April 2012

April 2012

April 2012
photo by Jeff Nebelkopf
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Canopy pilots (from top) Mikeal Stevens, Jonathan Tagle and Wuzi Wagner form a 3-stack and surf Mike Swanson while (clockwise from bottom left) Taya Weiss, Will Kitto and Barry Holubeck fly in formation during Raise the Sky's Project XRW at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

April 2012 | Volume 53, Number 4 | Issue 630 more »

Too Much To Tandem

It was one of those days at work for Mike Driedger. One of those days at the video store when there seemed to be a buzz in the air, but he didn’t understand why. Of course not. He would soon find out that everyone had read the boss’ e-mail... except him. more »

A Full Agenda—The USPA Board Meets in San Diego

There are worse places to be in the middle of February than sunny San Diego, even when you spend all weekend inside a hotel. That’s where the USPA Board of Directors gathered February 17–19 for its winter meeting. Anticipating a hard-working weekend, members of the board and USPA staff who arrived early headed to Skydive San Diego in nearby Jamul on Thursday before the meeting for a few skydives. DZO Buzz Fink hosted the group, giving everyone a chance to relax and share a little bit of fun and camaraderie before the busy days ahead. And sure enough, the board got off to an early start Friday morning, settling in for three days of important USPA business. more »

Recurring Lessons—The 2011 Fatality Summary By Paul Sitter

When you look at skydiving mishaps over time—exactly what this article does each year—some recurring lessons stand out. For example, the AAD (automatic activation device) and RSL (reserve static line) are proven life-saving technologies. But what really has stood out for the last two decades is that canopy selection and canopy operation are the most serious issues for skydiver safety today. Once again, canopy issues contributed to the majority of skydiving deaths in 2011. more »

Foundations of Flight—Sit-Fly Exits

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Brought to you by Niklas Daniel of Axis Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy and his teammate Brandon Atwood of Arizona Arsenal.

Photos by Arsenal’s Steve Curtis. more »

Common Tandem Harness Adjustment Errors

It may seem like common sense to say that a properly fitted tandem student harness is required for every tandem skydive. Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, instructors get lazy, forgetful or both, and many tandem students end up with an unpleasant canopy ride or even an injury upon landing. Small errors in harness adjustment can cause big problems for the student. more »

Obstructed Handles

Loose or baggy clothing can easily cover emergency handles during freefall or under canopy. Jumpers should ensure that their clothing cannot move into a position that covers or blocks access to any of their operation handles when skydiving. more »

Coronary Artery Disease

You’ve meticulously packed your main; you’ve set your automatic activation device; you’ve reviewed your emergency procedures and landing pattern; you’ve done a final pin check in the plane; and you feel confident all will go well. You know that a skydiving accident could kill you in an instant... but so can a heart attack. Are you just as meticulous about your health? more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Slipping Away

by Anthony Peralta | C-15181
Phoenix, Arizona more »

How Skydiving Changes Our Lives

HSCML20124In 2004, I made my first tandem skydive. Two months earlier, I told my husband and his friends that they were crazy for doing it, but after seeing their reactions, I decided to give it a try. After my first jump with Martin Swords at Gold Coast Skydivers, I was hooked. My progression was very slow, but due to the patience of the local staff and experienced jumpers, I stayed with it. more »