award. more »

Profile - Alexandra Iancu | C-38564

Tag: Profiles, January 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20131Alexandra Iancu, C-38564, is a jumper from Romania who makes her living flying camera at Skydive Nuggets in Leutkirch, Germany. During the German off-season, she travels to Spain and other warm climates to continue her passion for human flight. Iancu was recently on the 28-way German head-down record and has set her sights on participating in other record-setting formations around the world. more »

Profile - Will Pesek | D-24612

Tag: Profiles, December 2012

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201212Will Pesek is a member of SDC Standard, the 2010-2011 Vertical Formation Skydiving National Champion team that is representing the U.S. at the 2012 World Parachuting Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Pesek is also active in 4-way formation skydiving with his team Paraclete XP4. In addition, he’s a wind-tunnel coach and a USPA Tandem and AFF Instructor. more »