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

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame will hold its 2017 Celebration Event at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois, the weekend of September 21-23. Now in its eighth year, the Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who “through leadership, innovation and/or outstanding achievement have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels.” The hall and museum strive to preserve the sport’s rich history, as well as inspire current and future skydivers to document their aerial achievements. 

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. Past honorees have contributed to safety and training, excelled at the highest levels of competition and made their marks in equipment design and rigging. This year’s class includes skydivers who excelled in national and international competition and judging, international diplomacy through skydiving, and teaching and writing about the sport. more »

Is Indoor Skydiving Skydiving? USPA seeks member input

With the surge in popularity of wind tunnels among both skydivers and non-skydivers alike, USPA is faced with many questions regarding the sport of indoor skydiving. First and foremost, how involved should USPA be with the burgeoning sport? Is indoor skydiving actually skydiving, or is it only related to skydiving? more »

Defining an Era—B.J. Worth Receives the 2015 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award

B.J. Worth did not just influence the sport of skydiving, he defined an era. His thumbprint appears on most of the significant developments from the 1970s through the last decade, the heyday of skydiving Baby Boomers. It began with cutting-edge skydiving, which led him to undertake breathtaking stunts for major media productions and later organize exhibition jumps viewed live by millions. All this while thoughtfully and considerately governing skydiving as a board member for USPA and the International Parachuting Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Worth’s contributions earned him the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2017 FAI Gold Parachuting Medal, skydiving’s highest honors.

Worth accepted both honors during a gala ceremony sponsored by Sun Path Products as part of February’s Parachute Industry Association Symposium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bobbie Worth, his wife and frequent partner-in-enterprise, stood close by. B.J. and Bobbie’s siblings traveled thousands of miles to be seated at the table. Their daughter, Sara, and five-year-old granddaughter, Teya, both clearly descendants of the bloodline, also attended.

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How to Dance With the Nylon in the Pale Moonlight—Setting Yourself Up for a Great Night Jump

If you’re squaring up to the requirements for your D license, there’s a good possibility that those jumps are causing a bit of nail-biting. Steve Woodford—the organizer of many funnel-free, injury-free, collision-free big-way-milestone night jumps—is here to tell you not to worry. more »

Deadly Serious - Avoiding a Canopy Collision

B reakoff. Greg turned 180 degrees to track from his five teammates. It was a simple 6-way with no contact. Uneventful, yes, but still glorious. Everything about skydiving was glorious. Especially when the jumps were from a C-130 Hercules at 12,500 feet … and it’s your job. more »

Up Is the New Down—Part 2: Movement Jumps

By Sharon Har-Noy with contributions from Claudio Cagnasso, Luis Adolfo Lopez-Mendez and Luis Prinetto. Photos by Gustavo Cabana.

In the film “Crosswind” by Patrick Passe, Omar Alhegelan is mind-blowing as he elegantly whizzes around the sky on his feet. (If you consider yourself a freeflyer but have never seen “Crosswind,” put down this magazine for an hour and go online to do your homework.) When the film came out in 2001, you could count on one hand the number of people who could pull off something like that, but today it’s common to see feet-first angle jumps at most events. It’s great that jumpers are finally catching up to what the pioneers were doing 16 years ago, but with so much freefall traffic and so many people trying new things, it’s essential for everyone to learn how to be safe so we can keep on playing. more »

Have You Checked Your Six?

“Check your six”: a popular military expression meaning, “Check your six o’clock position” (the spot directly behind you).


Every day, high-performance-wing technology moves forward and canopy pilots push the envelope harder than ever. Where high-performance landings were once the domain of a few, the availability of better technology, faster wings and expert canopy coaching have made them an everyday sight at drop zones around the world. XRW (mixed canopy piloting and wingsuit formations), competitive canopy piloting and other extreme canopy flights that require small canopies, high wing loadings and great speeds were once on the periphery of the sport but are now increasingly common. more »

Lee Schlichtemeier Receives the 2016 USPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Steady, Solid and Dependable. The USPA Drop Zone Operators’ Conference, held every two years in conjunction with the Parachute Industry Association Symposium, always kicks off with a reception for DZOs and various skydiving VIPs. At this year’s reception on February 12,  USPA gave special recognition to one of those VIPs—Dr. Alvin Lee Schlichtemeier—by presenting him with the association’s highest honor, the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Skydiving-Related Aircraft Accidents 2016

Because skydiving is dependent on aircraft, it’s essential to understand the risk of the ride to altitude. One way to evaluate that risk is to review recent jump plane accidents. Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Jumpers should encourage their jump pilots to take Santayana’s advice and read these reports so they can learn from our history. more »

2016 Fatality Summary—The Same Problems

During 2016, the United States Parachute Association recorded 21 skydiving deaths in the U.S. This is the same number of deaths as in 2015 and slightly below the average for the last 10 years. While there were four student deaths, experienced skydivers still accounted for most of the fatalities, with the jumpers who died in 2016 averaging 1,600 skydives. more »